➠ Florida Criminal Attorney ➠ Over 20 Years Experience in criminal defense ➠ Over 100 criminal defense trials ➠ Numerous appellate cases ➠ Representing people accused of crimes in Central Florida.
Charged With A Crime in Florida
The Law Office of Attorney Eric Dirga has been practicing in the Central Florida area since 1995. First as a prosecutor and, starting in 2002, as a defense attorney. He has successfully defended hundreds of people accused of crimes in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and surrounding counties.
Being accused of a crime is a serious matter. Your personal liberty is at stake. Having an attorney representing you that understands the judicial process, the evaluation of the evidence, and the pros and cons of going to trial is a necessity. When hiring a lawyer, look at experience and integrity. Not all questions that arise can be answered immediately, but all questions can be answered honestly.
Criminal Accusations We Defend Against
- Possession Controlled Substance
- Possession Paraphernalia
- Possession with Intent
- Manufacture Controlled Substance
- Forged Prescription
- Violent and Sexually Motivated Crimes
This is not a complete list. If you have been arrested for a criminal offense, contact us immediately.
Criminal Charges are Serious and Have Long Term Consequences
All criminal charges are serious and you should always consult with a Criminal Attorney before any decision is made. Possible penalties are:
- Incarceration (loss of liberty; jail/prison)
- Probation (social restrictions)
- Community Control (house arrest)
- Restrictions on Movement
- Restrictions or Loss of Driver’s License
- Criminal Record (public record)
- Fines (monetary)
- Court Costs (monetary)
- Cost of Investigation (monetary)
Your Rights Cannot be Used Against You
Right to Enter a Plea of NOT GUILTY
You have a Right to enter a plea of “Not Guilty.” By entering an initial plea of not guilty, you are telling the court that you are exercising your Constitutional Right to be viewed as innocent until proven guilty. Even if you know you are guilty – in fact, especially if you know you are guilty – you should always enter an initial plea of not guilty.
Right to Trial by Jury
Florida law states that all criminal cases will be tried before a jury of a minimum six jurors. Misdemeanor cases can waive a jury and have a trial before a judge if it is agreed by all parties and the court that no jail and no adjudication will follow a finding of guilt. Exercising this right is a Constitutional guarantee and cannot be used against you.
Violations of Probation
Violations of probation are one of the reasons you need consult with competent council before admitting to any criminal accusation. Probation is often offered as a way to settle a criminal case. A person found in violation of probation can be sentenced to the maximum sentence allowed for the charge found guilty of.
A person found guilty of a criminal offense has a right to appeal the disposition of the case. However, an appeal in no longer fought on a level field. This is why initially having competent council to represent you is so important. I no longer do appeals. I can refer you to a specialist for criminal appeals and post-conviction relief.
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Criminal Attorney Background
Eric J Dirga
- Former State Prosecutor
- Private practice since 2002
- Practicing Criminal Law since 1995
- See Bio
Mark C. Bender, of counsel
- Former Felony Prosecutor
- Private Practice since 1988
- Criminal Law Specialist
- Practicing Criminal Law since 1985