Practice Areas

I defend criminal cases in the State of Florida. Any crime. This is my practice area page, welcome!

That being said, I'm not sure why I have a "practice areas" page. After all, my website contains an exhaustive list of crimes defended. As a matter of fact, I've often wondered if this site has too much information.

Actually, you want to know why I have a "practice areas" page? Because my web optimizer people--bless their heart--require it. To make matters worse, they have requested "original content". Hum. What can I say about my practice areas that hasn't been said by a 100,000+ attorneys in the State of Florida?

First of all, describing my "practice areas" sounds dangerously close to asking me the yawning question: "What Do You Do For A Living?" A typical response would sound something like this: "I am a criminal defense attorney."

But, this answer is boring (boring is a mortal sin, right?). Let's face it, any answer that says "I AM a something" doesn't tell us much. Again, my web optimizer people have claim I must have a "practice areas" page, so here it is.

My practice area involves solving problems--the kind of problems that can land you in jail. I solve problems at various stages in the process, meaning, don't wait until you've been arrested to hire an attorney. For example, I recently had a client who was accused of rape. Serious charge, for sure. I worked with the detective and prosecutor and eventually, my client's case was dropped before he was even arrested. Most people wait until they're arrested to hire an attorneyand that's fine, but if you catch wind of an investigation early--hire an attorney. Doesn't have to me, of course, but get a professional involved asap. I'm just saying.

My practice area is saving people from a jail or prison sentence. My practice area is helping folks through very difficult times. After defending thousands of cases since 1993, I've seen it all, and have defended it all. One problem with a "practice areas" page is that it sounds like one big ego stroking event. I love having my ego stroked as much as the next lawyer, but if you want to really learn about the various charges out there, simply click on one of my individual practice areas and you'll get a more detailed breakdown of a specific crime. I even break down boring crimes like Driving on a Suspended License (DWLS), the sort of case that won't form the arc of a crime drama on NBC, but a DWLS in Central Florida will slowly wreck your life as you cannot survive without driving around here (our public transportation isn't on the level of New York's, or even Atlanta's. But, downtown Orlando is coming along in this regard).

There are all sorts of ways to help people out of their predicaments. Let me describe my approach. It is different.

To understand my approach to defending criminal cases, let me first tell you about my friend. Not an imaginary friend, but a real friend. He is now retired, but he required all of his first time DUI clients to take their case to a jury trial. Every single one. My friend was (is) an excellent trial attorney. Hire him, and you're going to trial. Nothing wrong with that. He obtained excellent results for his clients and he is (was) the best trial attorney in town, but his "one size fits all" approach simply doesn't fit everyone's circumstances. Not every client can risk jail time on the rare occasion he lost a trial.

Now, my representation is different. I do not require my clients to go to trial. Typically, my clients want dismissal--they do not want to risk jail time at the end of a trial (no matter how good my trial skills are). My focus is on dismissal--not trial. My focus is on suppression of evidence. Yes, I've done over 70 jury trials. Actually, I love going to trial, but most of my clients have too much at risk, so I am hired to find solutions that don't involve going to jail.

Ok, getting back to this whole "practice areas" thing. I think my web optimizer people want some sort of list of crimes that I defend. To that end, let me mention the fact that I handle DUI's, Shoplifting, Petit Theft, Grand Theft, Expunges, Sealing, Possession of All Sorts of Controlled Substances, Possession of Child Pornography, Possession of anything illegal, and so forth. I could go on, but you get the point. Everything you see on my website is a "practice area". Sure, if I listed every type of case I've defended since 1993, maybe some search engine would appreciate such specificity, but who wants to read a list?

Ok, back to practice areas. Again, I defend any crime except one. I don't handle First Degree Murder, Death Penalty. Other than that, I handle every single criminal accusation a prosecutor can file in State court.

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