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How much does a criminal defense attorney cost?

Each attorney and law firm are different as are each Defendant's criminal case and history. I would like to give you an idea about how this law firm deals with pricing and give you a general ...
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Arrested in Sarasota or Manatee for underage drinking as part of Operation Dry Spring?

Recently, a statewide initiative to curb underage drinking took place in Sarasota and Manatee counties. Known as Operation Dry Spring, the initiative focused on underage drinkers out for spring break ...
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Two or more DUI's? Sarasota DUI Court focuses on getting you help rather than giving you a lot of jail time.

If you have been charged with driving under the influence (DUI) and have a prior DUI conviction, you may qualify for Sarasota County DUI Court. The Sarasota DUI Court Program is an excellent program ...
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Should I Turn Myself in on a Warrant in Sarasota/Manatee?

Let's face it, no one wants to go to jail. If you know you have a pending warrant for your arrest, however, biting the bullet and turnig yourself in can be advantageous. One benefit is that you ...
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What is extradition in Florida?

The term "extradition" often brings up the image of an international criminal who jumps from country to country committing crimes and has finally been caught in some country and the relative ...
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In Florida, can trafficking minimum mandatories be waived?

Florida's drug crimes are strict, especially trafficking charges. Trafficking charges are not much harder to prove for the state than a simple possession case, but carry a much heftier penalty. ...
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Should I tell my attorney that I am Guilty?

The answer is undoubtedly yes. You should always be honest with your attorney in discussions. Anything you tell him or her is privileged and can only be discussed openly in very few situations. The ...
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I can't make it to my court date for my misdemeanor criminal case in Sarasota County. What can I do?

If you hire our firm to represent you for your misdemeanor case in Sarasota County we can likely waive your appearance for your arraignment and your pre-trial conference court dates. This means that ...
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What is a wheel witness in Florida?

A "wheel witness" is an essential witness in a case against a person for various criminal driving charges. As part of all driving charges, the prosecutor must prove that the individual ...
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Can my child be charged as an adult in Florida?

Under Florida law it possible for a juvenile who is 14 or older to be charged as an adult. In legal terms, it is known as "direct filing". The decision whether or not to direct file a charge ...
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What is Criminal Conspiracy in Florida?

Conspiracy is one of the most mysterious and misunderstood charges in criminal law. In Florida, conspiracy is not a charge on its own. Conspiracy must be attached to another crime such as murder, ...
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What's the difference between an arrest warrant and a search warrant in Florida?

While it is fairly obvious on its face what the difference between these two types of warrants is, there are some nuances that are not so obvious. While the differences may not be critical to your ...
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Why won't the State drop my charges?

The best result that anybody can obtain is the State dropping their charges. The State may have many reasons to consider dropping charges against you. The most frequent reason charges are dropped is ...
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What is speedy trial in Florida?

If you have ever faced criminal charges or have been to a criminal court appearance, you have likely heard the term "speedy trial". While this term is regularly discussed in criminal ...
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Should I bond my friend or loved one out of jail before first appearance?

Our law firm sometimes gets calls from people asking if they should bond their friend or loved one out before first appearance. While this is absolutely not meant as advice unique to your legal ...
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What is a motion to suppress?

There are many motions that a criminal defense attorney can file on behalf of a client. One of the most popular and most powerful is a motion to suppress. While every person familiar with the criminal ...
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What is a non-jury or bench trial?

When a person hears "trial" they often picture movies with jurors sitting, listening to evidence, and determining guilt or innocence. Even outside of fictional television series, the jury ...
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What should I do if I have a warrant out for me in Sarasota or Manatee County?

While having a warrant out for your arrest may seem like the end of the world, you do have options. Keep in mind that an arrest warrant is a peripheral part of a criminal charge. Whether it's an ...
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What are the differences in DWLS charges in Florida?

One of the most common traffic charges in Sarasota, and throughout Florida, is driving while license suspended, cancelled, or revoked, commonly referred to as a DWLS charge. While DWLS is considered a ...
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When is the best time to hire an attorney in a criminal case?

The answer to this question is going to depend largely on your particular situation and finances. The best thing to do is hire an attorney as soon as you know there are, or may be, criminal charges ...
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Is there a difference between a criminal defense lawyer and a DUI attorney?

Many lawyers, in cities across the U.S. and especially in Sarasota, advertise themselves as "DUI attorneys". This will often lead to confusion from individuals looking for an attorney. Do ...
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If I got a DUI in Sarasota, Do I Need to Pay the Traffic Citations I got too?

If you plan to fight your DUI, you can file a motion to consolidate the traffic citations into the DUI case. If the judge grants the motion, the clerk will add your traffic citations to your criminal ...
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What is an open or straight up plea in Florida?

In Sarasota, a defendant facing criminal charges generally has several options. The first, and most common, is to accept the plea offer that the State (prosecutor) makes. If you have hired an ...
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