Why you want your family lawyer to have criminal defense experience

Prior to handling family law cases, I handled hundreds of criminal cases as a defense attorney. In doing so, I handled many cases through trial. Criminal Defense lawyers are trained trial lawyers who handle evidence, cross examination and presentation of cases on a regular basis to judges and juries. What you can expect from my experience is the ability to think through your case’s potential outcomes, what will be needed at trial to make sure you are able to enter evidence, preserving issues for appeal, negotiation with other lawyers, and the ability to put forward the best of your case to the judge. Trial trained me to think on my feet and understand the risks of different trial tactics. Ultimately in family law, you don’t want to be in trial. In family law, it’s generally better for the spouses to make their own decisions on what’s best going forward but when that isn’t possible, you need a seasoned trial attorney ready to make your best case.

What is “motion practice” and is it important?

Motion practice is an important part of being a criminal defense attorney.  It requires knowledge of the oldest and the newest legal issues.  It also requires the ability to think outside of case law.  There are occasions when something doesn’t seem right but the law says it is or doesn’t say anything at all.  When ...

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Can lawyers save marriages?

I was approached by a potential client to advise what one can do to protect themselves pre-divorce if they were choosing to try to repair the marriage.  Questions such as what should you do if I have a lease that’s running out but you're not sure if the marriage will continue and you don’t want ...

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Ask the Attorney?

When you are hiring an attorney, you are conducting a job interview.  You have a duty and a right to ask questions of the prospective attorney to get the answers you need before you make the decision to pay a retainer.  Besides the obvious questions of how much the service will cost and your questions ...

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Should you wait to hire an attorney?

Many times people find that they've had a spat with a loved one or a roommate, etc, and they never thought that charges may be outstanding from the incident.  There can be a filing of a "sworn complaint" for a criminal charge.  What that means is that either the State Attorney's Office or law enforcement ...

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Help! I was charged with an Open Container Violation!

You're having a great time with fellow Gator fans in Gainesville and your day is ruined by failing to follow a law that students are all too familiar with but alumni, less so.   The City of Gainesville has an open container ordinance and, although city and county officers look the other way when you are ...

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Affording an attorney when you are charged with a crime

I have found that the more the economy seems to worsen, the more people are charged with crimes.  This may stem from  family financial stressors and result in more batteries in the home, or it stems from the need to keep up the bills resulting in thefts and other property and drug crimes people would never have ...

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Can I expunge my criminal record?

I had a consultation with a potential client the other day regarding sealing and expunging their record. They were horrified to discover that they are not eligible to remove the charge from their record because they have been previously convicted for an offense. To begin with, expunction is a right that you have in Florida to ...

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When family court meets criminal court

I recently had a prospective client call about wanting a divorce and soon came to realize that her case dealt with far more than one simple divorce. Although she and her husband had very little in assets, they shared a daughter together and he was arrested for domestic battery. I soon came to realize how ...

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What does a “withhold of adjudication” mean in criminal court?

I am often asked when I assist clients in criminal court, "what does a 'withhold of adjudication' mean".  I generally take that to mean, "what does that term mean for me?"  If you want a definition, it is generally taken to mean that the court presiding over the criminal case is not  going to judge the ...

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