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Dowgul & Hatcher, P.A.
James Dowgul

222 East 4th St.
Panama City FL 32401
(850) 763-0900

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Dowgul & Hatcher, P.A.

Please Call : 850-763-0900


LET OUR EXPERIENCE WORK FOR YOU

Any contact with the criminal justice system can be a confusing, stressful and an unnerving experience. The entire legal process can often seem like an arduous journey through a maze. Allow us to put our experience to work for you and help navigate you through the legal process. From arrest to final resolution we will work with you and fight for your rights every step of the way.

SUCCESSFUL REPRESENTATION BEGINS AND ENDS WITH COMMUNICATION

At Dowgul & Hatcher we believe that keeping you informed of the status of your case is of primary importance. Whether you were referred to us by a friend, family member, or co-worker, you can be comfortable in knowing that our firm will be there for you.  It is our goal to provide you with the most competent legal representation available. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to get the best results available for you.

IMMEDIATE CONSULTATION AVAILABLE

We have designed this website to provide you with the most useful information needed to help you understand the process and your options.  It is important, however, to speak to us about the specifics of your case as soon as possible to ensure that your legal rights are protected.  Call us today for a free consultation and appointment. We are available after-hours and on weekends.  Feel free to call us anytime.

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ALWAYS REMEMBER YOUR RIGHTS

1. You have the right to remain silent. That means do not talk, do not answer questions, but always be nice. What may appear to be innocent sounding statements or answers sometimes prove otherwise.

2. You have the right to an attorney

3. You do not have to consent to a search. Generally, an officer asks for your permission to search because he does not have the authority to search without your consent. He needs either a search warrant, probable cause, or your permission.

 

The Law Office of Dowgul & Hatcher, P.A.'s primary focus is criminal law. We represent individuals charged with traffic violations to life felonies. Our website is here to help provide some general information in criminal matters. For more specific information related to your case, please contact the Law Office of Dowgul & Hatcher P.A. for a free consultation. Our offices are located in Panama City & Chipley, Florida to provide service to our clients in Bonifay, Blountstown, Marianna, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Graceville, Mexico Beach, Chipley, Port St. Joe, and all areas in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.

James R. Dowgul, Esq.

James Dowgul began his legal career in the Public Defender's Office for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in Sarasota, Florida. There, he practiced for over 2 years before the opportunity arose to return to his hometown in Bay County, where he took a position with the Public Defender's Office for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. James's passion for law and the direction of his legal career focuses on criminal law. James has extensive misdemeanor and felony trial experience. He has tried cases ranging from misdemeanors including DUI, battery, and drug related offenses to serious life felonies including attempted murder and vehicular homicide. James's undergraduate studies were at Florida State University where he was awarded his Bachelor's degree in Business. James's graduate studies took him to Oklahoma where he received his law degree from Oklahoma City University and met his wife, Kim, while working as an intern for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In 2000, James furthered his legal studies and received a Master of Laws degree ( LL.M.) from Stetson University, and was admitted to the Florida Bar.

 

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Wesley G. Hatcher, Jr., Esq.

Wes Hatcher grew up in Mobile, Alabama where he lived until he left to attend the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama.  He received his undergraduate degree in History and had the good fortune of meeting his wife Lani.  Wes also received a Master’s Degree in History from the University of West Alabama prior to receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi.  Wes clerked for multiple law firms and the Hinds County Public Defender’s Office.  Wes was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006 and took a job with the Public Defender’s Office for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit under Herman Laramore in Bay County where he worked prior to joining the firm of Dowgul & Wilson, in 2007. Wes has extensive experience in misdemeanor cases, handling thousands of cases, including DUI, Domestic Violence, Drug related charges and Traffic cases.  He also has experience in handling Felony cases ranging from Burglaries, Felony Assault and Battery, and Drug Charges.  Wes also handles a wide variety of Family Law cases including divorce and child custody.  Wes lives in Panama City with his beautiful wife and daughter, and is a member of the Bay County Bar Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

 

Please Call : 850-763-0900

Please Call : 850-763-0900

Attorney Profile

 

The Law Office of Dowgul & Hatcher, P.A.'s primary focus is criminal law. We represent individuals charged with traffic violations to life felonies. Our website is here to help provide some general information in criminal matters. For more specific information related to your case, please contact the Law Office of Dowgul & Hatcher P.A. for a free consultation. Our offices are located in Panama City & Chipley, Florida to provide service to our clients in Bonifay, Blountstown, Marianna, Panama City, Panama City Beach, Graceville, Mexico Beach, Chipley, Port St. Joe, and all areas in Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson, and Washington Counties.

James R. Dowgul, Esq.

James Dowgul began his legal career in the Public Defender's Office for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit in Sarasota, Florida. There, he practiced for over 2 years before the opportunity arose to return to his hometown in Bay County, where he took a position with the Public Defender's Office for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit. James's passion for law and the direction of his legal career focuses on criminal law. James has extensive misdemeanor and felony trial experience. He has tried cases ranging from misdemeanors including DUI, battery, and drug related offenses to serious life felonies including attempted murder and vehicular homicide. James's undergraduate studies were at Florida State University where he was awarded his Bachelor's degree in Business. James's graduate studies took him to Oklahoma where he received his law degree from Oklahoma City University and met his wife, Kim, while working as an intern for the Oklahoma Supreme Court. In 2000, James furthered his legal studies and received a Master of Laws degree ( LL.M.) from Stetson University, and was admitted to the Florida Bar.

