Stephen G. Cobb: the only Bar certified Criminal Law Specialist in Okaloosa County. Free Criminal Law videos.
You or someone you love may have been falsely accused of breaking the law. This happens.
So to, it happens that people break the law repeatedly - why? I asked that question many years ago. I wondered why the same people would get arrested over and over again. They would try rehab or counseling or DUI school or Anger Management . . . or whatever, and it would work. For a while.
Then, in 2006, something happened that changed my perspective forever: I saw a SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) brainscan for the first time. I had already studied psychology and psychiatry for well over a decade on my own (after four college and university degrees, my parents had this unique idea that after 101/2 years of post-secondary education, I should actually get a job) without pursuing a formal degree. Yet this was truly different: You could actually see a living brain.
When psychiatrists prescribe medicine, or psychologists recommend counseling, they normally do so without looking at the very organ causing the problem: Would you let a doctor prescribe "pain counseling and a sling" if your child fell off of the roof and appeared to have broken an arm? Yet that is exactly what the legal system does every day.
The Criminal Justice System works like this:
Q: "What's your charge?"
"Okay, go to _________________ counseling."
This explains why most DUI/Drug/Domestic Violence/Whatever counseling in the legal system fails - they usually do not even try to diagnose. Needless to say, this is very frustrating for overworked and underpaid mental health providers . . . and for defendants. Who wants to go to counseling and get drug tested when all it means is greater pain? Who wants to take medication when the last three guesses failed?
SPECT and psychometric (psychological) testing now give us the ability to virtually solve the problem of crime itself. This is a magical time in the field of criminal law, and an opportunity to solve the problem of crime, not just a crime.
The last time I checked, six (6) months in jail doesn't cure a broken arm - nor a brain that isn't working correctly. By using the technology we now have, we can effectively humanely redirect behavior and cost effectively reduce human suffering tremendously.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1989||09/08/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Top Ten Award||National Academy of Criminal Defense Attorneys||2014|
|Invitation Only Membership, Peer Recognition||National Trial Lawyers Association||2013|
|Certified Criminal Trial Law Expert (recertification)||The Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization||2012|
|Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist (recertification)||Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization||2007|
|Initial Certification, Board Certified Criminal Law Specialist||Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization||2002|
|Recognized||Who's Who of Business and Executives USA||2000|
|Founder||Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm||1997 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||Office of the Public Defender||1990 - 1997|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)||Past President||2007 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)||Secretary||2006 - 2008|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Okaloosa-Walton Chapter||President||2002 - 2006|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa-Walton chapter)||Member||2002 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2000 - Present|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||1998 - Present|
|The Florida Bar Association||Member||1989 - Present|
|State v. John Doe 1997||Capital Sexual Battery|
|State v. John Doe 2013||Not Guilty, all counts|
|See all Legal Cases|
|Wall Street Select||National Trial Lawyers Organization Selects Controversial Lawyer||2013|
|Florida Criminal Law Television||After the Arrest: What Happens Next.||2012|
|Gulf Breeze News||Is your brain at fault?||2010|
|Florida Criminal Law Newsletter||The Law Firm of Tomorrow, Today||2006|
|Florida Criminal Law Newsletter||Florida DUI Breath Testing Under Fire: Is the Intoxilyzer 5000 About to be Invalidated Statewide?||2006|
|Florida Criminal Law Newsletter||DUI Litigation Update||2004|
|Florida Criminal Law Newsletter||Shaken Baby Shaken: Shaken Baby Syndrome Exposed as a Pseudoscience||2003|
|Florida Criminal Law Newsletter||Government Tyranny and You||2003|
|The Florida State University College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1989|
|University of Missouri||History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1986|
|Pensacola State College||Electronics Technology||N/A||1982|
|Guest Speaker, Faculty of Law and Neuroscience||SPECT Brain Imaging Studies and how to use them in the courtroom||2015|
|Innaugural Atlanta, GA Forensic SPECT Brain Imaging CLE Seminar||Is Brain Imaging the Future of Criminal Law?||2013|
|Advanced SPECT (Single Photon Emission Computed Tomography) Forensic Neuroimaging||Crime is the Answer||2013|
|Brain SPECT Imaging in Clinical Practice: Advanced Neuro-imaging Seminar||One Stop Therapy: Solving the Problem of Crime Through Neuro-imaging & Ettective Treatment.||2006|