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Tassone, Dreicer & Hill’s Jacksonville, Florida experienced criminal defense team provides knowledgeable counsel and aggressive representation to clients charged with any misdemeanor, felony, or federal charges including:

  • Assault/Battery
  • Asset Forfeiture
  • Bond Reductions
  • Domestic Battery
  • Drug Charges
  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Driving Offenses
  • Federal and State Investigations
  • Internet Crimes
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Murder/Homicide/Manslaughter/DUI Manslaughter
  • Sealing/Expunging
  • Sex Crimes
  • Theft Crimes
  • Violation of Probation
  • White Collar/ Financial Crimes

Assault / Battery

Tassone, Dreicer & Hill, Criminal Lawyers Jacksonville. If you are charged with assault or battery in Florida or Georgia, a conviction can adversely impact many facets of your life, including your family relationships, career, financial security, immigration status, housing options and other long-term consequences.  A conviction may also result in incarceration.  Whether you are under investigation or you have been arrested, you should immediately speak to an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Although many people use the terms “assault” and “battery” interchangeably in ordinary conversation, the two terms refer to distinct criminal offenses.  The basic distinction between these crimes is that a person may be charged with an assault without any physical contact with the complainant.  By contrast, a battery requires some form of physical contact or exertion of force on the complainant or an item closely associated with the alleged victim, such as an item that he or she is holding.

Another way to understand the relationship between an assault and battery is that an assault can be viewed as an attempted battery because the accused fails to make physical contact or exert force on another person.  While every battery will also be an assault, an assault may occur even when there is no battery.  Battery involves exerting some form of offensive or violent contact whereas an assault amounts to an unsuccessful attempt to commit such contact.

All of these charges carry the risk of serious jail or prison time. However, there are defenses, such as self-defense, or Florida’s “stand your ground” law, and it is possible to attack the investigatory procedure, collection and preservation of evidence, and veracity of the witness statements. An experienced criminal defense firm like Tassone, Dreicer & Hill can provide you with the best defense possible.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

criminal lawyers jacksonville white collar crimesAsset Forfeiture

If Federal or State law enforcement officers are attempting to use the asset forfeiture laws to take your property, contact an attorney experienced in fighting asset forfeiture cases. Immediately after the seizure you should be provided with a written notice of seizure and forfeiture. Vehicle forfeiture actions are particular common in Florida. Forfeiture actions can also involve the seizure of cash and other property.

Your most important right after a seizure is to file a written request for an adversarial preliminary hearing. You must make the request in writing by certified mail, return receipt requested to the City or County Attorney at the address listed on the notice of seizure within 15 calendar days of receipt of the notice. You must include a copy of the notice with your written request.

Other owners of the property including “innocent owners” may also be provided with notice. If you have received notice that the state or federal government intends to forfeit your property, you must act quickly. You have fifteen (15) days in state actions and ten (10) days in federal actions after receiving notice of the forfeiture to file a request for an adverse preliminary hearing to preserve all of your rights.

The adverse preliminary hearing is one of the fastest and most effective ways to fight for the return of the property and assert any defenses that exist in the case. In far too many cases, the owners of the property do not take the appropriate action within the strict time limits allowed, and the state or federal government takes the property without a fight.

Vehicle forfeiture actions are common throughout Florida. Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill, criminal lawyers Jacksonville,  immediately to discuss the return of your vehicle or other asset.

Domestic Violence

Domestic violence offenses require significantly less evidence than other violent crimes in order to support a charge and obtain a conviction. Often, domestic violence charges arise from a situation where there are no witnesses and it is a matter of he-said, she-said. This is not to minimize the severity of domestic violence, but in a situation where tempers are inflamed and intoxicating substances may be involved, the angry accusations of a spouse, partner, parent/child or even roommate may result in a criminal conviction and a life altered in innumerable ways.

Despite the widespread belief that domestic violence occurs between a husband and a wife or a boyfriend and girlfriend, this often is not the case. Any violent act, or even the threat of a violent act, that happens between people living in the same residence can lead to the filing of domestic violence charges. This means that domestic violence charges can be leveled between family members, roommates, and other individuals sharing a home, whether long-term or temporary. The impact of domestic violence is widespread and, potentially, catastrophic, and may involve injunctive orders or restraining orders, jail time, loss of employment, and changes in child custody agreements.

