Pensacola Criminal and DUI Defense Attorney
The criminal defense lawyer Gene E Mitchell in Pensacola, Florida, represents individuals charged with Felony Charges, Misdemeanor Charges, Juvenile Charges, DUI Charges, Securites - Stock Market Fraud, VOP charges, and Personal Injury Law cases. Our offices are located in downtown Pensacola just a few blocks from the courthouse at the intersection of Palafox and Romana streets.. We welcome your calls to discuss your case. Call 850-232-5278
Gene works hard to earn his reputation as passionate and experienced criminal defense attorney. He takes pride in being thoroughly prepared for battle when we enter the courtroom for a motion hearing or jury trial.
Call to schedule a free and confidential consultation either over the phone or in the office. During the initial consultation we can discuss the facts of the case, what you need to do right now to protect your rights, potential defenses to the charges and the attorney fees required for the legal representation.
Our office hours are 9 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. If you need assistance after normal business hours, on the weekend or a holiday, our phones are answered 24/7. Attorney Gene E Mitchell is available to meet with clients after normal business hours or on weekends when needed.
Attorney focused on Criminal Defense Law
Attorneys Gene E Micthell focuses exclusively on criminal defense. his focus on criminal defense allows him to stay current on innovative defenses and recent changes in the law.
Gene works with clients to address all aspects of the criminal case including the direct and indirect consequences. If you have been wrongly accused of a crime then the best result is getting all charges dropped by the prosecutor or dismissed by the trial court. The way the case is resolved may determine whether you are eligibile to seal or expunge the case after it is resolved.
Gene works with seasoned private investigators and the most highly qualified expert witnesses while still maintaining reasonable attorney fees.
Many of our clients have no prior criminal record and never imagined being on the wrong side of the law. The stakes are even higher for certain professionals who are charged with a crime including:
- nurses, doctors and other health care professionals;
- teachers and certified educators;
- attorneys and students in law school;
- law enforcement officers or employees of law enforcement agencies; or
- members of the military.
For many professionals, their employment contract requires them to notify their employer of the arrest or prosecution within a certain period of time. Other professions have reporting requirements to professional boards.
Even high school and college students can face immediate collateral consequences after an arrest including a possible disciplinary hearing that could lead to expulsion from high school or college.
For people with a Commercial Driver License (CDL), concealed weapon permit or who require special security clearances for their employment, the consequences of the arrest can impact their current job and future career opportunities.
The Importance of Filing Pre-trial Motions
The law is constantly changing and evolving. We take a scholarly approach to fighting the criminal charges. The best way to fight the case often involves filing and litigating pre-trial motions including:
- Motions to Exclude Evidence;
- Motions to Suppress Evidence; and
- Motions to Dismiss the Criminal Charges.
Good things happen when attorneys file and litigate pre-file motions. Even if the court doesn't ultimately grant the motion, the defense attorney can often gain valuable information about the prosecutor's case that can be used to win the case at trial or negotiate a better pre-trial settlement.
Never Talk to a Law Enforcement Officer About a Criminal Accusation
If you are approached by a law enforcement officer who suspects you of criminal wrongdoing, then you can invoke your right to remain silent by saying: "I am invoking my right to remain silent. I would like to speak to my attorney before I say anything." Then remain silent. After a lawful detention, if the officer asks your name, date of birth or address you can provide that information even if you have already invoked your right to remain silent. But you are not required to answer any other types of questions.
When you hire an attorney, the attorney will immediately inform the law enforcement officer that you have invoked your rights under the 5th and 6th amendment thereby preventing the officer from asking you any questions. After you retain an attorney, the attorney can contact the law enforcement officers on your behalf. Hiring an attorney to deal with law enforcement might discourage the officers from coming to your home or work to interrogate you about the accusations.
If you decide to speak to law enforcement about the facts of your case without an attorney being present then you are waiving your Sixth Amendment right to counsel and your Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. Don't waive important constitutional rights until after you have spoken to an experienced criminal defense attorney. Your attorney is often in the best position to explain your side of the story to a law enforcement officer.
In the event a law enforcement officer does intend to make an arrest, your attorney can help you surrender under terms that may speed up your release and keep you safe. We can contact the prosecutor to discuss lowering the bond amount. We can handle other important details of the case that might minimize the embarrassment, stress and expense that might otherwise accompany the arrest.
Finding a Criminal Defense Attorney in Pensacola, FL
I understand that your livelihood, liberty, and good name are at stake after an accusation of criminal wrongdoing. Contact Attorney Gene E Mitchell for a free immediate consultation over the phone or in the office. We focus exclusively on criminal defense in the Pensacola area. We represent clients for criminal defense in federal court or state court. Our mission is to help our clients acheive the best possible result in their case.
Call 850-232-5278 to speak directly with an experienced attorney in Pensacola, Florida. We welcome your call to discuss the case.
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Criminal Defense Practice Areas
SHOPLIFTINGIn Florida, shoplifting charges are taken very seriously and can result in stiff penalties, including fines, probation and possible jail time.
PROSTITUTION & SOLICITATIONPolice officers have been known to set up intricate stings to lure prostitutes and potential clients into soliciting an undercover officer.
MARIJUANA CHARGESWhen facing marijuana charges, including simple possession or more serious trafficking or distribution offense, it is important to mount the most aggressive defense possible.
FELONY & MISDEMEANOR OFFENSESMisdemeanor charges, while very damaging to your future, are not as serious as a felony level offense. Being convicted of a felony can often lead to jail sentences and lengthy supervision periods.
DRUG TRAFFICKING CHARGESPolice officers have been known to set up intricate stings to lure prostitutes and potential clients into soliciting an undercover officer.
CHILD SEX CRIMESIf you have been charged with a child sex crime, including sexual assault of a minor or possession of child pornography, it is important to hire an attorney who is experienced.
Appeals & Post-Conviction ReliefIn some cases, you may have the ability to appeal your conviction, or have your records sealed so that no potential employers can view your conviction.
WHITE COLLAR CRIMESYour case may involve embezzlement, bank fraud or even Medicare or Medicaid fraud. Whatever the situation, you could be facing serious consequences
SEX CRIMESThe charge can involve rape, internet or child pornography, or solicitation of a minor. No matter what the charge, a sex crime is a serious offense.
MURDER CHARGESIf you are facing a murder charge, needless to say, it is serious. There are major implications for the way you live your life. You are facing an extended time in prison and other harsh long-term penalties.
DRUG CHARGESYou have been charged with a drug offense. The impact on your life could be significant. You may be facing jail time or even an extended prison sentence
Pensacola Defense Attorney Gene E. Mitchell is dedicated to fighting for your rights, representing individuals with cases involving Criminal Law, Securities Law, and Personal Injury Law.