New Attorney Announcement: Michael E. Halkitis | The Bedell Firm

New Attorney Announcement: Michael E. Halkitis

Attorney Michael E. Halkitis joined the Bedell Firm in 2018 as a civil litigator. Background Mr. Halkitis graduated cum laude from Davidson College in 2003 and graduated with honors from the University of Florida Levin College of Law in 2006. Mr. Halkitis moved to Tampa in 2006 where he served one year as a law […]

Al Brooke Reviews “The Brain Defense" | The Bedell Firm

Al Brooke Reviews “The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America’s Courtrooms”

Al Brooke reviewed “The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America’s Courtrooms” in the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers journal, The Champion.   “The Brain Defense: Murder in Manhattan and the Dawn of Neuroscience in America’s Courtrooms” was written by Kevin Davis in 2017. This book explores the perplexing […]

Constitutional Amendments: Prepare and Study Before Voting | The Bedell Firm

Constitutional Amendments: Prepare and Study Before Voting

Brian Coughlin was featured as a guest writer in the Jacksonville Daily Record discussing the 2018 general election. In this article, Brian summarizes each proposed amendment likely to be on the ballot this year. Election Day is November 6 and early voting in Duval County begins October 22. Read the full article below: Read Article

Hank Coxe Featured in The Jacksonville Daily Record | The Bedell Firm

Hank Coxe Featured in The Daily Record

Lawyer Hank Coxe was featured in an article in The Jacksonville Daily Record. In this article, Hank discusses how his law career began, pro bono cases he’s worked on, who he admires, and much more. Read the full article below: Read Article  

Paralegal Spotlight: Erica L. Cruzat | The Bedell Firm

Paralegal Spotlight: Erica L. Cruzat

Erica L. Cruzat joined the Bedell Firm in August of 2003. As a valued member of the criminal litigation team for 15 years, Erica has assisted our criminal defense attorneys in a number of high-profile cases, and her unflagging dedication and attention to detail have been invaluable in securing positive outcomes for many of our clients.

Attorney O. David Barksdale | The Bedell Firm

Lawyer Spotlight: O. David Barksdale

O. David Barksdale joined the Bedell Firm as a partner in 1999 after working as a division chief and homicide team member at the State Attorney’s Office in Jacksonville. David specializes in state and federal criminal defense, is board-certified in Criminal Trial law, and has been recognized as a leader in this field by The […]

Courtney Williams | The Bedell Firm

Attorney Spotlight: Courtney Williams

Courtney Williams works as an attorney at The Bedell Firm. She joined the firm in 2016 and her primary practice areas are complex commercial litigation and general litigation. She was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2009.  

Federal Sentencing Guidelines

In the mid-1980s, sentencing in federal criminal cases became a partly mathematical process, when Congress formed the United States Sentencing Commission. The goal of Congress was to create a system in which defendants were fairly sentenced based on the facts of their cases, and to avoid unfair variations based on inappropriate factors.