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The Criminal Defense Attorneys In Plantation At Lyons, Snyder & Collin Represent All Misdemeanors & Felonies

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Attorneys Philip M. Snyder and Nabeel Basit aggressively protect their clients' best interests in all criminal defense matters. As former Assistant State Attorneys with the Broward County State Attorney's Office, our team of criminal defense attorneys have selected over 100 jury trials and argued hundreds of Motions. As a result of our trial experience, we are not afraid to "announce ready for trial" instead of simply settling for a plea. As a result of our experience, we are frequent legal analysts on CNN, HLN, and Fox News in the field of criminal defense.

Whether it is a DUI, drug crime, sex crime, theft crime, domestic violence or assault/battery - WE GET RESULTS. Sometimes we can get our clients admitted into a diversion program such as Drug Court, Pre-Trial Diversion, Misdemeanor Diversion Program, Back on Track, etc. Upon successful completion of a diversion program, the State will announce a nolle prosequi (dismissal) of your case. We can also expunge or seal your criminal record in a majority of cases.

We will never back down from a fight!

When you need a criminal defense attorney who will fight to get your charges dismissed, call the criminal defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin in Plantation, Destin & St Augustine, FL available 24 hours a day/7 days a week for a free consultation.

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Criminal Defense Representation

Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys Philip M. Snyder and Marc P. Lyons aggressively advocate our client's positions to the State Attorney's Office before a case file reaches a decision.

Time is of the Essence

If you have been recently arrested, or you have been made aware by law enforcement that you are the subject of an investigation, it is critical that you contact an experienced criminal lawyer at Lyons, Snyder & Collin immediately to ensure the best possible outcome.

Attorneys Philip M. Snyder and Marc P. Lyons were former Broward County Assistant State Attorneys.  As a result, our criminal lawyers have the knowledge and experience to advocate the State Attorney's Office not to pursue criminal charges against our clients, even after law enforcement makes an arrest. By providing the State Attorney's Office with a variety of evidence and case law (not provided by law enforcement), we can often persuade the Assistant State Attorney assigned to the case that criminal charges are not appropriate.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression

Just because you have been arrested by a law enforcement officer, it does not mean that the State Attorney's Office will file formal charges against you. Frequently, the criminal defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin successfully persuade the State Attorney's Office to have our clients charge(s) reduced or even dropped prior to a formal filing decision. A reduced or dropped charge may make a tremendous difference in the ultimate resolution of your case and could save you thousands of dollars in legal fees.

Everything you say can and will be used against you

Do not speak to a law enforcement officer or an Assistant State Attorney before seeking the advice of an experienced criminal defense attorney.  Any subject of a criminal investigation that agrees to speak to a law enforcement officer or an Assistant State Attorney without an attorney may damage their case severely.  As former Special Unit Assistant State Attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder were responsible for filing criminal cases.  As a result, we understand what evidence the State Attorney's Office considers before making a filing decision. Let Lyons, Snyder & Collin act as an intermediary to communicate your best position and highlight beneficial evidence instead of taking your chances that law enforcement wrote an "accurate" report.

Know Your Rights

If you are arrested, the Court will set a bond amount in your case. Typically, the Court will set a standard bond commensurate with the criminal charge. The Court will set a “No Bond” hold on the most severe felony charges. The purpose of setting bond is to give you freedom pending resolution of your case. The bond amount should be no more than is reasonably necessary to guarantee your appearance in court.

The Florida criminal defense lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have experience petitioning the Court to set bond, reduce bond, or release you on your own recognizance. Attorneys  Philip M. Snyder and Marc P. Lyons will file timely motions to potentially secure your immediate release.

Serving Florida

Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers are proud to serve throughout the state of Florida. Please contact our law firm near you to schedule a free case consultation.

Our domestic violence attorneys Philip M. Snyder and Marc P. Lyons provide courtroom defense for people charged with serious felony and misdemeanor domestic violence charges throughout Northeast, Northwest and South Florida.

Fight Fire with Fire

The law regarding Domestic Violence is complex and highly specialized. The State of Florida zealously prosecutes crimes of Domestic Violence. Commonly, a State Attorney's Office will create a Special Unit comprising of veteran Assistant State Attorneys to prosecute suspected offenders of Domestic Violence.