There are many different outcomes to a case involving allegations of domestic violence. Florida and Georgia law has provisions for many different punishments based upon whether the altercation involved merely threats of violence or whether actual physical contact and injury occurred. Moreover, the court can consider other factors, such as the presence or use of a weapon, prior violent acts, and previous convictions. A person who is convicted of a domestic violence offense may face probation, anger management courses, domestic violence courses, fines, and jail or prison time, depending on the severity of the act of domestic violence.

Depending on the specific facts of your case, there are several reasonable defenses that can defeat or minimize a charge of domestic violence. You may have found yourself in the situation where you were attacked and had to defend yourself and your attacker then claimed you were the instigator. Although people are quick to judge those accused of domestic violence, self-defense remains a reasonable defense. There are situations in which it is necessary to step in and prevent a family member from doing harm to a third party. The defense of others is a reasonable justification for taking action that led to injury to a family member. Finally, there is the matter of false allegations. Unfortunately, an alleged victim making accusations against someone for reasons other than protecting themselves happens more often than you would think, wherein the law is used as a weapon in a divorce action or child custody proceeding.

Do not let the social stigma of a domestic violence charge prevent you from obtaining the experienced legal representation that you need and deserve.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

Drug Charges/ Drug Offenses – read more here

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If you were arrested for DUI, you need an attorney who specializes in DUI defense. The consequences of a DUI can affect your professional life as well as your personal life. It’s important to have an advocate who understands the repercussions of a DUI charge and is willing to zealously fight against an unjustified allegation.
Although it may seem like your options are limited, there are many ways to defend against a DUI crime:

  • Was the traffic stop legal? The law enforcement officer must have had legitimate reasons to make the stop initially. Random stops may not be legitimate. Even specifically organized DUI checkpoints must pass constitutional scrutiny.
  • Did the charging officer administer the field sobriety exercises in the appropriate manner? There are a series of testing protocols that must be followed and the failure to follow these procedures may lead to the suppression of the field sobriety exercise results.
  • Did the officer advise you of your rights in the proper manner before making a request for a breathalyzer test? Just because you were stopped does not mean you forego all your protections as a United States citizen.
  • Did the charging officer or department maintain the breathalyzer equipment in the proper manner? These machines are extremely sensitive and must be calibrated and tested within a certain period of time before the stop that led to your arrest.
  • Was there another cause for your arrest, including any medications or medical conditions that may have influenced the outcome of the testing? Contrary to popular opinion, many different substances or conditions can lead to erroneous readings.

Even if you consented to the breath test and your result was over the legal limit, there are many different ways of challenging a charge of DUI. The burden of proof is the same as with any other criminal charge. The prosecutor must prove all elements of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.

A thorough investigation by qualified professionals involves analysis of the scene of the stop, evaluation of the arresting officer’s history and background, reanalysis of blood, breath or urine samples, examination of the relevant equipment, and general deconstruction of the case may lead to many avenues of attack. Even if your DUI crime involved something more than a just a traffic stop and there was property damage, or even bodily harm to another person, do not give up your right to a zealous defense.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

Civil Driver’s License Suspension

If you were arrested for DUI, you may have already had your driver’s license seized and suspended.  The law enforcement officer who investigated your case was authorized by Florida law to take your driver’s license at the time of your arrest if you submitted a breath test and blew a .08 or higher OR refused to blow into the Intoxilyzer machine. If either of these conditions are met, the DHSMV administrative driver’s license suspension begins. You have the right to challenge this administrative suspension of your privilege to drive.  However, you must act quickly in order to preserve that right.

You only have 10 calendar days from the date of your arrest to challenge the driver’s license suspension and have your attorney request a civil administrative hearing for that purpose.  Florida law specifically limits this 10 day period to “calendar” days, not just “business” days.  This means that even though the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles is closed on Saturday and Sunday, the clock is still running on your 10 calendar day time limit.

The process of challenging a civil administrative license suspension requires the assistance of a qualified attorney who knows and understands the unique issues associated with the government’s attack on your privilege to drive. It is important to have a competent and knowledgeable attorney on your side who can spot the issues associated with both your criminal court case and the DHSMV Formal Review process. You should know that Florida law governing DUIs is in a constant state of flux.  Court decisions are issued throughout the State of Florida on a regular basis that modify, add, or subtract from the legal requirements necessary to impact your driving privilege.

