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A Former Prosecutor — Who Knows How To Win

With 20 years of experience in the criminal justice system, I know how to get positive results for clients who have been charged with a criminal offense. With insider knowledge and a drive to win, I am the attorney defendants turn to when dismissal — and freedom — is their goal.

High Rate Of Dismissals And Acquittals

Recognized by the Equal Justice Foundation for my “high rate of
acquittals and dismissals” in domestic violence cases.

Former Domestic Violence/Sex Assault Prosecutor

With a background in criminal prosecution, I have the know-how and insight
to stand-up for your constitutional rights.

Domestic Violence Defense

Falsely accused? Misunderstood? Targeted by a spiteful significant other?
I can help.

Sexual Assault Defense

I don’t judge. I provide mitigating evidence to the
court to paint a complete, accurate picture.

2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Criminal trail lawyers top 25
National premier NACDA top ten ranking 2016
Florida association of criminal defence lawyers
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Avvo rating 10.0 superb top attorney criminal defence
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
Avvo clients choice 2015 criminal defence
The national top 100 trail lawyers
Avvo rating superb top attorney criminal defence
National women top 100 trail lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
2016 - 10 Best Client satisfaction - American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys(TM)
Avvo clients choice 2015 criminal defence
Criminal trail lawyers top 25
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
The national top 100 trail lawyers
National premier NACDA top ten ranking 2016
Avvo rating 10.0 superb top attorney criminal defence
Avvo rating superb top attorney criminal defence
Florida association of criminal defence lawyers
Palm beach association of criminal defence lawyers
National women top 100 trail lawyers
Lawyers of Distinction 2018
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation
"The Highest Rate Of Acquittals and Dismissals"
— Equal Justice Foundation

Don’t let a drug paraphernalia charge scare you

Possession of drug paraphernalia is a crime unlike any other — you are essentially charged with a crime for merely owning something that might be used to get drugs into your system. It doesn’t matter if you have any drugs in your possession or have ever even used drugs — simply owning the objects themselves is a crime.

And the Florida statute on drug paraphernalia seems intentionally vague and broad, covering everything that could be used to plant or grow a drug, pack or store a drug and inject or inhale a drug.

Do you own an indoor growing kit for a hydroponic garden? That could be drug paraphernalia because it could be used to grow marijuana. Do you happen to have a lot of small baggies in your possession? They could be drug paraphernalia because they could be used to divide up a stash for easy sales. Did you buy a hookah to decorate the dorm room because you thought it would look cool? That also could be considered drug paraphernalia.

Because so many common household items, from envelopes to soda bottles, can be converted into a form of drug paraphernalia, when to charge someone with the crime is often a judgment call left up to the prosecutors.

It is often tacked onto possession charges in order to increase the possible penalty that the accused faces — and to give the prosecution something to bargain with if they want to plead out a case. For example, if you are caught with a marijuana joint and a package of rolling papers, you could face the minor possession charge for the actual drug and the additional charge of owning drug paraphernalia — which can add a year in jail and a $1000 fine to your sentence if you’re convicted.

If the prosecution offers to drop the paraphernalia charge in exchange for a guilty plea on the possession charge, it may seem like a great deal to a scared college student or someone just visiting on vacation — but the long term consequences of that plea could turn out to be more than you realize you’d have to endure as the conviction haunts you into the future.

Get a good defense attorney and don’t allow yourself to be bullied on a drug paraphernalia charge. For information on how our firm approaches these cases, please visit our page.