As a former Assistant State Attorney assigned to a special Domestic Violence Unit, Philip M. Snyder prosecuted thousands of individuals charged with assault, battery, stalking, false imprisonment, and violations of restraining orders. Philip M. Snyder can attest first-hand that the key to a successful resolution in these cases is hiring an attorney who is familiar with the specific statutes, motions, and penalties associated with domestic related crimes. Our team of criminal defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have experience handling all types of misdemeanor and felony crimes of Domestic Violence. After reviewing your side of the case, we can effectively present your options, some of which may ultimately result in the dismissal of the charges.

Knowledge Is Power

"Domestic violence" means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member (Florida Statute 741.28)

"Family or household member" means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.

The early bird gets the worm

Florida law requires that every person arrested on a charge of domestic violence, regardless of your criminal history, will be held in jail "without bond" until a specially assigned Domestic Violence Judge sets a bond. An Assistant State Attorney and Victim Advocate will request the Judge to impose conditions that act as restraints on your movement or travel. The most common of these is a "No Contact" order which precludes you from having any direct or indirect contact with the victim including telephone, in person, e-mail, regular mail, text messages, or through a third party.

The domestic violence attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin act immediately to investigate the alleged claim and prepare the best possible defenses. We zealously advocate your position at a bond hearing and request lesser restrictive bond conditions.

Balancing aggression with delicate handling

It is a common misconception that a victim of a crime has the right to either "file" or "drop" charges. The State Attorney's Office has the final word on whether to file a criminal charge. The State Attorney's Office will actively encourage a victim to prosecute even if they recant their initial statement to the police, file a waiver of prosecution, or decline to cooperate.

The attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin proactively contact the State Attorney's Office to discuss alternatives to bringing formal charges. We understand what information and affidavits the prosecution will request before dismissing the case.

Know Your Enemy

Florida Law allows a police officer to make an arrest for domestic violence if there are any visible signs of abuse that can be substantiated by other evidence. These visible signs can include something as insignificant as a scratch, bite, or red mark.

Since most Domestic Violence assault or battery cases arise outside of the presence of a law enforcement officer, arriving officers must rely on recollections of the person who called 911 to describe how the "crime" took place. The "victim" has a safe haven to make up accusations of violence. The current system allows individuals to inappropriately utilize the police power of the State to settle "in-house" disagreements, gain a strategic advantage in a custody battle, or delay the expiration of an immigration Visa.

When the police arrive on the scene in reference to a domestic violence call, policy dictates that they make an arrest regardless of the "victim's" desires and even though both parties deny that any domestic violence took place. When making an arrest, the police do not consider the "victim's" motives which could include spite, jealousy, or ill-will. Moreover, the police often do not investigate whether the "victim" was the first aggressor.

The Florida-based domestic violence attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin will contact the State Attorney's Office before charges are filed to provide your side of the story and disclose possible motives of the "victim."

Special cases require special lawyers

The Florida Legislature has created specific statues to more severely punish individuals charged with Domestic Violence crimes.

If a person is found guilty of, has had adjudication withheld on, or has pled nolo contendere to a crime of domestic violence, that person shall be ordered by the court to a minimum term of 1 year's probation and the court shall order that the defendant attend a batterers' intervention program as a condition of probation. Unlike most other criminal charges, Domestic Violence convictions cannot be expunged or sealed from the arrest record. The only exceptions are if the case is resolved by acquittal at trial or if the charges are dismissed.

If a person is adjudicated guilty of a crime of domestic violence and the person has intentionally caused bodily harm to another person, the court shall order the person to serve a minimum of 5 days in the county jail as part of the sentence imposed.

Experience Combating Injustice

From the second we are hired, the domestic violence attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin work to minimize the charges against you and place you in the best possible light. Attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder understand how to effectively prevent our clients from having to deal with the mandatory jail sentence, probation, and anger management classes that accompany a domestic violence conviction.

If you were wrongly accused of a crime you did not commit, you must act quickly to retain an attorney with experience handling domestic violence cases who can effectively advocate on your behalf.  Bottom line: our domestic violence attorneys get results!

The criminal defense attorneys Philip M. Snyder and Marc P. Lyons provide courtroom defense for people charged with serious felony and misdemeanor drug charges throughout Florida.

Fight Fire with Fire

In recent years, the Florida Legislature has increasingly prosecuted individuals charged with drug offenses. Commonly, State Attorney's Offices have created Specialized Units comprising of veteran Assistant State Attorneys to prosecute suspected offenders of drug offenses. Police agencies in Fort Lauderdale, Destin, and St Augustine have assigned special task force officers to actively pursue suspected drug users, dealers, and cultivators.

