How Courts Determine The Guilty Mind

Mens Rea: How Courts Determine the Guilty Mind In many cases, an experienced criminal defense attorney in Orlando, FL may find himself arguing on behalf not on the innocence of a defendant’s actions but on their intentions. Courts will often measure two factors in determining guilt: actus reus, meaning the actual physical act of the…

J. Scott Herman To Represent Villages Man

J. Scott Herman to Represent Villager in Aggravated Assault Charge Orlando criminal defense lawyer J. Scott Herman will be representing a Villager facing multiple criminal charges in relation to an unusual incident involving drugs and a handgun. Patrick McGowan, 67, was arrested on August 19 after a strange incident in his home in the Village of…

Most Common Criminal Defense Cases

Thousands of criminal cases are filed and tried in the state of Florida every month. According to OSCA’s Statistical Reference, Guide to Florida’s Trial Court, out of over 170 thousand criminal fillings in 2015 over 89 percent resulted in a guilty verdict. In Orlando alone, over 73 percent of criminal filings were faced with a…

Marijuana Citation Postscript

After receiving much criticism, the criminal marijuana citation (which was unique to Orlando, Florida) has been eliminated, effective May 1, 2016. As described in a prior blog, the criminal marijuana citation allowed individuals to go directly to the Clerk of the Court, pay a fine, and end their criminal case.  Sounds like a traffic ticket,…

J. Scott Herman Inks Deal Allowing Accused Line Dance Instructor to Avoid Prosecution

Last month, Orlando, Florida criminal defense attorney Scott Herman secured a deal for a Villages line dance instructor who had been accused of punching another woman at a town square that will allow her to avoid prosecution. Janet Hilgenfeld, 64, of the Village of Winifred, was accused of punching a 54-year-old Villager on Aug. 7 at Spanish…