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In the juvenile justice system in Florida, the primary goal is to rehabilitate the child or teenager.


The juvenile justice system also protects the public. Important differences exist between the criminal justice system in adult courts and juvenile courts.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney for a juvenile court case in or around Florida, consider the attorney's training and experience with these types of cases.


Attorneys often provide a free consultation and charge a flat rate for attorney fees and costs for juvenile delinquency and criminal defense cases.


Many of the top juvenile defense attorneys in the United States belong to the National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC). Created in 1999, NJDC supports criminal defense attorneys who represent children in juvenile court. In 2005, the National Juvenile Defender Center separated from the American Bar Association (ABA) to become an independent organization.


NJDC gives juvenile defense attorneys a platform to exchange information, build partnerships, improve advocacy skills and participate in the national debate over juvenile justice.


The mission of the NJDC is to "promote justice for all children by ensuring excellence in juvenile defense." Learn more about the NJDC.

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Steven Kenneth Bell

Steven Kenneth Bell
Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
515 N Flagler Dr #240
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Call 561-557-8686
Award-winning defense attorney defending the rights of southern Floridians.... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Steven Kenneth Bell
Lifetime Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Steven Kenneth Bell
Life Member
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National College for DUI Defense
Steven Kenneth Bell
General Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Steven Kenneth Bell
Member
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Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Steven Kenneth Bell
Member
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Steven Kenneth Bell
Member

Lawrence Michael Meltzer

Lawrence Michael Meltzer
Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
110 SE 6th St Suite 1749
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Call 754-755-8554
Lawrence Meltzer graduated from the American University in Washington, D.C. in 1994 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice. After wo... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Lawrence Michael Meltzer
Lifetime Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Lawrence Michael Meltzer
Life Member
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Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Lawrence Michael Meltzer
Member
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National College for DUI Defense
Lawrence Michael Meltzer
General Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Lawrence Michael Meltzer
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 Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Melinda Morris
Member,
Legal Committee
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Melinda Morris
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Melinda Morris
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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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dean R Galigani
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dean R Galigani
Member

Ivan Abrams

Ivan Abrams
Abrams Justice Trial Attorneys
8950 SW 74th Court #2201
Miami, FL 33156
Call 305-709-0880
Redefining Zealous Advocacy... read more >
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American Association for Justice
Ivan Abrams
Member

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 Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
John A. Terrezza
Member
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
John A. Terrezza
Member
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
John A. Terrezza
Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
John A. Terrezza
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 >

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 >

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

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 4 years, Seth Shapiro is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Seth Shapiro
Member
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Seth Shapiro
Member

Shannon Schott

Shannon Schott
Plata Schott Attorneys & Counselors at Law
135 W. Adams Street
Jacksonville, FL 32202
Licensed for 9 years, Shannon Schott is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Shannon Schott
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

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 Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Richard Hornsby
Life Member
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Richard Hornsby
Lifetime Member,
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John Eric Romano

John Eric Romano
Romano Law Group
1005 Lake Ave
Lake Worth, FL 33460
Licensed for 22 years, John Eric Romano is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
John Eric Romano
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Gaila Anderson

Gaila Anderson
Anderson Law Group
9990 Coconut Road Suite 313
Bonita Springs, FL 34135
Licensed for 24 years, Gaila Anderson is a Real Estate Law and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin ... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Gaila Anderson
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law

Hermes Manuel Hernandez

Hermes Manuel Hernandez
Law Office of H Manuel Hernandez, P.A.
620 E Club Cir
Longwood, FL 32779
Licensed for 31 years, Hermes Manuel Hernandez is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended University of Denver St... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Hermes Manuel Hernandez
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Appellate Law

Jeffrey S Weiner

Jeffrey S Weiner
Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A.
9130 S Dadeland Blvd Suite 1910
Miami, FL 33156
Licensed for 45 years, Jeffrey S Weiner is a White Collar Crime and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law... read more >
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National Board of Trial Advocacy
Jeffrey S Weiner
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Advocacy

John H. Trevena

John H. Trevena
Trevena, Pontrello & Associates
801 West Bay Dr Suite 509
Largo, FL 33770
Licensed for 33 years, John H. Trevena is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
John H. Trevena
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Norm Kent

Norm Kent
Criminal Defense Law Center of South Florida
12 Southeast 7th Street Suite 709
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 40 years, Norm Kent is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Hofstra School of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Norm Kent
Life Member

Donald Alan Lykkebak

Donald Alan Lykkebak
250 S. Park Ave. Suite 200
Winter Park, FL 32789
Licensed for 49 years, Donald Alan Lykkebak 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
Donald Alan Lykkebak
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Stephen Cobb

Stephen Cobb
Cobb Criminal Defense Law Firm
1992 Lewis Turner Blvd Suite 101-B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Licensed for 30 years, Stephen Cobb is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Stephen Cobb
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Leslie M. Sammis

Leslie M. Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N. Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 17 years, Leslie M. Sammis is a DUI / DWI and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Leslie M. Sammis
Lifetime Member

Denis Michael DeVlaming

Denis Michael DeVlaming
1101 Turner St
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 47 years, Denis Michael DeVlaming is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Denis Michael DeVlaming
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

David S Katz

David S Katz
Katz & Phillips, P.A.
509 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, FL 32804
Licensed for 12 years, David S Katz is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law - Barry Univers... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
David S Katz
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

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 >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Joseph Cameron Bodiford
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Jeffrey Mark Harris

Jeffrey Mark Harris
Jeffrey M. Harris. P.A.
1 E Broward Blvd Suite 925
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 44 years, Jeffrey Mark Harris is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended DePaul University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Jeffrey Mark Harris
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Ayuban Antonio Tomas

