Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

Category: COVID-19 Pandemic

The Pandemic’s Impact On Your Criminal Defense Case: Part 2

“When can I meet you in person?” Every criminal defense lawyer struggles with this question for many reasons. First, we have always done in-person consultations. Personally, I never did a telephone consultation until after Hurricane Ivan in 2004. Second, people want attention and empathy when discussing a legal matter of great personal importance. Third, there is the matter of confidentiality. An attorney-client meeting needs to be in a safe and secure communications environment. A jail Securus tablet meeting does not meet these needs as long as facilities fail to provide a private and quiet setting. Then there is the issue… Read More

The Pandemic’s Impact on Your Criminal Defense Case: Part 1 (December 2020)

Florida’s local bar associations are a key information source during the pandemic. As we end 2020 and head into 2021, here is an example of how the court system is keeping prosecutors and defense lawyers informed about ever-changing courtroom protocols: “A Message from the Honorable William F. Stone Please see Judge Stone’s Felony Court dates for the remainder of the year: November 30, 2020 – Felony VOP Docket, Non-Incarcerated (AM), Incarcerated (PM) December 1, 2020 – Felony Pretrial Conferences, Non-Incarcerated (All Day) December 2, 2020 – Felony Pretrial Conferences, Non-Incarcerated (AM), Incarcerated (PM) December 4, 2020 – Felony Pretrial Conferences,… Read More