Michael R. Rollo's Services Include:
REPRESENTING CITIZENS IN ALL CRIMINAL JURY AND JUDGE TRIALS, MOTION HEARINGS, BOND HEARINGS, VOP AND EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS FOR ALL OFFENSES, INCLUDING:
ALL PRE-TRIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING:
ALL POST-TRIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING:
About Board Certification:
Every lawyer certified in criminal trial law has practiced law on a full-time basis for at least five years. He also must have handled 25 criminal cases with at least 20 jury trials. He also must have tried to verdict 15 or more trials involving a felony. Also, ten trials must have been tried with the lawyer as lead counsel. Each certified lawyer must have substantial involvement - 30% or more - in the practice of criminal trial law during the three years preceding application for Board Certification.
Every lawyer certified in criminal appellate has practiced law on a full-time basis for at least five years. To become certified the lawyer must have handled 25 criminal appeals. Each appellate certified lawyer has had substantial involvement - 30% or more- in the practice of criminal appellate law during the three years preceding application.
Each certified lawyer must also have passed peer review, have completed 45 hours of continuing legal education within three years preceding application for Board Certification, and have passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of criminal trial law to justify the representation of special competence or expert status.
Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar - approved continuing legal education courses, accruing a minimum of 50 credit hours of courses applicable to criminal law. To be recertified, requirements similar to those for initial certification must be met.
Not all qualified lawyers are certified but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence, experience, character and professionalism recognized by their peers, by Judges who know their talents and abilities, and by the Certification Committee of the Florida Bar.
MICHAEL R. ROLLO, P.A.
A BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL TRIAL ATTORNEY
District Court of Appeal, State of Florida, First District.
Stacy L. RIVERS, Tynesha M. Rivers, Nikina D. Cunningham, and Stacy L. Rivers, as parent and custodian for Tevon J. Elmore, a minor, Appellants, v. DILLARDS DEPARTMENT STORE, INC., a Florida Corporation, Linda Love, and James Donohoe, Appellees.
Sept. 12, 1997.
Department store patrons who were detained by store employees on suspicion of shoplifting, and were warned that they could be arrested for trespassing if they returned, sued the store and its employees under multiple theories, including false imprisonment and civil conspiracy.
The Circuit Court, Escambia County, Nancy Gilliam, J., granted summary judgment to defendants, and plaintiffs appealed.
The District Court of Appeal, First District, Tallahassee, Florida, reversing the trial judge, held that:
(1) it was a fact issue for the jury to determine - not the judge - whether the plaintiffs'/appellants' detention was reasonable and warranted under the circumstances; this precluded summary judgment on the false imprisonment claim; and
(2) the conspiracy claim was a fact issue for the jury to determine as well.
Reversed and remanded.
(Returned to the trial court for further proceedings and trial)
Van Nortwick, J., concurred in part and dissented in part and filed opinion.
Michael R. Rollo, Pensacola, for plaintiffs/appellants, Rivers, et al.
Thomas R. Jenkins of Bozeman, Jenkins & Matthews, P.A., Pensacola, for defendants/appellees Dillards and Love.
Millard L. Fretland of Carlton, Fields, Ward, Emmanuel, Smith & Cutler, P.A., Pensacola, for defendant/appellee James Donohoe.
See, Rivers v. Dillards Dept. Store, Inc.,
698 So.2d 1328 (Fla. 1st DCA 1997).
Since 1993, Michael R. Rollo has focused on the legal defense of citizens accused of crimes and has represented thousands of clients over the years, and most of those have been in serious felony and misdemeanor criminal cases.
Mr. Rollo is one of very few Florida criminal trial attorneys who has been deemed an expert in the practice of Criminal Trial Law, having achieved Board Certification by the Florida Bar in 2003, 2008, and 2013.
Besides criminal trials and hearings of all types, Mike Rollo will review and accept selected:
You are important:
An arrest and prosecution is often a difficult and embarrassing event, and you may not completely understand what is happening to you . . . when it is happening to you.
Mr. Rollo knows how you feel and what you are experiencing, and will walk with you through this unsettling process while advocating your best interests.
Mr. Rollo also places the utmost value on attorney / client relationships based in mutual respect and complete candor. You may trust that any attorney-client discussion with Mike Rollo is privileged and confidential.
"As my clients and I work together, I ask them to remember that successfully resolving their case centers on discovering the true facts. After that, I will apply the correct Constitutional law, statutory law, case law, and procedural rules to those facts, to determine the best possible defense to the allegations, based on the facts and the law."