Crime Scene Consultation

BERNHARDT RILEY Crime Scene Consultation Every case is filled with unique details that cannot always be fully explained through office visits or phone calls. That’s why Bernhardt Riley will meet you at the location of the arrest. Visiting the crime scene is extremely important. Surprisingly, this is not common practice among all criminal defense attorneys. While … Read More

Protecting Your Rights

BERNHARDT RILEY Protecting Your Rights Your rights deserve to be protected and your side of the story deserves to be heard. As a former prosecutor, Stephen M. Bernhardt understands that the arrest report typically tells a very small percentage of the story and is often exaggerated by emotional witnesses. More often, the police report leaves … Read More

DUI Defense

BERNHARDT RILEY DUI Defense A DUI conviction in Florida comes with serious penalties compared to other states. However, a DUI is not always an easy offense for the prosecution to prove. In fact, there are many potential defenses inherent in any DUI case. Having prosecuted countless DUIs for the State Attorney’s Office, Stephen M. Bernhardt … Read More

Drug Possession

Drug Possession Possession charges can be defended in many ways. Some common defenses include knowledge of the presence of the narcotics, dominion and control over the narcotics and the State’s ability to prove the substance is a prohibited substance. Additionally, law enforcement often discovers the narcotics from an unlawful vantage point or fails to properly … Read More

Theft

BERNHARDT RILEY Theft There are multiple legal defenses that commonly arise in theft-related charges. The State’s theft cases are routinely built around circumstantial evidence only, with no hard evidence. In other instances, evidence was improperly obtained, resulting in its exclusion from court proceedings. For a free evaluation of your case, contact Bernhardt Riley. Florida Statute Florida … Read More

Assault and Battery

BERNHARDT RILEY Assault and Battery When it comes to an assault or a battery case, there is usually a lot more to the story than what is included in the police report. While a prosecutor, Stephen M. Bernhardt recalls many cases where arrests were made, yet afterwards, everyone agreed that the night simply got out … Read More

What to do if charged with Resisting Arrest

BERNHARDT RILEY What to do if charged with Resisting Arrest Resisting an officer – with or without violence – is a common arrest, especially to those not originally the subject of the original investigation. Arrests for these offenses commonly arise when a third party is simply trying to protect a friend or family member. Law … Read More

Driving While License Suspended/Revoked

BERNHARDT RILEY Driving While License Suspended/Revoked Once your license is suspended, it can be very difficult to resolve. Combine that with the fact that driving is a relative necessity these days, it is no wonder why Driving While License Suspended or Revoked is such a common offense. Call Bernhardt Riley to help end the seemingly … Read More

Other Driving/Boating Offenses

BERNHARDT RILEY Other Driving/Boating Offenses In addition to Driving While License Suspended or Revoked, there are many other driving and boating offenses that are common in the Tampa Bay area. Bernhardt Riley has the knowledge and experience to assist you with any driving or boating offense. Common Driving or Boating Offenses: Driving While License Suspended/Revoked (DWLSR) Florida … Read More

Federal & State Civil Asset Forfeiture & Seizure

BERNHARDT RILEY Federal & State Civil Asset Forfeiture & Seizure “Asset Forfeiture” refers to The Florida Contraband Forfeiture Act which allows state and federal law enforcement agents to seize certain assets and attempt to prove that that there is sufficient evidence that those asset were either used, or intended to be used, to commit a … Read More