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Oath

A solemn pledge made under a sense of responsibility in attestation of the truth of a statement or in verification of a statement made.

Objection

The process by which one party takes exception to some statement or procedure. An objection is either sustained (allowed) or overruled by the judge.

Official reports

The publication of cumulated court decisions of state or federal courts in advance sheets and bound volumes as provided by statutory authority.

On a person’s own recognizance

Release of a person from custody without the payment of any bail or posting of bond, upon the promise to return to court.

Opening statement

The initial statement made by attorneys for each side, outlining the facts each intends to establish during the trial.

Opinion

A judge’s written explanation of a decision of the court or of a majority of judges. A dissenting opinion disagrees with the majority opinion because of the reasoning and/or the principles of law on which the decision is based. A concurring opinion agrees with the decision of the court but offers further comment. (A per curiam opinion is an unsigned opinion “of the court.”)

Oral argument

Presentation of a case before a court by spoken argument; usually with respect to a presentation of a case to an appellate court where a time limit might be set for oral argument.

Order

A mandate, command, or direction authoritatively given. Direction of a court or judge made in writing.

Ordinance

A rule established by authority; may be a municipal statute of a city council, regulating such matters as zoning, building, safety, matters of municipality, etc.

Overrule

A judge’s decision not to allow an objection. Also, a decision by a higher court finding that a lower court decision was in error.

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NO CHARGES FILED BY STATE FOR CHILD NEGLECT AND DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE ARRESTS

SB, a sixty-two (62) year old out-of-state resident was visiting his family in Pinellas County when he was arrested on April 13, 2019 for Child Neglect and Driving Under the Influence. Attorney Anthony Rickman worked
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CHILD ABUSE CHARGE DISMISSED

The Client was arrested for Child Abuse after law enforcement received allegations that the Client hit her daughter during an argument. Attorney Anthony Rickman proactively prepared a mitigation packet and submitted it to the prosecutor
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DUI REDUCED TO RECKLESS DRIVING AND WARRANT LIFTED FOR CLIENT

The Client was charged with Driving Under the Influence and had a warrant out for his arrest for eight years. Attorney Anthony Rickman worked with the State and the DUI was reduced to Reckless Driving
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