Our office routinely handles Formal Administrative Review hearings at the local Florida DHSMV, Bureau of Administrative Review office in Northeast Florida and Southeast Georgia.  We are familiar with the procedures put in place by DHSMV and the legal issues that need to be explored in our effort to overturn the administrative suspension.

At Tassone & Dreicer we specialize in DUI litigation and have handled hundreds of DUI arrests in Florida and Georgia. Whether this is your first DUI arrest, or you have prior arrests, we will fight the government at every stage of the proceeding and ensure quality representation.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill, Criminal Lawyers Jacksonville, online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

Driving Offenses

Many drivers mistakenly believe driving violations are insignificant moving violations that will be resolved upon payment of a fine or completion of a driving safety course. However, many driving-related offenses are more serious, and can lead to severe repercussions, including jail or prison time, license suspension and vehicle forfeiture.

Common criminal traffic offenses in Florida can include:

  • Reckless Driving
  • Driving with a Suspended License
  • Leaving the Scene / Hit and Run
  • Fleeing and Eluding
  • Habitual Traffic Suspensions

If you have been accused of moving violations or a more serious traffic offense, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony that can incur harsh penalties. Call us today.

Federal and State Investigations

Before making an arrest, police start an investigation that you may become aware of. In those instances we strongly advise you to contact us immediately so we can handle the investigation and preserve your constitutional rights from the beginning.

This can be the most important time to hire an attorney. In many cases we have been able to stop the arrest and prosecution of our client because we were hired early.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

 

criminal lawyers jacksonville internet crimeInternet Crimes

Prosecutors aggressively seek out suspects of internet crimes as legislators have put pressure to hold people accountable for illegal activity online. Tassone & Dreicer works vigorously to protect the rights of the accused for internet charges, such as:

  • Child Pornography
  • Cyber Stalking
  • Internet gambling
  • Sale of counterfeit or stolen goods over the internet
  • Possession and distribution of pornography
  • Online sexual solicitation of a minor

Child pornography charges and online solicitation of a minor charges carry even greater consequences than jail and fines. If you are convicted, the state may add your name to the sex offender registry, which may have serious consequences in your personal and professional life. Because of the high stakes when facing internet crimes charges, you need a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney on your side. Tassone & Dreicer has extensive experience defending against internet crimes in state court and federal court. When you are facing jail time, fines, and serious damage to your reputation, it is important to have an attorney you can trust.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill, Criminal Lawyers Jacksonville, online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

 

Juvenile Offenses

If your son, daughter, or family member is being investigated or has been charged with a crime, it’s important to retain legal representation immediately. Regardless of how serious the charges are, misdemeanor or felony, they have the potential to change your child’s life forever. If not handled properly, these charges will become part of a permanent criminal record that will turn up in a background check for academic admission, employment, or certain licensing or certification for union or professional jobs. It is important to consult an attorney as soon as possible to minimize the long-term impacts on the juvenile’s life.

Although there are many different scenarios that could result in your loved one being charged with a crime, the following types of crimes are the ones most frequently committed by minors:

  • Underage drinking or driving under the influence of alcohol;
  • Drug use or distribution or driving under the influence of drugs;
  • Using a fake driver’s license or other form of identification;
  • Disorderly conduct;
  • Theft, including shoplifting;
  • Vandalism;
  • Criminal trespass;
  • Gang-related activities; and
  • Violent crimes.

There are serious crimes, including armed robbery and murder, when the prosecutor may request that the juvenile be charged as an adult. In this situation, you want to be sure that the attorney representing your child not only is an experienced juvenile crimes attorney, but also that he or she is able to argue against the trial of a minor as an adult. The Law Office of Tassone & Dreicer will represent your child with the right long-term focus and goals in order to limit the impact on your child’s present and eliminate its impact on the future.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

Murder/Homicide/Manslaughter/DUI Manslaughter

If you have been charged with any form of homicide, you face the ultimate legal battle, and one that co

uld literally put your life on the line. Therefore, you owe it to yourself and those you love to put forth the strongest defense possible. Contact us today to protect your rights. The Florida statutes define murder as: “The unlawful killing of a human being when perpetrated from a premeditated design to effect the death of the person killed or any human being.”

