Time Is Not on Your Side in Criminal Cases:
No matter what the Rolling Stones said, both the court and the prosecutions' clocks are ticking and time is of the essence in hiring a qualified and experienced attorney.
With the passage of time, witnesses and evidence helpful to your case may vanish without a trace, and sadly, people you thought were your friends often turn out to be your enemies.
In choosing an attorney, he should be well-respected by the Judge, by the prosecutor, by his peers, and by the court personnel he deals with every day.
Attorneys that favor showing off fancy watches, gold bling and expensive suits, are mostly impressed with themselves more than anybody else, but that usually doesn't impress the people who will decide whether the client is guilty or not, or will spend time in prison or not.
So if you, a family member, or a friend of yours is arrested, charged, or accused of a criminal offense, he or she should quickly find a Board Certified Criminal Trial Expert Attorney at the earliest possible opportunity.
Mike Rollo achieved Board Certification as a Criminal Trial Attorney in 2003, and was re-certified in 2008, 2013, and 2018.
You Need a Knowledgeable and Aggressive Attorney:
From arrest to verdict, an effective criminal trial attorney must be alert and on his game, vigilantly investigating and closely monitoring the many facets of a criminal prosecution.
Your attorney must swiftly recognize and skillfully counteract:
Faulty arrests, police misconduct and pressure once arrested, and other types of investigative blunders; improper and incomplete investigations; witness mis-identifications, mistakes and deception; excessive conditions of bond/bail; insufficient facts to prove a charge; and prosecutor bias.
There are generally 3 ways to dispose of criminal charges filed against a citizen:
1) The case is dismissed by the court or nolle prosequi (not prosecuted) by the government;
2) The case is resolved by a plea agreement with the government, or by a "straight up" plea to the court (i.e., the judge); or
3) The case is tried before a jury or a judge.
Before entering into a plea agreement with the Government or entering a "straight up" plea to the court (judge), a citizen should be fully informed of all possible options, outcomes, and risks before making that decision.
Should a citizen instead decide to take the case to trial, his attorney must first be completely prepared to present the case to a jury, and must be able to eliminate surprises at trial by anticipating how the trial is going to unfold.
He must then pick, then educate, the best jury possible; he must make well-founded motions, objections, and argument to the Court; and the attorney must assist the Court in determining which laws apply and which jury instructions are to be read to the jury.
Finally, he must present the most compelling, powerful, and truthful argument to the jury in his client's defense that the facts will permit.
Once all that is done, the judge instructs the jury on the applicable law; the jury then has the duty to deliberate and then unanimously decide whether the Government has proven its allegations against the citizen, beyond every reasonable doubt.
The jury then returns the verdict.
Mike Rollo was born and raised in Pensacola, Florida, and attended local public schools.
After completing dual-degree baccalaureate studies and then working in the offshore oil and gas exploration industry for a number of years, he returned to academic studies, attending and graduating law school at the University of Florida, Spessard L. Holland Law Center, Gainesville, Florida.
After working for a large civil law firm for several years, Mike opened his office in 1993. Since then, he has tried over a hundred cases to jury verdict, -- from DUI to murder and virtually everything in between -- including multiple capital homicide cases where the State sought the death penalty.
He has also handled well over a hundred criminal and civil cases in appellate and post-conviction matters, and has argued and won cases in the Florida Supreme Court, and in the First District Court of Appeal.
Several of Mr. Rollo's criminal trials gained national exposure and were televised live and in repeats on Court TV, and he has appeared as a guest on Greta Van Sustren's "On the Record," "E" Television, Dateline NBC, and Bill Curtis' Investigative Reports.
Mr. Rollo also has lectured at the college level in criminal law courses, and was a guest speaker at a regional forensic seminar focusing on the admissibility of crime scene evidence in homicide cases.
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