A Brief Biography: Richard Hornsby
A Note From Richard: In the past a family would go to one lawyer, usually a friend or trusted community member, for all of their legal needs.
Unfortunately, in this day and age, it is difficult to develop a personal relationship with any one lawyer and many people feel uncomfortable with lawyers in general. So I provide this information with the hope it will make you feel comfortable contacting me about your case.
The youngest son of the late J. Russell Hornsby, one of Central Florida's most respected trial attorneys, Richard Hornsby was born in Winter Park and grew up in metropolitan Orlando, having briefly lived in the Florida Keys. As a child, he attended the Park Maitland School, Lake Sybelia Elementary, Coral Shores High School, and University High School, where he graduated from with honors.
While in High School, Mr. Hornsby was involved in Student Government and athletics. He was a two year letterman in track & Field, a three year letterman in Football, and a four year letterman in Wrestling. Notably, in 1993 he was Metro and District champion in the 189lb wrestling class and was named to the All County wrestling team by the Orlando Sentinel. Interestingly, he wrestled Ray Lewis (now of the Baltimore Ravens) in the second round of the 1993 5A State Wrestling Championships.
After graduating with honors from University High School, Mr. Hornsby began college at the University of Florida, where he majored in Political Science and minored in Religion.
While at the University of Florida Mr. Hornsby was a member of the 1994 and 1995 SEC championship football teams coached by Steve Spurrier. He hung up his cleats in 1995 and became heavily involved in Student Government and campus politics.
Among his student activities, he was Student Government Campus Involvement Chairman, Homecoming Assistant Director, Assistant Supervisor of Elections, Student Government Honor Court Defense Counsel, Gator Growl and Homecoming Web Site Developer, and a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Counselor.
Mr. Hornsby was also a member of Florida Blue Key, Omicron Delta Kappa, and the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity, for whom he served as Vice President. He was honored with the University Of Florida President's Outstanding Recognition three times.
After graduating cum laude from the University of Florida, Mr. Hornsby began law school at the University of Florida College of Law, Florida's oldest and most prestigious law school. While in law school Mr. Hornsby concentrated his studies in business law and criminal law. Mr. Hornsby received a book award (The Highest Grade) in Trial Practice and was honored with a Pro Bono Certificate in recognition of his volunteer work helping less fortunate families through the Volunteer Income Tax Association.
After law school, Mr. Hornsby immediately began working for the Office of the Public Defender in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. As an Assistant Public Defender he was promoted from county court to circuit court in only six months, one of the quickest periods of advancement in almost a decade.
As an Assistant Public Defender Mr. Hornsby was honored by his colleagues and support staff with the Office of the Public Defender Performance Award, which is awarded by secret ballot. Additionally, while working with the Office of the Public Defender, he attended the University of Central Florida part time and eventually earned a Master of Science in Criminal Justice.
In 2005, Mr. Hornsby ventured into private practice and opened Richard E. Hornsby, P.A.Defense Philosophy
My Defense Philosophy
My primary concern and ultimate goal is to obtain the best resolution that could be obtained by any attorney. So, where one attorney might settle for a probation offer and another attorney might have won at trial or have been be able to negotiate a dismissal; I would like to think that I always strive to be the latter attorney, not the attorney who settled for the easiest or fastest resolution that could be reached.
This philosophy is important for practical reasons beyond what you might initially expect or consider. Specifically, a criminal plea, regardless of whether adjudication was withheld, can effect a client's immigration status, it can affect their driving record and subject them to future penalties, a plea could make you ineligible to ever have your record sealed or expunged, it could subject a client to harsher penalties if accused of similar offenses in the future, it could make every day things like renting a car or apartment impossible, and ultimately could forever tarnish an otherwise stellar reputation.
Importantly, if actions speak louder than words, I hope my trial results and jury verdicts speak for how hard I fight for my clients. I firmly believe that no innocent person should be afraid to exercise their right to a trial and I understand that the only way a person can do that is with the help of an attorney that they know they can depend on. Nevertheless, I also understand that the thought of a jury trial is terrifying to some, as the outcome can not be guaranteed.
