KEEPING YOU OUT OF JAIL AND CONVICTION FREE
Have you been arrested and charged with a serious crime?
First, know this: the “proof” or evidence required to arrest you is much less than that required to convict you.
Ever heard “beyond a reasonable doubt”? The Florida Supreme Court has instructed us that in order to convict someone of any crime the STATE/GOVERNMENT/PROSECUTION MUST prove every piece of every crime beyond and to the exclusion of EVERY REASONABLE DOUBT.
Why does that matter to you? Because you’ve only been arrested. The laws of our State only require a “probably” (probable cause) standard to arrest you. That is MUCH less evidence than beyond a reasonable doubt.
GETTING YOU OUT OF JAIL WHILE WE WORK
That’s great but I can’t sit in jail while you find holes in the evidence.
Second, know this: the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure allow pre-trial release (bond) in all but a very select few cases. If you have any ties to the local community, employment, family, or other evidence that you are not a risk to the community, we can file a Motion to Reduce Bond to help get you out and back to work.
CRITICALLY ANALYZING THE EVIDENCE
In Florida, the State Attorney’s Office is REQIURED to produce and disclose all of the evidence they intend to use against you. This is an extremely useful rule because it allows your criminal defense attorney to put every piece of State evidence under the microscope of the 4th, 5th, and 6th Amendments for suppression analysis (getting the evidence thrown out).
Additionally, an experienced criminal defense attorney, especially one that has worked on both sides, will know how, when, and where to make public records requests for evidence that could exonerate you.
KNOWING THE CHARGES/KNOWING THE PENALTIES
Many criminal statutes in Florida carry with them collateral consequences that make punishment feel so much worse. For instance, did you know that if you were convicted of a misdemeanor marijuana charge your driver’s license will be suspended for 2 years? Did you know that if convicted of misdemeanor Domestic Battery or Violation of an Injunction you will not be able to purchase a firearm?
THE IMPORTANCE OF A SKILLED AND EXPERIENCED DEFENSE ATTORNEY
Lastly, KNOW THIS: Having a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney is an invaluable asset. It can quite literally change the rest of your life. If your freedom is important, or if the rest of your life is important, your choice in criminal defense attorney is equally important. Choose knowledge, choose experience.