The Defense Group

THE DEFENSE GROUP

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The Value of Trial Experience

Our goal in every case is to minimize the consequences of the trouble you are already in. We do not have a time machine, so we can only deal with the facts and the law as they exist when we meet.

The Defense Group’s first objective in nearly every case is to get the case dismissed. This  More...

 

When Drug Misdemeanors Become Felonies

When a person is found guilty of marijuana possession, whether the crime is considered a misdemeanor or a felony depends on the quantity found. If someone is discovered to have under 20 grams of marijuana, the crime is a misdemeanor. This means that he or she will face up to one year in jail and a  More...
 

Going to Jail for a Domestic Violence Disturbance

Ever since a domestic abuse case in the 1980s that ended in tragedy, the police always arrest someone if they arrive at a domestic violence disturbance. This unwritten policy is intended to protect the police, not the public. Even if nobody is convicted of a crime at the end of it all, this ensure  More...
 

Different Types of Drug Cases

Legally, marijuana is ranked as one of the least important drugs, and thus it carries some of the smallest penalties. On the other end of the scale are drugs like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine and opiates, which are considered much more dangerous and carry much greater legal punishments. The two types of drugs that the The Defense Group consid  More...
 

Arrested for a Domestic Dispute

If the police find any evidence of violence when they arrive for a domestic dispute – whether it be the victim’s word or just a knocked-over piece of furniture–someone will be arrested. The person who was arrested will not be allowed out of jail for any reason until he or she sees  More...
 

The Importance of Not Taking On Every Case

If The Defense Group takes a case, it is a guarantee that they will give their best efforts–both emotionally and technically–to get the best possible result for their clients. According to attorney Hal Uhrig, the firm will not take cases that they find morally objectionable. For example, if a client wants to hire them, and they truly  More...
 

Se Habla Español

We are ready and able to help clients who speak Spanish. One of our trial attorneys is an abogado who is fluent enough to converse with clients and witnesses who are more comfortable in Spanish.

Our Senior Legal Assistant was not only born and raised in Puerto Rico but she is licensed to practice law there. Unfortunately, Florida did not recognize the law schoo  More...

 

Our Policy on High-Profile Cases

The Defense Group is perfectly fine with accepting high-profile cases, as long as no lawyer is forced to violate the group’s policy on communication with the press. With rare exceptions, Once a case is filed, The Defense Group will not participate in any press conferences, and neither will their client. They will continue  More...
 

Types of Felonies that You Can be Charged With in Florida

In Florida, there are several degrees of severity within the “felony” category. The least serious felony is a third-degree felony, which can result in up to 5 years in prison. More serious is the second-degree felony, which carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison. First-de  More...
 

An Ileagal Search

This is a very complex topic, and the adage that “Every case is different” applies here. The attorneys at The Defense Group spend hours reviewing case law for similar circumstances in order to ask a court to find a search to be illegal.

Oftentimes, evidence can be dismissed when it is determined by the court that the police searched a vehic  More...

 

I'm worried my bond is too high.

Of course, you are worried. If the bond is too high to be able to get your loved one out, action needs to be taken to try to lower the requirements. The attorneys at The Defense Group are experienced in this important task.

In many cases, a bond will start out unreasonably high. However, as  More...

 

Blowing into the Breathalyzer

Due to the way an older DUI law was structured, people used to advise anyone who had been arrested for DUI to avoid blowing into a breathalyzer. That way, the police would not be able to prove how drunk someone was.

However, because DUI law has changed since then, the Defense Group now says to always blow into a breathal  More...

 

Sexual Battery Statutes in Florida

In Florida law, the term “rape” was replaced with the more complicated term “sexual battery.” Under the most recent set of laws, the penalty for sexual battery depends on a number of factors, including how much force was used. For example, the penaltie  More...
 

It is Not Against the Law to Drink and Drive in Florida

Ok. Here’s a surprise for you.

It is not against the law in Florida (or most other states) to drink and drive. If it were, bars would have no parking lots. There might be bus stops or cab stands, but the cities and counties would not permit parking lots clearly intended for patrons of bars to drive in, get out,  More...

 

Internet Sex Crimes

If a predator is found to have used the internet to sexually pursue someone calling him/herself a child – even if that person is actually a detective – this is punishable by imprisonment.

This is an area of enforcement that has seen a great deal of new attention and allocation of resou  More...

 

Do I Have to be Drunk to be Found Guilty of DUI?

NO!

A person does not have to be drunk in order to be considered guilty of a DUI. To be found guilty, one would need to be both in physical control of a vehicle and impaired by either alcohol, drugs, or some combination of the two. To arrest a person on suspicion of DUI, the police need to have Probable Cause he or she is impaired. They accomplish this through bot  More...

 

Refusing a Breathalyzer Test

Can I Go to Jail for Refusing a Breathalyzer Test?

YES!

If a person refuses to take a breathalyzer test twice, he or she can be penalized with a year in jail.

The first refusal to submit  More...

 

Affording The Cost Of Great Florida Criminal Defense

Affording the fees for an experienced, knowledgeable criminal defense attorney can be a source of worry for anyone facing charges. The value that an attorney’s knowledge and experience can bring to the case is invaluable — and, often, priced accordingly!

