Domestic Violence E-Book Part One



Accused Of Domestic Battery Or Domestic Violence In Florida?

Useful Info That May Be Helpful For You

Blake & Dorsten, P.A.

Copyright © 2016 by Blake & Dorsten, P.A.

All rights reserved. No part of this book may be used or reproduced in any manner whatsoever without written permission of the author.

ISBN:  978-1-941645-62-8


This publication is intended to be informational only. No legal advice is being given, and no attorney-client relationship is intended to be created by reading this material. If you are facing legal issues, whether criminal or civil, seek professional legal counsel to get your questions answered.

Blake & Dorsten, P.A. At Law

4707 140th Ave N, #104

Clearwater, FL 33762



“I had some issues with my teenage son that caught me completely off guard. I felt like he needed to be represented by an attorney I could trust and who would treat us like every day people and not like a case number. After interviewing a couple other attorneys and feeling like I had just met with used car salesmen a friend of mine recommended Mr. Dorsten. My son and I met with him and I immediately was relieved. He handled my case in a most professional and timely manner. He was informative and gave us options instead of telling me what I should do. He called to check with me randomly to make sure I did not need anything and expressed genuine concern that I was properly satisfied and had no additional needs or questions. I would suggest Mr. Dorsten to anybody who needs a qualified, smart and honest attorney.”

                                                                                          ‑ Deva


“Mr. Blake successfully defended me in a jury trial without flaw. Having only 1 witness testifying for the defense and 3 witnesses found by the prosecution, Mr. Blake aggressively maneuvered past the prosecution’s case through a few very clever tactics, one being exposing a false testimony bringing the legitimacy of the prosecution into question. Needless to say, Mr. Blake got me a not guilty verdict and was very professional, knowledgeable, well-spoken and compassionate in every event we spoke. I definitely recommend Mr. Blake as an amazing attorney.”

                                                                                       ‑ Joshua


“If you want attorneys who are knowledgeable in criminal law, who return phone calls, who text (that’s right, no need to wait for a return call back), who keep you posted at every stage of your case, this is the law firm you want to hire. Rex Blake is professional and explains the law so you understand what your rights are. His office manager Pam is friendly, courteous and keeps you informed. Reasonable fees. They fight for you. I highly recommend this law firm.”

                                                                                   ‑ Diana F.


“Nick was extremely knowledgeable in handling of my case. He was patient and answered all my questions regarding the charge. He walked me through every step of the way. He went above and beyond the call of duty which I am very thankful for since this was extremely upsetting to our family. Because of his knowledge the case was dismissed.”

                                                                                       ‑ Debbie



Authors’ Introduction

Rex R. Blake, Esq.

Rex R. Blake, Esq. was born and raised on a small town farm outside Cincinnati, Ohio. It was there he was taught the value of hard work and dedication. He was born into a family of very successful attorneys. Mr. Blake’s family has a long pedigree of assisting clients and practicing law. Mr. Blake uses that experience to work for you. Mr. Blake’s Grandfather, Rodney Blake, was admitted to practice law in 1932 started the largest firm in his town and later was a prominent Judge for many years to come. His father continued the legacy of practicing law and his been an attorney for almost 50 years specializing in wills, trusts, and estates. Mr. Blake’s oldest sister, Amy, has the prestigious position of clerking for an Article III Federal Judge in the 9th Judicial Circuit where she writes legal opinions that affect the law throughout the country. Finally, his younger sister, Kara, practices family law specializing in adoption in Seattle, Washington.

Attorney Rex R. Blake decided to leave Ohio and attend the top school in Florida at the University of Florida in Gainesville. This is where he graduated with honors in a double major of Finance and Insurance. While at Florida he was a member of many distinguished academic fraternities as well as social fraternities.

Attorney Rex R. Blake decided to continue his education at the University of Florida where he applied and was accepted to a dual degree program obtaining his MBA and Juris Doctor Degree in only just four years. During this rigorous program he continued studying details of business while specializing in Decisional and Informational Sciences. Mr. Blake applied and became a Certified Legal Intern in the State Attorney’s Office located in Gainesville, Florida under State Attorney Bill Cervone. This is where Mr. Blake discovered his passion and talent for trying jury trials. While still in law school, he tried 3 DUI trials and a petit theft trial while still officially being and intern.

