Criminal Law in Florida

Our Team of Defense Attorneys in Florida are here to Fight for your Rights Every Step of the Way

Under the laws of the United States of America, if a person is charged with a criminal offense, then that person is innocent until proven guilty. This means that it is the job of the State to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that a crime has been committed and that the person who is charged with the crime is the person who has committed the crime. If the State does not meet its burden of proof and can not prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime for which a person has been charged has been committed and that the person who has been arrested for the alleged commission of the crime is not, in fact, the person who actually committed the crime, then the State has not effectively done it’s job and the person who has been arrested is found not guilty and is free to go about and live their life as they did before the arrest. Sounds simple, right? Yes, in some cases a criminal case can be this simple. In a majority of cases, however, it is not this simple.

An arrest is a traumatic event. Not only does an arrest cause a tremendous amount of damage at the level in which the arrest is actually made, the arrest has a ripple effect. There is the actual event of going to jail that can cost time and money in order to post bond to get out of jail. In the meantime, there is the hope that nobody finds out about the alleged crime such as an employer or a spouse. If a person who has been arrested holds any type of public office or high profile position, then there is the worry of embarrassment of this kind of information landing in the wrong hands or being misconstrued or mishandled.

Finally, once the dust settles and a person has bonded out of jail the person must decide if he/she is going to handle this situation on his or her own behalf or if she/he is going to enlist the professional assistance of a Criminal Defense Attorney. As the saying goes, “Only a Fool has Himself for a Client,” and, under the majority of circumstances, this phrase rings true. To draw a comparison, if you were diagnosed with a serious medical condition, would you treat yourself or would you seek the treatment of a medical professional? With the prevalence of the internet in this day and age we have more information than ever at our finger tips and one would think that this would make it easier to help ourselves instead of enlist the counsel of a professional with the expertise in the field in which we seek assistance.

Our Criminal Defense Lawyers have a unique set of experiences as many have worked as both prosecutors for the State as well as as defense attorneys for clients in every type of case to a less serious offense of a traffic stop or misdemeanor to a more serious offense of aggravated battery or homicide. We do not judge. That is not our job. Our job is to represent you zealously so that you have the opportunity for the most favorable outcome possible under your particular set of circumstances. We offer a Free Legal Consultation and if you can not come to see us, then we can make arrangements under certain circumstances to come and see you. We may be reached by any or all of the following means: A.) By phone at (770) 865-8654 or (813) 363-6664; B.) By email at; or C.) By the Contact Us Form on the website.

I agree that we now have more information than ever before to educate ourselves about our condition whatever that may be. I do not, however, prescribe to the notion that just because we have access to the knowledge that, without proper and formal training and experience, we would be able to safely and adequately treat what ails us as well as a professional in that field. At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates our Criminal Defense Lawyers understand the serious nature of criminal offenses and the impact on a person’s life of an arrest, plea, and/or conviction of any crime. As a result, we take the time to make sure that you understand at every juncture what the decisions that you are making today mean to your present situation as well as to your future.

We will always respect your wishes in your case and outline a winning defense strategy to get you where you want to be in your case. Our job is not to decide; our job is to advise and we take this job very seriously. We are not afraid to see the inside of a courtroom and if your case warrants that type of strategy, then we will throughly discuss all of those options with you. Your case is personal to you and we are here to zealously protect your rights.

We have offices all over Florida and we concentrate on the areas of Florida of Broward, Fort Lauderdale, Miami-Dade, and Palm County Beach; just to name a few. If you are ever stopped by the police in Florida, then you have the right to remain silent and it is best if you exercise that right to give yourself enough time to seek legal counsel, and that right should be honored. We have also compiled a comprehensive list of reasons why it is important that you hire an attorney to represent you in a criminal situation:

  1. You deserve the best and that means the best and most top qualified legal services from your attorney to paralegals, investigators, legal secretaries, and anybody else involved in your case. We are all there with one goal in mind; your satisfaction;
  2. You have the right to have Full and Open Access to all Information. This is not just information that we maintain in your office, this is information that the State has in your case. You are entitled to have all of the information available to you so that you may assist in your defense;
  3. You have the right to be educated about the legal system. The legal system is not an easy system to navigate. Some people want more information and want to know every intricate detail about their case and how the system works. Others, on the other hand, want information on a need to know basis only. We respect what you need and we do our very best to meet your expectations; and
  4. When you work with our Lawyers our goal is to make you comfortable enough with the legal system so that it is not such a mystery. To this effect, one of the best notions that we can pass along to you is that you should avoid talking to any law enforcement officer without an attorney present who represents your best interests, and also to never go to court without an attorney unless it is to ask for additional time to retain legal counsel for yourself. You will not regret these decisions.

