Family Law - Personal Injury Lawyer - Divorce Lawyer - Criminal Law

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury & Accident Cases
  • Family Law
  • Mediation
  • Criminal & Traffic Law

After a car accident, you may think that all can be taken care of by just speaking to the insurance company. And in some cases, you are correct. But if you’ve been injured in any way, it’s best to seek representation especially before submitting a claim to the insurance company. The burden is on you to prove all the aspects of your claim, including the negligence or fault of the other person as well as the seriousness of your injuries. At Gonzalez Law we fight off the insurance company’s defenses and tactics to deny culpability or lower the value of the injuries in order to pay less. We take on the insurance companies and aggressively fight for a favorable jury verdict in court or an adequate settlement out of court.

Whether you are a driver or passenger who has been in an auto accident, or a pedestrian, bicyclist or a motorcyclist injured by a truck that failed to obey the rules of the road, you need an experienced and aggressive attorney to ensure you are adequately compensated and your rights are protected. We also represent people injured on the job and at constructions sites, injured by defective products, boating accidents, and those harmed by hospital negligence.

While some accident victims walk away with just minor cuts and bruises, countless others suffer serious or even catastrophic injuries. Injuries regularly litigated in our firm include:

  • Back & Neck Injuries
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Eye Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Brain Damage
  • Soft Tissue Injuries
  • Amputations; and
  • Internal bleeding or Organ Damage

SKILLFUL, EXPERIENCED & EFFECTIVE JACKSONVILLE & ST. AUGUSTINE LAWYER:

Emphasizing comprehensive, compassionate, and cutting-edge service, the Law Offices of Elizabeth Gonzalez offers expertise in trial advocacy, negotiation, negotiation, mediation, child custody and support, spousal support, alimony property division, and modifications and enforcement.

Divorce/Property Division:

It is difficult to fully understand the divorce process until it actually begins and when you go through the process of it. Most people do not contemplate divorce when getting married. Unfortunately, during marriage, emotional, economical, and trust issues occur which cannot be contemplated at the time of marriage. The Law Offices of Elizabeth Gonzalez will provide you with information to assist you in knowing your rights as to your children, assets and debt division.

Child support/Spousal Support:

In Florida, child support is a right belonging to the child, and parents cannot contract it away, nor can the parent’s acquiescence to non-payment of fit. Our legal team will gather information regarding your income and other statutory factors to determine your child support obligation, if any. We work with both the mother and the father to resolve child support issues.

Florida alimony and support law presently is very imprecise. Numerous factors can determine the amount of alimony to be granted, or even whether it will be granted at all. Family courts presently have great discretion in determining which factors to consider and in weighing the factors. For instance, courts may consider:

  • The length of the marriage
  • A party’s ability to pay the support, and the other party’s need for the support
  • The standard of living during the marriage
  • Whether a party has been unemployed to care for the parties’ child or children
  • Whether a party gave up a career to benefit the marriage
  • Whether a party became disabled during the marriage and is not self-supporting
  • The marital and non-marital assets and debts of the marriage and their division
  • Familiar with the Statutes and case law criteria in determining whether obtaining alimony is realistic and if so, a determination of a realistic amount
  • Experienced in building a strong case that supports your alimony goals

Custody/Time Sharing:

A critical adjustment that must be faced by divorced or single parents is developing workable, fair schedules of timesharing or contact between both parents and their child or children. Parents tend to look only at the present; however, it is important to have planned schedules that focus on the best interest of the child along with the relationship with each parent. We will examine your and your spouse’s or other parent’s situation and past and present interaction with the child to determine how both of your parenting has best served the interests of your child. Thereafter, we will work to prove your past and present parenting has served your child’s interests.

There are many benefits of divorce mediation. Divorce mediation is one of the fastest growing areas for couples who desire a non-combative divorce because this can be expensive and drawn out. In mediation, the parties discuss all of the issues that are part of their case that can include very important and sensitive issues such as child custody, time sharing, child support, property division, division of debts, and alimony. All of these issues can be solved by the parties themselves with the help of a good mediator. Couples have the opportunity in mediation to consider options, make offers, and collaborate in reaching a final settlement that works best suits their needs. The many benefits of mediation include: (1) control, (2) uniqueness, (3) confidentiality, (4) time, and (5) expense.

