Wrongful Conviction

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The justice system is supposed to protect and serve its citizens, not put them in danger, injure them or engage in offensive behavior. In order to protect innocent and vulnerable citizens, prosecutors, judges and police or sheriff departments must have rules, policies and systems in place that ensure that its employees have the proper training and tools at their disposal to make encounters with citizens as safe as possible for themselves, the citizens they encounter and innocent bystanders. They serve justice.

Civil rights law is the focuses on protecting an American’s Constitutional Rights guaranteed by the Bill of Rights, as well as the 13th and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution. 

A wrongfully convicted individual found innocent by a prosecuting attorney or administrative court judge is entitled to $50,000 (adjusted for cost of living increases) annually, up to a maximum of $2 million, as long as he has no prior felony convictions. He may also receive 120 hours of tuition at a career center, community college or state university and reimbursement for any fines or costs imposed at the time of his sentence. Effective: 2008; Amended most recently: 2014.

The process for collecting has not truly been well received or well tested. Hire a lawyer to help you get through that process.

Legal Advice for Wrongful Conviction

Cases

What am I entitled to if Wrongfully Convicted?

A wrongfully convicted individual found innocent by a prosecuting attorney or administrative court judge is entitled to $50,000 (adjusted for cost of living increases) annually, up to a maximum of $2 million, as long as he has no prior felony convictions. He may also receive 120 hours of tuition at a career center, community college or state university and reimbursement for any fines or costs imposed at the time of his sentence. Effective: 2008; Amended most recently: 2014.

How do I pick a lawyer?

Insurance carriers try to negotiate every dollar they can, because every $100 means millions in the end to their Board of Directors. Attorneys matter. Defendants and their carriers change their game plan when an experienced lawyer is involved. For that reason -and the misinformation by TV lawyers and referral services- is why people should select lawyers carefully.

Because of the economy, more lawyers are jumping into personal injury and wrongful death cases and should stick to what they know. Other lawyers are just too young and inexperienced to be able earn the respect of insurance companies or have never tried a case by themselves. Insurance companies hire experienced lawyers on their side. You should, too. Personal injury law requires knowledge about medical science and biomechanics (the forces on a body in a wreck or a fall) far greater and more specific than you’d think. The other side has doctors and millions on their side to say nothing is wrong or fight the claim.

Pick:

  • (1) A Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer. It’s the Bar’s gold standard.
  • (2) Pick a lawyer who has been to trial and achieved multiple million dollar verdicts. The insurance companies know.’
  • (3) Stay away from the TV advertisers. They pay for those ads by settling cases.
What is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer?

Board certification recognizes attorneys’ special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law and professionalism and ethics in practice.

John is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Lawyer. The Bar certifies lawyers who pass a full day examination and undergo extra training and who have a documented history of going to trial and good peer reviews. If you are paying the same contingency fee, we’d recommend hiring a Board Certified lawyer. It makes a difference.

How Often Have Released Inmates Obtained Recovery?

Rarely. The National Registry recorded that out of the 63 Floridian exonerees since 1989, only seven have received financial compensation from the state. Due to the filing time restrictions placed on both the original 2008 Act and the current revision of the “clean hands” clause, few of the remaining 53 exonerees are eligible for compensation. 

What You Need to Know About Your First Appointment With Us

All initial appointments are free. All appointments are confidential. You will sit down with a lawyer and discuss your issues and how we can help. If a lawyer doesn’t meet with you on day one, you have hired the wrong law firm.

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DO NOT BRING: Any money or retainer.

All injury cases are done on contingency. That means, we are not paid until the end of your case and are paid only IF we recover something. You do not have to pay us if we don’t win.

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BRING: Any Accident Report, Drivers Exchange of Information or Photos

Bring anything you have to the initial appointment. We will make a copy and then return it to you.

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BRING: Any Relevant Medical History

We keep all of your information secured and private. We need your medical information to make an injury claim. Do not worry if you do not have it. We will get it from your doctors and others.

Committed to Justice.™

Verdicts & Settlements

This is just a sample of our recent verdicts and settlements.

Do not hire a lawyer who has never been to trial. We try our own cases. Less experienced lawyers will bring another lawyer “if” it goes to trial. We do not recommend this strategy. You choose your lawyers and will actually pay less in the long run to choose wisely now. We are a smart choice.

$495,123,680

Jury Verdict: Duval County (2019). Wrongful Death by Shooting in Motor Vehicle. Punitive Damages Awarded.

$1,100,000

Jury Verdict: Alachua County (2012). Vehicle Negligence by Coca-Cola. Caused Laser Spine Surgery and Pain.

$2,600,000

Jury Verdict: Volusia County (2014). Vehicle Negligence by Volusia County Beach Patrol Caused Injuries.

$912,664

Jury Verdict: Duval County (2017). RSD / CRPS Caused by Negligent Driver of Motor Vehicle who Ran Stop Sign.

A prospective client’s individual facts and circumstances may differ from the above matters; results vary by case.

$1,750,000

Settlement: Martin County (2015). Multiple Surgeries Caused by Outback Employee Negligence.

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