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Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialist
Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer
According to the Florida Bar, as a board certified criminal trial specialist, I am in the top one-half of 1% of all attorneys in Florida. Here’s the Florida Bar pamphlet on selecting an attorney specializing in criminal trials.
How can my board certification in criminal trial law help you?
I am a specialist in criminal trial law. When your freedom is at stake, you do not want a general practitioner defending you. You and your family deserve a specialist in criminal trial law.
What did I do to get it?
I worked my butt off. I had to submit proof of the trials I have had over the past several years. A board certified specialist in criminal law has to have at least 25 jury trials, 15 of which must have been felony trials. I have tried over 100 jury and non-jury trials to verdict. Also, there is a peer review process. Other lawyers recommended me to the committee that certifies lawyers. Also, two local Palm Beach county judges recommended me to the criminal law certification committee. Furthermore, I was required to submit a pre-trial motion to suppress, which was argued in a Federal marijuana grow house case. Last, but not least, I studied for months before taking the board certification exam. It was like taking another bar exam. Board certification is an extensive process. I have demonstrated superior knowledge and experience in Florida state and federal courts. It is quite an accomplishment just to sit for the examination. Additionally, board certification is an on-going process. It is not a one-time achievement. Criminal trial lawyers are asked to re-certify every five years.
The following text is from “Selecting an attorney specializing in criminal trial” pamphlet, which was written by The Florida Bar.
Selecting an Attorney Specializing in Criminal Trials
Maybe you have never needed the services of an attorney before; but now you do. Obviously, you want an attorney who can handle your particular legal situation, and who has experience and expertise in the area of law relating to your legal needs.
To assist you in finding such a lawyer, the Supreme Court of Florida directed The Florida Bar to offer a “Board Certification” program for Florida Bar members. The program is designed to help the public make an informed decision when seeking and selecting a lawyer.
While all lawyers are allowed to advertise, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as “Florida Bar Board Certified” or as a “Specialist.” Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.
A lawyer who is a member in good standing of The Florida Bar and who meets the standards prescribed by the state’s Supreme Court, may become a “Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer.”
Certified lawyers in criminal trial law are involved in investigation, evaluation, pleading, discovery, taking of testimony, presentation of evidence, and argument of jury and non-jury cases.
Every lawyer certified in criminal trial law has practiced law on a full-time basis for at least five years. To become certified the lawyer must have handled 25 criminal cases with at least 20 jury trials, tried to verdict, at least 15 of which involved a felony. Ten trials must have been tried with the lawyer as lead counsel. Each certified lawyer has had substantial involvement — 30 percent or more — in the practice of criminal trial law during the three years preceding application.
Each certified lawyer must also have passed peer review, has completed 45 hours of continuing legal education within three years preceding application and has passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of criminal trial law to justify the representation of special competence.
Board certification is valid for five years, during which time the attorney must continue to practice law and attend Florida Bar-approved continuing legal education courses. To be re-certified, requirements similar to those for initial certification must be met. Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience recognized. Criminal Law (Trial and Appellate) Certification was approved by the Supreme Court of Florida in 1987.
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education operates under the authority of the Supreme Court of Florida. The certification program and any supporting materials or activities are not funded by the general revenues of The Florida Bar.
If you or someone you love need help and need the assistance of a board certified criminal trial specialist, call me.
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- Board certified criminal trial lawyer Grey Tesh’s office is at 1610 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, Florida. Mr. Tesh represents clients charged with serious federal criminal offenses before Federal Criminal Courts in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Stuart, Martin County, Port St. Lucie, Vero Beach, Jacksonville, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee, and all federal courts throughout the United States of America.
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