As former Lead Felony Prosecutors at the State Attorney's Office, Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder have prosecuted thousands of individuals charged with drug offenses from simple possession to drug trafficking. We know the tactics utilized by police and prosecutors to secure convictions. Just as valuable, the drug crime attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin are familiar with the complex statues, motions, and penalty enhancements associated with drug-related crimes.

Creative solutions to complex issues

The drug crime attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin will take the time to discuss the most effective options to handle your case, including the ramifications of accepting a plea and possible alternative sentences including drug rehabilitation and counseling. We may suggest our clients enroll in Drug Court or Pre-Trial Diversion which provides an alternative to the traditional criminal sentence. Upon successful completion of these programs, the Court will dismiss your case, leaving you with no criminal record.

Knowledge Is Power

The State Attorney's Office will file criminal charges against individuals in possession of small or even trace amounts of illegal drugs. These types of cases, often referred to as "Residue" cocaine cases, carry with it a maximum prison sentence of five (5) years in Florida State Prison and a two-year driver's license suspension. Possession of four (4) grams or more of oxycodone or hydrocodone (just a few pills) carries with it a mandatory minimum term of imprisonment of three (3) years in Florida State Prison, a two-year driver's license suspension, and a fine of $50,000.

Our team of criminal defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have experience handling every type of issue including confidential informants, undercover police officers, and covert recording devices. We will often prepare innovative motions to suppress illegally seized evidence or statements obtained in violation of your 4th Amendment rights.

Experience Equals Results

The drug attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin are familiar with the law concerning possession, sale/delivery, and trafficking of drug offenses. Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder aggressively advocate our client's position to the State Attorney's Office before a case filer reaches a decision. Our drug crime attorneys always request the State Attorney's Office not to file enhanced charges that include more sever penalties.

The drug lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin thoroughly prepares vigorous defenses for clients facing State and Federal charges of:


  • Possession of Drugs
  • Sale/Manufacture/Deliver Drugs
  • Cultivation of Drugs
  • Trafficking of Drugs
  • Writing Prescriptions Illegally
  • Obtaining Drugs by Fraud
 

Florida criminal defense attorneys Philip M. Snyder and Marc P. Lyons are committed to providing their clients with innovative defenses and aggressive negotiation tactics in all drug offenses. We explore every option, investigate the prosecution's case to identify weaknesses, and ensure that you receive the defense you need to get results!

Driving While Under the Influence (DUI) attorneys Philip M. Snyder and Marc P. Lyons provide courtroom defense for people charged with felony and misdemeanor motor vehicle crimes throughout Florida.

Pursuing All Options

As a former Special Unit Assistant State Attorneys, Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder prosecuted thousands of individuals charged with motor vehicle crimes, including DUIs. As a result of their experience, Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder know first hand that the key to a successful resolution in these cases is hiring an attorney who is familiar with the specific statues, motions, and penalties associated with motor vehicles crimes and, more importantly, are not afraid to go to trial. Any attorney can represent you and encourage you to take a plea. The DUI attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin aggressively explores criminal defenses and prepares for trial from day one.

If you have been arrested for Driving While Under the Influence (DUI), the first question is whether it is a felony or a misdemeanor. If you are charged with a Felony DUI, the State Attorney's Office will most likely petition the Court to impose a lengthy period of incarceration, regardless of your criminal history.

DUI Manslaughter

The State will charge an individual with DUI Manslaughter when somebody is killed as a result of an alleged drunk driver. The Legislature designated this offense as a 2nd degree felony, punishable by up to 15 years in Florida State Prison.

DUI Serious Bodily Injury (DUI / SBI)

The State will charge an individual with DUI / SBI when somebody (other than the alleged drunk driver) is seriously injured as a result of the crash. The Legislature designated this offense as a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in Florida State Prison.

Felony DUI

The State may charge an individual with Felony DUI when they are arrested for their third or more DUI offense. The Legislature designated this offense as a 3rd degree felony punishable by up to 5 years in Florida State Prison.

Misdemeanor DUI

The State will charge an individual with Misdemeanor DUI when they are arrested for a first or second DUI. The Legislature designated this offense as a 1st degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in county jail, depending on the nature of the offense.

