Florida Criminal Defense and DUI Defense Blog

7Jun, 21

We were talking the other day, a few of my lawyer colleagues and me, about lawyers who had influenced us, inspired us, taught us, mentored us, shaped our careers.. I’ve got a fairly lengthy list. Of course, I mentioned Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird. And Perry Mason. I think I read all of ... more

26Apr, 21

I recently participated in a round table discussing jury trials in the COVID age. And here’s what I learned from that. The judge on the panel, one of our local judges who’s conducted a few jury trials, basically let it be known that, as long as there are cases to try, as long as there ... more

21Apr, 21

Writing this as we’re waiting on the results of the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Everybody is calling this the Trail Of The Century. It made me think about all of the other “trials of the century” because very few years there’s another “trial of the century”. Certainly in the mid-90’s, O.J. SImpson was the ... more

13Apr, 21

I’m joined today by my good friend Cliff Barnes. Cliff, as you might recall, was a longtime criminal defense lawyer in town and spent way too many years as a county court judge here in Fort Pierce. Now, he’s back in the saddle, defending the wrongly accused, and sometimes the rightly accused. Cliff’s going to ... more

5Apr, 21

People ask me, “Do you limit your practice to the courthouses in your neighborhood? Do you stay in Fort Pierce or do you go all over?” I have briefcase, will travel. I love taking my show on the road. Early in my career, I traveled all the way to Dayton, Ohio to protect a family ... more

29Mar, 21

Post Conviction Relief is an avenue to overturn a bad result at the trial court level. There are two basic kinds of Post Conviction Relief. There’s the direct appeal. At a direct appeal, a person who’s been convicted appeals to the next higher court and tries to convince that court that the trial judge screwed ... more

22Mar, 21

I was feeling nostalgic on the way into work this morning, thinking about my old vinyl records and going to ball games in person and other things we don’t get to do any more. That got me to thinking about the right to a speedy trial, another right that we don’t have any more (but ... more

15Mar, 21

As you may or may not know, every state has its own set of rules or procedures for how, mechanically, a case goes through the criminal court system. Today, I’m going to give you a look under the hood of Florida’s system. We’ll start with the point of arrest and go all the way through ... more

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