Pensacola Criminal Defense Lawyer

Protecting Your Rights

The criminal justice system can be challenging to navigate. Having an experienced and compassionate Pensacola criminal defense lawyer on your side when you are facing charges can make a vital difference. At the The Law Offices of Ryan M. Cardoso, PLLC, Pensacola criminal defense attorney Ryan M. Cardoso is experienced in representing people facing prosecution in state and federal courts across Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties. He dedicates careful attention to each person whom he assists and gains personal satisfaction in fighting for their rights from start to finish in the legal process.

Related to his work in the area of criminal defense, Ryan is knowledgeable in the complex process of seeking or defending a domestic violence injunction. He also can represent auto accident victims throughout Florida in pursuing the compensation that they deserve.

Protect Your Rights Against the Police and Prosecution

Pensacola Criminal Defense Lawyer Ryan Cardoso represents people who are facing a wide range of criminal charges, such as theft offenses, assault and battery, domestic violence, drug offenses, sex crimes, probation violations, and child abuse. 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 hold the police accountable for exceeding the scope of their authority.

Many of these protections 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 a reasonable suspicion or probable cause before detaining an individual, searching their person and property, or making an arrest. Probable cause is a higher standard than reasonable suspicion, and which of these applies will depend on the specific circumstances. If the police engaged in an unlawful search or seizure, any evidence derived from the event can be excluded at trial. In many situations, such as when the evidence consists of controlled substances, its exclusion severely undermines the prosecution’s ability to prove its case.

Many of us have heard of the Miranda warnings, which 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 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. A failure to issue Miranda warnings, moreover, can lead to the exclusion of any evidence gained after the time that they should have been issued.

Similarly, the Sixth Amendment provides criminal defendants with the right to a speedy trial by an impartial jury, the right to confront any witnesses who are testifying against them, and the right to a lawyer. These constitutional protections can shape the outcome of a case if you enlist a skillful attorney who knows when and how to invoke them.

Knowledgeable Attorney for Domestic Violence Injunction Proceedings

Florida Statute § 741.30(1)(a) provides that a family or household member who has been a victim of domestic violence or has reasonable cause to believe that he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of domestic violence may seek an injunction. Under Florida Statute § 741.28(2), a wide range of crimes may be defined as domestic violence, extending from assault, battery, and sexual assault to stalking, kidnapping, and false imprisonment. An injunction can order an alleged abuser to refrain from contact with the victim, as well as requiring the abuser to leave a family residence, relinquish temporary custody of children, or pay temporary child support. Injunctions also may be available to victims of repeat violence, sexual violence, and dating violence, as provided by Florida Statute § 784.046.

While many accusations that lead to injunctions are thoroughly grounded in fact, people sometimes use false accusations to gain an advantage in a family law dispute. Each situation is unique, and the parties on both sides have important rights to protect with the assistance of legal counsel.

Seeking Compensation After an Auto Accident

Motor vehicle collisions can occur for a variety of reasons, including distracted driving, speeding, and driving under the influence. If you have been hurt in a car accident as the result of another driver’s negligence, you can take legal action to pursue compensation for your damages. This usually unfolds under a theory of negligence, which means that the plaintiff must establish that the defendant had a duty of care, failed to act according to that standard, and caused the accident and the related damages as a result. Victims of car crashes may also seek PIP (personal injury protection) benefits under Florida’s “no-fault” laws. Victims seeking PIP medical benefits must receive initial medical care within 14 days after the motor vehicle accident just to be eligible for benefits. In addition, victims must be diagnosed with an “emergency medical condition” to receive the full amount of PIP medical benefits. Even in this “no-fault” situation, enlisting the representation of a Pensacola car accident attorney can expedite the process of getting the financial assistance that you need.

Contact a Dedicated Pensacola Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you or someone you love is facing prosecution in Pensacola or beyond, criminal defense attorney Ryan M. Cardoso can help. He proudly serves people throughout Escambia, Santa Rosa, and Okaloosa Counties, including in Pensacola, West Pensacola, Cantonment, Brent, Bellview, Ferry Pass, Century, Gulf Breeze, Milton, Navarre, Jay, Crestview, Fort Walton Beach, and Niceville. In addition to his work as a criminal defense and domestic violence injunction attorney, Ryan also can assist auto accident victims across Florida in bringing negligence claims or pursuing PIP benefits. People who seek his guidance are treated with the respect and attention that they deserve, never being viewed as just another case on the docket. We offer a free 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.