Do I need a criminal defense attorney's help if I am accused of a crime?
Typically, yes. Although the government will provide you an attorney at low cost, public defenders are not the best option to get the best outcome on your case. Public defenders are universally overworked and have far more cases than one attorney should handle. Hiring a private will allow you to receive individualized attention, take further action than a public defender usually will, and very often produce better results than a public defender.
Why should I choose your firm to take on my case?
This is where you need to trust your gut. We often tell potential clients that choosing an attorney is like choosing a mechanic. If your instincts are telling you that a particular attorney is the right fit for you, you should choose that attorney. There is a reason why you feel that way.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
The degree of seriousness and consequences. Directly, the maximum punishment for a misdemeanor case is one (1) year incarcerated, probation, or combination that totals up to one (1) year. Depending on the degree of a felony charge, your maximum punishment is five (5) years, fifteen (15) years, twenty-five (25) years, life, or even a sentence of death. Further, a felony conviction will cause you to lose certain civil rights, impair your job prospects, and carry other collateral consequences that a misdemeanor will not.
How long will it take to resolve my personal injury case?
There is not set timeline for resolving a personal injury case. Our law firm has finished a personal injury case in as a little time as one (1) month, but others have taken more than two (2) years. How long it takes will depend on the severity of injuries and the amount of compensation sought. As a general rule of thumb, the greater your injuries and compensation sought, the longer it will take to resolve your case.
What are the legal grounds for obtaining a divorce?
In Florida, there are no specific reasons that must be established to obtain a divorce. You just need to establish certain minimum requirements, such as being a Florida resident for six (6) months, to seek a divorce.
How does the court determine child custody?
Florida courts determine child custody (called time-sharing in Florida) based upon twenty (20) different factors that have been set out by the Florida Legislature. Additionally, in Florida, there is no presumption that the mother is entitled to primary custody of the child. Rather, the presumption is that both the mother and the father are entitled to 50/50 split when it comes to child custody.
How much experience do you have?
Attorney RoseMarie Feller has been practicing law in the Florida for almost twenty (20) years. She has handled all manner of criminal cases, except for murder cases where the death penalty is on the table (she has handled several murder non-death penalty murder cases), as well as hundreds of family law cases and personal injury cases. Attorney Feller employs associate attorneys who have their own significant legal experience and work under the direct supervision of Attorney Feller. Additionally, Attorney Feller has employed a legal researcher/writer since 2008.
Do I have to go to court?
Typically, yes, although a private attorney may waive your appearance at court dates when the Judge does not specifically require you to appear. If you are using a public defender, you will be required to go to all court dates.
What if I was just charged with a misdemeanor charge. Can I just plead guilty?
It is never a good option to simply plead guilty to a criminal charge, even a misdemeanor charge. People often make the mistake of believing that a misdemeanor conviction will not cause them harm. This is simply not the case. With the advances of technology, that conviction will follow you around for life. We have seen countless instances of a mere misdemeanor conviction causing a person harm many years down the road. You should never plead guilty to a criminal charge unless you have the advice of legal counsel, preferably a private attorney.