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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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Richard Hornsby

Richard Hornsby
Richard E. Hornsby, P.A.
1217 E Robinson St
Orlando, FL 32803
Call 407-540-1551
Richard Hornsby is a third generation Central Floridian and a second generation criminal defense lawyer. He is dual Board Certified in Crimi... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Richard Hornsby
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Richard Hornsby
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Richard Hornsby
Lifetime Member,
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Richard Hornsby
Life Member

Dean R Galigani

Dean R Galigani
Galigani Law Firm
317 NE 1st St
Gainesville, FL 32653
Call 352-375-0812
Experienced Trial Lawyers Who Have Been Put to the Test!... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Dean R Galigani
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dean R Galigani
Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dean R Galigani
Member

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
Leslie M. Sammis
Lifetime Member
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National College for DUI Defense
Leslie M. Sammis
General Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Leslie M. Sammis
Member
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Leslie M. Sammis
Member

Seth Shapiro

Seth Shapiro
Morris Law Firm, P.A.
111 Second Avenue NE Suite 515
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Call 727-388-4736
Licensed for 5 years, Seth Shapiro is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Seth Shapiro
Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Seth Shapiro
Member

Melinda Morris

Melinda Morris
Morris Law Firm, P.A.
111 2nd Ave NE #515
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Call 727-388-4736
St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney | DUI | First Time Offenders | Juvenile | Drug Charges... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Melinda Morris
Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Melinda Morris
Member

Ricardo P Hermida

Ricardo P Hermida
Law Offices of Ricardo P. Hermida
55 Merrick Way Suite 212
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Call 305-461-1066
Federal and State Criminal Defense Lawyer... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Ricardo P Hermida
Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Ricardo P Hermida
Member

Michael Brainard Hines

Michael Brainard Hines
Galigani Law Firm
317 NE 1st St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Call 352-375-0812
Michael Hines represents clients facing both misdemeanor and felony criminal offense charges throughout Gainesville, Alachua County, FL, and... read more >

John A. Terrezza

John A. Terrezza
Terrezza Law
440 Bayfront Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32502
Call 850-764-5291
John A. Terrezza is a criminal defense attorney in Pensacola, FL. Being focused exclusively on criminal defense allows John Terrezza to effe... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
John A. Terrezza
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
John A. Terrezza
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
John A. Terrezza
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
John A. Terrezza
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Ashley Aulls

Ashley Aulls
Law Office of Ashley Aulls
120 N. Broad St. Ste. 100
Brooksville, FL 34601
Call 352-953-4115
Ashley Aulls serves as a criminal defense attorney in Brooksville, Florida. With more than 15 years of experience, and 5 of those in the pub... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Ashley Aulls
Member

Nisha E. Bacchus

Nisha E. Bacchus
The Bacchus Law Firm
401 E Las Olas Blvd Ste 1400
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Call 954-500-5555
Nisha E. Bacchus is an attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL. She is the founder of The Bacchus Law Firm. Her practice is focused on complex famil... read more >
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Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Nisha E. Bacchus
Member

Julio Cesar Marrero

Julio Cesar Marrero
Marrero, Chamizo, Marcer Law, LP
3850 Bird Road Suite #1001
Miami, FL 33146
Call 305-239-5158
Over 30 years of legal expertise serving clients in Coral Gables & Miami-Dade, Florida!... read more >

Stephen Cobb

Stephen Cobb
Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC
1992 Lewis Turner Blvd Suite 101-B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Licensed for 31 years, Stephen Cobb is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Denis Michael DeVlaming

Denis Michael DeVlaming
1101 Turner St
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 48 years, Denis Michael DeVlaming is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Donald Alan Lykkebak

Donald Alan Lykkebak
250 S. Park Ave. Suite 200
Winter Park, FL 32789
Licensed for 50 years, Donald Alan Lykkebak is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Michael Salnick

Michael Salnick
250 S Australian Ave Suite 1203
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Licensed for 41 years, Michael Salnick is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Northern Illinois University College of Law... read more >

David Christopher Hardy

David Christopher Hardy
The Hardy Law Firm, P.A.
1710 N 19th St Suite 215
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 17 years, David Christopher Hardy is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Suffolk University Law School... read more >

Jeffrey Mark Harris

Jeffrey Mark Harris
Jeffrey M. Harris. P.A.
1 E Broward Blvd Suite 925
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 45 years, Jeffrey Mark Harris is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended DePaul University College of Law... read more >

John H. Trevena

John H. Trevena
Trevena, Pontrello & Associates
801 West Bay Dr Suite 509
Largo, FL 33770
Licensed for 34 years, John H. Trevena is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi
The Law Offices of Steve Rossi, P.A.
533 NE 3rd Ave Suite 2
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 32 years, Steve Rossi is a Criminal Defense and Education Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Jeffrey S Weiner

Jeffrey S Weiner
Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A.
9130 S Dadeland Blvd Suite 1910
Miami, FL 33156
Licensed for 46 years, Jeffrey S Weiner is a White Collar Crime and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law... read more >

John Eric Romano

John Eric Romano
Romano Law Group
1005 Lake Ave
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Licensed for 23 years, John Eric Romano is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Jonathan Harry Wasserman

Jonathan Harry Wasserman
The Law Office of Jonathan Wasserman, PA
560 Village Blvd Suite 240
West Palm Beach, FL 33409
Licensed for 23 years, Jonathan Harry Wasserman is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

W Grey Tesh

W Grey Tesh
Criminal & injury law offices of Grey Tesh
515 N. Flagler Dr. Ste P-300
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Licensed for 19 years, W Grey Tesh is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeaste... read more >

