Criminal Defense Attorney John Greene Aggressively Defends Clients Against Felony & Misdemeanor Charges Throughout Northwest Florida
Putting Case Law to Work For You
When I met with John he told me about a case that had just been argued before the US Supreme Court that was similar to mine. He cited that case in my motion to suppress and my case was dismissed.Posted by Rob (avvo.com)
I Have Been Arrested – Should I Hire a Private Attorney or Have a Public Defender Appointed to Represent Me?
That depends on the level of personal attention you expect to receive. The days of Cousin Vinnie type public defenders are over. Today’s public defenders are well trained and have a lot of experience. However they are overworked and have to represent many clients in court at the same time. They do not have the time to conduct a thorough investigation of your case or the time to meet with you in private.
I will meet with you in the privacy of my office to discuss your case and all possible defenses. If your loved one is incarcerated, I will visit him /her in jail and work to have them released on bail pending trial. I will file a written plea of not guilty on your behalf and you will not have to go to court for your arraignment. I will secure copies of all arrest reports, view the evidence, interview the witnesses, and file motions to have evidence suppressed and the charges dismissed.
I will meet with you and family members at my office to discuss the pros and cons of any plea offer. Employment opportunities may be limited, travel restricted, your driver’s license can be suspended, and if you are not a US citizen you may be subject to deportation. I will prepare you and your witnesses for trial in my office, not in the hallways outside the courtroom 10 minutes before your trial starts.
I represent clients in federal and state courts who have been charged with:
- White Collar Crimes
- Drug & Marijuana Offenses
- Weapons Charges
- DUI & BUI
- Assault & Battery
- Burglary & Theft
- Sex Crimes
- Minor in Possession
- Violation of Probation
If you have been charged with a crime, I will aggressively protect your constitutional rights.
Having handled a broad range of felony and misdemeanor offenses in the federal, state and juvenile courts throughout Northwest Florida, I will help you understand the consequences you are facing and give you an honest assessment of your case.
I will challenge every aspect of the criminal charges you face and force the prosecutor to prove every element of the offense:
- Were the appropriate criminal procedures followed?
- Was the arrest based on probable cause?
- Were you properly advised of your rights during the arrest?
- Was all evidence and testimony properly admitted or excluded?
- What defenses do you have to the charges?
- What mitigating factors need to be brought to the Court’s attention?
- Are there grounds for departure from the recommended sentencing guidelines?
Florida Sentencing Guidelines
Crimes in Florida are ranked according to the severity of the offense, FS 775.08, and a sentencing guideline worksheet is used to compute the recommended sentence. A Florida trial court judge may then impose a sentence which varies upwards or downwards from the recommended guidelines sentence, unless there is a mandatory minimum sentence required by law.
A person who has been convicted of a 1st degree felony may be sentenced to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 30 years, and may be fined up to $10,000; for a 2nd degree felony, imprisonment not exceeding 15 years and a $10,000 fine; for a 3rd degree felony, imprisonment not exceeding 5 years and a $5,000 fine; for a 1st degree misdemeanor, imprisonment not exceeding 1 year and a $1,000 fine; and for a 2nd degree misdemeanor, imprisonment not exceeding 60 days and a $500 fine. You need an attorney to represent you.
For a more thorough overview of how an arrest may impact you in Florida,
please visit our Florida Sentencing Guidelines Page.