The attorneys at Turner O’Connor Kozlowski have built their reputations on defending the accused for close to a half century. When facing criminal charges, the first thing anyone should do is consult an attorney. Only someone with a deep understanding of the law and practical experience in working with police and prosecutors can properly advise a defendant about his rights and the best path to follow.
Beginning with the initial consultation, our attorneys consider all options – from challenging police actions to plea agreements to trial preparation – and advise the client on the best strategy for success. Criminal charges can range from relatively minor student transgressions to serious drug, traffic, or fraud offenses. The advice of an attorney often is critical to make sure a defendant’s rights are understood and protected.
We represent clients in a wide range of criminal matters. Following are just some of the types of cases our lawyers have defended:
Prosecutors in the last 10 years have made it a crusade to punish those believed to be involved in fraud, money laundering, and other white collar crime. However, zealous prosecution has often been accompanied by overzealous actions. And abuse is not limited to New York or other financial centers; it happens in small-town America as well. The resources of the federal government are enormous when it comes to prosecuting fraud. It’s important that the accused employ a team at least as knowledgeable and experienced to compete. At Turner O’Connor Kozlowski, we have helped people accused of misappropriating funds, defrauding clients, insurance fraud, credit card fraud, and violation of environmental laws.
Especially in a university setting, sex crime charges can arise from seemingly innocent circumstances or out of serious transgressions. Worse, what seems like a youthful indiscretion or even consensual behavior can lead to implications that haunt a person for life. Sex crimes are serious. Representation by experienced, knowledgeable counsel can be critical. Our experience in the field includes cases involving capital sexual battery, crimes against children, and sexual harassment. Placement on a sexual offender list can affect a person’s life in everything from renting an apartment to attending school and getting a job. A defendant cannot afford to leave the future to chance. Competent representation is needed to minimize the effect of the accusation and protect the rights of the accused.
Drug-related crimes carry some of the stiffest penalties on the books. What seem like relatively minor offenses can carry long jail sentences, sometimes with mandatory minimum terms that leave judges no discretion. Don’t leave anything to chance if you are arrested on any drug charge. We have a long history of helping defendants obtain the best possible outcome, depending on the individual circumstance. Often, representation in drug cases includes more than simply filing a plea or preparing for trial. It also includes helping the client out of the personal situation that led to the charges. We have strong relationships with professionals in various fields to help ensure not only good results with the court case but also with the underlying causes of the problem.
Auto accidents sometimes come with serious consequences. From protecting a person’s driving privileges to defending against traffic homicide charges, we can help minimize the effects of minor infractions and serious felony charges. Our experience includes defending those accused of the most serious crimes related to driving – cases that often include death and destroyed families. We can represent the accused but still understand the tragedy involved and how it affects people on both sides of the case. Treating everyone involved in a tough case with dignity and respect is crucial to success.
In today’s political environment, it is easy for those in public life to fall under the specter of public corruption charges. While sometimes well founded, other charges are the result of a simple vendetta or misunderstanding. We have represented clients throughout Florida, defending charges of misuse of office and misappropriation of funds. These cases often are complex and sensitive, requiring the skill, knowledge, and wisdom of experienced professionals who understand both the law and the community.
Internet-based offenses have opened up a new world of prosecutions that have come with serious consequences. Often, a defendant does not even know that simply clicking a “Download” button might carry a 10-year prison term. Before speaking to police, anyone who even suspects they have been or will be accused of Internet crimes should speak to an attorney.