Know The Law

In Florida, in order to prove that you were driving under the influence, the State must prove that you:

  • Drove or were in actual physical control of a vehicle
  • While under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, chemical substance, or controlled substance
  • To the extent that your normal faculties were impaired OR having a breath or blood alcohol level of .08 or higher
  If you agreed to take a breath test

In Florida, the police administer the breath test after you have been arrested. Therefore, even if your breath alcohol level is below a .08, you will still go to jail. Additionally, the State can still charge you with driving under the influence if your breath alcohol level is below .08.

If your breath-alcohol level is .08 or above, the Legislature has deemed you presumptively impaired and the State will only have to prove this element to convict you. The fact that your breath-alcohol level is .08 or above does not preclude you from taking your case to trial and receiving a not-guilty verdict. The DUI attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin meticulously examines the probable cause affidavit and video to point out any glaring inconsistencies that would prove that the breath test machine was malfunctioning or provided a false reading.

If you refused to take a breath test ("Refusal")

In Florida, the State will charge you with driving while under the influence, even if you refused to take a breath test. In these cases, the State will attempt to convict you through other evidence such as your driving pattern, your physical characteristics, your speech, your statements, and/or how well you performed on your field sobriety exercises.

Florida DUI attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder have experience pointing out to the jury the inherent flaws with the administration of field sobriety exercises. We will aggressively customize your defense to highlight one of the infinite numbers of reasons you refused to provide a breath sample.

Know The Penalties

If you are convicted of a first DUI, the Court must sentence you to the following minimum penalities:

  • Probation
  • License Revocation
  • DUI School
  • Fine + Court Costs
  • Community Service
  • Immobilization of your vehicle (in most cases)
  • Interlock device on your vehicle (if your breath sample was over .15)
 

If you are convicted of a 2nd DUI with 5 years, the penalties also include a mandatory 10 days in County Jail.

The Florida DUI lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin are skilled in working with prosecutors to reduce charges to avoid the harsh penalties associated with a DUI conviction. Attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder thoroughly examine your case and provide you with tailored representation depending on the issues. We aggressively cross-examine the stopping officer, arresting office, and breath technician to uncover mistakes in their investigations. We will always advocate that the Court not impose any jail conditions regardless of the facts and circumstances of your case.

I Need To Drive

Independent of the imposition of the sentence by the Court, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) will immediately suspend your license upon arrest. The State allows you only 10 days from the date of arrest to contest any suspension of your license. You must request a formal or informal hearing with the DMV. If you fail to contact the DMV within those 10 days, the State will suspend your license for 30 days (if you provided a breath sample) and 90 days (if you refused to provide a breath sample). After this time, you may be eligible for a hardship license.  At a DMV hearing, the DUI lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin will argue on your behalf that the officer did not have probable cause to effectuate an arrest, and accordingly, your license should not be suspended.

***  As of July 2013, you can get immediately apply for a hardship license if you waive your right to a DMV hearing and enroll in DUI school.

Diversion

First, your vehicle will be immobilized for 10 days. You will then need to submit to an alcohol monitoring device for a 3-month (Tier 1) or 6-month (Tier 2) period. You will be able to choose from three different devices:

  • Ignition Interlock: This device requires you to take a breath analysis test before you will be able to start your car.
  • SCRAM Monitor: This device is an anklet bracelet that constantly monitors your blood alcohol level.
  • Visual Alcohol Monitoring: This device combines photo and breath testing devices to ensure the identity of the person submitting to the test.
 

Tier 1 includes a $250 fine and Tier 2 includes a $500 fine, plus court fees. Random urine tests will be performed during your time in the program. You will also need to perform 50 (Tier 1) or 75 (Tier 2) hours of community service at a court-approved location. You will also need to complete level one of the DUI School within the first four months of the program and complete a substance abuse evaluation within the first two months. Finally, you will need to complete a one-hour Victim Impact Panel Class online.

If you fail to complete the program, the DUI charge will be reinstated and you will be sentenced to 90 days in several County Jails.

Serving Florida

Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers are proud to serve throughout the state of Florida. Please contact our law firm near you to schedule a free case consultation.

Are You Being Targeted?

Law enforcement is rounding up individuals throughout Florida suspected of possessing prescription pills ranging from oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and percocet. Recently, law enforcement has narrowed its campaign to individuals who withhold information from doctors to obtain prescription medication. This practice is commonly called "doctor shopping".

