DAVID C. HARDY
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.
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. Attorney David C. Hardy is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law.
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.
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 by other attorneys and judges, completed 45 hours of continuing legal education in criminal law, and passed a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skills and proficiency in the field of criminal trial law.
Not all qualified lawyers are certified, but those who are board certified have taken the extra step to have their competence and experience recognized.
Of the more than 86,000 Florida lawyers, less than ½ of 1% have attained the distinction of Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law.