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Services Offered

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:

  • HOMICIDE
  • ROBBERY
  • BURGLARY
  • KIDNAPPING
  • THEFT
  • WHITE COLLAR CRIME
  • DUI
  • ASSAULT & BATTERY
  • FIREARMS AND WEAPONS CHARGES
  • POSSESSION OF CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
  • TRAFFICKING CONTROLLED SUBSTANCES
  • WHITE COLLAR CRIME
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
  • ACCUSATIONS OF SEXUAL ABUSE
  • ALL FELONIES
  • ALL MISDEMEANORS
  • DOMESTIC VIOLENCE INJUNCTIONS
  • CIVIL FORFEITURES AND PROPERTY SEIZURES

ALL PRE-TRIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING:

  • BOND HEARINGS AND REDUCTIONS
  • EXTRADITIONS
  • MOTIONS TO SUPPRESS / DISMISS
  • MOTIONS FOR STAND YOUR GROUND IMMUNITY
  • MOTIONS TO COMPEL
  • MOTIONS FOR EXPANDED DISCOVERY
  • MOTIONS FOR PARTICULARS
  • MOTIONS IN LIMINE

ALL POST-TRIAL MATTERS, INCLUDING:

  • APPEALS, STATE AND FEDERAL:
  • DIRECT APPEAL TO ANY DISTRICT COURT OF APPEAL,  FIRST DISTRICT; TO  THE FLORIDA SUPREME COURT; FROM ANY U.S. DISTRICT COURT TO THE 11TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS; INCLUDING CERTORARI, PETITIONS, AND GENERAL  PRACTICE BEFORE THE UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT
  • SENTENCING HEARINGS
  • RESTITUTION HEARINGS
  • VIOLATION OF PROBATION OR COMMUNITY CONTROL HEARINGS
  • MOTIONS FOR RETURN OF SEIZED PROPERTY
  • MOTIONS FOR BOND PENDING APPEAL (where qualified)
  • REVIEWING TRIAL AND APPELLATE RECORDS FOR ERROR
  • FILING POST-CONVICTION MOTIONS, INCLUDING: MOTIONS FOR MODIFICATION; MOTIONS TO CORRECT SENTENCE; FLA.R.CRIM.P. 3.850 MOTIONS FOR POST-CONVICTION RELIEF
  • CONDUCTING EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS IN 3.850 PROCEEDINGS
  • RECORD SEALING AND/OR EXPUNGEMENT

About Board Certification

About Board Certification:


All Lawyers are not Experts, but Michael R. Rollo is a Criminal Trial Expert


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.
(850) 438-8165


A BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL TRIAL ATTORNEY

Winning on Appeal

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). 

Experience, Qualifications, and Judgment that You Can Trust

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.



Other Areas of Practice:

Besides criminal trials and hearings of all types, Mike Rollo will review and accept selected:


  • criminal appeals and post-conviction matters;
  • civil forfeitures;
  • probate and contested will cases;
  • civil cases including false arrest and malicious prosecution; and
  • other selected civil matters, including medical malpractice and personal  injury. 

When this happens:

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."