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100 E. Pine St. Ste. 203
Orlando FL 32801
(407) 841-5555

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Eric J Dirga, PA


Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Eric J Dirga graduated from the University of Florida, College of Law in 1995.  He has worked as a prosecutor and defense attorney in Orlando since he graduated.  He has focused on criminal law as his main area of practice but has a broad range of legal knowledge regarding real estate transactions, bankruptcy, family law, and car accident cases.  Although he no longer practices real estate or bankruptcy, he continues to help people in the area of criminal defense.

Eric J Dirga continues to represent clients statewide in all areas of Criminal Defense and Criminal Traffic Defense including Drunk Driving, Suspended Drivers License and getting your license back from the DMV, Expungement of Criminal Records, Traffic Ticket Defense, Assault and Battery, Domestic Violence, Street Racing, Drug Possession in Florida, Probation Violations and more. 

We pride our self on professional service and strict confidentiality for all clients.  Consultations are always free. (407) 841- 5555

Attorney Biography

Eric J. Dirga - Member of the Florida Bar since 1995; Middle District of Florida since 1998; Eleventh Circuit 2001; United States Supreme Court since 2002. Member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Graduated University of Florida, College of Law 1995.

Central Florida Roots

Eric J. Dirga grew up in the Central Florida area graduating from Palm Bay High School in Brevard County. After High School he attended the Auxiliary Law Enforcement Academy in Brevard County, graduating first in the class and served as an auxiliary deputy sheriff in Brevard County before entering the United States Army.

Military Service

Army days at Fort HoodEric J. Dirga served four years in the United States Army as an electronic warfare/voice interceptor and attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. After 19 months of training in California and Texas he was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas in the Army's Third Corps.

While in Texas he served in the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion. The unit crest was emblazoned with the words "Knowledge is Power." His platoon was instrumental in creating the first mobile Hum-Vee (known to civilians as "Hummers") radio jamming unit in the United States Army.

As a squad member of the 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, he and his fellow platoon members consistently proved themselves superior in training with other units. After his tour of duty, that included participation in the largest Reforger (REturn of FORces to GERmany1987) Training Exercise of the Cold War, he was honorably discharged and received the Army Commendation Medal.

Education - Double Gator

Eric J. Dirga is a double graduate of the University of Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree within 3 years after leaving the service. While attending the University he was in the Army Reserve 356th MI Co (CEWI)(SF) Company in Jacksonville, Florida and worked as the VA Student Liaison in the Student Affairs Office at the University. He graduated as a member of the Gold Key Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Eric J. Dirga went to the University of Florida, College of Law. He volunteered in VITA, a student participation program assisting people prepare their taxes and worked at the law library, media center, and the University Museum. He also volunteered at the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. He graduated law school in two and a half years and immediately took and passed the Florida Bar Exam.

Legal Experience

Upon graduating law school, Eric J. Dirga was immediately hired by the State Attorney's Office of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. While serving in the Orlando Office he began by prosecuting misdemeanor cases. He was then promoted to the Juvenile Division where he handled hundreds of juvenile cases that involved such minor things as shoplifting to major sex offenses. Eric J. Dirga was quickly promoted to the specialized unit of the appellate division handling all county to circuit appeals and all petitions to seal or expunge criminal arrest records. Finally, Eric J. Dirga was promoted to the Osceola County Branch Office where he was a felony trial attorney.

After several years as a prosecutor, Eric J. Dirga was hired by a prominent criminal defense attorney as an associate of his law office. At that time he became a member of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida. While there he assisted in several high level federal cases.

Eric J. Dirga opened his own law practice focusing on criminal cases, he also handled family law cases and real estate cases. After returning to the State Attorney's Office briefly where he again worked as a felony trial attorney, Eric J. Dirga reopened his law practice in downtown Orlando where he currently practices all forms of Criminal Defense Law, Arrest Record Sealing and Expungements, Criminal Traffic Defense, Traffic Ticket Defense, and Family Law and Personal Injury Cases.

