Panama City CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

PANAMA CITY CRIMINAL LAWYERS

Despite the inherent anxiety associated with either alternative, many people who are stopped by the police or arrested do not suffer any negative consequences.  Although every situation is unique, several factors often dictate whether an encounter with law enforcement results in a criminal conviction.

Individuals with a basic understanding of their legal rights who do not hesitate in asserting their right to counsel and their right against self-incrimination tend to fare much better than those who attempt to talk their way out of trouble.

Panama City Criminal Defense Attorneys

Whether our law firm is retained while a criminal investigation is ongoing, or after our client has been arrested and formally charged, our Panama City criminal defense attorneys know that prompt intervention is important.  Intervention at the investigation stage can influence the charging decision whereas legal advice and representation when facing pending charges are essential for obvious reasons.  Our law firm represents clients charged with almost all types of crimes, including but not limited to the following:

Domestic Violence Lawyers in Panama City

In Florida domestic violence cases, If one becomes involved in an altercation with a spouse, ex-spouse, co-parent, current or former live-in companion, or another person related by marriage or blood, the police are required to make an arrest if the other party is injured.  Even though the other party may have been the aggressor, this scenario often results in the injured party being labeled as the victim while the non-injured party is arrested for domestic violence.  The offense can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on its severity.

Domestic violence cases pose a serious concern because defendants will likely face multiple charges.  If one is arrested for allegedly locking the door and blocking the other party from leaving your home, for example, that person may be charged with both domestic violence and false imprisonment.  Examples of crimes that can serve as a basis for a domestic violence charge include assault or aggravated assault, battery or aggravated battery, stalking or aggravated stalking, false imprisonment, and other offenses that result in injury or death.  The covered relationships include parents of a child, spouses, divorced parties, marital and blood relations, and parties who currently or in the past cohabitated as a family.  See Florida Statutes, Section 741.28.

A Team of Domestic Violence Lawyers in Panama City FL

Our domestic violence lawyers in Panama City recognize that many accusations in these cases are based on the uncorroborated claims of the purported victim.  These accusations often arise out of a complex or contentious relationship where the complaining witness has a motivation to distort or exaggerate the truth.  Claims of domestic violence can be designed to exact revenge against a former spouse or paramour or to gain an advantage in a child custody case or divorce. We examine motivations to misrepresent this type of allegation while also examining police reports, alleged photos of injuries, and other evidence to craft an effective defense.

Panama City DUI Lawyers

When a defendant is stopped and arrested based on suspicion of driving under the influence (DUI), the outcome of the case can impact many facets of the life of the accused.  The immediate impact of a DUI will be the automatic suspension of the accused’s driver’s license and the impounding of their vehicle.  The loss of driving privileges could impact the defendant’s job, education, and their ability to shop and take their children to school.

When a police officer is considering an arrest or a prosecutor considers charges in a DUI case, they will examine the defendant’s driving prior to the stop, physical signs of intoxication during the stop, chemical testing results, and field sobriety exercise performance.  These types of evidence often are subject to multiple interpretations and other legal challenges.

Information on DUIs from Our DUI Lawyers in Panama City

For example, a DUI can be based on either impairment of a defendant’s “normal faculties” or a blood alcohol level (BAL) of .08 percent or higher when said person is driving or in actual control of a vehicle.  See Florida Statutes §316.193.  If the defendant performed poorly during field sobriety tests, we might establish that only your physical faculties were impaired because you were injured, fatigued, or ill while your mental faculties were normal.  If a breath test reveals a result above the legal limit, we will explore calibration of the device and factors that could compromise the accuracy of the results.  If the officer did not observe the defendant during a waiting period or you suffer from GERD, these factors can make the breath test unreliable.

Although the appropriate defenses will depend on the situation, there are many defenses that our experienced Panama City DUI lawyers might utilize to fight for the defendant’s license, freedom, and reputation.  We examine the legal basis for the stop, procedures during field sobriety and chemical testing, and the officer’s perception of the accused’s driving and physical condition during the stop.

Sex Crime Lawyers in Panama City

Individuals who are fully convicted of sex crimes in Florida will be required to register as a “sex offender” or a “sex predator.”  Sex predator status, which cannot be changed, is reserved for violent sexual offenses.  When people are listed on the sex offender registry, a basic search of the web will yield their inclusion on the registry along with their address and their crimes.

The defenses that can be effectively pursued in a sex offense case depends on the specific charge and circumstances.  Some common defenses include consent, lack of intent or knowledge, suppression of unlawfully obtained statements or physical evidence, and unreliable or coached child testimony, just to name a few examples. Our attorneys represent almost the full spectrum of sex offenses, including but not limited to the following:

  • Rape
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Date Rape
  • Child Pornography
  • Child Molestation
  • Sexual Assault
  • Internet Solicitation
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Sexual Exploitation

A Team of Panama City Defense Lawyers You Can Rely On

If you have been arrested or you have discovered that you are the target of a criminal investigation, our Panama City defense lawyers invite you to contact us so that we can discuss your rights and available defenses.

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