How to Become a Board Certified Criminal Lawyer

The choice of an attorney is an extremely important decision, particularly for people who are facing a criminal case. The potential consequences of a criminal conviction can include significant fines, probation, restitution, and incarceration, as well as significant damage to your reputation within the community. As a result, anyone facing allegations of criminal misconduct in Florida should retain the best Florida criminal attorney that they can find, which can often be a confusing task for people unfamiliar with the legal industry. For a legal consumer searching for a criminal defense attorney, the options can be overwhelming.  A cursory internet search for “Florida criminal defense lawyer” will provide you with hundreds of attorneys from which to choose, all of whom are vying for your business. Many lawyers include a number of credentials in their advertisements, including their membership in organizations that designate them as “Top Attorneys” or having a certain “Rating.” While these credentials may seem impressive, they are almost always awarded by for-profit organizations that have a financial incentive to create directories of attorneys and have attorney members utilize their advertising options. Though these organizations do have standards and are often not simply open to any attorney who can pay, they are not necessarily looking out for the best interests of the general public. Board certification is awarded by the Florida Bar The Florida Bar is the state agency that is responsible for the regulation of lawyers and the legal profession. It has extremely strict criteria for admission, including successfully passing a two-day examination and an extensive background check. In order to help consumers identify attorneys who specialize in...

The Importance of Florida Bar Criminal Law Certification

As a person seeking a Florida criminal defense attorney, one of the most difficult tasks you can face is evaluating the credentials of the thousands of lawyers that are available to represent you. After all, if you are looking for a criminal defense lawyer, you may be facing serious legal sanctions, including probation, fines, restitution, or even jail time. As a result, you obviously want to retain the best attorney available. A good lawyer can help someone facing a criminal case in many ways, and can often have a significant impact in the ultimate outcome of a case. Not all endorsements are created equal Many practicing attorneys list their accolades on their websites and other promotional materials. Between the the National Association of Trial Lawyers, “Superb” Avvo ratings, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and The National Advocates, it can all get a bit confusing. While these distinctions have merit, the reality is that they are awarded by private organizations that exist in part to create attorney directories and provide a forum to promote their members. A Highly Regulated Profession Every attorney licensed to practice law in the state of Florida has undergone a thorough background check conducted by the Florida Bar Association. The bar regulates a variety of issues regarding the practice of law, including requirements to practice, ethics, attorney’s fees, and advertising. In addition, in the state of Florida, in order for lawyers to call themselves criminal law “specialists,” they must become certified by the bar. In order to become certified as a specialist in criminal law, a lawyer must meet the following criteria: Have practiced law for...

Who are the best criminal defense lawyers in Florida? Florida criminal law experts, specialists officially certified by The Florida Bar

The Best Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys are Specialists who are officially certified by The Florida Bar Florida has over 90,000 lawyers regulated by the leading authorities on law and lawyer regulation in the state, The Florida Bar and the Florida Supreme Court. Both have led the fight to protect consumers from false advertising and manipulative claims regarding legal services. In 1982, the Florida Supreme Court implemented board certification in order to help consumers identify actual specialists in several different areas of law. Law is more than a profession, it is also a competitive business. Certification was needed for many reasons, especially for consumers. Consumers are subjected to many deceptive claims about a legal provider’s skill, particularly on the Internet and in other media. For example, law firms will imply special expertise with claims such as “DUI only” or “100% criminal defense” which implies an expertise that may not actually exist. This is why The Florida Bar is very specific about what claims a lawyer or law firm may make about a lawyer’s skill: “Board Certified,” “Specialist,” “Expert” or to use the letters “B.C.S.” for Board Certified Specialist on business cards or letterhead, in legal directories or in advertising.” ~The Florida Bar Nevertheless, this does not stop many lawyers from using Internet “rating services” as a way to get around the requirements of board certification and being a recognized expert. Why? Board certification is extremely hard in Florida. There are currently twenty-four areas of certification including criminal law (trial and appellate), and at a minimum, a lawyer must have: a minimum of five (5) years of experience – and virtually...

Florida Criminal Law Guest Articles – by the best criminal law specialists

Five ways to increase your suffering AND Five ways to help your Florida criminal defense lawyer help you! by guest author, Stephen G. Cobb, BCS People don’t know what they don’t know. As a result, many people charged with a crime (and their family members) unknowingly do things that increase the risk of criminal conviction and a harsher sentence. Here are the top five time tested methods to increase your risk of conviction, harsher sentencing and overall suffering: 1) Fail to follow instructions, from failing to complete a Fact Pattern Report to daily use of support materials to cope with stress. Classic example: dressing “nice” for court instead of exactly as instructed. Did you know that a defendant wearing an expensive, nice, gray or black suit is more likely to be convicted than one wearing a navy blue one? This is precisely why we give EXACT instructions on what to wear to criminal court, how to cope with stress and numerous other things. TIP: the support materials from Coping With Stress During Criminal Prosecution have been tested for over twenty (20) years, and clients who use the materials experience less stress and better case outcomes. 2) Pointless meetings and multi-part emails, especially “hand holding” appointments due to the failure to control criminal case stress. Pointless meetings are defined as any office or phone appointment a client wants to schedule with the lawyer without a specific purpose related to the outcome desired. Pointless meetings are the single biggest obstacle to productive work. Lawyers only have so much time each day, and pointless meetings take time away from productive work on...