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    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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Practice areas


  1. Domestic Violence: 20%
  2. White Collar Crime: 20%
  3. Violent Crime: 20%
  4. DUI & DWI: 20%
  5. Criminal Defense: 20%
    41 years, 3.5 thousand cases


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  • Daniel David Archer

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    Daniel Archer Criminal defense Attorney
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  • Jad M. Brewer

    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..


    Jad Brewer Government Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

The Defense Group

533 Versailles Dr.
Maitland, FL, 32751-4491

The Defense Group

404 N. Sinclair Ave.
Tavares, FL, 32778

The Defense Group

2911 N. 39th St.
Ste 500
Orlando, FL, 32839



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Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority.

  1. Suspension
    issued in FL, 2013


    Suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

    Harold’s comment: “I wrote a letter in an effort to help a large number of elderly victims of a time share scam recover money. The letter was sent to the victims but we knew the letter would be forwarded to the "bad guys." The letter suggested that our firm would represent the victims unless they got their refunds. It helped recover millions but it was misleading to the bad guys. Lawyers can't be misleading, even to scamsters. Sorry!”

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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Criminal Defense AttorneyThe Defense Group1999 - Present
Trial LawyerHal UHrig, PA1992 - 1999
Trial AttorneyCotter, Uhrig & Valeriino, PA1985 - 1992
Assistant Public DefenderNinth Judicial Circuit1981 - 1984
Assistant Attorney GeneralState of Florida (RICO & organized Crime)1980 - 1980
Adjunct ProfessorRollins College1978 - 1979
Associate Professor in the Master’s ProgramRollins College1978 - 1979
Police Legal AdvisorNumerous FL Police Departments1977 - 1979
General Counsel and Legal AdvisorOrange County Sheriff’s Department1976 - 1979
Assistant State AttorneyNinth Judicial Circuit1976 - 1979
Adjunct ProfessorColumbia College1976 - 1980
Special Assistant State AttorneyEighth Judicial Circuit1975 - 1975
PartnerWinnie, Winnie & Uhrig, PA.1975 - 1976
Police Officer, Police Sergeant, Police Legal AdvisorGainesville Police Department1969 - 1975
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Bar, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
International Association of Chiefs of Police, Legal Officer SectionMemberN/A
Central Florida Criminal Justice CouncilMemberN/A
Florida Academy of Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Seminole County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
Alachua County Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Florida Sheriff's Association, Legal Officers SectionPast President1979 - 1980
Central Florida Criminal Justice CouncilVice President1979 - 1980
Florida Association of Police AttorneysPast President1978 - 1980
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
University of FloridaPolitical Science and EnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1972