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How Can A No-Contact Order Be Lifted In Florida?

How to Lift a No-Contact Order in Florida There are two basic ways to lift a no-contact order in Florida but only one of them would I consider correct. If you take the wrong approach the defendants case could be made significantly worse and may even end in a no-contact order violation. One of the things that we frequently hear is that complaining witnesses are told to go down to the State Attorney’s office without legal counsel and ask to speak to the prosecutor who will be able to make the no-contact order disappear. Here is what actually happens. The… Read More

What Actually Is A No-Contact Order In Florida?

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. When someone is arrested for a sexual offense involving another person, a domestic violence offense, and certain other types of personal crimes such as battery, aggravated assault, or aggravated battery, it is quite common for there to be a specific condition of a bail bond whereby the defendant may not have any contact with the complaining witness. The state always calls the complaining witness a… Read More

What Can I Do If I Am Unable To Have My Record Expunged?

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 question used to not exist at all back in the day before the internet that was never even an issue. In today’s always connected world, it’s an ever present issue. The one thing that someone can do if they have unexpungeable criminal history and it cannot be digitally erased is to do everything possible to keep it out of the public domain and limit… Read More

Who Is Eligible To Have Their Record Expunged In Florida?

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. Although that’s an excellent question, it’s not something I feel comfortable rattling off the top of my head because that changes so frequently. My concern is although this particular interview is, like all of them, coming with the disclaimer that it is not actual legal advice for a specific case, I am nevertheless concerned that somebody would look at that list, try and do it… Read More

What Does It Mean To Have A Record Expunged In Florida?

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. When a record is expunged, what that means is that government entities have to erase their data regarding the arrest processing and outcome of a particular case. There is an entire procedure that is set forth in the Florida statute and basically, it works like this. Certain cases cannot be expunged for any reason. If, for example, someone is convicted of a DUI and adjudicated… Read More

Bail Or Bond In Florida Child Abuse Cases

  Child abuse cases often have an extremely high bond. There are some cases that produce an emotional reaction that is extremely strong. Cases involving allegations of cruelty to animals and cruelty to children are cases where there is a strong presumption of guilt despite the fact that everyone should be presumed innocent, they know the reality is many presume guilt. When it comes to child abuse cases, there is a great deal of sympathy for children to the point that it clouds people’s judgment. When you have a high profile child abuse case, it’s very important to consider how… Read More

How Do You Use SPECT Brain Imaging As A Defense In Child Abuse 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. I was recently honored and privileged to be interviewed and later have an entire chapter written up about what I do with SPECT brain imaging and Kevin Davis is the brain behind that. I honestly expected after meeting him and having him go to court with me that it would be a single line and not an entire chapter. But that chapter lays out exactly… Read More

What Are The Penalties For A Child Abuse Conviction In Florida?

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. Simply put, the penalties for a child abuse conviction in Florida are bad. Depending on the type of child abuse involved, it can range anywhere from a year in jail up to life in prison. It can actually result in the death penalty. For example, many years ago I defended the most serious mass murder in this particular county, and the defendant was extremely difficult.… Read More

What Is The Flow Of Events After A Child Abuse Allegation Is Made?

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 a lot of factors that determine the flow of events after a child abuse allegation has been made. You have to start with an understanding that child abuse and child sexual abuse investigations are different. Quite often, they are handled through a separate branch office of the state attorney, rather than the main state attorney’s office. They have a series of special prosecutors… Read More

What Happens If A Child Recants Allegations Of Abuse?

In the context of child abuse cases, sex offense cases and especially domestic violence cases, people often ask whether or not the charges will be dropped if the victim recants his or her allegation. The answer is no; only the state of Florida can file formal charges. When someone reports that there may have been some form of abuse to a minor, the minor is interviewed in some way, shape, form or fashion. At that time, a law enforcement officer will decide whether or not there is probable cause. The threshold is very, very low to have a probable cause… Read More