What Happens at a Criminal Trial

A Florida criminal trial can be a confusing process. In Florida, there are two types of trials: bench trials and jury trials. At a bench trial, the outcome of the case (usually a minor case) is decided by a judge, while six or more jurors decide the outcome of a jury trial. Most Florida trials […]

Speeding Your Way to a Criminal Record

Have you ever had that dreaded sinking feeling when you notice a police car following you with its lights on? Suddenly, you look down at the speedometer and realize you were going over the speed limit. Could your conduct behind the wheel make you guilty of a crime rather than a simple traffic offense? Let’s […]

Minors Charged as Adults Under Florida Law

As of several years ago, Florida has been leading the pack in terms of the number of juveniles charged as adults under state law. If your child has been charged with a crime under Florida law, it is essential that you have experienced legal representation. Adult Versus Juvenile Court – Who Makes the Decision? Under […]

Are Past Juvenile Crimes Committed in Florida Expunged?

Crimes committed while a person is a juvenile are usually treated with more leniency by the criminal code. This is in part because society appreciates the distinctions in maturity and judgment between adults and those not considered adults by law. Despite that appreciation, each state takes a slightly different approach to how the records of […]

What is Disorderly Conduct in Florida?

The purpose of disorderly conduct laws in Florida – otherwise known as ‘breach of the peace’ laws – is to regulate disruptive conduct that occurs in public places. Disorderly conduct offenses may be prosecuted as either misdemeanors or as felonies. Disturbing the peace charges are no joke, and the penalties can be severe. Consequently, you […]

At What Point After an Arrest Should I Hire a Criminal Attorney?

The best time to obtain an attorney is not always clear to someone involved in a criminal matter. When a police officer arrests an individual, they are required to inform them about their Miranda rights before an interrogation, which include reminding the person arrested that they have rights to an attorney. Because statements made to […]

The Effect of a Criminal Drug Conviction on Current and Future Employment

In today’s competitive marketplace, jobs in almost every employment sector are very competitive – even for those who have exceptional academic credentials. Criminal drug convictions result in criminal records, which can have a negative impact on a person’s employment and employment prospects. If you have been charged with or convicted of a drug crime, it […]

Are There Defenses to DUI if you “Blew?”

Florida DUI convictions can have serious ramifications. In the State of Florida, DWI and DUI convictions can result in heavy fines, loss of employment, limited job prospects, and even jail time. If you have been charged with a DUI offense, you want an experienced defense attorney in your corner representing you at every stage of your case. […]