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FloridaCriminal Defense Lawyers in Gainesville, 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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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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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dean R Galigani
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dean R Galigani
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 >

Kristofer W Eisenmenger

Kristofer W Eisenmenger
Law Offices of Stacy A. Scott
151 SW 2nd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 11 years, Kristofer W Eisenmenger is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Kristofer W Eisenmenger
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Nick G Zissimopulos

Nick G Zissimopulos
Glassman & Zissimopulos, PLLC
804 NW 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 17 years, Nick G Zissimopulos is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Nick G Zissimopulos
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Christopher James Jones

Christopher James Jones
Christopher J. Jones, P.A.
224 NW 2nd Avenue Suite C
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 11 years, Christopher James Jones is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of... read more >

Bennett Asbury Hutson

Bennett Asbury Hutson
Hutson Law Firm, P.A.
2750 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
Licensed for 26 years, Bennett Asbury Hutson is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Coll... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Bennett Asbury Hutson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Robert Anthony Rush

Robert Anthony Rush
Robert A. Rush, P.A.
11 SE 2nd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 34 years, Robert Anthony Rush is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Colleg... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Robert Anthony Rush
Board Certified Specialist in Civil Trial Law

Larry Gibbs Turner

Larry Gibbs Turner
Turner O'Connor Kozlowski, P.L.
102 NW 2nd Ave Suite 7
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 50 years, Larry Gibbs Turner is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Larry Gibbs Turner
Member,
Past President (1990-1991)

Scott T. Schmidt

Scott T. Schmidt
151 Southwest 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 9 years, Scott T. Schmidt is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Scott T. Schmidt
Member

Carey Meldon

Carey Meldon
Meldon Law
703 N Main St Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 15 years, Carey Meldon is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Michael Joseph Barbarette

Michael Joseph Barbarette
5538 NW 43rd St Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32653
Licensed for 32 years, Michael Joseph Barbarette is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College ... read more >

Juan C Calama

Juan C Calama
The Law Office of Juan C Calama
PO BOX 358451
Gainesville, FL 32635
Juan C Calama is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law... read more >

Kevin Douglas Quirk

Kevin Douglas Quirk
Barbarette & Quirk
5538 NW 43rd St Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32653
Licensed for 24 years, Kevin Douglas Quirk is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Gilbert Alden Schaffnit

Gilbert Alden Schaffnit
Law Offices of Gilbert A. Schaffnit
719 NE 1st St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 42 years, Gilbert Alden Schaffnit is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Michael Ray Buchanan

Michael Ray Buchanan
2604 NW 31st Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605
Licensed for 34 years, Michael Ray Buchanan is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Sonya Rudenstine

Sonya Rudenstine
Attorney at Law
224 NW 2nd Ave Suite 5
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 16 years, Sonya Rudenstine is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended New York University School of Law... read more >

Stephen Nathan Bernstein

Stephen Nathan Bernstein
500 E University Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 48 years, Stephen Nathan Bernstein is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

William Braley Salmon

William Braley Salmon
410 SE 4th Ave Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 46 years, William Braley Salmon is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Alan Craig Bushnell

Alan Craig Bushnell
Alan Craig Bushnell
920 NW 2nd St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 16 years, Alan Craig Bushnell is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law... read more >

Thomas Lewis Edwards

Thomas Lewis Edwards
Edwards & Jones
4545 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605
Licensed for 32 years, Thomas Lewis Edwards is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Alishia Woodard McDonald

Alishia Woodard McDonald
Three Rivers Legal Services, INC.
1000 NE 16th Ave Bldg I
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 20 years, Alishia Woodard McDonald is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Christopher Parker-Cyrus

Christopher Parker-Cyrus
Parkercyruslaw.com
200 NE 1st STREET SUITE 105
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 27 years, Christopher Parker-Cyrus is a DUI / DWI and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Bennett H Brummer

Bennett H Brummer
2050 NW 104th Way Suite 2400
Gainesville, FL 32606
Licensed for 55 years, Bennett H Brummer is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Carey Wagner Meldon

Carey Wagner Meldon
Meldon Law
P.O. Box 65
Gainesville, FL 32602
Licensed for 15 years, Carey Wagner Meldon is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Justice Association
Carey Wagner Meldon
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John O'Sullivan Floyd

John O'Sullivan Floyd
Office of Criminal Conflict, 1st Region
235 S Main St Ste 205
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 26 years, John O'Sullivan Floyd is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Yvens Anthony Pierre-Antoine

Yvens Anthony Pierre-Antoine
Florida Justice Group, LLC
305 NE 1st St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 16 years, Yvens Anthony Pierre-Antoine is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >

Lloyd L Vipperman Jr

Lloyd L Vipperman Jr
Law Office of Lloyd L. Vipperman Jr.
15 SE 7th St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 41 years, Lloyd L Vipperman Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Steven Miles Kinsell