We represent individuals and entities in the following Criminal Areas of Practice including, but not limited to:

1) In the Beginning Stages of a Criminal Case:

  1. Aggravating and Mitigating Factors
  2. Bail and Bonds
  3. Offense Classification

2) Criminal Case Defenses:

  1. Common Criminal Defenses
  2. Defense of Abandonment
  3. Defense of Consent
  4. Defense of Duress
  5. Defense of Entrapment
  6. Defense of Insanity
  7. Defense of Intoxication
  8. Defense of Mistake
  9. Defense of Necessity
  10. Defense of Self-Defense

3) Criminal Offenses Involving Drugs and/or Alcohol, and Expungement of Criminal Record:

  1. Drunk Driving/DUI/DWI
  2. Expungement and Record Sealing
  3. Criminal Offenses
  4. Alcohol-Related Crimes
  5. Boating Under the Influence/BUI
  6. Minor in Possession of Alcohol
  7. Open Container Laws
  8. Public Intoxication
  9. Refusing a Breathalyzer or Blood Sample
  10. Refusing a Field Sobriety Test
  11. Selling Alcohol to a Minor Underage DUI

4) Criminal Offense involving Drugs:

  1. Drug Crimes
  2. Drug Manufacturing
  3. Drug Possession
  4. Drug Trafficking
  5. Medical Marijuana
  6. Homicide

5) Criminal Offenses involving Death:

  1. Felony Murder Rule
  2. First-Degree Murder
  3. Involuntary Manslaughter
  4. Second-Degree Murder
  5. Vehicular Homicide
  6. Voluntary Manslaughter

6) Criminal Offenses Involving another Party or other Parties Involved in the Crime:

  1. Inchoate Crimes
  2. Aiding and Abetting
  3. Attempt Conspiracy

7) Less Violent Criminal Offenses:

  1. Solicitation
  2. Other Crimes
  3. Cyber Crimes

8) Federal Crimes:

  1. Federal Crimes

9) Juvenile Crimes:

  1. Juvenile Crimes

10) Crimes Resulting in a Violation of Probation:

  1. Probation Violation

11) Crimes Involving Minors or Crimes that are Coerced:

  1. Sex Crimes
  2. Child Molestation
  3. Child Pornography
  4. Prostitution Public Indecency
  5. Sexual Assault

12) Criminal Involving Sex:

  1. Sexual Misconduct
  2. Statutory Rape

13) Crimes Involving Theft:

  1. Theft Crimes
  2. Auto Theft
  3. Burglary
  4. Embezzlement
  5. Larceny
  6. Robbery
  7. Shoplifting

14) Crimes Involving Motor Vehicles:

  1. Traffic Offenses
  2. Driving on a Suspended License
  3. Driving Without a License
  4. Hit and Run
  5. Reckless Driving
  6. Traffic Tickets
  7. Vehicular Assault

15) Crimes Involving Violence:

  1. Violent Crimes
  2. Arson
  3. Assault and Battery
  4. Child Abuse
  5. Domestic Violence
  6. Kidnapping
  7. Rape

16) White-Collar Crimes and Crimes Involving Fraud:

  1. White-Collar Crimes
  2. Blackmail
  3. Bribery
  4. Extortion
  5. Forgery
  6. Fraud
  7. Bank Fraud
  8. Credit Card Fraud
  9. Insurance Fraud
  10. Perjury
  11. Securities Fraud
  12. Tax Fraud
  13. Welfare Fraud
  14. Wire Fraud
  15. Insider Trading
  16. Investment/Ponzi/Pyramid Schemes
  17. Money Counterfeiting
  18. Money Laundering
  19. Racketeering/RICO
  20. Tax Evasion

17) Miscellaneous Information Involving Crimes and the Criminal System:

  1. Parole and Probation
  2. Criminal Procedure
  3. Admissibility of Evidence
  4. Criminal Appeals
  5. Deportation
  6. Miranda Rights
  7. Right to an Attorney
  8. Right to a Public Defender
  9. Right to Silence
  10. Other Constitutional Rights
  11. Stages of a Criminal Case
  12. Stages of a Criminal Trial
  13. Warrant Requirement

At Julie A. Rice, Attorney at Law, & Affiliates we have over thirty (30) years of collective experience representing clients in Criminal Law Matters that range from the less serious criminal offense to the most serious criminal offense. We offer a Free Legal Consultation and we are here to assist you so please contact us today at: (770) 865-8654;; or by the Contact Form on our website. We look forward to speaking with you soon.