Real Representation For Real People
Real Representation for Real People

Pensacola Criminal Defense Lawyer

Protecting Your Rights

If you are reading this website, you or someone you know is probably facing criminal charges for the first time. As you might have already realized, the criminal justice system can be challenging to navigate, especially when you have been falsely accused and no one wants to hear your side. You probably have many questions about the legal process, your legal rights, and how to obtain the best possible outcome. Having an experienced and successful Pensacola criminal defense lawyer on your side when you are under investigation or facing charges is crucial for your peace of mind and your future. At The Law Offices of Ryan M. Cardoso, PLLC, Pensacola criminal defense attorney Ryan M. Cardoso has been representing people for 15 years and is committed to helping his clients successfully defend themselves against prosecution in state and federal courts throughout Northwest Florida, including Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties. Ryan’s personal mission is to provide comprehensive, considerate, and careful attention to each person’s case so that his clients never wonder about their legal rights, their options, the status of their case, or where they stand in the legal process. Ryan simply seeks the best possible results for each client. He views the practice of law as a privilege, and has dedicated his career to fighting for the rights of the people he represents at every stage of the legal process. Remember that “accused” does not mean “guilty.” At the Law Offices of Ryan M. Cardoso, our clients are never treated as criminals or disrespected in any way. We don’t judge our clients, we fight for them and seek justice.

Pensacola Criminal Defense Lawyer Ryan Cardoso represents people who are facing a wide range of criminal charges in state and federal courts, including cases involving Drug Crimes, such as Possession of a Controlled Substance which is also referred to as Simple Possession, Possession with Intent to Sell or Distribute, Drug Trafficking and Conspiracy; Sex Crimes, including Sexual Battery, Lewd or Lascivious Battery or Molestation, and cases alleging Child Sexual Abuse; White Collar Crimes, including Fraud, Dealing in Stolen Property, and Embezzlement; allegations of Child Abuse, including Child Neglect; Traffic Crimes such as DUI, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Property Damage or Bodily Injury, Fleeing and Eluding, and Reckless Driving; crimes involving Firearms, including Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and crimes enhanced by the “10-20-Life” statute; Homicide, including Vehicular Homicide and DUI Manslaughter; Theft, Burglary, Robbery, and other Property Crimes; Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery; Domestic Violence, including Domestic Violence, Repeat Violence and Stalking Injunctions; and VOPs or Violations of Probation. This list is not exhaustive and only represents the most common crimes defended at The Law Offices of Ryan M. Cardoso. In addition to representing adults in Escambia County and Santa Rosa County, Florida, Ryan is also a juvenile criminal lawyer who represents children charged with these same types of crimes in juvenile court and children who are “direct filed” and facing charges in adult court.

Protect Your Rights Against the Police and Prosecution

There are numerous procedural rules that govern criminal proceedings, including both Florida laws and federal laws. A number of these rules serve as protections for ordinary citizens to be free from unlawful searches and seizures and hold the police accountable, especially if they exceed the scope of their authority and violate someone’s legal rights. Many of these protections have been in place for hundreds of years and stem from amendments to the U.S. Constitution. The Fourth Amendment, for example, shields citizens from unreasonable searches and seizures. According to this body of law, the police must have either reasonable suspicion or probable cause before detaining an individual, performing a “pat-down,” conducting a traffic stop, prolonging a traffic stop for a drug dog investigation, searching persons or property, or making a warrantless arrest. Probable cause is a higher standard than reasonable suspicion, and the application of either of these legal standards depends on the specific facts and circumstances of each case. If the police engage in an unlawful search or seizure, any evidence derived from the unlawful police conduct can be excluded at trial. In many situations, such as when the evidence consists of controlled substances or items seized during an unlawful search, the suppression of the evidence severely undermines the prosecution’s ability to prove its case and can result in the dismissal of criminal charges or, at the very least, leverage to negotiate a favorable outcome.

Most people have heard of Miranda warnings, which basically state that a person under arrest has the right to remain silent, anything that they say or do can be held against them in court, and they have the right to an attorney. People tend to be less familiar, however, with how many protections these warnings provide. If the police fail to read you your Miranda warnings, any statements you make can be excluded as evidence which, in many cases, increases the likelihood for a favorable outcome for you in a highly contested case. Further, if a police officer recites Miranda warnings to you, you are under no obligation to speak with the police about the situation, and it is advisable that you wait until you consult an experienced criminal defense lawyer before doing so. Oftentimes, non-incriminating, non-criminal statements made by you can be used by the Government to corroborate any criminal conduct or activity you deny. Anything you say, good or bad, can and will be used against you! Therefore, it is vital in most cases that you consult with an attorney before making any statements.

Similarly, the Sixth Amendment provides criminal defendants with the right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury, the right to confront and cross-examine the Government’s witnesses, and the right to legal counsel. These constitutional protections can positively shape the outcome of a case if you enlist a skillful criminal defense attorney who knows how to get the job done. At the Law Offices of Ryan M. Cardoso, Ryan is not afraid to go to trial. He thoroughly investigates the facts and circumstances of each case, and conducts extensive legal research, to effectively represent his clients at trial. Ryan is not embarrassed to ask the tough questions of the Prosecution’s witnesses in any case, regardless of the nature of the charges. Ryan gives laser focus to each of his client’s cases, especially when he prepares for trial, regardless of whether the consequences to the client are life in prison or probation.

Contact a Dedicated Pensacola Criminal Defense Lawyer

At the Law Offices of Ryan M. Cardoso, our entire staff is dedicated to providing you with skillful and effective legal representation while treating you with the respect you deserve. The bottom line is that we are passionate about what we do and work hard to provide every client and every case with the highest quality defense we can offer. If you or someone you know is facing prosecution in Pensacola or beyond, criminal defense attorney Ryan M. Cardoso can help you. He proudly serves people throughout Escambia County and Santa Rosa County, Florida, including in Pensacola, Cantonment, Century, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Pace, and Navarre. People who seek his guidance are treated with the full attention that they deserve, and are never viewed as just another case on the docket. We offer a free phone consultation to help you learn about the rights and remedies available to you. Call us at 850.466.2073 or contact us online to set up an appointment.