There are several other circumstances in which a prosecutor can seek a charge of homicide, and they include:

  • A killing that occurs during the commission of a different felony, including:
  • Drug trafficking
  • Arson
  • Sexual Battery
  • Robbery/Burglary
  • Kidnapping
  • Almost any other serious felony

This is widely known as the “felony murder” doctrine, whereby a felon is held responsible for someone’s death, even if it was not intended, as a result of the commission of the underlying felony.

Manslaughter is a lesser homicide-related charge that is usually charged when there is a lack of intent on the part of the defendant. Like murder, manslaughter can be a charge that results from several situations, including drunk driving. Unlike murder, manslaughter is considered a felony in the second degree, and therefore the penalties involved cannot include the death penalty. That notwithstanding, manslaughter can be punished by up to life in prison, and not less than 25 years in prison in most cases.

With any murder or homicide charge, you face the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence and limited options for the future. If you or a family member have been charged with a violent crime like murder or homicide, it’s important to immediately contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer to review your charges and start preparing your defense.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

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Sealing/Expunging

In Florida, you may qualify to have your criminal record sealed or expunged under some circumstances. If your record is sealed, the public (including private employers) cannot view it, but most government agencies will still have access to it. If your criminal record is expunged, not even a government agency can see it without a court order.

If your records are sealed or expunged, you are not required in many cases to disclose the arrest.

Sealing or Expungement If You Were Not Convicted of a Crime

If you were arrested but not convicted of a crime, your criminal record may be eligible for sealing or expungement. To qualify, you must not have had a criminal record sealed or expunged in the past (even in another state), and you must not have a pending petition to seal or expunge a criminal record. You can also learn more by reading Florida Statutes § 943.0585.

Florida also offers expungement of arrest records for those who have been arrested “contrary to law or by mistake.”

Sealing or Expungement If You Were Convicted of a Crime

If you were found guilty, or pleaded guilty or no contest, there is an extensive list of crimes that are not eligible for expungement or sealing under Florida law. For example, you cannot have your record expunged or sealed if you have been found guilty of any felony or of driving under the influence.

The rules for sealing and expunging criminal records in Florida are very complicated. To learn more about expunging criminal records in Florida you should contact an experienced criminal law attorney.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes include many different types of crimes, including crimes against a child and unlawful, nonconsensual sexual acts between adults. These crimes are particularly sensitive to defend because of the nature of the allegations. They require an experienced defense attorney who knows how to investigate the charges, review the statements of victims and witnesses, analyze the procedures employed by law enforcement personnel, and investigate the backgrounds of everyone involved.

Because of the sensitive nature of these allegations, it may be difficult to reach out for the help that you need, but these types of cases are complex and lengthy and you need the right attorney fighting for you as soon as possible. Sex crimes involving children are especially delicate and require careful management and strategy. Some of the most commonly charged sex crimes include:

  • Prostitution, including solicitation
  • Rape
  • Child molestation, exploitation, or sexual abuse of a minor, including possessing, creating, distributing, or publishing child pornography;
  • Lewd and lascivious conduct

The nature of these accusations leads to many complicating factors. False accusations can and do occur. This means that all the facts have to be carefully scrutinized, including the credibility of the accuser and any witnesses, the reliability of the medical evidence, and the procedural integrity of the investigating officers.

Conviction of a sexual offense has very serious legal and social consequences. Florida and Georgia have extremely harsh penalties for those convicted of a sexual crime, including the possibility of a life sentence. Those convicted of a sexual crime may have to register as a sexual offender. It is critical to retain a highly-skilled attorney, like the Law Firm of Tassone & Dreicer, in order to defend your rights and preserve your future.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

 

criminal lawyers jacksonvilleTheft Crimes

Theft crimes involve the illegal taking of another person’s property with the intent of keeping that property away from its owner permanently. Theft can occur by simply taking the property or by deceiving the property’s owner into thinking that you have a different purpose.

The following are some typical theft crimes:

  • Petit Theft;
  • Grant Theft;
  • Robbery;
  • Armed robbery;
  • Auto theft;
  • Burglary;
  • Receipt of stolen property; and
  • Carjacking.

Under Florida and Georgia law, theft crimes can be misdemeanors or felonies depending on several factors, including force or threat of force, the value of the property, and other factors.