In 1998 Eric J. Dirga became a member of the Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida, in 2001 a member of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta and most recently he has become a member of the United States Supreme Court in September 2002.  He is an active member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

To check the status of an attorney go to www.floridabar.org and click on "Find an Attorney" on the top of the screen.  After you enter the last name the current information for that attorney will come up including his or her "standing" with the Florida Bar. You can also call your local Bar Association for information regarding the status of an attorney.

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Biography

Attorney Biography

Eric J. Dirga - Member of the Florida Bar since 1995; Middle District of Florida since 1998; Eleventh Circuit 2001; United States Supreme Court since 2002. Member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Graduated University of Florida, College of Law 1995.

Central Florida Roots

Eric J. Dirga grew up in the Central Florida area graduating from Palm Bay High School in Brevard County. After High School he attended the Auxiliary Law Enforcement Academy in Brevard County, graduating first in the class and served as an auxiliary deputy sheriff in Brevard County before entering the United States Army.

Military Service

Eric J. Dirga served four years in the United States Army as an electronic warfare/voice interceptor and attended the Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center in Monterey, California. After 19 months of training in California and Texas he was stationed at Ft. Hood, Texas in the Army's Third Corps.

While in Texas he served in the 163rd Military Intelligence Battalion. The unit crest was emblazoned with the words "Knowledge is Power." His platoon was instrumental in creating the first mobile Hum-Vee (known to civilians as "Hummers") radio jamming unit in the United States Army.

As a squad member of the 1st Platoon, Bravo Company, he and his fellow platoon members consistently proved themselves superior in training with other units. After his tour of duty, that included participation in the largest Reforger (REturn of FORces to GERmany1987) Training Exercise of the Cold War, he was honorably discharged and received the Army Commendation Medal.

Education - Double Gator

Eric J. Dirga is a double graduate of the University of Florida. He earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree within 3 years after leaving the service. While attending the University he was in the Army Reserve 356th MI Co (CEWI)(SF) Company in Jacksonville, Florida and worked as the VA Student Liaison in the Student Affairs Office at the University. He graduated as a member of the Gold Key Honor Society and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.

Eric J. Dirga went to the University of Florida, College of Law. He volunteered in VITA, a student participation program assisting people prepare their taxes and worked at the law library, media center, and the University Museum. He also volunteered at the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney's Office. He graduated law school in two and a half years and immediately took and passed the Florida Bar Exam.

Legal Experience

Upon graduating law school, Eric J. Dirga was immediately hired by the State Attorney's Office of the Ninth Judicial Circuit. While serving in the Orlando Office he began by prosecuting misdemeanor cases. He was then promoted to the Juvenile Division where he handled hundreds of juvenile cases that involved such minor things as shoplifting to major sex offenses. Eric J. Dirga was quickly promoted to the specialized unit of the appellate division handling all county to circuit appeals and all petitions to seal or expunge criminal arrest records. Finally, Eric J. Dirga was promoted to the Osceola County Branch Office where he was a felony trial attorney.

After several years as a prosecutor, Eric J. Dirga was hired by a prominent criminal defense attorney as an associate of his law office. At that time he became a member of the Federal District Court for the Middle District of Florida. While there he assisted in several high level federal cases.

Eric J. Dirga opened his own law practice focusing on criminal cases, he also handled family law cases and real estate cases. After returning to the State Attorney's Office briefly where he again worked as a felony trial attorney, Eric J. Dirga reopened his law practice in downtown Orlando where he currently practices all forms of Criminal Defense Law, Arrest Record Sealing and Expungements, Criminal Traffic Defense, Traffic Ticket Defense, and Family Law and Personal Injury Cases.

In 1998 Eric J. Dirga became a member of the Federal Court for the Middle District of Florida, in 2001 a member of the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal in Atlanta and most recently he has become a member of the United States Supreme Court in September 2002.  He is an active member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

To check the status of an attorney go to www.floridabar.org and click on "Find an Attorney" on the top of the screen.  After you enter the last name the current information for that attorney will come up including his or her "standing" with the Florida Bar. You can also call your local Bar Association for information regarding the status of an attorney.

