SAM MASTERS LEGAL
A Professional Association
Absolutely. If you hire experienced counsel, a theft charge is something that needs to be resolved to your benefit without a conviction and possibly without a plea. If it can be dismissed, we can have the record expunged and protect your future, because any theft charge on your record will make that dream job unattainable.
It depends on whether you have a prior criminal record or not. It depends on whether you entered a plea or your charges were dismissed. If you are convicted of any criminal offense in Florida, there is probably nothing you can do about it. You'll need to consult an attorney who can look at your specific case and tell you whether or not you're eligible to have your record sealed or expunged.
It's important to immediately contact experienced local counsel. They can reach out to the state, they can also determine whether or not we can surrender. You have the bond reduced, maybe even have the warrant recalled depending upon how old it is. In any event, it's important to have an attorney walk you through that process.
You need to immediately call local counsel who can explain to you what type of charge it is, whether there was a bond, whether you can post bond, and what they're looking at. Most importantly, you need to set an appointment with an attorney right away because that first part is what's most important, the filing decision by the state. You want to get a lawyer who's going to get in there and help the state make the right decision. You also want to make sure to tell your loved one to not speak with anybody without having an attorney present.
I have been in Daytona Beach in Volusia County my entire life. I've practiced in Volusia County in Daytona Beach for 35 years. Five years as a prosecutor, 30 years as a defense lawyer. My assistant has worked with me for 30 years. Unfortunately that means she can find me no matter where I am. So you will always get to talk to me. And I will be the one handling your case. You're not going to hire an AV rated lawyer with my experience and then get calls from an associate with two years experience. We're responding to our clients constantly. We give them answers. And I will create as many options for you as possible, and I will explain those options to you until you understand them.
They'll say that I communicated with them, I answered their questions whenever they called, I made myself available whenever they had questions and concerns. We provide great service. Even my assistant Patty, who's been with me 30 years, always knows where to find me, and my clients get to speak with me whenever they need to. And I think they've felt comfortable and satisfied with the results.
Experience and communication. I've been practicing for 35 years. I was a prosecutor for five years. I've been doing criminal defense for 30 years. I've made it my career to make sure my clients understand the process, understand what they're facing. I will explain all the options to them. They can call me and I'll return their calls. I think those are vital in a representation of a client.