Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

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How Often Do You See Criminal Cases Going To Trial?

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments. About 1 per cent of all criminal cases end up actually going to trial and that is the number one reason why most criminal defense lawyers are not certified and specialists. They may have been practicing over 25 years, like I have. However, they have not been able to get the trials that are needed to become a specialist. If you don’t try cases in… Read More

Why Do Lawyers Want To Talk To Me Before Telling Me The Legal Fee?

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments. One of the most aggravating aspects of practicing criminal defense law is when someone calls up and says, “How much do you charge for a DUI”, or, “How much do you charge for a burglary”, or, “How much do you charge for domestic violence”. I don’t know if it’s a first offense, I don’t know if it’s a 21st offense. I need this kind of… Read More

Is Possession Of Marijuana Legal In Florida For Medical Use Now?

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments. This is going to be a shocker but Florida legalized medical marijuana back in the early 1990s by a court decision that no one has heard of. This particular court decision involved a couple who had severe life-threatening illnesses, they were unable to eat, their doctor had prescribed numerous medications for them and unfortunately, nothing seem to work and the physician was afraid they would… Read More

What Does Burglary Of A Conveyance Mean?

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments. Burglary comes in many different forms. Florida does not have breaking and entering. Florida did a long time ago before I started practicing law, but the legislature was not happy about court decisions involving what is breaking, what is entering; in this case, there was no breaking, in this other case there was. They decided to go with burglary. Basically, there is burglary to a… Read More

How Much Time Will Someone Get For A Technical Violation Of Probation?

This is one of my favorite questions simply because the phrase “Technical Violation” is so misunderstood. For example, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been in a courtroom and I’ve heard the state attorney, the defense attorney, the probation officer, and even the judge say that someone is before the court at a violation of probation arraignment or at a violation of probation evidentiary hearing, either one, and they will refer to the violation as technical violations. That’s completely wrong. Let me explain why. A violation of probation must be two things. Each violation alleged on an affidavit… Read More

How Do I Plea Bargain On My Own In First Offense Domestic Assault And Battery?

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments. The first thing you should do if you’re going to try to plea bargain on your own without the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney is to understand that you’re not going to get the best deal. One of the smartest things that someone can do, if they’re going to represent themselves, is offered jail time upfront. Now, this is the first offense scenario,… Read More

Can I Get A Bail Bond On The Violation Of Probation?

That is an excellent question and one that I encounter often. The short answer is maybe. Now, the reason I say “maybe” is the type of violation and the location of the violation would be very important. For example, if it’s a violation in a misdemeanor case, you’re more likely to get a bond than you are for felony case. There is also a major difference between urban areas with large populations in small counties. For example, counties such as Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton normally will issue no bond warrants in all felony cases and most misdemeanor cases.… Read More

Your Clients Need Digital Erasure Now More Than Ever

You did a great job and your client’s case was dismissed. You promptly followed through with a record expunction. However, there is one collateral consequence where you are probably failing your client: Digital Erasure. “EraseMugshots.com has announced that they have created a new privacy solution that enables people to remove personal information from the internet. They are there to help people restore their privacy by removing personal information, including criminal records, from 30+ services where people can complete background checks.”1 Think about this for a moment: is your law firm equipped to erase social media leakage, booking photographs, and other… Read More

What Are The Potential Defenses Used In These Cases?

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments. One of the most common things you look for as a defense attorney are ways to keep out evidence, and that is one of the most important types of defenses. We have other types of defenses. One is called the SODDIT Defense. A SODDIT defense simply means some other dude did it and that’s a potential defense. My client didn’t do it, somebody else did… Read More

What Are The Differences Between Murder, Homicide And Manslaughter Charges?

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments. Each one of them has a specific definition and each one of them is divided into degrees. For example, you have first, second, and a third degree murder. You have murder charges that are death penalty offenses and murder charges that are not death penalty offenses. Homicide is simply another way of saying murder. However, when it comes to traffic cases, you will hear the… Read More