Mr. Blake also clerked for Rissman, Weisberg, and McClain, P.A. in Orlando, Florida specializing in Insurance defense. This valuable experienced helped him with insight as to insurance companies’ plans in his Personal Injury cases.

Mr. Blake graduated with a joint degree JD/MBA and started his career in the State Attorneys Office of the 6thJudicial Circuit in Clearwater, Florida. He held many positions in the office trying the smallest cases to misdemeanors and DUI’s to murder trials. Mr. Blake was featured on the hit “Women Behind Bars” for a murder case he was the lead prosecutor in as well as many cases that were featured in the media.

Mr. Blake handled thousands of cases during his seven years as a prosecutor rising through the ranks very quickly. Mr. Blake promoted to felony prosecutor in just 16 months. He held positions as Lead Trial Attorney, Traffic Court Prosecutor, Sex Crimes Prosecutor, and Violation of Probation Prosecutor. Mr. Blake combines all his experience and strengths to get the best possible results for his clients.

Shortly thereafter, Rex Blake and Nicholas Dorsten decided to team up and combine their talents to form Blake & Dorsten, P.A.

While we can never guarantee what will ultimately happen to your case (don’t let any criminal defense attorney guarantee you a certain result), we can pledge to uphold the same principles that have guided our legal careers to date and have produced the many successes that you have either read or heard about.



Nicholas J. Dorsten, Esq.

A proud member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 trial attorneys and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel Top one percent of lawyers, Nicholas Dorsten was born and raised in Ohio. He obtained his B.A. degree from Kent State University, majoring in History and even played a little football for the Kent State “Golden Flashes”. While at Kent, he was lucky enough to be part of an academic fraternity and receive the Kent State athletic/academic award banquet membership.

After college, he chose to follow in his father’s footsteps by becoming a lawyer. He enrolled in law school at the University Of Toledo School Of Law, where he received a full scholarship. At this school, he participated in a local law review and several moot court presentations.

During law school, Nicholas Dorsten utilized his summers gaining criminal law experience with the hope of becoming a prosecutor upon graduation. After the first year of law school, he was privileged to clerk for a local leading judge. After his second year of law school, he became a certified legal intern in Toledo, trying and resolving criminal cases. The experience gained in these positions allowed him to be chosen, and sworn in, as an Assistant State Attorney in the State of Florida.

Over the next five years, he quickly rose through the ranks at the Pinellas and Pasco State Attorney’s Office. This progression allowed Nicholas to prosecute a wide variety of criminal cases. As an Assistant State Attorney, he held positions such as a Lead Trial Attorney, a Felony Domestic Violence attorney and a Child Abuse/Sex Crimes attorney.

During his five years there, Nicholas Dorsten prosecuted and obtained convictions in numerous high-profile cases in the Tampa Bay area including multiple charges of Murder, Conspiracy to Commit Murder, Attempted Murder in the First Degree, Sexual Battery, Armed Robbery, Armed Burglary, Aggravated Battery, Aggravated Assault, Trafficking in Illegal Drugs, DUI Manslaughter and a variety of other property, alcohol, and narcotics-related offenses.

After five years of public service at the State Attorney’s Office, he elected to work with a leading Personal Injury Attorney in the Tampa area. He attended numerous personal injury seminars and workshops where he honed his trial skills. During his time at that office, Nicholas traveled throughout the state of Florida, trying numerous personal injury and car accident cases. During his time at the firm he won or settled millions of dollars’ for his numerous injury clients.

After that, it was time to utilize his vast array of training and experience to help protect the rights of everyday citizens that have been accused of wrongdoing. These rights, that he swore to uphold and abide by as an Assistant State Attorney, are the bedrock of our criminal justice system. They are the foundation upon which our system rests. Without an experienced criminal and personal injury trial attorney to protect your rights, the system will be stacked against you. Blake & Dorsten knows that from the inside out. Nicholas has since defended numerous high-profile cases throughout Pinellas and Hillsborough. He has been featured in The Tampa Bay Times, Bay News 9, and local NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox affiliates.


J.D., University of Toledo School of Law; Graduated Cum Laude; B.A., Kent State University

Jurisdictions Admitted To Practice:

Florida (2002), District of Columbia (2003), Middle District Court of Florida (2008)


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