Gulf Breeze, Holly, Navarre, Milton and all Santa Rosa County Florida state criminal law cases
The location of the courthouse for your Florida state criminal law case will be determined by the location of the arrest or where the incident leading to arrest occurred (federal cases are handled in different courthouses than state cases).
MISDEMEANORS & FELONIES:
If the arrest or incident which led to your Florida state criminal law case was in Santa Rosa County (Milton, Gulf Breeze, Holly or Navarre), the case will be heard in the Santa Rosa County Courthouse at the corner of highway 90 and Main Street in downtown Milton, Florida. Your attorney will know what documents to file in order to excuse you from court for arraignment, and which court appearances you and your criminal defense attorney must attend. In some cases, your lawyer can appear on your behalf without your presence.
The Santa Rosa County Jail is located about three miles from the Milton, Florida, courthouse on Highway 90. Attorneys and lawyers from the surrounding area handle all types of cases at the Milton courthouse, including Florida criminal and civil law cases. Area attorneys are well aware of the updated security protocols now that the Milton Courthouse is a secure facility. Unlike the courthouse in Shalimar, Florida, the Milton facility has one entrance and a security checkpoint.
Cobb Criminal Defense Law firm maintains an office in Pensacola just off of Exit 7 on West Nine Mile Road - across the street from Cantonment. However, we have actually found that most of our clients prefer phone appointments for most discussions concerning their legal matters. This was quite a surprise, until we factored in the cost of gas, lost time from work, daycare issues, and the time it now takes to drive even short distances in Pensacola - Gulf Breeze - Milton - Navarre areas.
Milton is also a commuter community - most people who live in Milton, Florida, actually often work in places such as Pensacola, Destin, Fort Walton Beach, Mary Esther, Niceville or even Crestview, Florida. The reopening of the I-10 bridge over Escambia Bay has helped ease the commuter traffic congestion, yet any local will tell you that the roads, bridges and other vehicle infrastructure have not caught up to the growth. Most attorneys and lawyers practicing in Milton, Florida, actually maintain offices elsewhere. After all, for someone who lives in Milton but works in Navarre or Pensacola, a trip to the lawyer's Milton office on a work day imposes a severe hardship with their employment.
Thus, for many busy local residents and most out of state residents, teleconferencing is often the only way to handle criminal defense lawyer appointments due to time constraints. The Internet, the fax machine and especially the telephone have dramatically changed how attorneys and clients communicate - especially in Santa Rosa County areas such as Milton, Navarre, Holly, and Gulf Breeze, Florida.
Our country's founders realized that government must be limited due to the enormous power such an entity naturally wields. They knew first hand how absolute power could be abused: Virtually ever signer of the Declaration of Independence was killed or had their family killed, injured or had their loved ones injured, and lost virtually all of their property during the War of Independence. Before the war, colonists were imprisoned and in many cases, executed without anything resembling a fair trial.
Today, the criminal defense lawyer is the watch dog's watch dog. Our legal system was devised to have numerous checks and balances to insure that an accused person has a fair trial. While some may complain that the burden upon the government is too high, the opposite is true: The government has unlimited resources that no private citizen could ever hope to match. The founders of our great nation lived in hard times, and knew - literally - how criminal law could be abused.
Gulf Breeze, Milton, Holly & Navarre Criminal Defense Attorney Stephen G. Cobb has handled criminal cases at the Milton, Florida, courthouse for over a decade.