FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS OF THE CANDIDATE
- What is your background in the legal field?
I began practicing law in Indian River County 23 years ago as an Assistant State Attorney with the Vero Beach State Attorney’s Office. I spent nearly 9 years as a prosecutor handling thousands of cases. I have prosecuted everything from a DUI to First Degree Murder. I also served as the County Court Supervisor for a number of years where my responsibilities included training the new attorneys as well as working closely with both Judge Wild and Judge Morgan to ensure that the County Court was running efficiently and cohesively. I also served as the Circuit Court or Felony Supervisor for a number of years. Over the years at the State Attorney’s Office I did in house training for all of the law enforcement agencies with a special emphasis on the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office and the Vero Beach Police Department.
Knowing that I ultimately wanted to run for judge one day I left the State Attorney’s Office and went in to private civil practice in 2003 to broaden my legal knowledge. I am the Managing Partner of Menz & Battista, P.L. My practice areas now include criminal defense, family law, dependency, bankruptcy and adoptions.
- What qualifications do you possess that are unique to you as a judicial candidate?
In addition to my private practice, I presently preside over traffic court in St. Lucie County as a Civil Traffic Infraction Hearing Officer. As a Hearing Officer I am responsible for determining the guilt or innocence of an individual after trial as well as sentencing an individual who has either been found guilty of the infraction or has entered a plea to an infraction. I am the only candidate with this type of quasi-judicial experience.
- What is your general judicial philosophy?
The role of the judge is to follow the law regardless of personal opinion or public sentiment or popularity. Justice Antonin Scalia said it best when he said “if he has moral objections to what the law requires him to do, his proper course is to resign from the bench, and perhaps lead a revolution.”
I agree with that philosophy 100%.
- What types of cases are handled in County Court?
A county court judge in Indian River County hears 50% of the misdemeanor criminal cases and 50% of the civil cases pending. A misdemeanor is anything punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail and/or a $1,000.00. The civil cases are causes of action where the damages being sought are for $15,000.00 or less.
- What can I do to help?
The most important thing you can do is vote for me on August 28, 2018.
And, we are always in search of volunteers. Contact me and I will let you know how and when you can help.
- What is the best way to stay connected to the campaign?
You may reach me directly by calling my cellphone at 772-208-9641 or emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, continue to check this website as well as follow me on Facebook at “MenzforJudge” and Instagram “menzforjudge”.