Individuals arrested for "doctor shopping" can face a sentence of up to five years in Florida State Prison. Individuals arrested for possession of oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and percocet can face sentences of up to thirty years in Florida State Prison depending on the combined weight of the drugs. Even patients in possession of "legitimate" prescriptions from a doctor can be prosecuted under Florida law depending on the circumstances.

What Has Changed?

The USA Today recently labeled the State of Florida as "the Pill-Mill Capital of America". Largely as a result of this negative national attention, city representatives, law enforcement, and legitimate health care professionals have advocated to strictly regulate the prolific number of pain clinics throughout Broward, Okaloosa and St Johns County. Although doctors have routinely prescribed oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and percocet to patients with legitimate chronic back and neck injuries for years, the State of Florida has recently assembled local tasks forces to ferret outpatients visiting multiple doctors to receive prescriptions pills. Over the past few months, Florida Governor Charlie Crist has signed legislation aimed at curbing the growing number of illegal prescription drugs flowing from Broward, Okaloosa and St Johns County pain clinics to neighboring states such as Kentucky, West Virginia, Tennessee and Ohio.

This new legislation allows law enforcement to detect patients who go to multiple doctors seeking pills. As a result, law enforcement is aggressively investigating suspected individuals for doctor shopping and pain clinics who do not carefully screen its patients. Recent media reports praising the new legislation have served to galvanize law enforcement to make arrests in any situation where they suspect foul play, regardless of a patient's constitutional rights or privacy requirements.

Moreover, the State Attorney's Office is committed to prosecuting individuals arrested for possession/trafficking of controlled substances to the fullest extent of the law.

The prescription drug attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin have witnessed a growing number of cases where law enforcement has camped out in front of pain clinics waiting to pull over vehicles displaying out-of-State license plates for questionable traffic violations such as dark tint, loud muffler, or failure to maintain a single lane. Pulling over a vehicle for committing a traffic infraction provides law enforcement with an opportunity to briefly detain the occupants of the vehicle for enough time to write up a citation. Police officers oftentimes make such traffic stops under the guise of a legitimate traffic violation where their real intention is to question the occupants of the vehicle and to request the driver's consent to search the vehicle.

These searches can lead to law enforcement arresting individuals holding illegitimate (and legitimate) prescriptions for oxycodone, oxycontin, roxicodone, hydrocodone, xanax, and percocet on a variety of drug-related charges, including trafficking of a controlled substance. In Florida, trafficking of a controlled substance carries significant minimum mandatory prison sentences and exorbitant bonds.

Experience Matters

The criminal defense lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin are keenly aware of the legal issues associated with these popular prescription drugs. As former prosecutors, we know the tactics utilized by police and prosecutors to secure convictions and are familiar with the complex case law, statutes, and penalty enhancements associated with drug-related crimes. The drug attorneys Lyons, Snyder & Collin, located in Plantation, Destin and St Augustine, has experience handling every type of issue including confidential informants, undercover police officers, and covert recording devices.

Attorneys who care about their client's well-being

Criminal defense attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder will take the time to discuss the most effective options to handle your case, including the ramifications of accepting a plea and possible alternative sentences including drug rehabilitation and counseling. Our team of attorneys routinely have our clients evaluated by independent medical professionals to diagnose possible dependency and other mental health issues. When appropriate, we encourage our clients to enroll in Drug Court which provides an alternative to the traditional criminal sentence. Upon successful completion of the program, the Court will dismiss the case, leaving you with no criminal record.

The criminal defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin thoroughly prepare vigorous defenses for clients facing prescription pill charges of:

  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Sale/Manufacture/Deliver a Controlled Substance
  • Trafficking of a Controlled Substance
  • Writing Prescriptions Illegally
  • Obtaining Drugs by Fraud

Drug attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder are committed to providing their clients with innovative defenses and aggressive negotiation tactics in all prescription pill offenses. Our team of criminal lawyers explore every option, investigate the prosecution's case to identify weaknesses, and ensure that you receive the best possible defense available.

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Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers are proud to serve throughout the state of Florida. Please contact our law firm near you to schedule a free case consultation.

Criminal defense attorney Philip M. Snyder and family law attorney Sean L. Collin counsel and advise individuals seeking restraining orders and individuals defending restraining orders throughout the State of Florida.

