Recently, there have been a series of shootings in Jacksonville. In some instances, there were people that were struck by gunfire. These violent stories regarding crime circulate quickly because of the shock value associated with them. Florida’s 10-20-life sentencing scheme also make these stories stand out. However, in my experience as a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, the average criminal case is not the one that makes the news. The defendant is not a scary person behind the trigger of a gun, but a normal, average Joe type that has made a bad decision in a single moment. Other times, it’s someone who hasn’t done a single thing wrong, but is instead the unfortunate victim of circumstance. Whether the crime is Racing/Reckless Driving; Assault/Battery; Possession of Marijuana; or Theft, anyone could find themselves in need of a criminal defense lawyer.
A criminal defense lawyer is important for someone that doesn’t have a history of being in trouble just as much as it is for the repeat offender. In some instances, a criminal defense attorney is able to point out circumstances that show clearly that a client is innocent and convince the State that no charges should be filed. Having charges thrown out without ever being filed is the best outcome, but is more likely to happen when your criminal defense lawyer has been brought in very soon after arrest. Other times, when the facts are against you, a good criminal defense attorney, with enough experience to properly evaluate your case, can help present mitigation and negotiate the best possible outcome for your situation.
At the Law Office of David M. Goldman, PLLC, we have criminal defense lawyers with years of experience that can help you or a loved one in your time of need. Initial consultations are always free. Whether you have traffic tickets, or something more serious, call us today at (904) 685-1200 to find out how we can help.