Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer
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.
Less than 1% of attorneys in the State of Florida have the distinction
of being Board Certified Criminal Trial Specialists. Tauna R. Bogle is
one the few Board Certified Criminal Trial lawyers in Charlotte County, Florida.
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.
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.
What It Takes to Be a Board Certified Specialist
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.