There are many different options to defend against theft crimes. The prosecutor has the burden of introducing evidence to show guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. The element of intent is particularly important for a conviction in a theft case. If the prosecutor cannot prove intent then a conviction is less likely. Moreover, the process by which the police conducted the investigation and effectuated the arrest is susceptible to attack based on improper procedure or inappropriate actions by the investigating or arresting officers. Evidence obtained through a violation of the defendant’s rights may be suppressed. There are many different options that a skilled attorney can pursue to get charges dismissed, negotiate a favorable plea, or obtain a verdict of “not guilty.”

Theft crimes are considered to be indicative of dishonest character. Therefore, along with fraud, theft crimes are given careful consideration when they come up in a background check and may form the basis of denial of licenses by state licensing boards. Therefore it is critical that you have an attorney who is skilled and experienced in defending individuals accused of theft crimes to prevent these negative consequences.

Violation of Probation

If you’ve been accused of a probation violation, you could be ordered to serve the remainder of your sentence in prison. Under certain circumstances, a judge may even be able to sentence you to more jail time. Florida courts do not look kindly on probation violations, and some judges are extremely harsh on those that are convicted of this offense. With so much at stake, you must have an experienced lawyer on your side who can help you to resolve the issue or fight to reduce the consequences you may face. Call us to discuss the facts of your case today.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

White Collar/ Financial Crimes

There are many different kinds of white collar crime. What strikes many people is the fact that those accused of these crimes are often hard-working professionals who somehow became embroiled in activities that crossed the line between legal and illegal. If this has happened to you, then you need the services of an experienced attorney who has defended many people accused of a white collar crime, understands the legal process, and also is skilled in the use of media, publicity, and other non-legal venues to communicate your story. The Law Office of Tassone & Dreicer provides that unique collection of skills to help you reclaim your life.

White collar crimes include many different types of crimes and generally involve felony charges. These offenses fall within a special category that encompasses those acts, typically finance or business related, carried out by respected individuals with prominent professional or societal roles. The charges may be brought in Federal or State Court. Typically, these crimes involve deception, fraud, and violations of a relationship that involves trust or a fiduciary responsibility. These crimes carry with them the possibility of serious fines and lengthy prison sentences. Frequently, the individuals accused of a white collar crime have had no previous exposure to the criminal justice system as an offender, which is why it is imperative to seek legal help as soon as possible. Some of the more common white collar crimes include:

  • Theft by conversion;
  • Bank fraud;
  • Credit card fraud;
  • Computer crimes;
  • Extortion;
  • Mortgage fraud;
  • Bribery;
  • Identity theft; and
  • Forgery.

Those accused of a white collar crime may face severe fines and restitution, totaling in the millions of dollars, lengthy prison terms, and seizure of assets and property.

The nature of the investigation into white collar crimes means that the subject of that investigation often becomes aware that people are looking into their actions and transactions before any formal charges are filed. Once you have the knowledge that accusations likely have been made, it is critical to enlist the aid of an experienced attorney in order to guide you through the process. There are many effective defenses in a white collar case. The accused may have been coerced into performing the illegal acts, lacked the capacity to prevent the inappropriate actions, or been entrapped in the illicit scheme by law enforcement or other influential individuals.

Although lack of intent may not be enough to have the charges dismissed, a lack of intent to cause harm may go a long way towards limiting the fines and sentence imposed. If you have been charged with a white collar crime, or suspect that a charge is forthcoming, the Law Office of Tassone & Dreicer can help you defend against these charges.

If you have been arrested or are under investigation for a crime, you are probably anxious, nervous and upset. You may wonder how a charge or conviction will impact your job, future, and relationships. At Tassone & Dreicer, we understand these feelings because we have helped countless people in similar situations. When you hire an attorney from Tassone & Dreicer, your legal problems become ours. You can rest easy knowing you’re in good hands.

Our knowledgeable attorneys use strategy, skill, and experience to resolve cases effectively on behalf of our clients. We will begin an immediate investigation to collect all necessary evidence for your case.  Using research tools, technology and experts, we have the sophisticated resources to assert your rights in or out of court in a cost-effective and efficient manner.

Our criminal defense team will work with you throughout your case to stand up for you in the legal process, obtain the best possible results, and minimize the impact of the criminal charge on your life. Contact Tassone & Dreicer today to schedule a free consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Contact Tassone, Dreicer & Hill online now, or call us at 904-396-3344

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