Control:

One of the substantial benefits of divorce mediation is that it gives couples control over their future rather than leaving the decision to a court. A judge will never know as much about the parties lives and priorities as the parties themselves. Many couples would rather resolve issues to their satisfaction instead of having a judge decide for them, This include issues such as how you will raise your children and manage your money. Additionally, mediation offers a private forum for discussing differences rather than the open public setting of the courtroom.

Uniqueness:

Spouses can be very creative in fashioning their own agreement to accommodate the specific needs and desires of their lives and family. Financial savings, faster resolution and avoidance of the severe emotional stress associated with a “court battle” are also benefits of divorce mediation. More and more couples are choosing mediation over the court litigation process. Mediation is a win-win situation. It can take place before, during or after a divorce action is started.

Confidentiality:

Another one of the benefits of divorce mediation is that mediation is a confidential process. This means that the statements and communications made during mediation sessions are not used in any other forum unless agreed upon by the parties or required by law. Confidentiality allows the parties to be candid with one another and permits disclosure and honesty. Having entered into a voluntary agreement in mediation, parties generally have a higher satisfaction level. This creates an atmosphere for better future communication and a higher probability that agreements will be kept and also a reduced potential for future legal action, which means cost reduction.

Time:

Mediation is often faster. Typically, mediation costs are a fraction of litigation attorney fees and the process is more informal, relaxed and less combative. A successful mediation will end with a all-inclusive written agreement that resolves all issues – to include parenting, custody and financial issues, insurance, equitable distribution, support, and other issues. This written agreement is then brought to a court who will enter a final order or judgement, legally ending the marital relationship.

Cost Reduction:

Mediation is usually more cost effective and takes less time. In contrast, in litigation significant time is spent in gathering information to formulate positions in settlement negotiations and preparing for trial. Gathering, analyzing and exchanging documents and financial information through the “discovery process” is typically more extensive in scope than what occurs in mediation. In the contentious process, parties pay fees for communications between attorneys and their clients in addition to time spent drafting documents. This process can be much more expensive and time-consuming.

If you have questions about mediation, Florida Supreme Court Certified Family Mediator Elizabeth Gonzalez can assist you through every step of the process in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Clay County and Nassau County.

Our Jacksonville law firm has the experience to help those who need Criminal, Civil and Traffic Law defense and advice in related matters. We represent people who have been accused of felonies and misdemeanors in Florida state courts, as well as people accused of traffic offenses such as speeding.

Drunk Driving Defense:

The criminal defense lawyer to represent people who have been accused of driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or other drugs. Our clients include people who have been accused of a first offense as well as people facing more serious charges, including second or third DUIs, aggravated DUI or DUI with a child in the car.

We also represent people who are under age 21 when accused of drunk driving. These drivers face special consequences such as extended suspension of their driver’s licenses.

Drug Crimes:

In Florida, the seriousness of drug charges depend on the type of drug and the amount involved. Generally, charges involving drugs other than a small amount of marijuana are considered to be felonies. We handle drug crimes involving marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, LSD, mushrooms, prescription narcotics and other drugs.

Sex Crimes:

Sex offenses are some of the most serious crimes we handle because allegations have the power to ruin a life — even if no conviction is ever obtained. That’s why we fight hard to protect people who have been accused of sex offenses ranging from child molestation to child pornography, statutory rape and indecent exposure.

Fraud Crimes and Other White Collar Crimes:

Our attorneys represent people who have been accused of fraud crimes such as check fraud, credit card fraud and bank deposit account fraud. Many of these offenses involve alleged theft of ATM cards. Charges are doubled in these cases, and defendants face charges relating to both the theft and use of the card, even if these separate charges relate to only one event.

Traffic Violations/Traffic Offenses:

We also represent people who have been accused of traffic offenses, including speeding, under 21 speeding tickets, reckless driving, vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of an accident. We also provide a strong and effective drunk driving defense.

Violent Crimes and Other Criminal Offenses:

Many of the cases we handle are serious felonies involving allegations of violence. The charges include aggravated assault, assault battery, weapons offenses, robbery and other offenses related to serious personal injury. These crimes can have serious consequences, so we prepare thorough and effective criminal defenses to violent crimes.

We also handle:

  • Criminal appeals
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault and battery
  • Minor in possession (MIP)
  • Fake IDs
  • Expungements
  • Parole and probation violations