About Our Attorney
Not all criminal defense lawyers start out protecting defendants. Jill R. Cohen, Esq., in fact, views her 15 plus years as a criminal prosecutor as a wealth of vital experience she puts to excellent use everyday as she tirelessly defends clients charged with all types of crimes in Camden County and throughout South Jersey.
In 2006, she became anxious to help those who were often wrongly accused of crimes. She founded the Law Offices of Jill R. Cohen and, from 2007 to 2008, she defended DWIs throughout the State of New Jersey in countless municipalities and county courts. She argued many appeals in the Superior Court of New Jersey and successfully won several cases on appeal ending in dismissal of DWIs.
Now, Ms. Cohen represents people accused of murder, manslaughter, felony murder, strict liability for murder, aggravated assaults, child abuse, sexual abuse, aggravated sexual assaults, leaders of narcotics networks, money laundering, and many other types of felonies and misdemeanors.
Ms. Cohen is focused on staying at the top of her craft. In 2008, Ms. Cohen was recommended by her peers to take an examination in criminal law expertise and was certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. Recently, she completed an Advanced Advocacy course at the National Criminal Defense College in Macon, Georgia where she was guided by experts throughout the country. She has achieved many acquittals in many serious cases. She argues cases before the Superior Court of New Jersey.
Ms. Cohen treats every client as they are members of her family. She is available every day to answer calls and meet with clients in need. Because of her vast experience of over 30 years in the criminal justice system in Philadelphia and New Jersey and her years as an assistant district attorney and county prosecutor, she is familiar with the personnel in the court system and the assistants in the prosecutor’s offices in New Jersey. She has a great working relationship with people that are in a position of deciding her client’s future. There are few attorneys in our area who have the care mixed with the experience that Ms. Cohen enjoys. She uses her experience to get you the best results possible and won’t back down until all avenues are exhausted.
Ms. Cohen graduated with high honors and in the top 10 percent of her class in in 1981 from Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware. She was chosen to join the prestigious law review for the Delaware Journal of Corporate Law. Following law school, she was chosen to clerk for the Hon. George J. Ivins who was in charge of the homicide program in the Court of Common Pleas in Philadelphia. She then accepted an appointment to the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office under the Honorable Edward G. Rendell, as an Assistant Philadelphia District Attorney.
A number of years later, with a strong foundation of criminal prosecution beneath her feet, Ms. Cohen moved to South Jersey and was appointed assistant prosecutor in the Camden County Prosecutor’s Office under the Hon. Lee Solomon. As an assistant prosecutor, she litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury.
Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
In addition to a private practice, she currently works with Deputy Public Defenders in Atlantic, Camden, Gloucester and Burlington counties, to defend homicides, sexual assaults, murder-for-hire, gang violence, armed robberies, fraud, leaders of drug trafficking networks, as well as other significant matters.
As an assistant prosecutor Ms. Cohen litigated complex motions for the State, was an acting Camden City Municipal Prosecutor, and indicted over 800 cases before the Camden County Grand Jury. Ms. Cohen handled hundreds of indictable/felony and juvenile cases and tried numerous jury trials, in areas such as drug possession and distribution, school zone violations, domestic violence, aggravated assault, fraud, burglary, robbery, child sexual assault, child physical abuse, homicides, attempted murder and other crimes of magnitude.
With over 30 years in the criminal justice system, Ms. Cohen has developed a great working relationship with members of the local justice system. Ms. Cohen uses her vast experience to get her clients the best possible results.
Ms. Cohen leaves no stones unturned when she builds aggressive defense strategies designed to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients.
The New Jersey Supreme Court’s Attorney Certification Program is designed to help the public make sound and informed choices when deciding to hire an attorney. While there are over 60,000 practicing attorneys in the state of New Jersey, fewer than 250 New Jersey lawyers have been recognized by the NJ Supreme Court as Certified Criminal Trial Attorneys. Camden County criminal lawyer Jill Cohen has been recognized as an NJ Supreme Court Certified Criminal Trial Attorney every year since 2008. To become a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney, Ms. Cohen received recommendations from her peers and judges throughout South Jersey.
Regardless of the incidents that led up to your arrest, every resident of New Jersey has the constitutional right to a fair trial. If you have been arrested or are being investigated, you need sound legal advice. Contact me today.