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Leonard Louis Cagan

Leonard Louis Cagan

Cagan & Cagan PLLC
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Medical Malpractice
  • Florida
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Lenny was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1996. Lenny worked as an Assistant State Attorney (prosecutor) for over seven years. During this time, he prosecuted thousands of cases, supervised a staff of other attorneys and conducted numerous jury trials. Lenny knows how prosecutors think and how to speak their language. After leaving the State Attorney’s Office, Lenny worked for a prestigious Plaintiff’s law firm that practiced in the areas of Medical Malpractice/ Nursing Home Abuse/ and Personal Injury law. Lenny has been in private practice since 2004 representing people who have been accused of crimes or have been seriously injured by others.

Practice Areas
  • Criminal Law
  • DUI & DWI
  • Medical Malpractice
Additional Practice Areas
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges
  • Auto Glass Claims
  • PIP Personal Injury Protection
  • Car Accidents
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Contingent Fees
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Federal Circuit
  • English
Professional Experience
Cagan & Cagan PLLC
Trial Attorney
Cagan Law Firm
Managing Attorney
Milkowitz & Lyons
Associate Attorney
Assistant State Attorney
State Attorneys Office - Sixth Circuit
Regent University School of Law
J.D. (1996) | Law
Honors: Cum Laude
10 Best Criminal Law Attorney for Florida - Client Satisfaction
American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers in Florida
National Trial Lawyers Association
Law Student Award
James Kent American Inn of Court
Who's Who Among American Law Students
Summo Publishing
American Jurisprudence Award
Lawyers Cooperative Publishing
Professional Associations
Marion County Bar Association
- Current
Citrus-Hernando American Inn of Court
Master of the Bench
- Current
Hernando County Bar Association
- Current
Florida State Bar # 87009
- Current
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23 Questions Answered

Q. What happens at a Judge's Pre-Trial Hearing
A: Typically a Pre-Trial Hearing is a Judge's way of checking on the status or progress of a case. I say "typically" because every judge is different and it is very important to know your judge. For some judges it may be the last court date before the case is set for trial. This may also be the last time to enter a negotiated plea. Contact a local attorney to see what it means for your judge.
Q. I got caught shoplifting some algea killing supplies first offense
A: Ask the court to appoint a Public Defender. You may qualify for some sort of diversion program.
Q. FIRST COURT NOTIFICATION SAID: Event VAR scheduled FOR, NOW CHANGE TO: Event CM scheduled...What VAR and CM, means?
A: Typically VAR is Clerk's Office shorthand for Violation Arraignment. CM, I'm not so sure. I would recommend call a local attorney who is familiar with local custom.
Q. Why do I have a Battery arrest on my juvenile record, but wasn't ever arrested?
A: I agree with the previous answers. The only thing I would add is that you may want to ask the employer for a copy of the background check the used to process your application. This information may be helpful to any attorney you may hire to assist you.
Q. Domestic dispute /State pressed charges. Questions?
A: The decision of whether to file charges in a case is a function of the State Attorney's Office. The victim in a case certainly has input, but only a prosecutor can drop a case. The same goes for whether a charge is changed to something lesser or an agreement is entered into to allow a plea to a lesser charge. I would recommend speaking to a local qualified attorney who can speak to the prosecutor on your behalf. Domestic charges are nothing to mess around with.
Q. What does it mean DISP DISMISSED other than it being dismissed... Does that mean the charges dropped
A: TYPICALLY it means that the case is dropped. Please do not rely on this forum for specifics to your case. CONSULT AN ATTORNEY. Occasionally a case may show this if a charge is dropped in one court and refiled in a higher or lower court. The fact that a charge is dismissed does not necessarily mean that it is over. You have to verify.
Q. I was arrested in 1999, 2011 and one month ago. Can my past be used in sentencing in the state of florida
A: Past cases can be taken into account in sentencing. If your question relates to felony scoresheet calculations specifically, a conviction is not required. (ie. withholds count) Juvenile convictions can "drop off" of your scoresheet in time as can adult charges if your last case is more than ten years ago. Consult with a qualified attorney to determine whether you are being scored properly.
Q. What does it mean when it says DISP Dismissed ?
A: As was previously said, it typically means that the case was dismissed. I would recommend contacting a local attorney to see if you might be eligible to have the case expunged.
Q. I was wondering will I have a bond when I go to jail and turn myself in?
A: Every county handles their Violation of Probation bonds in their own way. The rules do not guaranty you a bond on a violation. Some counties issue VOP warrants with bonds and some do not. It is important that you speak to an attorney who practices in the county where the case was originally filed. There is no possible way to tell you what will happen without additional information. That discussion should be had privately with an attorney. Typically there is no reason to delay turning yourself in but there are too many variables to discuss them all here.
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825 SE 3rd Ave,
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Ocala, FL 34471-3777
Telephone: (352) 683-9100
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Jacksonville, FL 32204
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