DEFENSES

A strong defense is built one piece at at a time 

Just because you have been charged with a crime, it doesn't mean you are guilty. The Ford Law Office can utilize a well planned defense strategy to protect you. Here are some common defenses that have been successful in the past.

 

ILLEGAL STOP, SEARCH, OR SEIZURE

Defense to charges of Drug Possession, DUI and other Driving charges

If law enforcement did something that was improper during the stop, search, or seizure, then we can seek to suppress that evidence, because it was obtained illegally. If the stop, search, or seizure were bad then we can file a motion and request a hearing in front of the Judge. If the Judge agrees with us that the officer did something illegal to obtain the evidence against you, then they cannot use that evidence at trial. If the State does not have sufficient evidence to convict, then they have don’t have a case against you. It is sometime referred to as fruit of the poisonous tree. The idea is that if they can’t use the evidence anyways, then why bother getting it illegally. It’s a way of keeping everyone honest and protecting your constitutional rights.

 

INSUFFICIENCY OF THE EVIDENCE

Can be a defense in any case

The prosecutor has the legal obligation to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed a crime. Just because there is evidence doesn’t mean that it is sufficient to prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt. A competent, skilled defense attorney may be able to poke enough holes in the prosecution’s case to show that the evidence is not enough to convict you. 

 

MOTIVE

Can be a defense in any case, but common in Battery, Domestic Violence and Drug charges

In cases were a witness against you is not telling the truth, an important part of a good defense is establishing a reason why that person would lie. This requires an aggressive and well thought out defense strategy, by a seasoned criminal defense attorney. In some cases, it may be helpful to use the services of a trained private investigator to help shed light on the reality of the situation. You can’t wait around for the truth to come out.

 

IDENTITY

Common defense in Theft, Burglary, and Drug charges

It is not enough to prove that a crime was committed, the prosecutor must prove that you were the one that committed it. If we can establish that you were not the person that did the crime, then the prosecutor has failed to meet his burden of proof. This doesn’t just happen by accident, you need an experienced attorney that takes a proactive approach to your defense.

 

SELF DEFENSE

Common defense in violent crimes such as Battery, DV, or Firearm charges.

You have a right to defend yourself and other against violence. When reasonable, you can meet force, with force. Under certain circumstances you have no duty to retreat. You don’t have to wait around to be a victim before you can defend yourself. Fortunately, Florida has some strong self-defense laws. When used effectively by a skilled trial attorney, they can be used to get an acquittal at trial and in some case, the charges can be dismissed before trial.    

 

ALIBI

 Common defense in Theft, Property crimes and Burglary charges

If we can establish that you were not the person that committed the crime because you were somewhere else, then we can avoid a conviction.

 

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