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Eric Roper, P.A.

Your Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney

The Law Office of Eric Roper, P.A. is a litigation firm devoted to representing clients in the areas of criminal defense, military law, maritime transportation, and family law.

Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney

Defending Those Who Defend America

Eric Roper has 15 years of experience representing the men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces.  Prior to starting his own law firm, Mr. Roper served 9 years on active duty as a Navy Judge Advocate and currently holds the rank of Commander in the Reserve Component of the Navy’s JAG Corps.

The Law Office of Eric Roper, P.A. is a litigation firm devoted to representing clients in the areas of criminal defense, military law, maritime transportation, and family law.  As a former active duty Navy Judge Advocate, Eric Roper, a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney, has over 25 years experience in both prosecuting and defending criminal trials in Federal and military courts.  Mr. Roper retired with the rank of Commander (O-5) in the Reserve Component of the Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps in 2022 after 26 years of service.  The firm provides aggressive representation, provided by its Jacksonville Criminal Lawyers, to anyone charged with a criminal offense in all Federal and military courts and in Florida state courts.  If you or someone you know has been charged with a crime or are under investigation, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney who will act now to protect your rights.

Mr. Roper also utilizes his years of experience as a trial attorney with the Bureau of Enforcement at the Federal Maritime Commission in representing Marine Terminal Operators (MTO), ports, non-vessel operating common carriers (NVOCCs), ocean common carriers, and ocean freight forwarders (OFFs).  Mr. Roper’s knowledge of the regulatory and legislative issues affecting the maritime transportation industry allows him to represent all manner of maritime businesses in antitrust and regulatory matters and in litigating disputes before courts and administrative agencies.  Whether you operate a terminal, provide logistics services in the maritime industry, or are seeking a license to perform such services, a lawyer with detailed knowledge of the regulatory environment and procedures is critical to the success of your business.

Areas of Practice

If you or someone you know has been arrested or questioned in connection with a criminal investigation, it is essential that you consult an experienced criminal defense attorney before making any statement to police or prosecutors.

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He has extensive experience in military law, representing hundreds of clients facing court-martial, administrative separation hearings, Boards of Inquiry, and other adverse personnel actions.

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If you are engaged in the maritime transportation business, Florida maritime lawyer Eric Roper has the knowledge and experience to assist you.

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Law Office of Eric Roper, P.A. will help you understand Florida family law and formulate a plan for completing your marital dissolution as fairly, efficiently and affordably as possible.

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Florida Recidivist Offender Laws: What are they and how might they affect you?

The Florida legislature has enacted several laws over the last decade that provide for enhanced penalties for individuals with criminal records who are convicted of new felony offenses. While there are a total of six different potential classifications, two are...

High court continues to erode 4th Amendment protections.

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a setback to the Fourth Amendment’s right against unreasonable searches and seizures by law enforcement when it decided the case of Utah v. Strieff. Generally, the Fourth Amendment prohibits the introduction of evidence in a...

“Jury Duty” in the Military

     Unlike a civilian jury, where potential jurors are selected at random from the community based on DMV records, members of a military jury (known as a panel) in a court-martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) are personally selected by the...

2016 Amendments to the Manual for Courts-Martial

Earlier this year, the President signed into effect changes to the Manual for Courts-Martial (“MCM”). The MCM is an Executive Order that generally governs how trials by courts-martial operate. It includes the Military Rules of Evidence, the Rules for Courts-Martial,...

Florida’s 10/20/Life Statute and Mandatory Minimum Sentences

     Florida law requires that certain prison sentences are mandatory for defendants who are found to have possessed, carried, displayed, or used a firearm during the commission of a qualifying felony. The qualifying felonies include murder, sexual battery, robbery,...

What does it mean to be “substantially incapacitated” in a military sexual assault prosecution?

It is a familiar scenario to anyone involved in defending a military member accused of committing a sexual assault. Following a night of heavy drinking, a female confides to a friend or co-worker that she was sexually assaulted by a military member at some point...

Miranda, the Fifth Amendment, and the right against self-incrimination.

A Florida appeals court recently held that a police officer’s trial testimony that he remembered the defendant “didn’t want to speak with me” was an improper comment on the defendant’s exercise of his right to remain silent. The case serves as an important reminder of...

U.S. Supreme Court holds that police cannot extend a routine traffic stop in order to conduct a drug dog sniff.

A police officer with a K-9 drug sniffing dog in Nebraska pulled over a motorist for driving on the shoulder of the highway. The driver answered all of the officer’s questions and received a warning for the traffic offense. The officer then requested the driver’s...

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