Since 1982 I have practiced law.
After 30 years as a public defender, I am in private practice in my own law firm
My area is criminal law.
My experience is extensive.
My commitment to quality representation is constant.
During my years as a public defender, I was proud to represent hundreds of people who faced criminal charges, from misdemeanors up to first degree murder.
My focus has always been on trial practice. I have tried in excess of 155 criminal jury trials, including more than 55 homicide cases.
These homicides ranged from DUI manslaughter up to first degree murder where the death penalty was being sought.
Regardless of the level of criminal offense charged, I pursue each case as an aggressive advocate who fights for the best outcome for each and every client.
Most recently I joined a law practice that handles primarily family law and adoptions. The family law area is of special interest to me. I look forward to handling these cases.
I welcome the opportunity to work for you .
|FL||Member in Good Standing||1987||04/04/2021|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Jerry A. DeVane Award||Lakeland Bar Association||2016|
|Jim Slater Award Death Penalty Work||Florida Public Defender Association||2010|
|Jimmy Kynes "In the Trenches" Award for trial skill and advocacy||Hillsborough County Bar||2004|
|Owner||Law Office of Deborah Goins||2015 - Present|
|Assistant Public Defender||Office of Public Defender Bartow||2005 - 2015|
|Assistant Public Defender||Office of Public Defendner Tampa||2001 - 2005|
|Assistant Attorney General||Florida Attorney Gerenals Office||1998 - 2001|
|Assistant Public Defender||Office of Public Defender Tampa||1993 - 1998|
|Assistant Public Defender||Office of the Public Defender Bartow||1987 - 1993|
|Assistant Public Defender||Story County Public Defender Iowa||1986 - 1987|
|Assistant Appellate Defender||Appellate Defenders Office Des Moines||1984 - 1986|
|Assistant Public Defender||Story County Public Defender Office Iowa||1982 - 1984|
|Air Traffic Controller||United States Navy||1968 - 1971|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2015 - Present|
|Lakeland Bar Association||Member||2015 - Present|
|Drake University Law School||JD - Juris Doctor||1982|
|Florida State University||Bachelors in Social Work||1976|
|Institute of Paralegal Training-Philadelphia||Certificate||1976|
|Life Over Death||Dissecting the Medical Examiner||2013|
|Bring Your Own Case - Death Penalty||Instructor on Litigating the Death Penaltyq||2013|
|Life Over Death||Forensic Issues in Capital Litigation||2012|
|Death is Different||Understanding Intracranial Injuries||2012|
|Death is Different||Mitigation in Capital Litigation||2011|
|Life Over Death||Use of Psychological Experts in Capital Litigation||2010|
|Life Over Death||Primer for Death Penalty Attorneys||2009|
|Life Over Death||Primer for Death Penalty Attorneys||2008|
|Life Over Death||Mechanisms of Brain Injury||2007|
|Death Penalty Trials||Jury recommended a LIFE sentence, and did not recommend the death penalty|
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