I believe that too much behavior is made "criminal" by the State of Florida and the U.S. Government. Perhaps more alarmingly, the way in which police agencies enforce the law—which often involves cutting corners and violating the Constitution—has become totalitarian. By defending the treasured rights of those who are accused of a crime, we as lawyers can protect American values such as liberty, freedom, and free expression.
We lose sleep over our clients' problems. Once a person has a criminal record, even for a relatively minor offense, the criminal justice system has a pernicious way of keeping that individual in trouble. That's why there are no second priority cases for us, and why we fight to exceed our clients' expectations. It is also why we are in constant communication with our clients during the often nerve-wracking ordeal of fighting the state's accusations. We work harder and smarter than the competition at every stage of the process to get results.
A 19-year-old young man was in jail for violating probation by being caught in possession of cannabis. Despite coming from an incredible and loving family, being exceptionally bright and kind, and immediately taking responsibility for his mistake, the prosecutor's office refused to offer anything less than a prison sentence of about four years. State statutes give the prosecution enormous power in probation violation cases.
By dogged persistence and a thorough understanding of the life story not only our client, but also his family, we were able to spare this young man a felony conviction and a trip to prison. Everybody deserves another chance, and we fight to the end of the road to see that our clients have every chance to get it. Along the way, we have the privilege of getting to know some clients so well that we become part of their families.
We believe that the better prepared side almost always prevails. We do everything it takes to be the better prepared side. Knowing the law inside and out helps, as does being immersed in the facts, right down to the smallest detail. None of this is possible without active communication with the client, however, whose input guides the entire process.
The foremost duties are to keep our clients confidences and fight hard for them, no matter who might dislike us for it. The criminal justice system is a battlefield, and we are honored and humbled to be the ones our clients turn to when they are most in need of help.
Trial experience in front of juries in criminal cases and a very attentive eye to detail. This is important because it allows us to be better prepared than the competition. To be a great lawyer, one has to first be a great listener. This means reading subtle cues from judges, absorbing the nuances of the law, and most importantly, never being too busy to lend an ear to our clients.
Criminal law is different in every state, county, and courtroom. Having been the defense attorney on over 1,000 criminal cases in Broward County, I can navigate both the charted and uncharted hazards that pose serious risks to my clients' liberty.
Criminal matters in State Court and Federal Courts throughout Florida, as well as civil matters involving civil rights violations at all levels.
We also handle appeals.
Hearing the jury speak the words "not guilty."
Be polite and friendly with the police, but never speak with law enforcement if you are the subject of an investigation without first speaking to a dedicated defense attorney.