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Choosing The Right Criminal Defense Attorney

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. January 21, 2021

Criminal defense law is a highly specialized field of law, practiced by many, mastered by few. It takes a great deal of experience to handle all aspects of a criminal defense case, defending the rights of the accused, understanding the facts and elements of the case that will be presented by the prosecution, and presenting mitigation. Not only can you be falsely accused but also falsely convicted if the attorney you choose is either ill-prepared or inexperienced. In the United States, many unfortunate individuals are wrongfully convicted of crimes they did not commit, according to the National Registry of Exonerations.…

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Crime Rates in St Augustine

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. December 1, 2020

Are You Safer Today Than You Were 3 Years Ago? As reported by most of the local news sources, arrests made by St. Johns County Sheriff’s Officers over the past year have consistently remained high, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reports have surfaced about domestic violence issues being chief among those crimes on the increase, but results for 2020 have not yet been released. In 2019, police arrested 624 individuals for domestic violence. Speculation exists that those numbers will increase due to the pandemic. According to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the number of St. Johns County arrests…

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Will Our Police Department Budgets Decrease in 2021?

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. November 12, 2020

Due to recent events this year involving law enforcement all across this country, there has been a heightened awareness centered around police department spending and how much is actually considered too much. According to recently published news articles, arguments for completely defunding police departments is waning but reallocations of monies to better serve the community is being considered. According to a recent study conducted by the Brookings Institute, an American research group founded in 1916, shifting funding from police departments to support other social services roles is getting attention from elected officials. This could improve the effectiveness in treating cases…

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Choosing The Right Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney for Your Case

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. October 9, 2020

If you have been arrested for a crime in North Florida, having the most experienced and capable attorney in your corner gives you the best chance for a favorable and fair outcome. In choosing the right criminal defense attorney to represent you, there are many things you should consider, chief among them is experience. According to Curtis Fallgatter, of Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. there are many attorneys practicing criminal defense law to choose from, however not all attorneys are the same. Curtis makes the case that he would be proud to serve your legal interests, but you should know…

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Should You Take a Breathalyzer Test When Arrested for DUI?

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. September 9, 2020

One of the most common questions attorneys are asked from defendants accused of Driving Under the Influence of either alcohol or drugs is should I consent to taking a breathalyzer test. According to Curtis Fallgatter, lead criminal defense attorney for Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. if you have been arrested, in custody, transported to jail, booked and being processed, police will then ask you to consent to a breathalyzer test to confirm your blood alcohol level. The legal limit in Florida is a .08 blood alcohol level. Two beers consumed in an hour by the average man will put you…

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What Should I do if I am Stopped for a DUI?

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. August 4, 2020

According to Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys Curtis Fallgatter and Lisa Varon, if you are pulled over by police and suspected of DUI, you should be careful and be prepared. The first thing a police officer will ask for is your driver’s license, vehicle registration and insurance card.  Make sure you have placed them in a convenient location, so you are not fumbling around trying to locate them. Police are looking for any signs of impairment, and from the moment they stop you, they are evaluating whether you are impaired by alcohol or drugs. Do not have an open container in…

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What to Do if You are Arrested for DUI?

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. July 11, 2020

If you have been arrested for DUI, like most people, you are not quite sure what to do next. According to Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys Curtis Fallgatter and Lisa Varon, it is very important to fight a DUI case, but the question remains:  How do you win? The lawyer you choose needs to have the legal experience and expertise to know the right kind of strategy to handle a DUI case. Very much like a medical emergency room that triages cases, your attorney needs to “triage” your case, in order to provide you with the best outcome.  First, your attorney…

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DUI Defense Attorneys

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. May 7, 2020

If you have been arrested for DUI (driving under the influence) in North Florida, you may be wondering if a DUI charge is a felony or a misdemeanor. In criminal law cases, crimes are either classified as misdemeanors (punishable by 1 year or less) or felonies (punishable by 5 years or more).  Depending on the circumstances, a DUI could be classified as a misdemeanor or a felony.  A first or second DUI offense is always a misdemeanor, unless an aggravating factor exists, such as death or serious bodily injury to another.  A DUI manslaughter is always prosecuted as a felony. …

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Jacksonville DUI Attorneys Available for The Holiday

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. December 18, 2019

Holidays are a great time of the year for fun and enjoyment, but when you have had too much to drink, call a cab or get a designated driver. This holiday season, we want you to be safe and accident-free. Many of us will indulge in after-hours company parties and get-togethers with friends and family. Unfortunately, alcohol is usually involved.  The last thing most of us have on our minds during this festive time is getting pulled over by the police, or even worse, being involved in an accident. If alcohol is present or even suspected, you are at considerable…

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DUI Attorneys Near Me

By Fallgatter Catlin & Varon, P.A. August 21, 2019

Everyday in Florida, hundreds of motor vehicles are pulled over by law enforcement officers, and drivers are questioned about consumption of alcohol, or other substances, while operating their vehicles. This is a routine law enforcement technique, performed under highly subjective circumstances, and invariably leads to an arrest. This level of constant activity is largely due to the number of drivers who commit driving errors, which the officers will claim makes their behavior suspect.  Field sobriety tests are one way officers claim they can determine if alcohol or drugs are influencing behavior. Casual and limited consumption of alcohol does not always…

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