Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

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Do Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group Criminal Defense Attorneys Have A Lot Of Legal Experience?

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 criminal defense attorneys at Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group absolutely have a lot of legal experience. In fact, it is absolutely required that any lawyer who works on our criminal cases has a minimum of ten years of experience in criminal law. We give priority to people who have never been a former prosecutor. Many people have probably seen advertisements or blog posts on… Read More

Will Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group Offer Payment Plans?

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 or not a payment plan will be offered is the number one question that lawyers in this particular field of law are asked. While the team at Florida Defense Legal Group totally understands that money does not grow on trees, it is true that high-quality, good criminal defense lawyers will want a full fee upfront. This is something that the client is actually best… Read More

Do I Need A Complete Criminal Defense Legal Team For A Misdemeanor?

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 or not someone needs a complete criminal defense legal team for a misdemeanor is a question that reminds me of a common companion question, which is whether or not someone really needs a lawyer at all. The answer to the second question is simply this: if someone runs the risk of going to jail by attempting to handle their case on their own, then… Read More

How Does Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC Work Compared To Other Criminal Defense Law Firms?

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 Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC—unlike other criminal defense law firms—assigns a minimum of two lawyers and one staff member to all criminal defense cases. Additionally, if testimony prior to trial is needed, then a court reporter will be added to the team, as well as a process server who will deliver subpoenas for pre-trial depositions. Take a moment and imagine what it must… Read More

If I Hire A Legal Team Instead Of A Single Lawyer To Defend My Criminal Case, Will The Legal Fee Be Much Higher?

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. Hiring a legal team to defend a criminal case actually costs less than hiring a single lawyer, but legal fees and costs should be clearly explained by the lawyer during the initial consultation. Hiring a legal team costs less for the same reason that an automobile would cost less if it were mass produced as opposed to being built one at a time by a… Read More

Why Did You Help Start Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC?

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. Several years ago, a colleague of mine and I were discussing the problem with what we call “big law criminal defense,” which is a very simple one: when someone is needed to fill a spot of the head lawyer in the courtroom, large law firms tend to find anyone with a law degree and a bar license and send them into the courtroom poorly prepared.… Read More

Does Possession of A Firearm Aggravate A Felony Charge 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. A firearm aggravates any felony charge within the state of Florida. Aggravation of a felony by carrying a firearm specifically is covered by 775.087(1) and relates to the jury making what is known as a specific or special finding. The instruction states that if you find that the defendant committed one of a long list of felonies, and they are accused of carrying a firearm,… Read More

What Is The Purpose Of A Closing Argument In A Criminal Jury 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. A closing argument is a time to summarize each side’s case for the jury. The judge will state to the jury before closing arguments, “The attorneys will now present their final arguments. Please remember that what the attorney say is not evidence or your instruction on the law. However, do listen closely to their arguments. They are attempting to aid you in understanding the case.”… Read More

What Is The Williams Rule In Florida?

Similar Fact Evidence Rule Many states, including Florida, have what is known as a similar fact evidence rule. This allows a party, if they have given proper notice to the other party (and the other party has had an opportunity to file any pretrial motions objecting to the use of similar fact evidence) to admit similar fact evidence. If similar fact evidence is allowed to be admitted, other acts of a similar nature committed by the defendant will be revealed to the jury. The defense, of course, opposes this. How Similar Fact Evidence is Presented It is important to remember… Read More

Are Jurors Allowed To Take Notes During Criminal Cases 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. Jurors are allowed to take notes when they are in court. The court will provide a series of pens and paper with pads so that the jurors can take notes. There are some very specific instructions about how to take notes in a criminal case. The judge will tell the jury, “If you would like to take notes during the trial, you may do so.… Read More