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FloridaCriminal Defense Lawyers in Lakeland, Florida

The United States Constitution grants important rights to any person accused of a crime including due process, the right to a fair and speedy trial, the right to representation by counsel, the right to remain silent and to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney in Florida, consider the lawyer's training, experience, ratings and reviews. Attorneys that practice within the criminal justice system tend to focus on certain types of cases in either state or federal court.


Most criminal defense attorneys provide a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and defenses that might apply. Before you decide on which attorney to hire, meet with several different attorneys in their office to discuss the case and the attorney fees required for representation.


Once you decide which attorney to hire, make sure you and the attorney sign a written fee agreement or contract that describes the attorney fees required at each stage of the case including during pre-trial negotiations, motion hearings and a bench or jury trial.


A criminal defense lawyer in Florida should fight to protect the rights of his or her client in a criminal case against felony or misdemeanor charges... Read more »

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Leslie M. Sammis

Leslie M. Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N. Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Call 813-250-0500
Leslie Sammis is a criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A., with offices in downtown Tampa. The firm has a second office loca... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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National College for DUI Defense
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
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Lawrence David Shearer

Lawrence David Shearer
2000 E Edgewood Dr Suite 107
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 42 years, Lawrence David Shearer is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Benjamin Stechschulte

Benjamin Stechschulte
Law Offices of Stechschulte Nell
1105 W. Swann Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 14 years, Benjamin Stechschulte is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Lee Adam Cohen

Lee Adam Cohen
5430 Strickland Ave
Lakeland, FL 33813
Licensed for 24 years, Lee Adam Cohen is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Austin Haines Maslanik

Austin Haines Maslanik
1911 Cherokee Trail
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 41 years, Austin Haines Maslanik is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Joshua Schoen

Joshua Schoen
JOSHUA E. SCHOEN, P.A.
P.O. Box 5287
Lakeland, FL 33807
Licensed for 24 years, Joshua Schoen is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Thomas C Grajek

Thomas C Grajek
206 Easton Dr Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 25 years, Thomas C Grajek is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended University at Buffalo Law Sc... read more >

Joseph Cameron Bodiford

Joseph Cameron Bodiford
Bodiford Law P.A.
284 Crystal Grove Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548
Licensed for 23 years, Joseph Cameron Bodiford is a Criminal Defense and Firearm and Weapon Charges lawyer who attended Stetson University ... read more >

Mark Elias Nejame

Mark Elias Nejame
189 S Orange Ave Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 39 years, Mark Elias Nejame is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Thomas Anthony McDonald

Thomas Anthony McDonald
2000 E Edgewood Dr Suite 107
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 41 years, Thomas Anthony McDonald is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Rafael Joseph Echemendia

Rafael Joseph Echemendia
Echemendia Law Firm, P.A.
5473 US Highway 98 S
Lakeland, FL 33812
Licensed for 21 years, Rafael Joseph Echemendia is a Civil Trial Law and Medical Malpractice lawyer who attended The Ohio State University ... read more >

Jason Daniel Sammis

Jason Daniel Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 18 years, Jason Daniel Sammis is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin... read more >

Jaya Balani

Jaya Balani
NeJame Law
189 S Orange Ave Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 11 years, Jaya Balani is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida A&M University College of Law... read more >

Brian Max Monk

Brian Max Monk
Sessums Law Group
1102 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 14 years, Brian Max Monk is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

David Christopher Hardy

David Christopher Hardy
1710 N 19th St Suite 215
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 16 years, David Christopher Hardy is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Suffolk University Law School... read more >

Megan Leigh Lazenby

Megan Leigh Lazenby
Law Offices of Daniel C. Consuegra
4927 Southfork Dr
Lakeland, FL 33813
Licensed for 14 years, Megan Leigh Lazenby is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Widener University Commonwealth Law School... read more >

Jenny Marie Thomas

Jenny Marie Thomas
Thomas Law Group, P.A.
13014 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite 261
Tampa, FL 33618
Licensed for 14 years, Jenny Marie Thomas is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Latorea Spohr

Latorea Spohr
5640 Florida Ave S 3rd Floor
Lakeland, FL 33813
Licensed for 10 years, Latorea Spohr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law - Barry University... read more >

Amy Porinchak Thornhill

Amy Porinchak Thornhill
216 Crescent Lake Ct
Lakeland, FL 33813
Licensed for 24 years, Amy Porinchak Thornhill is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended UC Berkeley School of Law... read more >

Blair Nolen Allen

Blair Nolen Allen
115 W Highland St
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 13 years, Blair Nolen Allen is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

George Chester Bedell III

George Chester Bedell III
2525 Park City Way
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 36 years, George Chester Bedell III is a Civil Trial Law and Insurance Bad Faith lawyer who attended FSU College of Law... read more >

Joseph Flynn

Joseph Flynn
NeJame Law
189 South Orange Ave Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 12 years, Joseph Flynn is a Criminal Defense and Drug Crimes lawyer who attended University of Dayton School of Law... read more >

Rebecca Susan Sinclair

Rebecca Susan Sinclair
1915 S Florida Ave Suite 735
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 16 years, Rebecca Susan Sinclair is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Thomas Bert Feiter

Thomas Bert Feiter
Fighter Law
120 E. Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 13 years, Thomas Bert Feiter is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Randall Carlton Grantham

Randall Carlton Grantham
1539 Dale Mabry Hwy Suite 101
Lutz, FL 33558
Licensed for 38 years, Randall Carlton Grantham is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredri... read more >

Mark Timothy Conan

Mark Timothy Conan
320 N Magnolia Ave Suite A1
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 25 years, Mark Timothy Conan is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Syracuse University College of Law... read more >

Ricardo Alvarez

Ricardo Alvarez
Law Firm of Ricardo Alvarez, P.A.
6700 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33813
Licensed for 13 years, Ricardo Alvarez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Maria DiBlasio Hale

Maria DiBlasio Hale
Hale, Hale & Jacobson, P.A.
545 Delaney Avenue Suite 7
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 20 years, Maria DiBlasio Hale is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Michael E. Zmijewski

Michael E. Zmijewski
Z Law Firm
605 East Robinson Street Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 17 years, Michael E. Zmijewski is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Oklahoma City University School of Law... read more >

W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr.

