I was a police officer before I was a lawyer. I was a Sgt.on the Gainesvile Police Department. I was there for over 6 years. I was also the first Legal Advisor for that department. After that I practiced criminal defense for a year before taking the position as General Counsel and Legal Advisor to the Orange County Sheriff's Department. For 4 years i was also the Police Legal Advisor to 10 Orange County municipal police department. While with Orange County I was elected President of the Florida Association of Police Attorneys. I also atended the FBI National Academy in Quantico Virginia.
On leaving the Sheriff's Department I was appointed Assistant Attorney General for the State of Florida in Talahassee. I later returned to the Orlando area and spent three years as a Division Chief and trial lawyer at the Public Defender's Office. There I handled thousands of cases and did over 100 trials, from DUI to murder.
I left the PD Office in 1984 and co-foubnded the law firm of Butcher, Benetiz & Uhrig, doing criminal defense. In the years that followed i was associated with two other criminal defense law firms before founding The Defense Group. While with the firm of Cotter, Uhrig & Valerino, I was privileged to handle the first four DNA evidence trials in US history and appeared on The Today Show to discuss the case.
I've taught in several regional police academies. I've taught constitutional and criminal law at Columbia College and in the Rollins Masters level Criminal Justice Programs.
I spent two years as a legal analyst for FOX 35 News in the Ornaldo area. Following involvement in some high profile cases, I had the opportunity to appear on many major YV news shows in New York including Oprah, Sean Hannity, Charlie Rose, Scott Pelly, Ashleigh Benefield, Anderson Cooper, Piers Morgan and others.
I'm married to the same girl I fell in love wih as a teenage (50 years ago). We have four adult children (an accountant, an attorney, a bankruptcy management executive and a business owner) and 10 grandchildren.
We currentky staff ofices in Maitland and Tavares, Florida, and represent clients throughout Central Florida.
I golf, boat & read. My appetite is liberal and my politics are conservative.
I've cut my practice to "half time"-- about 12 hours a day.
Languages spoken: English, Spanish
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Jad Brewer, Government Attorney
I highly endorse the legal skills of Hal Uhrig. Mr. Uhrig has been a pillar of the legal community since the late 1970's. Mr. Uhrig was a defense attorney on the defense team of the first case to use DNA as a prosecution tool in the United States. Mr. Uhrig has represented numerous police agencies in the area in the past and was formerly a police sergeant in Gainesville, FL. Mr. Uhrig will vigorously defend his clients in both criminal and civil courts around the Central Florida area. Mr. Uhrig's legal knowledge is extensive. Mr. Uhrig also provides his clients with practical advice and his clients receive the benefit of his many years of experience in courts throughout Florida..
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1975||01/30/2017|
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|Criminal Defense Attorney||The Defense Group||1999 - Present|
|Trial Lawyer||Hal UHrig, PA||1992 - 1999|
|Trial Attorney||Cotter, Uhrig & Valeriino, PA||1985 - 1992|
|Assistant Public Defender||Ninth Judicial Circuit||1981 - 1984|
|Assistant Attorney General||State of Florida (RICO & organized Crime)||1980 - 1980|
|Adjunct Professor||Rollins College||1978 - 1979|
|Associate Professor in the Master’s Program||Rollins College||1978 - 1979|
|Police Legal Advisor||Numerous FL Police Departments||1977 - 1979|
|General Counsel and Legal Advisor||Orange County Sheriff’s Department||1976 - 1979|
|Assistant State Attorney||Ninth Judicial Circuit||1976 - 1979|
|Adjunct Professor||Columbia College||1976 - 1980|
|Special Assistant State Attorney||Eighth Judicial Circuit||1975 - 1975|
|Partner||Winnie, Winnie & Uhrig, PA.||1975 - 1976|
|Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Police Legal Advisor||Gainesville Police Department||1969 - 1975|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|International Association of Chiefs of Police, Legal Officer Section||Member||N/A|
|Central Florida Criminal Justice Council||Member||N/A|
|Florida Academy of Trial Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|Seminole County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|Alachua County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section||Member||N/A|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Florida Sheriff's Association, Legal Officers Section||Past President||1979 - 1980|
|Central Florida Criminal Justice Council||Vice President||1979 - 1980|
|Florida Association of Police Attorneys||Past President||1978 - 1980|
|University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1974|
|University of Florida||Political Science and English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1972|