Steven Miles Kinsell
106 NW 2 Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 20 years, Steven Miles Kinsell is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Ronald Kozlowski

Ronald Kozlowski
Turner O'Connor Kozlowski, P.L.
102 NW 2nd Ave Suite 7
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 11 years, Ronald Kozlowski is a Criminal Defense and Health Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Ronald Kozlowski
Member

Kevin David Jurecko

Kevin David Jurecko
Scruggs, Carmichael, & Wershow, P.A.
1 SE 1 Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 26 years, Kevin David Jurecko is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Loyola University New Orleans College o... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Kevin David Jurecko
Member

Peggy-Anne O'Connor

Peggy-Anne O'Connor
Turner O'Connor Kozlowski, P.L.
102 NW 2nd Ave Suite 7
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 21 years, Peggy-Anne O'Connor is a Criminal Defense and Health Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of ... read more >

Affan Ali

Affan Ali
1511 NW 6th St Suite 400
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 10 years, Affan Ali is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Ryan M King

Ryan M King
Johnson & Osteryoung, P.A
226 SW 2nd St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 6 years, Ryan M King is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >

Adam P Stout

Adam P Stout
Stout Defense, P.A.
5215 Southwest 91 Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32608
Licensed for 8 years, Adam P Stout is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >

Chad R Templeton

Chad R Templeton
The Toney Law Firm
925 NW 56th Terrace Ste B
Gainesville, FL 32605
Licensed for 4 years, Chad R Templeton is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >

Stacy Ann Scott

Stacy Ann Scott
Law Offices of Stacy A. Scott
151 SW 2nd Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 25 years, Stacy Ann Scott is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of... read more >

Jeffrey Lee Meldon

Jeffrey Lee Meldon
703 N Main St Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 49 years, Jeffrey Lee Meldon is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Case Western Reserve University Sch... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Jeffrey Lee Meldon
Member,
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Kelly Anne Baker

Kelly Anne Baker
Eighth Judicial Circuit of Florida
220 S Main St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 5 years, Kelly Anne Baker is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Tara Elena Boonstra

Tara Elena Boonstra
UF Foundation, Inc.
UF Foundation, Inc. PO Box 14425
Gainesville, FL 32604
Licensed for 19 years, Tara Elena Boonstra is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Thomas Frank Nordlie

Thomas Frank Nordlie
University of Florida
University of Florida PO Box 110810
Gainesville, FL 32611
Licensed for 24 years, Thomas Frank Nordlie is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Stacey Barell Steinberg

Stacey Barell Steinberg
Legal Writing Professor
Box #117624
Gainesville, FL 32611
Licensed for 16 years, Stacey Barell Steinberg is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Cherie H Fine

Cherie H Fine
Fine, Farkash & Parlapiano, PA
622 NE 1st St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 39 years, Cherie H Fine is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of L... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Cherie H Fine
Life Member

Paul Stanley Gill

Paul Stanley Gill
5600 NW 29th St
Gainesville, FL 32653
Licensed for 13 years, Paul Stanley Gill is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law... read more >

Robert Stephen Griscti

Robert Stephen Griscti
The Law Firm of Robert S. Griscti, P.A.
3940 NW 16th Blvd Suite 6
Gainesville, FL 32605
Licensed for 40 years, Robert Stephen Griscti is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Col... read more >

Clinton Arthur Tyrrell

Clinton Arthur Tyrrell
Clinton A. Tyrrell, Esq.
Clinton A. Tyrrell, Esq. PO Box 12766
Gainesville, FL 32604
Licensed for 48 years, Clinton Arthur Tyrrell is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Christian Alexander Straile

Christian Alexander Straile
Attorney Christian A. Straile, LLC
P.O. Box 5355
Gainesville, FL 32627
Licensed for 17 years, Christian Alexander Straile is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended St. Thomas University Scho... read more >

Therese Misita Truelove

Therese Misita Truelove
iFloridaDivorce.com, LLC
4510 NW 6th Pl 3rd Floor
Gainesville, FL 32607
Licensed for 20 years, Therese Misita Truelove is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Co... read more >

Joshua Mark Silverman

Joshua Mark Silverman
Law Office of Silverman, Mack & Associat
4001 W Newberry Rd
Gainesville, FL 32607
Licensed for 19 years, Joshua Mark Silverman is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College o... read more >

Mikel Suzanne Bradley

Mikel Suzanne Bradley
Three Rivers Legal Services
1000 NE 16th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32601
Licensed for 11 years, Mikel Suzanne Bradley is a Bankruptcy and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Robert H. McKinney School of Law - In... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Mikel Suzanne Bradley
Life Member

Bobi J Frank

Bobi J Frank
Bobi J. Frank, P.A.
2631 NW 41 St STE A2
Gainesville, FL 32606
Licensed for 6 years, Bobi J Frank is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bobi J Frank
Member

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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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