Obtaining a restraining order or an injunction for protection can be a complex and time-consuming process. Criminal defense attorney Philip M. Snyder and family law attorney Sean L. Collin are familiar with the “fact pattern” a Judge will require before issuing a restraining order for domestic violence, repeat violence, or dating violence. Sometimes the addition of one sentence is the difference between the Court granting or denying your Petition. As such, it is in your best interest to consult with a restraining order attorney prior to filing your Petition for Restraining Order.

If you are served with a restraining order, it is important to consult with a restraining order attorney as soon as possible.  Final restraining order hearings are typically set within 14 days of issuance so time is of the essence.  Additionally, as an anticipatory strike in a divorce, one party may file a restraining order against their spouse as a way to have them ejected from the marital residence.

Know Your Rights

Domestic violence: means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.

"Family or household member": means spouses, former spouses, persons related by blood or marriage, persons who are presently residing together as if a family or who have resided together in the past as if a family, and persons who are parents of a child in common regardless of whether they have been married. With the exception of persons who have a child in common, the family or household members must be currently residing or have in the past resided together in the same single dwelling unit.

So Many Options The Domestic Violence Injunction: Any family or household member can seek an injunction against any other family or household member. The petitioner must have been a victim of domestic violence or has reasonable cause to believe he or she is in imminent danger of becoming the victim of any act of domestic violence.

The Repeat Violence Injunction: Any person who is the victim of repeat violence can seek an injunction against the person causing the violence. Repeat Violence means two (2) incidents of violence or stalking with one incident has occurred within the last six months of filing the petition. Violence means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault or battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, or false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death. The Court must also determine that there is an immediate and present danger of repeat violence to issue the injunction.  Enforcement of these injunctions is typically through the criminal courts.

The Dating Violence Injunction: Any person who is the victim of dating violence can seek an injunction against the person causing the violence. Dating Violence means violence between individuals who have or have had a continuing and significant relationship of a romantic or intimate nature. Violence means any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault or battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, or false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death. In order to obtain an injunction for dating violence, a dating relationship must have existed within the last six months of filing the petition. The Court must also determine that there is an immediate and present danger of dating violence to issue the injunction.

Please read Philip M. Snyder's article Obtaining an Injunction Against Domestic or Repeat Violence for more information on how the attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin can help you file for an Injunction.

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Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers are proud to serve throughout the state of Florida. Please contact our law firm near you to schedule a free case consultation.

In today's society, a sex-related offense carries an enormous stigma. In fact, very few situations can be as devastating to a client as being accused of a sex-related offense.

Once someone is accused of a sex-related crime, people generally behave as if the person has already been proven guilty of the crime. Oftentimes, the accused person’s reputation is ruined, both personally and professionally, with impacts on employment, child custody, and relationships with friends, partners, and family members.

Due to increasing media attention and related pressures, sex-related crime investigations and arrests have multiplied. Unfortunately, the increased pressure dilutes law enforcement’s ability to properly investigate sex-related allegations. These accusations can result in an investigation without consideration of the accuser’s motives and even without corroborating evidence. In today's society, law enforcement sometimes hastily rushes to judgment based on mere speculation and hollow accusations.

What Happens Next?

Sex crimes carry severe penalties such as high bail and long jail and/or prison terms. Moreover, most individuals convicted of sex-related offenses must agree to publish their personal information and to partake in a lifetime registration procedure with police. Often, the registration requirements are very complex and failure to register may result in an additional arrest. Further, pursuant to legislation, the State of Florida can involuntarily, civilly commit a qualified person who has been convicted of a sex-related offense for an indefinite period of time.

The sex crime attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin understand the severe impact that a sex-related crime conviction can have on an individual. In order to avoid the stigma and severe punishments of a sex-related conviction, Attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder employ a variety of legal tools to aggressively defend their clients. Our firm works closely with forensic psychiatrists and psychologists to explore any/all possible defenses and to fully investigate all relevant mitigating factors.

The Florida-based criminal defense lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin handle sex crime cases involving:

  • Capital Sexual Battery
  • Lewd or Lascivious Acts
  • Exposure of Sexual Organs
  • Computer Pornography and Child Exploitation
  • Transmission of Pornography by an Electronic Device of Equipment
  • Solicitation
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sexual Battery
  • Voyeurism
  • Solicitation
  • Prostitution
  • Failure to Register as a Sexual Offender
Our goal at Lyons, Snyder & Collin is to provide clients accused of sex-related crimes with the highest level of representation to ensure the best outcome available.  Bottom line: our sex crime attorneys get results by delivering creative solutions to complex issues and aggressively confronting the accusers and attacking law enforcement's investigation.

