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Matthews R. Bark

Mr. Bark has witnessed many people make mistakes in their lives. He has made mistakes himself. He knows that the society we are in can lack compassion and forgiveness. The public, perhaps now more then ever with the media, form mobs, and will exhaust all resources to prosecute an individual. The talking points by politicians about such things as being tough on crime, has led to inflexible, abusive penalties for even petty misdemeanors.
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Knowing the challenge that you find yourself in, Mr. Bark believes that you should not face such circumstances alone. He believes that all people are entitled to competent counsel and a zealous defense.In order to provide this service Mr. Bark has spent a tremendous amount of time and effort to perfect the required skills. He has worked in all three branches of government. The reason this is important to you is because Mr. Bark understands how laws are made by the legislative branch, how laws are interpreted by the judicial branch, and how they are enforced by the executive branch. By understanding all three branches of government he is able to conduct the most thorough review of your case and to discover all available defenses.Prior to enrolling in law school, Mr. Bark volunteered and interned for Chief Judge Honorable Joyce Baylor-Thompson. Together, Judge Baylor Thompson and Mr. Bark, created the first mediation program for probate in the State of Maryland.(See this article: http://www.courts.state.md.us/macro/pdfs/macroscopes/macro009-february2007.pdf.Once in law school, at the University of Baltimore School of Law, Mr. Bark decided he wanted to be an advocate for those charged with crimes. Mr. Bark knew in order to be the best, he needed to acquire a variety of skills. That is why he was as teacher’s assistant in the legal writing and research department, reaching the highest position in that program in his last year of law school as the supervisor of all the teacher’s assistants. He also was a law scholar for the class Torts. Also, while in law school Mr. Bark interned for the State Attorney’s Office in and for Baltimore City, Maryland. Mr. Bark, also interned for the highest court in the State of Maryland, the Maryland Court of Appeals. Mr. Bark also worked for the House of Representatives, Delegate Jon Cardin, in Maryland. Mr. Bark did all this while maintaining high marks, and graduating with honors, cum laude.

Here are a couple of examples of cases from when Mr. Bark was working for the Maryland Court of Appeals: http://statecasefiles.justia.com/documents/maryland/court-of-appeals/117a04-0.pdf and http://mdcourts.gov/opinions/coa/2003/98a02.pdf.

After graduating law school, Mr. Bark decided to move to Longwood, Florida. The reason for the move: While in law school, Mr. Bark took his last winter break by visiting family and friends in Longwood, FL. He interned with a law firm, worked on a high profile case, and drove a convertible for three weeks at the end of December. Enough said. The decision was made, and he applied for a position with the Office of the State Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Brevard and Seminole Counties.

Mr. Bark was hired by the Office of the State Attorney for the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit in and for Brevard and Seminole Counties by then State Attorney Norman Wolfinger. Mr. Bark, despite living in Longwood, was asked to start his career as a prosecutor in Brevard County, which he did. After a year of working in Brevard County and living on Satellite Beach, Mr. Bark asked to be transferred to Seminole County, home, so he could be closer to his family, and he was.

While prosecuting in Seminole County Mr. Bark received Mother’s Against Drunk Driver’s award for prosecutor of the year. Prior to that he was recognized by Chief Lionel Cote of the Satellite Beach Police Department for his work in DUI prosecution. Also while at the Office of the State Attorney in Seminole County, Mr. Bark was given many high profile challenging cases. Cases where a teacher was accused of bringing a handgun on to an elementary school campus, where a female deputy sheriff was battered by her husband, where a 60 year old man was accused of video recording a 12 year old girl undressing, where a Jewish boy was arrested on Rosh Hoshana because people were illegally parked. Mr. Bark was trusted with very sensitive cases.

