➠ Florida Criminal Attorney ➠ Over 20 Years Experience in criminal defense ➠ Over 100 criminal defense Jury Trials ➠ Numerous Appellate Cases ➠ Representing people accused of criminal behavior in and around Central Florida.
Charged With A Crime in Florida
Criminal Attorney Eric Dirga has been practicing in the Central Florida area since 1995. He has successfully defended many people accused of crimes in Orange, Seminole, Osceola, and surrounding counties.
Criminal defense is a serious matter. Your personal liberty is at stake. Having an attorney 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. Experience and integrity are the two biggest factors you should be looking at.
Criminal Attorney Background
- Former State Prosecutor
- Felony Division
- Appellate Division
- Expunge Division
- Private Practice since 2002
- Over 100 Trials
- Numerous Appellate Cases
- Over 20+ years Experience
Criminal Accusations We Defend Against
- Suspended License
- Leaving the Scene
- Attached Tag Not Assigned
- Shopliftin/Petit Theft
- Grand Theft
- Criminal Mischief
- Dealing in Stolen Property
- Domestic Violence
- Possession Controlled Substance
- Possession Paraphernalia
- Possession with Intent
- Manufacture Controlled Substance
- Forged Prescription
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. However, a person found to have violated probation can then be sentenced to the maximum sentence allowed for the charge admitted to.
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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