Criminal Defense

Orlando Criminal Defense - (407) 841-5555

Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney, Eric J Dirga

If you have been accused of committing a Felony or a Misdemeanor in Central Florida you need to immediately contact an Orlando criminal defense attorney, experienced in the area of criminal law and defenses, for a consultation (If you have been charged with a criminal traffic offense, such as DUI, RACING, or SUSPENDED LICENSE issues - please go to our Criminal Traffic Crimes Page).  Because the rules regarding defendant's in criminal cases are strictly adhered to, you do not have the luxury of waiting - time issues such as speedy trial have already begun to tick away.  We are a dedicated criminal defense law office.  We will explain your situation, your Rights, and what you can expect as it relates to your specific situation.

We offer complete representation.  This includes representation at the arraignment, bond hearings, pre-trial conferences, all motion hearings, and the trial if a trial is necessary.  We will also discuss and counsel our clients regarding future consequences, both legal and non-legal, and assist them in minimizing the long-term effects of an arrest.  Criminal charges are serious, even those that seem minor.  Once you have been arrested you start a criminal arrest record.  This record is a public record and is available to employers and the public at-large.  It is important that you address all criminal charges properly so that this criminal record can be removed (sealed or expunged) from the public record upon the resolution of your case.

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AND USE THEM LINKS TO MORE SPECIFIC PAGES
THINGS YOU CAN DO NOW: Do not talk with law enforcement.  No matter how much they tell you that they want to help you - don't talk to them.  You have the inalienable Rights including the Right to Remain Silent - keep quiet.  Law enforcement has one agenda - to accuse people of crimes and gather as much "incriminating" evidence as possible to make their accusations turn into guilty verdicts.  If they have decided to accuse you of a crime they will disregard any evidence to the contrary including whatever explanation you may offer.  Worse, they will try to get you to admit to certain facts that support their position.  Invoke your Right to remain silent and do not talk to law enforcement.  (This is a concept that is often hard to accept

START GATHERING YOUR EVIDENCE:  Get the names, addresses and telephone numbers of your witnesses - law enforcement won't do it for you.  Take pictures of anything that will support you position.  This includes your injuries, any damage to property, and the area of the alleged offense.  If law enforcement executed a warrant against your home or car take pictures of the damage they caused.  If they broke you door down - take a picture of the damage.  Contact us immediately.

Get more specific information about the offense you have been charged with by clicking the link to the right.  If what you have been charged with is not listed then please call us.

If you have been accused of any of the following offenses, call us.  This list is not complete.  Even if the charge you have been arrested for is not on this list we can help.  Calls and consultations are free of charge. 
(407) 841-5555 - Orlando Criminal Attorney Eric J Dirga
? Domestic Violence - Battery/Assault
? Aggravating Felony Charges
? Resisting Police/Battery
? Drug Possession and Sale
? Violation of Probation/Early Term
? DUI and Street Racing
? Drivers License Suspensions
? Property Crimes (Burglary, Theft)
? Juvenile Offenses ALL
? Bond Hearings
? Offenses that Require DL Suspension


OUT-OF-STATE DEFENDANTS / CLIENTS ACCUSED OF CRIMES IN FLORIDA

We have represented many people that have been arrested and charged with crimes who live outside the state of Florida.  Florida is a major tourist destination.  People travel here from all over the world.  If you have visited Florida and while you where here you were charged with a criminal offense, call - we can help. 
Very often our out-of-state clients do not have to return to Florida.  Unless the offense is a felony, we can often handle everything for you so that you do not have to make the extra trip.  All defenses apply to you as if you were here - so there is no worry about giving up something.

If you are out-of-state and on probation due to a criminal charge from Florida and you are being accused of violation your probation, or if you want to terminate your probation early - call - we can help.  We help out-of-state and out-of-country people on all criminal matters.  Call for a free consultation - (407) 841-5555

 

Criminal Appeals and Post Conviction Relief

Appeals are direct reviews of convictions that must have the notice of appeal filed within thirty days of the sentencing date.  Post conviction relief involves issues regarding evidence, constitutional claims, sentencing errors, and other issues other than those that can be addressed through a direct appeal.

