Individuals, corporations, and political officials charged with or under investigation for suspected criminal conduct need skilled advocates to represent their interests. The attorneys at Murphy & Anderson handle all types of criminal matters from complex business crimes to traditional criminal defense in both federal and state courts.
It is important to obtain legal counsel as soon as possible to help protect you or your business during a criminal investigation and arrest. Extraordinary results require a thorough investigation from the onset and vigorous representation throughout the entire process. Our firm works closely with seasoned private investigators who will work around the clock to ensure your case is properly investigated. Our vast experience will enable us to evaluate your circumstances to help achieve the best possible result.
Many of our clients do not have any prior experience with the criminal justice system and need the guidance and experience that our firm can offer. Whether you or your business are being investigated, were arrested or were a witness or victim of a crime – we are here to help guide you through the process and aggressively fight for your rights.
An arrest may ultimately result in a jury trial and it is important to retain attorneys that you believe will make an impressive and credible presentation. Murphy & Anderson's attorneys have the trial experience, personality, people skills, and advocacy to handle these matters efficiently and effectively. Our attorneys and staff have undivided loyalty to our clients and will persevere to achieve successful results. Compromise is not always the best solution, and Murphy & Anderson recognizes this fact. At the same time, the attorneys at Murphy & Anderson are known for the highest ethics, professionalism and integrity.
SPECIFIC CRIMINAL CASES & OVERVIEW
DUI – Driving Under the Influence
There are serious consequences if convicted of a DUI, including the loss of your license. Depending on your particular circumstances, an experienced DUI attorney may be able to get your Driving Under the Influence charge dropped in its entirety, reduced to a less severe charge, or negotiated to a less severe penalty.
Because there are many possible outcomes in a DUI case, it is important to have a realistic assessment of your unique circumstances and an experienced attorney to guide you through the process. Our attorneys are well versed in the law and in trial and can give you realistic expectations for your case.
First Steps After a Jacksonville DUI Arrest
A DUI conviction may carry hefty consequences that can have a huge impact on your life. There are important steps to take after your arrest, and as experienced Jacksonville DUI attorneys, we can guide you through them.
You have ten days from the day of the incident to request a formal review hearing and potentially get your driver’s license back.
The Two Main Processes of a Jacksonville FL DUI
Experiencing a DUI arrest is a frightening ordeal. As a Jacksonville DUI lawyer with extensive experience, I can help guide you through the process. A DUI arrest involves the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DHSMV) which is an administrative process that impacts your ability to maintain a valid license. The arrest also is a crime, which impacts your freedom, finances and ability to drive.
Can a Jacksonville DUI Attorney Help You Keep Your License?
The DHSMV processes includes the administrative suspension of your license. If you submit to a breath, urine or blood test and the alcohol content is above the legal limit your license may be suspended for a period of six months. If you refuse to submit to any of the above referenced tests, your license may be suspended for a period of twelve months. As your DUI lawyers, we would request a formal review hearing to challenge the suspension of your license. If successful at the hearing, the suspension of your license may be overturned.
Jacksonville DUI Criminal Charges & Defense
The second process is the criminal charge of DUI. A DUI may be charged by the State Attorney’s Office as a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the circumstances. Regardless, you will receive notice of your arraignment from the clerk of court. Having an experienced attorney to represent you during your initial plea, the discovery process and through plea negotiations and trial is imperative.
How Long Does a Jacksonville DUI Case Last?
A typical DUI case may last between two to eighteen months depending on whether a negotiated plea deal is reached or if the case proceeds to trial. As your Jacksonville DUI attorney, I will keep you informed of the most advantageous course in your particular case and what the duration is likely to be.
Jacksonville DUI Penalties
If found guilty of DUI in the state of Florida, there are mandatory sanctions that must be imposed including:
- An additional court ordered license suspension which is independent from the administrative suspension;
- 50 community service hours;
- DUI school;
- 10 day vehicle impoundment;
- A fine of $500 or more.
Contacting a Jacksonville DUI Attorney as soon as possible after your arrest will help make sure you are protected throughout the pendency of the case.
Criminal Investigation/Witness Representation
Whether you have been called to testify to a Grand Jury, contacted by law enforcement regarding an alleged criminal manner, or received a subpoena to produce certain items or documents – it is imperative that you contact an experienced attorney to represent you.
