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DWSonger

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Seeking Advice on Criminal Law & Pro Bono

I have a friend who is a detainee of the Florida Correctional System. Several years ago he had 2 trials (for different alleged crimes) and was found guilty on both. One took place outside of the correctional institution, the other occurred inside. Regarding the alleged crime which occurred inside the institution, his friends and I believe there are enough circumstances to get a retrial or, at the very least, seek a reduced sentence (if this is even possible).

I contacted one Florida law firm which indicated that a retrial would run about $26,000. At present, I'm uncertain what it would cost to file a motion for a reduced sentence. The problem is that neither his friends or I have much money to contribute to this venture.

I've heard of law firms performing civil cases via Pro Bono, but I can't say I'm familiar with any firms which have performed criminal cases via Pro Bono? Does anyone know if there are any?

Short of writing to every law firm in Florida, what would be the best way to go about finding one? Is it worth it to contact The Public Defenders Office?

Also, does anyone have any idea what it might cost (just a ballpark figure would be fine) to hire an attorney to file a motion for a reduced sentence? Can this even be done?

I'd greatly appreciate any advice that might be given.
 



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