‘No one is above the law’: Prominent Central Florida defense attorney arrested

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. — A prominent Central Florida defense attorney was arrested early Monday.

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Attorney Hal Uhrig was picked up at the Osceola County courthouse and taken in for questioning.

“No one is above the law,” Osceola County Sheriff Marco Lopez said in a news conference following Uhrig’s arrest.

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Uhrig was set to appear in a separate hearing Monday morning at the Osceola County courthouse but did not make it.

Deputies said Uhrig was arrested on a solicitation to commit forgery charge, and has also been charged with tampering with a witness.

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Lopez said the charges stem from an incident in July involving an accused rapist. Lopez said Uhrig was representing a man accused of raping a 9-year-old girl.

Lopez said in a meeting between Uhrig, the accused rapist, the victim and the victim’s father, Uhrig urged the girl to write a letter stating the rape never happened and to lie and say it never happened during her deposition.

Lopez said the girl, now a teenager, came forward and investigators began looking into the case.

“In my experience from being in law enforcement, this probably wasn’t his first rodeo,” Lopez said.

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Shannon Butler

Shannon Butler, WFTV.com

Shannon joined the Eyewitness News team in 2013.