My path into the legal profession was certainly not the most conventional route that most lawyers follow. From a young age, I took a strong interest in the law, but that interest initially led me toward the law enforcement side of the justice system. When I left for college in 1989, I decided to study criminology at Florida State University. Upon graduation in 1993, I took up a position with the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office as a deputy sheriff. My drive to succeed and passion for criminal justice soon paved the way for me to be promoted to the position of Narcotics Detective, and eventually earned me a spot on the Pinellas County SWAT Team. During my time working as a narcotics detective and as a SWAT team member, I picked up extremely valuable knowledge about the criminal justice system, especially as it relates to drug offenders.
By 2001, I began to realize how many individuals were falling through the cracks of the system, and I couldn't continue to sit by and watch it happen. That's when I decided to enter law school and pursue a career in the legal profession as a criminal prosecutor. I was quickly accepted into the Nova Southeastern School of Law in Ft. Lauderdale and I began my coursework while continuing my work at the Pinellas County Sheriff's office. After three long years of juggling intense course work with my job in law enforcement, I was able to earn my Juris Doctor.
I believe everyone has the right to a strong defense, and I aim to provide that to every client that walks into my office.