 

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j.dowgul@wewillfight4you.com

Wesley G. Hatcher, Jr., Esq.

Wes Hatcher grew up in Mobile, Alabama where he lived until he left to attend the University of West Alabama in Livingston, Alabama.  He received his undergraduate degree in History and had the good fortune of meeting his wife Lani.  Wes also received a Master’s Degree in History from the University of West Alabama prior to receiving his Juris Doctor degree from Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi.  Wes clerked for multiple law firms and the Hinds County Public Defender’s Office.  Wes was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2006 and took a job with the Public Defender’s Office for the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit under Herman Laramore in Bay County where he worked prior to joining the firm of Dowgul & Wilson, in 2007. Wes has extensive experience in misdemeanor cases, handling thousands of cases, including DUI, Domestic Violence, Drug related charges and Traffic cases.  He also has experience in handling Felony cases ranging from Burglaries, Felony Assault and Battery, and Drug Charges.  Wes also handles a wide variety of Family Law cases including divorce and child custody.  Wes lives in Panama City with his beautiful wife and daughter, and is a member of the Bay County Bar Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

 

Please Call : 850-763-0900

Areas of Practice

Dowgul and Hatcher - Areas of Practice

At the law firm of Dowgul & Hatcher we specialize in criminal defense. We have experience in litigating all criminal cases including:

  • D.U.I.
  • Drug Offenses
  • Violation of Probation
  • Battery
  • Assault
  • Theft
  • Forgery
  • Sex Crimes
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • License Suspention
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Murder
  • Arson
  • 10/20/Life Offenses
  • Firearm / Weapon Offenses

Contact Us

 

Main Office
222 East 4th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
(850) 763-0900
FAX:(850) 763-0975

Beach Office
206 South Arnold Street
Panama City Beach, FL 
32413


Marianna Office
4325 A Lafayette Street
Marianna, FL  32447
(850) 482-2330
Fax: (850) 482-4121


Bonifay Office

202  Waukesha Street
Bonifay, FL  32425
(850) 547-5959
Fax: (850) 547-5958


CALL ANYTIME
(866) 4-MY-FIGHT
1-866-469-3444

Court Process


Arrest
- If arrested Florida requires that you be brought before a judge within 24 hours for First Appearance.

First Appearance - is where the judge determines if there was probable cause for your arrest.

If the judge determines there was probable cause the judge will then set a bond.

The judge may:

  1. Release you on your own recognizance.
  2. Order Pre-trial Release: certain conditions are imposed and monitored by the Pre-trial Release Program while the case is pending.  If you receive Pre-trial Release you must check in with the program office upon your release from jail.  Failure to do so can result in a warrant being issued for your arrest.  You would then be held without bond until your case is resolved.  In Bay County the Pre-trial Release Program is located across the street from the courthouse.
  3. Monetary Bond: (a) Cash Bond - entire bond amount posted by individual that is returnable at completion of the case.  (b) Surety Bond - contacting a bail bond agency who usually requires 10% of the bond amount to be paid to them (this amount is the bondsman's fee and is not returned).  The bondman's may also require some form of collateral (ex. car title).
  4. A judge can hold an individual without bond in certain circumstances.  (ex. serious crimes, violation of probation, arrest on new charges while out on bond, sex offender status).

Arraignment - After first appearance the court will set another court date.  That court date is an arraignment date.

What happens at an arraignment?  The state makes a determination if they plan to proceed forward with the charges.  The State may: (a) Dismiss charges; (b) Increase the charges; (c) File more charges or (d) File reduced charges.

The State in circuit court is required to file a formal information informing the defendant of the facts constituting the charged offense(s).  If the State chooses to file formal charges then a plea of guilty or not guilty is required.  If a plea of guilty is entered then the case is over and a sentence is imposed.  If a plea of not guilty is entered then the case will be continued to another court docket usually referred to as a Pre-trial Conference or Case Management docket.  The Pre-trial or Case Management is basically a status check on the progress of the case.  The Court determines where the State and Defense are in the discovery process.  After discovery is complete the case will be set for trial.

 


A bench warrant or capias can be issued in various situations when the Court is trying to get someone to come to court.  In some instances you may have missed a court date, and as a result a Judge will probably issue a bench warrant.  Depending on the type of case, your ties to the area, and your criminal history, a bench warrant amount can vary from several hundred dollars to several thousand dollars.  If you have a pending case and you missed court, it is crucial that you call our office and schedule an appointment to speak with us.  In some instances we may be able to get the bench warrant set aside and get the case set back on the docket.  There are other times when you may need to turn yourself in to answer to the charges.  In addition, a Judge will often suspend your license for failing to show up in court (called a D-6).  That will often lead to a law enforcement officer justifiably pulling you over.  That will lead to the discovery of the outstanding warrant. Each situation is very different and individualized attention is necessary for your individual case.

There are times that you may be facing an arrest capias.  An arrest capias occurs in two different situations.  In the first scenario, a law enforcement officer fills out a probable cause affidavit or police report that is then forwarded to the State Attorney’s Office. The assistant State Attorney then files an “information” or charging document that alleges that you violated a Florida Statute.  In the second scenario, the law enforcement officer goes directly to the Judge and gets an order directing that you be arrested.  That order is then entered by the clerk’s office in the county in which you are alleged to have committed the crime.  Once that information is entered into the Statewide criminal justice system, any state law enforcement officer can arrest you if they come into contact with you. Call us to see if we can help get your case on the docket.


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