Robert David Malove

Robert David Malove
200 S. Andrews Ave. Suite 918
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 36 years, Robert David Malove is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School of Law... read more >

Neil G Taylor

Neil G Taylor
Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano
SunTrust Plaza, Suite 1050
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Licensed for 34 years, Neil G Taylor is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law - The University of Memphis... read more >

Roger David Futerman

Roger David Futerman
Roger Futerman Law Firm
13620 49th St N
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 22 years, Roger David Futerman is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Georgia State University C... read more >

Lee Hollander

Lee Hollander
Law Offices of Hollander and Hanuka
2681 Airport Road, South Suite C101
, FL 34112
Licensed for 41 years, Lee Hollander is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Robert Scott Reiff

Robert Scott Reiff
The Law Offices of Robert S. Reiff, P.A.
2333 Brickell Ave Suite A1
Miami, FL 33129
Licensed for 36 years, Robert Scott Reiff is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Boston University School of Law... read more >

Hermes Manuel Hernandez

Hermes Manuel Hernandez
Law Office of H Manuel Hernandez, P.A.
620 E Club Cir
Longwood, FL 32779
Licensed for 32 years, Hermes Manuel Hernandez is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended University of Denver St... read more >

Benjamin Stechschulte

Benjamin Stechschulte
Law Offices of Stechschulte Nell
1105 W. Swann Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 15 years, Benjamin Stechschulte is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Gene Edward Mitchell

Gene Edward Mitchell
11 E Romana St
Pensacola, FL 32502
Licensed for 26 years, Gene Edward Mitchell is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Creighton University School of La... read more >

Karen Jean Tufte

Karen Jean Tufte
Law Office of Karen J Tufte, PA
133 S 2nd St Ste 102
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Licensed for 26 years, Karen Jean Tufte is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Mississippi College School of Law... read more >

E.J. Hubbs

E.J. Hubbs
Hubbs Law, P.A.
5975 Sunset Dr #502
South Miami, FL 33143
Licensed for 11 years, E.J. Hubbs is a Criminal Defense and Immigration Law lawyer who attended University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys ... read more >

Ayuban Antonio Tomas

Ayuban Antonio Tomas
Law Office of A. Antonio Tomas, PA
121 Alhambra Plaza SUITE 1500
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Licensed for 17 years, Ayuban Antonio Tomas is a Criminal Defense and Tax Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Dustin Scott Stephenson

Dustin Scott Stephenson
DUSTIN STEPHENSON, P.A., Attorney & Counselor at Law
1156 Jenks Ave
Panama City, FL 32401
Licensed for 20 years, Dustin Scott Stephenson is a Criminal Defense and Estate Planning lawyer who attended Florida State University Colle... read more >

Barry William Beroset

Barry William Beroset
Beroset & Keene
1622 N 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32503
Licensed for 48 years, Barry William Beroset is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended University of Cincinnati ... read more >

Maureen Duignan

Maureen Duignan
Shell Fleming Davis & Menge, P.A.
266 Palafox Place 9th Floor
Pensacola, FL 32502
Licensed for 37 years, Maureen Duignan is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Albany Law School... read more >

Ralph Steven Behr

Ralph Steven Behr
Law Offices of Ralph Behr
888 SE 3rd Ave Suite 400
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Ralph Steven Behr is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Hofstra University School of Law... read more >

James Cheney Mason

James Cheney Mason
J. Cheney Mason, P.A.
250 S Park Ave Suite 2100
Winter Park, FL 32789
Licensed for 49 years, James Cheney Mason is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Coll... read more >

Joseph Cameron Bodiford

Joseph Cameron Bodiford
Bodiford Law P.A.
284 Crystal Grove Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548
Licensed for 24 years, Joseph Cameron Bodiford is a Criminal Defense and Firearm and Weapon Charges lawyer who attended Stetson University ... read more >

Steven Kenneth Bell

Steven Kenneth Bell
Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
515 N Flagler Dr #240
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Licensed for 16 years, Steven Kenneth Bell is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Sou... read more >

Mitchell Adam Stone

Mitchell Adam Stone
Stone Lockett
1830 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Licensed for 31 years, Mitchell Adam Stone is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin ... read more >

Lawrence Michael Meltzer

Lawrence Michael Meltzer
Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
110 SE 6th St Suite 1749
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 20 years, Lawrence Michael Meltzer is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nov... read more >

Mark Matthew O'Mara

Mark Matthew O'Mara
O'Mara Law Group
1416 E Concord St
Orlando, FL 32803
Licensed for 38 years, Mark Matthew O'Mara is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Joshua David Zelman

Joshua David Zelman
Zelman Law
1030 E Lafayette St Ste 9
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Licensed for 17 years, Joshua David Zelman is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

L Derek Byrd

L Derek Byrd
The Byrd Law Firm, P.A.
2151 Main St Suite 201
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 24 years, L Derek Byrd is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Quinnipiac University School of Law... read more >

Norm Kent

Norm Kent
Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida
12 Southeast 7th Street Suite 709
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 41 years, Norm Kent is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Hofstra School of Law... read more >

Mark Elias Nejame

Mark Elias Nejame
189 S Orange Ave Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 40 years, Mark Elias Nejame is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Larry Donald Murrell Jr

Larry Donald Murrell Jr
L. D. Murrell, P.A.
400 Executive Center Dr Suite 201
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Licensed for 39 years, Larry Donald Murrell Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Jonathan Wesley Dingus

Jonathan Wesley Dingus
Jonathan W. Dingus, Attorney at Law
415 N Richard Jackson Blvd
Panama City Beach, FL 32407
Licensed for 31 years, Jonathan Wesley Dingus is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College ... read more >
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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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