Stephen G. Cobb - Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

Ocean City Criminal Defense Attorney


Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments.

Recently, a friend of mine asked why there are so many lawyers in the little tiny town of Ocean City, Florida. The answer is very simple: the new Fort Walton Beach courthouse annex is located on Lewis Turner Blvd., – right in the middle of the Ocean City/Wright area.

Ocean City, Florida, is one of those small, suburban, municipalities you can easily missed while driving by. There is no police department, no county jail, and the only detention center happens to be at the courthouse.

Nevertheless, if someone were to do a “criminal defense attorney near me” search while standing in the courthouse parking lot, it would look like the Ocean City/Wright area is one of the most developed part of the state.

Criminal defense law firms have changed radically since I began practicing over 25 years ago. Back in the day, all appointments were done in the office (cell phones did not exist), communication by a fax machine was considered state-of-the-art, and all research was done with the old fashioned books. Fast forward to 2019, and you can see that technology has a radically change the practice of law. Electronic discovery did not exist in any meaningful form when I began, now it is a routine part of the discovery process.

In the early 2000s, I had one of the very first sexual battery cases that involve social media discovery. Fortunately, a false accuser was detected by her very own private messages from Facebook messenger. Even though it has been over a decade since that case was litigated, many people still do not realize that their private messages in Facebook are really not private. Just last week in northern Okaloosa county, digital discovery in the form of text messages turned out to be a key component of evidence in a first-degree murder trial.

So what do you cell phones, offices in the Ocean City or Wright area, digital discovery and technology have in common? Believe it or not, rapid technological change. Let me explain: Most but not all of the law firms located in the Ocean City, Florida, area are satellite offices. Those that are main offices have satellite offices located elsewhere. In fact, satellite offices have been one of the fastest growing trends impacting criminal defense law.

Now let me conclude with this shocker: Most criminal defense lawyers do not need an office in the traditional sense. Their office is a combination of their presence in the court room, their presence online, and their presence with telecommunication devices that are appropriately secured. The traditional law firm office is a tremendous expense that is paid for by you, the client. No wonder so many practicing lawyers are ditching the out of the law firm office tomorrow in favor of one more suited for the rapidly changing time we live in.

Disclaimer: This article is in response to questions frequently asked of Mr. Cobb and is an unedited dictation transcript. Just like talk to text on your smartphone, there may be misspelled words or sentence fragments.

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Stephen G. Cobb, Esq.

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