For more information please go to our APPEALS/POST CONVICTION RELIEF page.

Juvenile Criminal Defense

Orlando Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney

The juvenile justice system is set up to deal with the least and most violent juveniles out there.  The usual violent juvenile offenders are juvenile drug dealers, gang members, and violent juvenile offenders.  The rest are children like yours who are treated as if they are the worst.  Unfortunately, the courts are manned by people.  Judges just don't have the time to treat each case individually taking into consideration all the small details that make your son or daughter's case unique. 

The juvenile justice system is complex for those who have never experienced it - fortunately, we are experienced.  Do not let your child enter into a juvenile court without an experienced criminal defense attorney that is knowledgeable in juvenile law.

 - Eric J. Dirga was an assistant state attorney and in 1996-97 he prosecuted juvenile cases out of Orlando.  He is experienced with juvenile law and the juvenile justice system including alternatives to prosecution cases.  He is more than willing to freely discuss your child's case before you hire him. 

WE WILL REPRESENT AND DEFEND YOUR CHILD (407) 841-5555 (Juvenile Expungements)

We will provide complete legal defense for your child.  We will raise all legal defenses, raise all alternatives to prosecution, and provide you with all the knowledge you need to make any necessary informed decisions.

A child accused of a crime faces many hurdles.  First, what today is considered a crime was, for all intensive purposes, considered part of growing up just a few decades ago.  Boys fighting at school use to be punished by suspensions or paddling.  Today they are expelled and charged with battery.  We live in the era of zero-tolerance.  "Zero-tolerance" is just new-speak for government employees that means "you don't have to think."  Everyone's child is treated the same as the worst child in school.  Get in trouble once and the hammer comes down just as hard as the child who is perpetually in trouble. 

Even though children are treated similarly, the juvenile justice system is designed to distinguish the problem child from the child that has made a first time mistake.  Judge's are trained to hear cases and the department of juvenile justice does a fairly good job of classifying child offenders.  A child needs an attorney that can  navigate through the bureaucratic pathways to ensure that the child has the best defense and best possible outcome in his or her case.

Juvenile cases need to be taken seriously because a mark on your child's record in juvenile court will follow your child for life.  It is a false belief that juvenile records are confidential.  We may not be able to access these records through the courthouse but private "background check" companies seem to get this information all the time.  Don't let an accusation tattoo your child.  Let us defend your child from the zero tolerance practices of our society and keep your child's future bright.

Juvenile Criminal Defense Attorney

Eric J Dirga, PA

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The Juvenile Justice System in Florida

Separate court rules and additional statutes separate juvenile crime from adult crime.  Additionally, all juvenile cases are heard by the Circuit Court even if the charge against your child is a misdemeanor.  These facts implicate juvenile cases both during the initial court process and in the appellate arena.  It is important that the attorney you hire understands these differences between juvenile and adult court.

We have worked within the juvenile court system since 1996.  We are experienced in the process and we can help your child with all charges filed against him or her.

Juvenile Justice Facilities in Central Florida

Juvenile Justice Secure Detention Facilities
Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center
2800 S. Bumby Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806
152 Beds
Seminole Regional Juvenile Detention Center
200 Bush Blvd.
Sanford, FL 32773
39 Beds
Brevard Regional Juvenile Detention Center
5225 DeWitt Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32927
52 Beds
     
Juvenile Justice Home Detention Offices
Orange Home Detention
2800 S. Bumby Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806
250 slots
Brevard Home Detention
5225 DeWitt Avenue
Cocoa, FL 32927
50 slots



Call Today for a Free Consultation regarding your child's case

The Law Office of Eric J Dirga
Attorney Eric J Dirga
Assistant Kasey Adams
(407) 841-5555

VIOLATION DEFENSE

Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney - (407) 841-5555

FLORIDA PROBATION AND VIOLATION DEFENSE

Representing People Being Supervised by the Florida Department of Corrections and Accused of Violating their Probation or Community Control or requesting early termination

We represent people for Violations of Probation [VOPs], Violations of Community Control [VOCCs], and Early Termination of Probation and Community Control.  This includes all misdemeanor and felony cases. 

