Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

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How Can A Motion To Suppress Evidence Help My Criminal 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. Evidence that is suppressed cannot be used in trial. As a result, one of three things can happen. It may be the case that the suppression of evidence is enough to damage the prosecutor’s case. This is what you find in a DUI type of case that turns into a reckless driving or a reckless boating case. If the case is damaged, then it may… Read More

Can I Get A Confession Thrown Out In A Criminal 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 may be possible to get a confession thrown out in a criminal case. This type of question is the number one reason why most criminal defense lawyers in Florida cannot pass the board certification exam. Even experienced lawyers are often confused when it comes to an analysis of the Fifth Amendment and Sixth Amendment-particularly when there are Fourth Amendment considerations as well. The first… Read More

What Is A Motion To Suppress Evidence In A Criminal 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. A motion to suppress evidence in a criminal case is a relatively new development. Up until we had Miranda vs. Arizona, we had what’s called the exclusionary rule. The exclusionary rule basically states that if the police obtained evidence unlawfully, then a defense lawyer can move to suppress that evidence due to the illegality. In Florida, that means that you have two different types of… Read More

What do You Look For When Interviewing a Juror in a Sex Crimes 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. Sex offense cases are won or lost during jury selection, and frankly sometimes they are won or lost before you enter the courtroom. What I mean is when they pick the venire panel, that’s the panel you pick six jurors from in Florida. If the venire panel is filled with people who are predisposed to convict, then they are going to convict if they sit… Read More

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