Are You About to Suffer Courthouse Surprise?

Most first offenders have no clue about how the legal system works. The problem is, they think that they do or think that they can, with a cup of coffee and a few minutes on the Internet. Here’s the truth: If you were stopped by the police and given a Criminal Summons (a citation that looks like a traffic ticket, but has a mandatory court date on it), or if you were arrested, then you can be sentenced to go to jale. And it doesn’t matter how you spell it if you are there. Yet – surprisingly – many people (especially first offenders) are extremely nonchalant about going to jail. Jane1 was pulled over for speeding six miles an hour over the speed limit and given a traffic ticket with a fine amount on the back. A “forty-something” soccer mom and business owner, she was also given a second citation for No Valid Driver’s License. There was no fine amount, and the nice officer gently explained that she shouldn’t worry, just to go to court on time so an arrest warrant would be issued. He also assured her that although it was for a criminal matter, it was “just a misdemeanor” and that “she would be alright.” The officer’s words reassured her until she looked it up online and found out that the charge carried a maximum penalty of sixty (60) days in jail. Naturally, this concerned her. But two of Jane’s friends had been arrested before and neither went to jail, plus the officer had been so reassuring. “First offenders never go to jail,” one of her friends...

The #1 mistake people make after the Arrest

When lawyer advertising was first allowed by the Florida Bar, the public was confused by advertisements which overstated attorney qualifications. In 1982 the Florida Supreme Court established legal specialization to help consumers identify specialists in different areas of law. Criminal law is one of twenty-four (24) areas of legal specialization recognized by the Florida Supreme Court and regulated by the Florida Bar. Legal specialization is known as Board Certification. Lawyers who are actual, recognized experts are known as Board Certified Specialists. In criminal law, lawyers who wish to become specialists have to go through extremely rigorous testing over two full days, have actual trial experience (as opposed to just entering pleas of guilty or no contest) and each trial is then picked apart by legal experts in order to determine the candidates actual ability. Fake lawyer rating services are common Fake rating services providing “attorney reviews” do not require trial experience, testing or expert review of the uncertified lawyer’s legal work. They are not the official Florida Bar rating and lawyers who use these website rating services may not claim they are experts, specialists or use the Board Certification logo unless they have been certified by the Florida Bar. Instead, fake rating services rely on easy to rig “peer reviews” and “clients satisfaction” reviews. Common rigging methods include fake testimonials posing as client reviews, and cutting deals with other lawyers in different practice areas to puff up each lawyer’s ratings on the fake ratings review site. As one specialist put it: “A big, fat advertising fee inflates a lawyer’s rating and hides the professional failure to do the work...

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...