 

Call (407) 841-5555 with any questions.

Violation of Probation / Community Control

Our law office has represented many individuals that have been charged with violating his or her probation VOP or community control VOCC in Florida. Violation of probation cases are very difficult because the standard of proof in violation of probation or community control hearings is much lower than at a trial but the sanction is the same. + Probation Questions & Answers

+ Early Termination of Probation

+ General Conditions of Probation

Consequences of Probation Violations

In Florida, all the prosecutor has to do is convince the judge the probationer violated his or her probation or community control and then the judge can sentence the probationer up to the maximum he could have at the original sentencing. This means that if the maximum sentence 5 years in prison and at sentencing you were placed on probation instead, then if you violate your probation you can be sentenced up to 5 years in prison.

The term "probation" is used to indicate any type of supervision listed above. For purposes of this website we will just use the word "probation" to refer to all the forms of supervision. There is not much difference defending between a first violation of probation in Florida and violating probation a second time.

You can violate general conditions of probation (technical violations), special conditions of probation (technical violations), or you can violate by being accused of committing a new crime (substantive violation). Technical violations are numerous and are often for:

  • Not filing a monthly report (absconding).
  • Moving from residence without notifying your supervision officer.
  • Use of intoxicants in excess (as evidenced by a positive or "dirty" urinalysis).
  • Committing some illegal behavior (as evidenced by a dirty urinalysis).
  • Substantive violations of probation are those that involve a new criminal offense being charged against you. This is typically listed as a condition 5 violation. Any new offense committed will result in a violation.

Often times there are defenses to violations of probation. The first thing you must remember is to never admit to a violation. Admitting that you have violated your probation usually eliminates most defenses you may have had.

The most important thing to remember is, even if you believe you will be violated, always report to your supervision officer as scheduled. Being afraid that you would be violated is not a defense to not reporting. If you have been arrested you must truthfully fill out your monthly report. Failing to report and/or lying on your monthly report (Blue Form) are sure ways to being found in violation of your probation.

Orlando Criminal Attorney

ERIC J DIRGA

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Special Conditions of Probation

Special conditions are those things that the judge requires a probationer to do while on probation other than the general conditions. This includes paying fines or court costs, community service, counseling, classes, etc. These conditions must be specifically told to the person put on probation and can be found on the paperwork given to you at court that orders you to probation or community control.

Bond Hearings for VOP and VOCC

Every defendant can ask the Court to allow them to post a bond during the time between their arrest and their Violation of Probation Hearing. There is no right to a bond for a violation of probation however. All probationers need to realize this when they first begin their probation. For non-violent offenses bonds are often given for probationers while they wait for their hearing.

Myths and Mistakes about Probation

The biggest myth is that the first urinalysis does not count. This is completely wrong. It is sometimes true that a probation officer will refer a probationer to drug counseling who has tested positive without violating him or her - but this is only due to the good nature of the judge and probation officer. Many judges require probation officers to violate people for all dirty urines. Moreover, drug testing is a GENERAL CONDITION of probation. This means it does not have to be specifically ordered by the Judge for the probation officer to test you.

The biggest mistake that a person on probation or community control makes is failing to report to his or her probation officer or community control officer each month. This is the one violation that will most often put a person in jail or prison. There is absolutely no excuse for failing to report to your probation or community control officer and there is a corresponding lack of defense. Fear of being arrested is no excuse either.

Falsifying a monthly report is also a quick way to be found in violation and sentenced to incarceration. If you falsify a monthly report it will be only a matter of time before you are violated. Advice: Always fill out monthly reports honestly. Yes, it may require your PO to violate you but it builds your character before the judge.


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