You Need an Expert, Experienced, and Respected Trial Attorney
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, may turn out to be your enemies.
In choosing your 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.
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 has been re-certified continuously since.
How criminal prosecutions work
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; or 3) The case is tried before a jury or a judge.
Before entering into a plea agreement or entering a plea to the court at the conclusion of a case, a citizen should be fully informed of all possible options, outcomes, and risks before deciding to do so.
Should a citizen instead decide to take his case to trial, his attorney must educate and pick the best jury possible; make well-founded motions, objections, and argument to the Court; and finally, he must present the most compelling, powerful argument to the jury in his client's defense that the facts will permit.
Then, the jury decides whether the Government has proven its allegations against the citizen, beyond every reasonable doubt, and returns a 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 before the Florida Supreme Court and 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 has appeared as a guest speaker at a forensic seminar focusing on the admisibility of crime scene evidence in homicide cases.
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