W F
2102 W Cleveland St.
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 29 years, W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr. is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of... read more >

Edward John Page

Edward John Page
Carlton Fields, P.A.
4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd Suite 1000
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 38 years, Edward John Page is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended The University of Tulsa College of La... read more >

Lyle Mazin

Lyle Mazin
Mazin Law
200 E. Robinson Street Suite 1140
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 11 years, Lyle Mazin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Laret D Bolthouse

Laret D Bolthouse
5022 Yellowtop Loop
Lakeland, FL 33811
Licensed for 36 years, Laret D Bolthouse is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School... read more >

Gail Raulerson Cheatwood

Gail Raulerson Cheatwood
2000 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 15 years, Gail Raulerson Cheatwood is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law - Barry Universit... read more >

Robert Mitchell Mack

Robert Mitchell Mack
Dixieland Station PO Box 2654
Lakeland, FL 33806
Licensed for 39 years, Robert Mitchell Mack is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Mark Lawrence Horwitz

Mark Lawrence Horwitz
17 E Pine St
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 47 years, Mark Lawrence Horwitz is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Coll... read more >

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr.

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr.
Caimano Law Firm
613 S Boulevard Suite B
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 18 years, Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr. is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Matthew Edwards Kaylor

Matthew Edwards Kaylor
3001 Bartow Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 20 years, Matthew Edwards Kaylor is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Quinnipiac University School of... read more >

Theodore Willard Weeks III

Theodore Willard Weeks III
2117 Harden Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 46 years, Theodore Willard Weeks III is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of La... read more >

Albert Rosebury Mander III

Albert Rosebury Mander III
Greenfelder, Mander, Murphy, Dwyer & Morris
14217 3rd St
Dade City, FL 33523
Licensed for 42 years, Albert Rosebury Mander III is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College ... read more >

Larry D Hardaway

Larry D Hardaway
1022 Lakeland Hills Blvd
Lakeland, FL 33805
Licensed for 38 years, Larry D Hardaway is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College o... read more >

Bryan J. McCarthy

Bryan J. McCarthy
The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC
2715 N Harbor City Blvd #4
Melbourne, FL 32935
Licensed for 9 years, Bryan J. McCarthy is a Criminal Defense and Probation Violations lawyer who attended Syracuse University College of L... read more >

Don Waggoner

Don Waggoner
Don Waggoner Law, P.A.
1013 Verona St
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Licensed for 25 years, Don Waggoner is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Nova Southeastern University Sh... read more >

John M Fitzgibbons

John M Fitzgibbons
707 N Franklin St Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 33 years, John M Fitzgibbons is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The University of Iowa College o... read more >

William Frederic Jung

William Frederic Jung
Jung & Sisco
101 E Kennedy Blvd Suite 3920
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 36 years, William Frederic Jung is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Illinois College of Law... read more >

Heather Bryan

Heather Bryan
Heather Bryan Law, P.A.
255 N Kentucky Ave Ste 203
Lakeland, FL 33801
Licensed for 5 years, Heather Bryan is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law - Barry Univer... read more >

Graylin Cory Chastang

Graylin Cory Chastang
Norgard, Norgard & Chastang
Norgard, Norgard & Chastang PO Box 811
Bartow, FL 33831
Licensed for 14 years, Graylin Cory Chastang is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >

Deborah Annette Carroll

Deborah Annette Carroll
2920 Winter Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 16 years, Deborah Annette Carroll is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Matthew A. Menendez

Matthew A. Menendez
Sammis Law Firm
1005 N. Marion St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 9 years, Matthew A. Menendez is a DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola University College... read more >

Kevin Grady Humphries

Kevin Grady Humphries
2420 Florida Ave S Suite 2050
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 16 years, Kevin Grady Humphries is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of La... read more >
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Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Florida Bar Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law - The criminal trial law specialty certification field was established in 1987 in Florida. Under Rule 6-8.2 the term "criminal law" is defined as the practice of law dealing with "the defense and prosecution of misdemeanor and felony crimes in state and federal trial and appellate courts."


Attorneys certified by the Florida Bar in criminal trial law have meet minimum standards provided in Rule 6-8.3, including: at least 5 years of practicing law; substantial involvement in the specialty of criminal trial law (30% or more during the 3 years immediately preceding application); handling at least 25 contested criminal cases (with 20 jury trials, tried to a verdict, 15 which involved a felony, and 10 as lead counsel).


The Florida attorneys certified as specialist in criminal trial law have also submitted to peer review, passed a rigorous written examination and completed a specified number of continuing legal education (CLE) courses in the specialty area of the law.


In the State of Florida, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as "specialists" or "experts" or to use the letters "B.C.S." to indicate Board Certified Specialist. Depending on the designation earned, the attorney is allowed to use the phrase "Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law" or "Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law."


Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

NBLSC Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy - The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys as specialists in criminal trial advocacy.



Nonprofit Legal Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1988, FACDL promotes excellence in the practice of criminal law while protecting the rights of the accused. Many of the top criminal defense attorneys in the State of Florida are active in this trusted organization. FACDL unites and educates attorneys in the criminal justice system in Florida.




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