Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Step 5: Stop Researching The Law

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. During the course of my career, I’ve had many clients approach me and say, “I’m trying to help you on my case and here’s a case I’ve found that says I win.” I would then be promptly handed a legal decision from another jurisdiction that had absolutely no relevance to the case at hand, yet my client would persist in arguing with me about how… Read More

Step 4: Review The Discovery Exhibit And Write Out A Second Fact Pattern Report

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. Whining and complaining are not the same as rolling up your sleeves and getting to work. However, most people derive a much greater level of pleasure from whining and complaining than from engaging in the hard labor required to for a proper defense. If you or someone you love has been arrested, it is critically important that you get to work. You may be thinking,… Read More

Step 3: Do Not Tell Your Lawyer What Happened

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 you read the title, you may think to yourself “That’s ridiculous. Of course you tell your lawyer what happened.” Yes, you do- just not the way you might think. Most people want to plop into an office chair and just casually rattle about what happened and get the stress of the arrest or pending arrest out of their system. Oftentimes, they are looking to… Read More

Step 2: Panic Equals Massive Punishment

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 important things you can do for someone you love after they have been arrested is to make sure that the legal team that they hire has a client stress control protocol. Many lawyers deal with client stress by handholding office chats. Their clients feel better, but their legal fee has actually been wasted. Here is a question to ponder: Do you… Read More

Step 1: Find The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

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. Being arrested can be one of the most traumatic experiences a person can possibly go through. No one wakes up in the morning and thinks to themselves “Gosh, I hope I get arrested and get to call a criminal defense lawyer and pay a whole bunch of money today.” That just doesn’t happen. When you or someone you love is arrested, it messes with your… Read More

Will I be Arraigned Before I Am Released From Jail?

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. No. However, you will have a legal proceeding if you do not get what we loosely call a Booking Officer Bond. Now, if your arrest is in a county like Escambia, your odds of getting an arresting officer or booking officer bond or criminal summons by the arresting officer is more likely than in other counties simply because the sheriff had notified the county commissioners… Read More

What Should A Person Who Is Arrested For The First Time Know About Discovery?

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 actually is very important and that’s an excellent question because quite often, when people have been arrested for the first time and they have no experience with the criminal justice system, their thinking goes like this, “They got me dead to the rise. I have no defense, I should save money, go to court, plead guilty and throw myself on the mercy of the… Read More

If There Is Something Amiss In The Discovery How Can That Impact A Case?

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 can disrupt or absolutely destroy the prosecution as a case and I would say that in the cases I handle that easily somewhere between 20 and 40% of them depending upon which county, which law enforcement agencies are involved etc., are going to have some discovery that’s missing. For example, I just had a DUI case the other day that involved an allegation of… Read More

Defendant Has To Plead Either Guilty Or Not Before Getting Discovery

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. Yes, and that is precisely why everyone charged with the criminal offense in the state of Florida or in the United States District Courts should enter a plea of not guilty unless the specific circumstances arise where it would be inadvisable to do so. Now, with federal cases, that is more likely to be the case than in state court. In state court, almost 100%… Read More

At What Point In My Case Does My Attorney Have Access To The Evidence?

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. Whether someone is located in the first judicial circuit, which is the Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton County, the 14th judicial circuit such as Bay County, Jefferson or Jackson or anywhere else in the state, Miami Dade, Madison, Orange County, it doesn’t really matter because the rules of discovery under rule 3.220(b) indicate how you ask for discoverable information and that’s not the total… Read More