Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

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What Are The Intricacies Involved In The Juvenile Justice System?

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 county in Florida, unless it’s a very small county that relies on the larger neighboring county or a group of other small counties, is going to have a series of agencies that work with each other. The type of juvenile charge, family dynamics, method of intervention by law enforcement, other factors will determine who is involved. For example, you may have a local police… Read More

Do All Juveniles Go To A Juvenile Detention Center After An Arrest?

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. Juveniles do not automatically go to a detention center after an arrest. Many juveniles are released to their parents. In the juvenile system, there is a unique point sheet that has been setup by the Florida statutes, and quantified by Rule 8 of the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure. It is a scoresheet for what’s called a detention review hearing. If it looks like a… Read More

What Are The Long Term Consequences Of Having A Juvenile Conviction?

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. If it is handled correctly, there are usually no long-term consequences for a juvenile, if they have a criminal history, as they move into adulthood. If the case was not handled correctly, and there are far too many cases that are not being handled correctly because parents and children are being psychologically manipulated by the government, then the biggest thing that jumps out at me… Read More

Do Many People Avoid Hiring An Attorney For Minor Juvenile Offenses?

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. We see people trying to avoid the expense of hiring a lawyer for all cases, juvenile or adult. The problem with people trying to save money this way is that, number one, they are not going to get the best outcome possible. They are not lawyers, and even if they are, they are not familiar with the criminal court system in either adult or juvenile… Read More

What Are The Alternative Programs Available To Juvenile Offenders?

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. There are different types of alternative sentencing that are available in Florida. I try to avoid diversion programs, if possible. Diversion programs are usually loaded with conditions, and have a lot of things in the area of what the government considers to be personal accountability. In reality, they are so burdensome for young people, it sets large numbers of them up to fail. They get… Read More

What Is The Juvenile Criminal Process From Arrest To Resolution?

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. Florida’s juvenile procedure is very important to understand, from arrest to resolution. Adult criminal cases are handled under Rule 3, while juvenile cases are handled under Rule 8. If you were to imagine the legal system for juvenile cases, it looks diagrammatically very similar to how an adult case is handled. If you were to take a sheet of paper and draw on it, you… Read More

What Are The Common Types Of Juvenile Cases That You Handle?

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. Our law firm handles just about everything that someone can possibly get arrested for, whether he or she is a juvenile or an adult. For example, one of the most common crimes for juveniles is minor in possession of alcohol. Each year in Okaloosa and Walton Counties, waves of police officers go undercover to the beach, and arrest literally thousands of young people and charge… Read More

Is Your Case Over If A Charge Is Dismissed At The Preliminary Hearing?

If a charge is dismissed at the preliminary hearing, then it’s the end of that particular charge, but a case may have multiple charges. I’ve had many cases where someone was charged with three counts or more yet, by the time first appearance was over, one or two of those counts were gone. The case kept going even, though one or two of the charges were found by the judge to lack probable cause. In these cases, later on, the State Attorney elected not to try and even file criminal charges with the formal Information of Indictment. In Florida, generally,… Read More

What Evidence Do You Use To Mitigate Charges On Behalf Of A Client?

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 number one negotiating strategy for getting the best deal for a particular client is to test, weigh, and contest the admissibility of evidence. Strength of case is the single most important parameter that affects settlement. The stronger the defense case, the stronger the case for a more favorable sentencing is. This can mean the difference between probation, with a special condition of several months… Read More

Is It Ever Possible To Have Criminal Charges Reduced Or Dismissed?

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. It is always possible to have charges reduced or dismissed. Whether it is probable, meaning more likely than not, is an entirely different question. In addition to charge reductions and dismissals, there is also something known as a charge substitution. Over the course of my career, I have handled more DUI cases that I can possibly remember. During those DUI cases, one of the questions… Read More