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10/10 recommend. Josiah went above and beyond for me. He worked his butt off and did the unthinkable within two months time. I was facing a prison sentence of 12-32 years. He managed to get the DA to agree to no jail and 3 years probation. ...
10/10 recommend. Josiah went above and beyond for me. He worked his butt off and did the unthinkable within two months time. I was facing a prison sentence of 12-32 years. He managed to get the DA to agree to no jail and 3 years probation. What a relief it was! I’m super grateful for what Josiah and Lisa have done for me and would recommend them to any of my friends, family or strangers. Super pleasant to be around, very communicative, have a ton of experience and knowledge in all fields.
Mr. Cohen did a good job of setting expectations, and then exceeded them. My case was dismissed and I couldn't be happier with the quality of service. Mr. Cohen performed a very thorough investigation and kept me up to date on what was happ...
Mr. Cohen did a good job of setting expectations, and then exceeded them. My case was dismissed and I couldn't be happier with the quality of service. Mr. Cohen performed a very thorough investigation and kept me up to date on what was happening with my case, as well as why.
It was a pleasure working with Mr Cohen. Respectful, honest and knowledgeable, couldn’t of done better.
Working with Valerie was great. She was very knowledgeable about the laws surrounding my case and extremely professional. She made the process manageable and was very trustworthy.
We worked with Valerie Cole and she was exceptional. She has a unique way as an attorney of being thoughtful, and yet very direct and to the point. She doesn't swing up and down, always calm and professional. She sees the big picture and it...
We worked with Valerie Cole and she was exceptional. She has a unique way as an attorney of being thoughtful, and yet very direct and to the point. She doesn't swing up and down, always calm and professional. She sees the big picture and it was obvious that she did her research and was prepared and genuinely believable. She was great at explaining situations, strategy, and information while also being realistic and not giving false hope. At each point, she set our expectations, gave us insights that we needed to be prepared, and was available for our questions. In court, she confidently spoke and questioned, and held her ground without being overbearing or insulting to the others in the room. We had a great experience working with Valerie Cole & Lisa Polansky.
- posted: Jun. 02, 2020
By Josiah Cohen, Law Clerk at Polansky Law Firm (3L at CU Law School)
Whether you’re driving through the city, scrolling through social media, or watching the evening news, it’s impossible to miss what’s going on. Once again, outrage over racial injustice and police brutality have boiled over into protests leading to familiar clashes between citizens and police.
And it is in no small part an indictment of our criminal justice system.
Start with the straw that broke that nation’s back: a horrific video clip attracting hundreds-of-millions of views. An unarmed, handcuffed Black man moments before his death, begging for his life from the white police officers crushing his body. Already recovering from the shock of Ahmaud Arbery’s brutal murder, viewers first watched in horror, then took to the streets. From there, we witnessed aggressive police measures to shut down protestors with pushes, shoves, gas, and pepper spray.
At this time, it is imperative that criminal defense attorneys understand the ways in which the criminal justice system is implicated in the fight for racial justice. As eminent defense lawyer Bryan Stevenson reminded us this week, “slavery didn’t end in 1865, it evolved.” In a Q&A with the New Yorker, Stevenson retraced the steps that modern policing took since the Civil War and Emancipation, morphing from efforts to hunt fugitive slaves to overthrow Reconstruction governments, facilitate lynching, perpetrate white terror, and stymie Civil Rights movements. Given this legacy, it’s no surprise that law enforcement and criminal courts continue to perpetuate racial injustice to this day.
So what can criminal defense attorneys do?
1. Listen. Non-Black and -Brown Americans will never fully understand the scope of the trauma that Black Americans have suffered for centuries. As officers of the courts tasked with upholding equal protection under the law, lawyers especially must be willing to listen to Brown and Black voices.
2. Listen to and Fight for Clients of Color. As lawyers, we are witnesses to impact of prejudice at every juncture in the criminal justice system, from police stops, searches, arrests, bail, jury trials, and sentencing. Our clients must know that we understand these travesties and are prepared to fight prejudice at every step during the course of representation.
3. Fight the System. As lawyers, we have access to avenues and resources for change that are inaccessible to many citizens, especially racial minorities. When we witness overreach and misconduct by the state, we cannot stand idly by. It is our duty to the country and to the profession to bring injustice into the light and advocate for change.
At Polansky Law Firm, we are committed to listening. We are committed to fighting for each client regardless of race, religion, or creed.
And we are committed to advocating for justice inside and outside of the courtroom. We understand that we will never understand; however, we stand.