So while I have a passion for the courtroom, I attempt to resolve every client's case without the need for a trial. To accomplish this, I analyze each case as if it will be tried to verdict, by investigating the facts, identifying all available legal defenses, researching the legal issues, and filing the necessary defensive motions. This way, when the time comes for you to choose between a trial or a negotiated settlement, I want you to be able to make an informed and intelligent decision knowing that both your case and your attorney are ready for trial.
It is this philosophy that I believe separates myself from my peers and one that will bring you satisfaction if you should retain my services.
Richard E. Hornsby
Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, The Florida Bar
Of the approximately 75,000 attorneys authorized to practice law in the state of Florida, only 359 have been Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar.
Board Certification is the highest level of recognition The Florida Bar offers and Orlando criminal lawyer Richard Hornsby is one of the select few who have achieved this prestigious designation in Criminal Trial Law. This places Orlando Criminal Lawyer Richard Hornsby in the Top 1% of Florida lawyers for Criminal Trial work.
The Board Certification Program was created out of The Florida Supreme Court's mandate to the Florida Bar to offer a "Board Certification" program for Florida Bar members. The purpose of the Board Certification program was to assist the public in making an informed decision when seeking and selecting a lawyer. Importantly, only board certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as "Florida Bar Board Certified" as a "Specialist", or as an "Expert" in a specific field of law.
To become Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, a lawyer must have practiced on a full-time basis for at least five years, must have handled at least 25 criminal trials, must pass peer review of judges and lawyers whom the lawyer has litigated with, must have completed 45 hours of continuing legal education, and, most importantly, pass a written examination demonstrating knowledge, skill, and proficiency in the field of criminal trial law.Criminal Defense
Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer
Accused of a crime? If so, you are probably wondering:
While I know you are under enormous stress right now, with the right attorney there is hope.
Most of my cases are resolved with charges being dropped or reduced; a minor fine; or a Not Guilty verdict.
Why Richard Hornsby?
All lawyers claim to be "aggressive," I provide past results so you can make your own decision:
If you are considering another lawyer, ask them to provide their jury verdicts and past resolutions. If they are unwilling or unable; consider hiring a different lawyer.
Trial Experience Matters
Hiring an attorney with trial experience is one of the most important decisions you can make. A criminal defense attorney with a proven trial record is more likely to be:
- Current in the law,
- Familiar to prosecutors, and
- Respected by judges.
Criminal Defense Practice Areas
Below are some of the areas that Orlando criminal lawyer Richard Hornsby can assist you in.
Orlando DUI Defense Lawyer
DUI is one of the most burdensome offenses an otherwise law abiding person can face. If you have been arrested for DUI,you likely have many pressing questions like;
There is Hope!
Fortunately there is hope and in many cases I can help you keep your license, stay out of jail, and, ultimately, beat the charge. While no promises can be made, due to the subjective nature of DUI, your DUI arrest can be challenged for a variety of reasons that can result in either dismissal or a negotiated plea to a lesser offense.
So you are encouraged to take your time and look through the DUI Defense section of the web site. It should answer many of your immediate concerns. Then, once you feel ready to speak with an attorney, you should contact Orlando DUI Defense Lawyer Richard Hornsby so that he can help you get your life back in order!
How is DUI Proven
Under Florida law, a DUI charge can be proven in one of two alternative ways:
- The State can prove that your normal faculties were impaired, or
- The State can prove that you drove with an unlawful blood alcohol or breath alcohol level of .08 or above.
Regardless of the manner in which the offense is proven, the penalties upon conviction are the same. Additionally, DUI penalties increase based on the frequency of DUI convictions and the severity of your current DUI offense. Therefore, it is extremely important that if faced with a DUI charge, whether your first or a subsequent charge, that you fight it using every legal defense available.
Contact DUI Defense Lawyer Richard Hornsby
Contact DUI Defense Lawyer Richard Hornsby for the DUI defense representation you deserve. The initial consultation is free and I am always available to advise you on the proper course of action to take.