Don Hartery specialized in drug crime (including trafficking and racketeering) litigation for a number of years and has taken many such cases to pre-trial motions, jury trials and appeal. A conviction may have life-changing consequences including jail or prison, limitations on your career choices, loss of driving privileges, and other serious dispositions. A lawyer who can spot and effectively litigate matters of your defense is critical to your case and your life consequences.
After retiring as a career prosecutor, Don recognized local practices by undercover officers that had been in effect for the past 8 years that were Constitutionally offensive. This has resulted in cases being dismissed where the officer's conduct was inappropriate. See Sarasota Herald Tribune article October 5, 2oo8, where every form of entrapment was found to justify dismissing charges. Such dismissal was recently affirmed after Don Hartery wrote the appeal to Florida's Second District Court of Appeal.