Serving Florida

Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers are proud to serve throughout the state of Florida. Please contact our law firm near you to schedule a free case consultation.

Defending Individuals and Corporations Accused of Theft

The Florida-based theft attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin aggressively represent individuals and corporations accused of theft related offenses. Prior to forming Lyons, Snyder & Collin, both Philip M. Snyder and Marc P. Lyons worked in the Economic Crime Unit for the State Attorney’s Office in Broward, Okaloosa and St Johns County, Florida. Our experience investigating and prosecuting complex economic crimes allows our clients to access valuable insight into how crimes are investigated, charged, and interpreted by law enforcement and the State Attorney's Office.

Creative Solutions to Complex Issues

Although Lyons, Snyder & Collin is a small boutique law firm, we draw on resources often only afforded to larger firms. Theft related crimes often lend themselves to multiple interpretations. As a result, our Firm utilizes forensic accountants, industry experts, and computer specialists to develop the best possible strategies and to suggest alternative theories to the prosecution’s case.

The Florida criminal defense firm of Lyons, Snyder & Collin handles cases involving:

  • Grand Theft
  • Petit Theft
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Scheme to Defraud
  • Dealing in Stolen Property
  • Writing Worthless Check
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Theft of State Funds/Tax Evasion
  • Embezzlement
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Organized Fraud
Our Firm Recognizes the Impact of A Theft Related Offense Conviction

The Florida theft attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin understand the devastating impact a theft related offense conviction can have on an individual. As is generally the case in Northeast, Northwest and South Florida, a simple theft related offense may have deportation consequences on foreign nationals, although they reside in this country. Additionally, a theft related conviction may have disastrous impacts on an individual’s ability to gain future employment, government benefits, or professional licensing or certifications. As former prosecutors, the criminal defense lawyers at Lyons, Snyder & Collin are skilled in negotiation, trial preparation, and litigation. Attorneys Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder pride themselves on aggressively pursuing creative solutions to highly complex issues.

Be assured that when your career, liberty, or immigration status is on the line, the criminal defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin will be fighting hard to ensure your rights are protected and liberty restored.  We are not afraid of taking your case to trial to secure an acquittal.

Serving Florida

Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers are proud to serve throughout the state of Florida. Please contact our law firm near you to schedule a free case consultation.

The white collar crime attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin represent individuals and businesses in all aspects of criminal proceedings from investigation through trial. Criminal investigations and prosecutions can have a devastating impact on corporations and their employees. As often the case, business professionals when unaware of the tactics of a criminal investigation including: subpoenas, search warrants, informants, and visits from law enforcement, may, if handled unwisely, lead to false allegations and/or prosecution.

When contacted early in the investigation process, the Florida-based law firm of Lyons, Snyder & Collin diligently investigates the underlying allegations and promptly advises our client though every phase of the investigation. Our team of lawyers will handle everything from relations with law enforcement, witnesses, complying with subpoena requests, and any public relations issues.

Experience Matters

Not all law firms are created equal. The white collar defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin include, Marc P. Lyons and Philip M. Snyder, both of whom are former Special Unit Economic Crime Prosecutors in Broward County who have handled hundreds of complex investigations and have extensive trial experience.

  • Telemarketing Fraud
  • Healthcare Fraud
  • Mortgage Fraud
  • Scheme to Defraud
  • Grand Theft
  • Accounting Fraud
  • RICO
  • Tax Evasion
  • Insurance Fraud
  • Embezzlement

Creative Solutions to Complex Problems

White collar crime is often a complicated matter that lends itself to multiple interpretations. Law enforcement officials often target legitimate business professionals because they are not educated in industry practices. These accusations often result in a tremendous opportunity for wrong conclusions. The criminal defense attorneys at Lyons, Snyder & Collin often employ specialists such as forensic accountants and industry experts to strengthen their client’s defense. The firm prides itself on delivering creative solutions to complex issues.

Bottom line: our white collar crime attorneys will fight tooth and nail to ensure our clients receive the best possible outcome.

Serving Florida

Our Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers are proud to serve throughout the state of Florida. Please contact our law firm near you to schedule a free case consultation.