Investigations into criminal matters may be lengthy and complicated and these cases should be handled by experienced attorneys who have extensive experience. The attorneys at Murphy & Anderson are well versed in representing clients who are called to testify to a Grand Jury or who have been contacted by law enforcement regarding an alleged criminal matter. Contact the attorneys at Murphy & Anderson, we will zealously advocate on your behalf and make sure that your rights are protected.
Expungement / Sealing of Prior Record
Even if you were not charged with or convicted of a crime, that arrest will still remain a part of your criminal record for the rest of your life. Background checks from employers and industry regulators are commonplace in this day and age. If you were not charged or convicted of a crime, that arrest will still remain a part of your criminal record for the rest of your life.
Luckily, prior criminal records may be eligible for expungement or sealing. Contact the attorneys at Murphy & Anderson for a free consultation to determine if your prior record is eligible.
Juveniles are treated differently than adults in the criminal justice system. The juvenile justice system can be confusing and a child should be represented by a strong advocate. This is especially true because a juvenile may be transferred to adult court where he or she will, in all likelihood, face much harsher penalties. It is essential to have an experienced attorney who is well versed in juvenile crime advocate for the child and family. If your child has been arrested or contacted by law enforcement concerning an alleged crime, call the experienced attorneys at Murphy & Anderson.
Search Warrant and Seizure of Property/Documents
It is a general counsel’s worst nightmare, the call from an employee stating that there are several agents at the office with a search warrant seizing the company’s business records and taking employees aside to question them. Investigations typically arise based on the statements of a disgruntled employee, ex-employee or competitor.
If you find yourself in this unfortunate scenario (or a similar one) it means that you need to hire an experienced criminal defense lawyer. The proper handling of an investigation on your defense attorney’s part may avoid criminal charges and prosecution. The attorneys at Murphy & Anderson are well versed in representing clients during the investigative stages of a criminal case and are ready to zealously represent you or your business during this process.
If you are fortunate enough not to have endured such a situation, it is still imperative that you have designated employees who are trained in the proper procedure for the execution of a search warrant. Contact the attorneys at Murphy & Anderson, who are well versed in this area of law and ready, willing and able to train you and your employees on this area of the law.
Sexual Assault & Title IX
Our firm has extensive experience representing victims of sexual assault through the criminal and civil court systems. Many victims of sexual assault feel that they are re-victimized by “the system” and our attorneys will aggressively defend your rights and ensure that your best interests are protected.
A school should be a place for learning not a place where a student is discriminated against, sexually harassed or assaulted. Many victims of such conduct (and their families) are overwhelmed and re-victimized by the “system.”
Title IX prohibits discrimination on the bases of sex at educational institutions that receive federal funds, which includes all public schools from elementary through college-level institutions. Also, it prohibits discrimination at private colleges and universities that receive federal loan money through financial assistance programs.
This is a rapidly developing, and sometimes controversial, area of the law which typically carries substantial stakes for clients who are still in the midst of completing their educational endeavors. It is an emotional process and we are well equipped to provide the type of support that our clients may need.
The attorneys at Murphy & Anderson have experience with the Title IX process and are ready, willing and able to help navigate you through the complex and difficult process. We understand that our clients are seeking more than financial compensation for the unspeakable harm they’ve endured. The attorneys at Murphy & Anderson will use our knowledge and experience to work to help put a stop to the culture that enabled the harm in the first place.
Title IX places a legal duty on schools to proactively prevent gender-based harassment, discrimination and violence. Schools must also provide procedures for reporting this illegal conduct and ensure that accommodations are made for students who are victims of such discrimination so that her or she may continue to access the educational resources to which they are entitled.
If you believe that your school’s handling of sex-based discrimination, harassment or violence that you experienced may have violated your rights under Title IX, please contact the attorneys at Murphy & Anderson for a free consultation. Your communication with us will remain confidential.
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes are generally used to refer to non-violent crimes committed to obtain a financial gain. Typically, people charged with this type of crime are business owners, professionals, bankers, accountants, doctors and lawyers. These crimes have evolved into being taken very serious and prosecuted on both the State and Federal level.
White collar criminal investigations are frequently long, complicated and include sophisticated legal issues. If found guilty of a financial crime, you could face prison, substantial fines, and criminal forfeiture.
It is important to obtain competent legal counsel to represent you during all phases of the criminal case, including the investigation. Contact the attorneys at Murphy & Anderson for a free consultation.