Due to demonstrating his talent and work ethic, the law firm of Jaeger &Blankner recruited Mr. Bark to work for them. He worked there for three years, practicing criminal defense in Brevard County, Orange County, Seminole County, Osceola County and Volusia County. Mr. Bark litigated, tried, and appealed hundreds of cases for this firm. Realizing that the size of the firm prevented Mr. Bark from developing the relationships he desired with his clients, and hindered his ability to get his clients the “best” results he decided to open his own practice. Mr. Bark still maintains an excellent relationship and appreciates the work of his prior firm.

It is human nature to make accusations and to believe them without proper evidence. This has remained true from before The Salem Witch trials, and McCarthyism, just to give a couple of examples. It is my duty and honor to make sure you are not falsely accused, not wrongfully prosecuted, not overly prosecuted, and not treated unfairly or cruelly. It is my duty and honor to zealously advocate on your behalf.

Areas of Practice

  • 60% Criminal Defense
  • 10% Appeals
  • 10% Administrative Law (DHSMV)
  • State Trial Practice
  • State Appellate Practice
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Computer Crimes
  • Internet– Cyberspace
  • Ethics
  • Professional Responsibility
  • Mediation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Licensing
  • Administrative Hearing and Adjudication
  • Search & seizure Protections
  • Criminal Fraud
  • Drug violations
  • Felonies
  • Sex Offenses
  • Traffic Violations
  • Grand Jury Proceedings
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Misdemeanor
  • Parole & Probation
  • RICO Act

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2007

Education

  • University of Baltimore School of Law, Baltimore, MarylandJ.D. (Cum Laude) – 2006
  • Towson University, Towson, MarylandB.S. (Cum Laude) – 2003Major: Finance

Classes/Seminars

  • How to Testify (Teaching Police Officers), Office of the State Attorney, 2007

Honors and Awards

  • Mother’s Against Drunk Drivers Prosecutor of the Year, 2008
  • Dean’s Citation for Service to the U of B, School of Law, 2006

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Florida Bar Association
  • Orange County Bar Association, Criminal Law Section, Board Member, 2009 – Present
  • Central Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, Member, 2009 – Present
  • Seminole County Bar Association, Presently
  • Seminole County Inns of Court, Presently

Past Employment Positions

  • Office of the State Attorney, 18th Circuit, FL, Assistant State Attorney, 2007 – 2009
  • Jaeger and Blankner, Associate, 2009 – 2012

Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member of the House of Hope, 2003 – 2006
  • Designed the Mediation Program for the Baltimore City Orphans Court, 2003

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Mr. Pucylowski joined the Army when he was seventeen and earned a position in the 2nd Ranger Battalion a little after his eighteenth birthday. After being honorably discharged with the rank of sergeant, Mr. Pucylowski attended college graduating with a BA in History from Rollins College. After graduation, Mr. Pucylowski worked as a Therapeutic Counselor for emotionally challenged children through the Eckerd Alternative Youth Program. Mr. Pucylowski enrolled at St. Mary’s School of Law in San Antonio Texas afterward. Graduating in 1996, Mr. Pucylowski had the unique honor of being one of two law students from his class permitted to sit for the Bar in his third year of school. Upon graduating Law School, Mr. Pucylowski was immediately licensed as an attorney.Mr. Pucylowski became an Assistant District Attorney for Brazoria County, Texas, where he prosecuted many DUI’s, Batteries’, and Theft cases. His early experiences with Texas defense attorneys gave him great insight into some creative defense strategies.Following the death of his father in 1998, Mr. Pucylowski relocated to Melbourne to care for his mother. He began working for the Public Defenders Office in Brevard County but soon moved into private practice. In his years of practice, Mr. Pucylowski has defended people accused of Murder, Attempted Murder, Aggravated Battery, Armed Robbery, Aggravated Stalking, Trafficking in Cocaine, Trafficking in Oxycodone, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Armed Burglary, Felony DUI, DUI with Serious Bodily Injury, Driving While License Suspended, Reckless Driving, and Racing on Highway’s. His experiences defending Red Light Camera Cases has garnered him media attention as he has been featured on WFTV Orlando, Fox 35 Orlando, and Channel 13 for his insights into the Mark Wendell Act.

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