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What Does Double Jeopardy Mean In Okaloosa County Criminal Cases?

When most people think of the term Double Jeopardy, they think it means that the court can never charge you with the same crime twice. While that is partially true, there are certain instances where you can be charged twice for the same offense. My goal is to give you the full meaning of double… Read More

Vehicle Searches In Fort Walton Beach Drug Cases

Let me just say right at the beginning that if you consent to the police searching your car, you are making their job much easier. The police will repay the favor by arresting you. When someone calls me after just being arrested for drug possession in Okaloosa County, the conversation usually goes something like this:… Read More

K-9 Vehicle Searches In Okaloosa County

Are The Police Allowed To Use A Dog To Search My Car For Drugs? Canine searches are commonly used by the police in Okaloosa County. Florida has taken a strict approach to drug regulation. It is because of the war on drugs that law enforcement is beefing up their tactics to catch suspected drug handlers,… Read More

What Will Happen To My Case If I Was Arrested In Okaloosa County But The Victim Isn’t Going To Show Up?

This issue comes up most often in Okaloosa County with domestic violence cases. Usually, what happens is the alleged victim will report the crime, make a statement to the police implicating the suspect, and then later decide that they don’t want to prosecute. You have several rights granted to you when you are facing a… Read More

What happens if I get caught driving after a DUI suspension in Okaloosa County?

If you were convicted of a DUI in Okaloosa County, or anywhere in Florida, your driving privileges were most likely suspended for at least 6 months, up to a lifetime revocation. If you are caught driving while serving a DUI suspension, you will be charged with Driving While License Suspended or Revoked (DWLSR), in violation… Read More

How to Communicate with an Okaloosa County Inmate

There is nothing more frustrating than having a loved one incarcerated and not being able to communicate with them.  If you are local you can visit your loved one based on a stringent schedule established by the jail.  You will be given specific days and times to visit with no liberty to modify.  If the… Read More

Getting a Bond in Okaloosa County

If you have a family member, loved one, or friend who is currently in jail in Okaloosa County, we understand that your first two priorities are getting them released from jail as soon as possible and securing the best criminal defense attorney you can find. In most circumstances, a person is legally entitled to a… Read More

Choosing The Right Criminal Attorney In Destin

As an attorney who practices criminal defense in Destin, I’m in court several days a week. I get a chance to watch how other attorneys work; how they treat their clients; how they address the Court. It’s always obvious which attorneys seem confident and “on it,” and which ones seem flustered and ill-prepared. Mediocre representation… Read More

Don’t Talk To The Police: Advice From An Okaloosa County Criminal Defense Lawyer

Talking to the Police:  Just Say NO! Many people think that they are required to talk to the police when being questioned or investigated. I want to tell you one piece of advice that could save you from a criminal conviction on your record. You have the right to remain silent and you should use… Read More

Is There Any Way To Stay Out Of Prison For A Felony In Okaloosa County If I “Score Out” Under The Guidelines?

Downward Departure Sentencing in Okaloosa County I’ll be honest. In most cases, if you score 44 points or more under the Florida Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheet, any plea bargain will result in a prison sentence. The prosecutors in Okaloosa County almost never agree to a non-prison sentence for someone with more than 44 points, and… Read More

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