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- Criminal Law
- Domestic Violence
- DUI & DWI
- Juvenile Law
- Personal Injury
- Traffic Tickets
Additional Practice Area
- Car Accidents
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
- District of Columbia
- Middle District Court of Florida
- Blake & Dorsten, P.A.
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- Mccue, Reams and Associates
- Assistant State Attorney
- Pinellas County Office of the State Attorney
- Assistant prosecutor and lead trial attorney. Tried over 60 jury trials both felony and misdemeanor. Cases ranged from DUI to domestic battery to murder.
- The University of Toledo College of Law
- J.D. (2001)
- Honors: Cum Laude
- Kent State University
- B.A. (1997)
- Outstanding Service as an Assistant State Attorney
- State Attorney's Office
- Top 100 Trial Lawyers
- National Trial Lawyers.
- Top One Percent of Attorneys
- National Association of Distinguished Counsel
- Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- St. Petersburg Bar Association
- National Trial Lawyers Association
- District of Columbia Bar
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- Florida State Bar # 620440
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Articles & Publications
- Drug Charges- Questions Asked and Answered
- What Florida dog owners should know about their homeowner's insurance
- LMC Newsletter
- Criminal Law Lecture-Defense Perspective, People's Law School
Websites & Blogs
- Nicholas J. Dorsten, Esq.'s Website Profile
- Blake & Dorsten Website
- Tampa Bay Criminal Defense Lawyer Blog
- What is the ‘Exclusionary Rule’ and How Can It Help Me Keep Harmful Evidence out of a Criminal Case in Florida?
9 January 2020
- When You Can (and Can’t) Be in Violation of Probation in Florida for Failing to Pay Court Fees or Other Costs
10 December 2019
- Instances In Which Your Criminal Record Can Be Expunged
20 November 2019
- When the State Can (and Can’t) Access Your Medical Records as Part of a Florida Criminal Investigation
14 November 2019
- What Are Diversion Programs, and How Can They Help You?
10 November 2019
- My Community Control Officer Knocked at My Door in Florida and I Slept Through It. What Happens Now?
29 October 2019
- When It’s Just Not Your Day: Seminole County Suspect Apprehended by a Herd of Cows
15 October 2019
- Mental Competency in Florida: What it Takes in Order for an Accused Person to be Forced to Stand Trial
9 October 2019
- The Importance of a Strong Defense to Avoid Having Your Probation Revoked in Florida
9 August 2019
12 Questions Answered
- Q. I must appeal my criminal case ASAP. Whats my very first step, pre-attorney?
- A: You need to put in a notice of appeal as soon as possible. There is a very limited amount of time to do so. In addition to the notice of appeal, there are multiple other motions/orders you may need to file with the state including court reporter designations, motions for costs, etc. Appeals are very complicated, research intensive and time consuming. I seriously recommend you hire an appeal lawyer near you. Good luck
- Q. I asked a question 2 days ago and have not received an answer. Do lawyers actually respond to questions?
- A: Yes, we lawyers try to answer questions when we can. Sometimes we cannot if you are looking for legal advice and you have retained counsel. Other times we can’t answer a question if it is not clear. Try asking your question again and good luck!
- Q. I got a letter in the mail 30 days ago to be A Habitual offender i hired a lawyer how many days doSe it take for a respo
- A: The lawyer you hired will be in the best position to answer this question. Good luck
- Q. first time DUI in FL. Went through the hardship process, drive now. Will I lose that for 12 months. Plus medical cause
- A: Was this a first time above a .15 or below? A first time DUI consists of a 6-12 month license suspension. If you otherwise qualify, you should be eligible for a hardship license for the majority of the suspension period. Speak with your lawyer for more information. Good luck,
- Q. What happens at a Judge's Pre-Trial Hearing
- A: A pre-trial is exactly what it sounds like, a court hearing done before setting a case for trial. This allows the Judge to keep tabs on his/her docket and gives the state/defense a chance to either work out a deal for a plea, set a motion or if needed, set the case for trial.
- Q. When vice uses a confidential informant to utilize a controlled buy
- A: There is no law that I am aware of that states a CI must be on video buying/selling drugs with the suspect. It is not uncommon for the police to search the CI before and after the buy and rely on their statements. That being said, this opens up possible defenses and credibility issues with the CI. Talk with your attorney for more information. Good luck
- Q. Can I be charged with resisting without violence if I was never arrested
- A: You can be charged at a later time with resisting or obstruction.
- Q. Can I contact my felony case State Attorney and ask to drop charges, and submit documentation supporting my plea?
- A: Your lawyer on your behalf can contact the state attorney and present any mitigating evidence. You should NEVER contact the state as a defendant and the state attorney may choose not to speak to you.
- Q. If orders by the court say i may buy out community service hrs. Where can these be paid without paying on supervision
- A: While it varies, most of the time you can pay it through the court clerk or your probation officer.
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