Alison has been a Florida resident since she was a child. She lived in Ocala with her parents and sisters until moving to Tampa to attend the University of South Florida. Alison wanted to be able to help people overcome the difficulties they faced in life, so she earned a degree in Psychology in 2000, and planned to become a psychologist. While in college, she worked full time in management at a major retail chain, and decided against immediately going to graduate school. Instead, Alison thought she could better help people as a lawyer, and chose to go to law school at the Florida State University College of Law. Alison graduated in 2006, and moved to Orlando to join the Office of the State Attorney as a prosecutor.
Alison initially handled felony cases in adult court, and then prosecuted misdemeanor and felony crimes in the juvenile bureau. Alison then returned to adult court to handle violent crimes, drug crimes, and property crime. Alison earned a special assignment in the Domestic Violence Unit, where she handled batteries, violations of injunction, stalking cases, and any other domestic charges. Alison was later promoted to the Sex Crimes Unit. Alison prosecuted child abuse, child neglect, sex offenses against children and adults, violations of probation, and also handled the civil commitment of Sexually Violent Predators.
Notably, Alison successfully handled the civil commitment of Tommie Lee Andrews, better known as the first person to have been convicted of a crime using DNA evidence. Andrews was convicted of rape in 1987 and sentenced to a lengthy prison sentence. Near the end of his prison term, his background was reviewed by qualified psychologists who recommended civil commitment. Alison single handedly tried the high profile jury trial, and Andrews was committed to the Florida Civil Commitment Center for an indefinite period of time for treatment.
Alison finished her career with the State as a prosecutor in the Juvenile Major Crimes Unit, where she handled juvenile sex crimes and major violent crimes. Alison was also part of the intake team, and was responsible for making quick and accurate charging decisions on juvenile crimes where the child remained detained after arrest.
During her eight years as a prosecutor, Alison handled thousands of criminal cases, including misdemeanors, DUI, domestic violence, property crimes, first time offenders, home burglaries, violent crimes, violations of probation, and sex crimes. Alison also assisted with the training of young prosecutors and attorneys in the Juvenile and Sex Crimes Units.
Alison left the State Attorney’s Office to gain experience in civil practice, and handled contested foreclosure matters throughout Florida for a Plaintiff’s firm. Alison then joined a large law firm where she worked as a foreclosure defense and criminal defense lawyer. Alison also had many opportunities to become involved in small claims cases, domestic violence injunctions, and some family law. Most importantly, Alison met Sophia Dean, and the two came together to form DK Legal Group.
At DK Legal Group, Alison handles criminal defense, traffic, domestic violence injunctions, foreclosure defense, loan modifications, and bankruptcy. Alison’s experience allows for incredible insight to the prosecution’s view of your criminal matter, which is invaluable in preparing a legal defense. Her insight is also incredibly helpful when you must decide whether it is best to take a plea or go to trial. Alison is an experienced trial attorney, and has handled over 75 trials during her legal career.
Alison’s goal has always been to help people going through a difficult time. Whether it was helping victims of domestic violence, child abuse, and sex crimes, or assisting those accused of a crime navigate the criminal justice system, Alison’s goal is to make these trying times more manageable for the person involved. Alison cares about her clients as individuals, and strives to do everything she can to come to their aid. Alison applies this same philosophy to people who need to make tough financial decisions, facing foreclosure and maybe even bankruptcy. She knows that you have a difficult road ahead, and will patiently and carefully help you make the best decision for your individual situation.
Alison is eager to assist you with your legal matter, and will be a fierce advocate in your corner. Please contact Alison by phone or email to arrange a free consultation on your case.