Ayuban Antonio Tomas
Law Office of A. Antonio Tomas, PA
121 Alhambra Plaza SUITE 1500
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Licensed for 16 years, Ayuban Antonio Tomas is a Criminal Defense and Tax Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Ayuban Antonio Tomas
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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 >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Ralph Steven Behr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Leland Eric Garvin

Leland Eric Garvin
Garvin Law Firm
4280 Cleveland Avenue
Fort Myers, FL 33901
Licensed for 13 years, Leland Eric Garvin is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Sou... read more >
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Florida Justice Association
Leland Eric Garvin
EAGLE Associate

Thomas S Hudson

Thomas S Hudson
The Hudson Law Office
7780 Westmoreland Dr
Sarasota, FL 34243
Licensed for 39 years, Thomas S Hudson is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Case Western Reserve University School of La... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
Thomas S Hudson
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense Law

E.J. Hubbs

E.J. Hubbs
Hubbs Law, P.A.
5975 Sunset Dr #502
South Miami, FL 33143
Licensed for 10 years, E.J. Hubbs is a Criminal Defense and Immigration Law lawyer who attended University of Memphis - Cecil C. Humphreys ... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
E.J. Hubbs
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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 >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Jason Daniel Sammis
Lifetime Member,
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Robert David Malove

Robert David Malove
200 S. Andrews Ave. Suite 918
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 35 years, Robert David Malove is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Pepperdine University School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Robert David Malove
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Steve Rossi

Steve Rossi
The Law Offices of Steve Rossi, P.A.
533 NE 3rd Ave Suite 2
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 31 years, Steve Rossi is a Criminal Defense and Education Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Steve Rossi
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

James A. Fowler Jr.

James A. Fowler Jr.
Fowler Law Group, P.A.
2075 Main Street Suite 38
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 11 years, James A. Fowler Jr. is a Criminal Defense and Juvenile Defense lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
James A. Fowler Jr.
Member

Ernest L Chang

Ernest L Chang
Ernest L. Chang, P.A.
6767 N Wickham Rd Suite 400
Melbourne, FL 32940
Licensed for 13 years, Ernest L Chang is a Criminal Defense and Firearm and Weapon Charges lawyer who attended Nova Law School... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Ernest L Chang
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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 18 years, W Grey Tesh is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeaste... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
W Grey Tesh
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

William D. Umansky

William D. Umansky
The Umansky Law Firm
1945 E Michigan St
Orlando, FL 32806
Licensed for 27 years, William D. Umansky is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredric G. L... read more >
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Florida Justice Association
William D. Umansky
EAGLE Sponsor

Tim Michael Flaherty

Tim Michael Flaherty
Flaherty Defense Firm
1817 Lewis Turner Blvd
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Licensed for 18 years, Tim Michael Flaherty is a Marijuana Law and Drug Crimes lawyer who attended Southern Illinois University School of L... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Tim Michael Flaherty
Lifetime Member

Aaron Michael Wayt

Aaron Michael Wayt
Pumphrey Law
533 E Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Licensed for 9 years, Aaron Michael Wayt is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Aaron Michael Wayt
Member

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 35 years, Robert Scott Reiff is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Boston University School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Robert Scott Reiff
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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 22 years, Jonathan Harry Wasserman 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
Jonathan Harry Wasserman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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 >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Benjamin Stechschulte
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Scott C. Adams

Scott C. Adams
LaBar Adams
2300 East Concord St
Orlando, FL 32803
Licensed for 17 years, Scott C. Adams is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southea... read more >
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Florida Justice Association
Scott C. Adams
Soaring EAGLE

Eric Harold Barker

Eric Harold Barker
NeJame Law
189 S Orange Ave Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 27 years, Eric Harold Barker is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of La... 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 >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Joseph Flynn
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Donald A Pumphrey Jr

Donald A Pumphrey Jr
Pumphrey Law
553 E Tennessee St
Tallahassee, FL 32308
Licensed for 22 years, Donald A Pumphrey Jr is a DUI / DWI and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Donald A Pumphrey Jr
Life Member

Greg McNeill Lauer

Greg McNeill Lauer
Lauer & Currie, P.A.
644 SE 5 Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Licensed for 16 years, Greg McNeill Lauer is a Police Misconduct and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Baylor University School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Greg McNeill Lauer
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Dustin Scott Stephenson

Dustin Scott Stephenson
DUSTIN STEPHENSON, P.A., Attorney & Counselor at Law
1156 Jenks Ave
Panama City, FL 32401
Licensed for 19 years, Dustin Scott Stephenson is a Criminal Defense and Estate Planning lawyer who attended Florida State University Colle... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Dustin Scott Stephenson
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Paul Domenic Petruzzi

Paul Domenic Petruzzi
Law Offices of Paul D. Petruzzi, P.A.
8101 Biscayne Blvd PH-701
Miami, FL 33138
Licensed for 26 years, Paul Domenic Petruzzi is a Health Law and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Paul Domenic Petruzzi
Life Member

N. Ryan LaBar

N. Ryan LaBar
LaBar Adams
2300 East Concord St
Orlando, FL 32703
Licensed for 14 years, N. Ryan LaBar is a Personal Injury and Employment Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >
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Florida Justice Association
N. Ryan LaBar
Soaring EAGLE

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National Association of Counsel for Children - NACC is accredited by the ABA to certify attorneys as child welfare law specialists and works to improve the quality of legal representation of children in dependency, juvenile delinquency, and family law cases.



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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.


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