When the State of Florida levels a criminal allegation against you, the first thing you should do is call an experienced criminal defense attorney. Law enforcement has powerful tools and seemingly unlimited resources to build a case against you. Once charged, you face high fines and potential jail time. That’s why you need a criminal defense lawyer. The Onore Law Firm will protect your rights and interests.
Click to Expand/Collapse Case Types
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Arrest Warrants
- Criminal Mischief
- Domestic Violence
- Driver’s License Offenses
- Drug Possession
- Drug Trafficking
- DUI Manslaughter
- Early Termination of Probation
- Grand Theft
- Juvenile Charges
- Petit Theft
- Record Seal/Expunge
- Sex Offenses
- Vehicular Homicide
- Violations of Probation
- Weapons Offenses
Search and Seizures
If the police believe they have enough evidence to bring a criminal charge, chances are they conducted some type of search and seizure. While they have a good deal of latitude at their disposal, the police are required to follow a lawful process. They must either reasonably believe that a crime is being committed or get a search warrant. Many overzealous officers cross the boundary between good police work and unlawful stops, searches and seizures.
Whether the stop involves a DUI incident or a search for drugs or stolen property, the evidence may be thrown out when law enforcement officials exceed their limits. Oftentimes, the State will abandon the case and drop the charges against you if the process has been tainted in this fashion. One of the first steps toward defending you in court will be to challenge the manner in which officers collected evidence to make the criminal accusation. This is typically done by filing motions to suppress or dismiss with the court to challenge law enforcement’s actions.
Domestic Violence Cases
The courts have taken a tough stance on domestic violence. Without a doubt, the issue has become a national epidemic. But the force law enforcement and the courts have put behind curbing the problem has created some significant legal hurdles for innocent Defendants. When spouses or domestic partners have heated disputes or part ways, it has grown too common for one to make a false allegation. Although the claims are motivated by anger and spite, these charges create a significant legal problem and social stigma. The charges are often retracted after emotions calm. But, in the meantime, you could be subject to court-imposed sanctions such as posting bond and/or being subjected to a no-contact or restraining order. These allegations require a strong response.
Challenging The State’s Case
Criminal cases are built on evidence. Law enforcement collects it and prosecutors use it to the best of their ability. In reality, it can turn into a house of cards when challenged by an experienced criminal defense attorney. Eye witness testimony is often a key component to prosecuting crime. However, eye-witness testimony ranks among the least reliable sources. People misidentify suspects regularly. Factors such as stress, distraction, racial disparity and lack of unique traits often lead witnesses to point the finger at the wrong person.
Scientific evidence also suffers from many faults. The State’s crackdown on drunk driving has unearthed the fact that blood and breath alcohol testing procedures are not fool proof. Many factors can cause a false blood or breath alcohol level. In other words, the State’s scientific evidence can and will be challenged when appropriate by The Onore Law Firm.
Work With A Fort Lauderdale State Criminal Defense Attorney
Just because law enforcement has leveled a criminal charge against you doesn’t mean they will be able to secure a conviction. As an experienced Criminal Defense Law Firm, we will uncover the problems in their accusations. That often leads to State prosecutors negotiating a fair plea agreement. If they won’t act reasonably, we won’t hesitate to make them try to prove their case at trial. If you have been charged with a crime, call The Onore Law Firm immediately.