That, however, does not mean that anyone who cannot afford all the fees up front is lost. More...

 

DUI — Can I Still Face Charges, Even If I Wasn’t Actually Driving?

Is It Still DUI If The Car Is Off and/or Parked?

DUI does not refer to strictly driving. Just being in the driver’s seat while impaired — even if the keys are off — can still be considered DUI.

Central Florida DUI Defense Attorneys at The Defense Group have vast experienc  More...

 

Bonds And Bail Bondsmen

A bail, also known as a pre-trial release, can get you or your loved one out of jail while awaiting trial. Bail bondsmen are the “insurance agents” on bonds. For a premium (and, most likely, some collateral) a bail bondsman will agree to come to the aid of the accused, paying their bond and getting them out of jail.

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Handling Federal Crime Cases

State and federal laws can sometimes differ greatly — and certain offenses will fall under one of either category. It is important, then, to seek out a legal team who understands the differences, with combined experience on both types of cases, to ensure that you get the defense you need.

The Central Florida Criminal Defense  More...

 

Hiring An Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney

Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys and their team at The Defense Group, understand that finances can be a source of worry for many of those seeking a criminal defense attorney. This is why they offer free initial consultations, so potential clients can discuss their case, and understand the va  More...
 

When To Contact A Criminal Defense Attorney


In criminal defense, time can be of the essence. Being able to reach your Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorney quickly and efficiently can aid your case, and affect the outcome of it. This is why The Defense Group strives to keep all lines of communication with clients open, even offering bilingual s  More...

 

Federal Crimes — What Are They, and How Are They Handled?

State and federal crimes can differ greatly, and can be handled differently. Usually, when a crime violates both state and federal laws, a decision needs to be made on which court it will be tried under. An Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorney, at The Defense Group, with experience in both types of cases can be a valuable asset  More...

 

Missing Person, Or Arrested?

Was My Loved One Arrested, Or Are They Missing?

Not knowing where your loved one — relative or friends — can be stressful and frightening. People who are arrested are, however, always allowed an opportunity to contact someone — keeping your phone close is important! Contacting the county and state jails is certainly an optio  More...
 

Felonies Under Florida Law

State and federal laws can dictate what degree of felony has been committed — the classification of a felony can provide a guideline for the judge and jury during the trial, as well as set minimum and sometimes maximum penalties. Having a Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorney with The Defense Group. who understa  More...

 

Dual Sovereignty Helps Handle State And Federal Crimes

In the case where an action — the crime — violates both state and federal law, dual sovereignty comes into play. This means that, when a crime could potentially be tried in both state and federal court, a decision is made regarding which court will handle it — the sovereignty that decides to drop the case gives up the power to make a decision, allowing the other court to  More...

 

At What Point Does Florida Law Consider Marijuana Possession A Felony?

Marijuana might just be one of the most debated issues in recent years. While it’s legality keeps being discussed at both the state and federal level, one thing remains true — under both federal and Florida state law, it is not legal. Florida law makes a clear distinction, setting a point at which the person is considered to be holding more of the drug than needed for personal  More...

 

Marijuana Possession And State Vs. Federal Laws


In some cases, yes. The legality of marijuana use, whether medicinal or recreational, has been a much debated issue — with some states declaring certain uses for it to be legal, even if they remain illegal at the federal level. This can seem confusing to someone who is facing charges, and unfamiliar with how these laws work — and that is why seeking advise from a know  More...

 

Dealing With Drug Possession Charges


There are many different types of illegal drugs — from marijuana, to cocaine, all the way up to methamphetamines — and they all carry consequences for their possession. The severity of the punishment differs, taking into account a number of facts — Which drug was the accused in possession of? How much of it were they carrying? Likewise, the simple presence of a  More...

 

Differences Between State Grand Jury Vs. Federal Grand Jury


A grand jury is, essentially, a group of people who are completely detached from the case; who have nothing to gain or lose no matter the final verdict; and who serve as an impartial, unbiased jury in the case. An experienced Central Florida Criminal Defense Attorney will be able to explain to their client how this jury works, an  More...

 

Child Pornography

In my 42 years of practice as a criminal defense lawyer, I have seen  a dramatic increase in the number of prosecutions for possession of or distribution of child pornography. It is a terrible crime, and unlike some other offenses, there is no sympathy for the offender. In may crimes, the public looks t it as something bad or stupid that an other wise good person did. With child pornograph  More...

 

The Value of Trial Experience

Our goal in every case is to minimize the consequences of the trouble you are already in. We do not have a time machine, so we can only deal with the facts and the law as they exist when we meet.
The Defense Group’s first objective in nearly every case is to get the case dismissed. This minimizes the conseq  More...

 

Possession Charges For Drugs Found In System

If The Drugs Are In My Blood, Can I Still Face Possession Charges?
Very interestingly, the law does not consider the sole presence of drugs in a person’s system to be possession. However, this is a very thin line to tread, since other offenses — such as DUI, or the possession of drug paraphernalia — could aggravate the charges.  More...
 

 


 
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