Administrative Review Hearings

In every Florida DUI case, there are two considerations to keep in mind: the criminal case and the administrative suspension of the driver’s license by the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. Starting from the date of an arrest, drivers arrested for DUI in Florida have ten (10) days to proactively take steps to affect the status of their driver's licenses.
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Adversarial Preliminary Hearings

Navigating through Florida's confusing maze of criminal law is a task best left to trained professionals like Mary Elizabeth Fletcher – someone that speaks the language and has the experience needed to help you make the rights decisions for the best possible outcome in your case. In the area of criminal law, knowing the rules regarding what is supposed to happen and when it is supposed to happen is an invaluable tool to possess. A Fort Myers criminal defense attorney that is knowledgeable of the rules will prove to be your greatest ally in the unfortunate event that you are arrested.
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Aggravated Assault

In Florida, the crime of aggravated assault is defined as an intentional and unlawful threat against another person with a deadly weapon, or while in the commission of a felony, which creates a reasonable fear that violence or harm is imminent.
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Aggravated Battery

In Florida, and according to Florida Statute 784.045(1)(a), the crime of Aggravated Battery is defined as an intentional battery with a deadly weapon, intentionally causing great bodily harm, or battery against a pregnant person and is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison.
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Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person

There are a range of potential consequences if you are convicted on an assault or aggravated assault charge against a pregnant person. It is essential that you talk with The Law Offices of Mary Elizabeth Fletcher about your specific charges and case to understand the penalties you are facing, which for misdemeanor assault include six months to one year in jail and/or possible community service, participation in criminal education programs, and/or house arrest. Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person is a unique crime, largely because it is deemed an aggravated crime simply based on the condition of the victim -- regardless of whether any injury was actually inflicted on the person.
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Assault

There are a range of potential consequences if you are convicted on an assault or aggravated assault charge. It is essential that you talk with The Law Offices of Mary Elizabeth Fletcher about your specific charges and case to understand the penalties you are facing, which for misdemeanor assault include six months to one year in jail and/or possible community service, participation in criminal education programs, and/or house arrest.
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Battery

Florida has several types of battery crimes: Misdemeanor Battery, Domestic Battery by Strangulation, Domestic Violence Battery, Felony Battery, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person. Additionally, Florida will reclassify certain battery crimes depending on the status of the victim (e.g. if they are elderly, if they are a Law Enforcement Officer, etc.). If a battery is reclassified, a person is subject to a greater penalty.
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Bond Reduction

When you are arrested on criminal charges, the Court may require a "bond", or payment, for you to be released. There are two reasons the Court sets a bond. They are to assure your appearance in Court and to protect the community from danger. The Court considers your ties to the community (family, children, friends), how long you have lived in the county, your past criminal record, and your employment. When you pay a bond, you are released from jail until the completion of your case.
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Burglary

in Florida, the crime of Burglary is defined by Florida Statute 810.02 as unlawfully entering a dwelling, structure, or conveyance, remaining inside a dwelling, structure, or conveyance surreptitiously, or remaining in a dwelling, structure, or conveyance after permission to remain has been withdrawn with the intent to commit a crime inside.
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Competency Issues

Fort Myers and Cape Coral criminal defense attorneys are often asked about competency to stand trial because so many criminal cases can trace their roots back to mental health issues. Furthermore, the media in recent years has made a significant deal about competency to stand trial because of many high profile cases involving mental health, such as mass shootings throughout the country and the widespread commercialization and glamorization of serial killers in movies and television shows.
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Criminal Mischief

Criminal mischief is one of the most common property crimes in Florida, and it is an offense that many people don't take seriously until it is too late. If convicted of criminal mischief, an individual can face up to five years in prison and could also be forced to pay a fine of up of to $5000.
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Dissolution of Same-Sex Marriages

Although same-sex marriage has finally become the constitutional right of all Americans, there are still many legal obstacles that LGBT couples face when it comes to marriage dissolution. In fact, now that same-sex marriage is legal, same-sex couples will be able to deal legally with many of the same issues as straight couples when they break up, including the division of marital assets, child custody and parenting plans, spousal support, and other related issues.
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Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage

Are you anticipating a significant life change such as divorce? Retaining Mary Elizabeth Fletcher can ensure you are guided through the legal system efficiently, whether your concern is in finding a Southwest Florida divorce lawyer or an opinion about custody agreements.
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