Edward A. Lopez
People often ask me "How can you defend someone knowing they are guilty?" My response always is that not everyone is guilty of what they have been arrested for, and I am a believer in the constitution and the rights of the accused. I also know that bad things happen to good people.
Regardless of your background or past history being arrested is a stressful and traumatic event. You face the loss of freedom and being branded a convicted criminal. I have dedicated my law career to defending people accused of crimes because I understand that bad things do indeed happen to good people. Everyone accused of a crime has a loved one that will suffer if they go to jail and are even convicted of the crime. A spouse, child, other loved one, and the accused themselves suffer when they are arrested and accused of a crime.
I am a believer in the principle that the government’s power must be subject to a system where guilt must be proven. In that sense, it makes it even less likely that an innocent person will ever be convicted for a crime they did not commit. "It is better that ten guilty person go free then one innocent person suffer" are the words the English jurist William Blackstone in his infinite wisdom uttered in 1765. Those words are true as everyone is entitled to a dedicated and zealous defense when they are accused of a crime. It’s what makes our system the best system in the world as every accused person is treated the same with the assurance that the government must prove their guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt", and it is the government that has this complete and total burden. When the government's power is put to the test it makes even less likely that an innocent person will unjustly be found guilty and go to jail.
I gained my trial and courtroom experience first as a public defender before opening my private practice. I have gone to jury trials and obtained Not Guilty verdicts in cases ranging from DUI to life felonies like Armed Robbery. Whether a misdemeanor or serious felony like Murder I have the experience necessary to protect your interests and obtain the best result for you. All my clients get a lawyer that will personally handle their case like they were a family member.
I am a trial attorney and member of the Florida Bar. I am also a member of the United States Southern District Court of Florida Bar. Whether you need an attorney to go to trial or work out the best plea bargain for you I am the attorney you want working for you. I work hard and get results. I look forward to being your attorney.
Areas of Practice
- Criminal Law
- Family Law
- Traffic Violations
- 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
- Florida, 2004
- Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
- J.D. - 2004
- Honors: Mock Trial Team-1st place Academy of Florida Trial Laywers Competition-2002
- Florida International University, Miami, Florida, USA
- B.A. - Criminal Justice - 2000
Professional Associations and Memberships
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Broward County Hispanic Bar Association
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Past Employment Positions
- Broward County Public Defenders Office, Assistant Public Defender, 2005 - 2006
- Gadsden County Public Defenders Office-2nd Circuit, Assistant Public Defender, 2004 - 2005