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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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Jason Daniel Sammis

Jason Daniel Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Call 813-250-0500
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa, FL... read more >
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Jason Daniel Sammis
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jason Daniel Sammis
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jason Daniel Sammis
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Joshua Schoen

Joshua Schoen
JOSHUA E. SCHOEN, P.A.
P.O. Box 5287
Lakeland, FL 33807
Licensed for 25 years, Joshua Schoen is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Joshua Schoen
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Lawrence David Shearer

Lawrence David Shearer
Lawrence D. Shearer, PLLC
2000 E Edgewood Dr Suite 107
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 43 years, Lawrence David Shearer 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
Lawrence David Shearer
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Lee Adam Cohen

Lee Adam Cohen
Cohen Law, P.A.
5430 Strickland Ave
Lakeland, FL 33812
Licensed for 25 years, Lee Adam Cohen 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
Lee Adam Cohen
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 15 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

Thomas C Grajek

Thomas C Grajek
206 Easton Dr Suite 102
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 26 years, Thomas C Grajek is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University at Buffalo Law School, The State ... read more >
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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 >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Joseph Cameron Bodiford
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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 >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Mark Elias Nejame
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Thomas Anthony McDonald

Thomas Anthony McDonald
McDonald & Sheaerer, P.A.
1121 Rustic Ln
Lakeland, FL 33811
Licensed for 42 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 22 years, Rafael Joseph Echemendia is a Civil Trial Law and Medical Malpractice lawyer who attended The Ohio State University ... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Rafael Joseph Echemendia
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Jaya Balani

Jaya Balani
NeJame Law
189 S Orange Ave Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 12 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
Monk Law Firm, PLLC
1102 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 15 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
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 >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
David Christopher Hardy
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Megan Leigh Lazenby

Megan Leigh Lazenby
Lazenby Law LLC
4927 Southfork Dr
Lakeland, FL 33813
Licensed for 15 years, Megan Leigh Lazenby is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Widener University Commonwealth Law School... read more >

Austin Haines Maslanik

Austin Haines Maslanik
Austin H. Maslanik, Attorney at Law
1911 Cherokee Trail
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 42 years, Austin Haines Maslanik is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Rebecca Susan Sinclair

Rebecca Susan Sinclair
Law Offices of Rebecca Sinclair, PA
943 Jane Ct
Lakeland, FL 33810
Licensed for 17 years, Rebecca Susan Sinclair is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Latorea Spohr

Latorea Spohr
Torea Spohr, P.A.
5640 Florida Ave S 3rd Floor
Lakeland, FL 33813
Licensed for 11 years, Latorea Spohr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law - Barry University... 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 15 years, Jenny Marie Thomas is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jenny Marie Thomas
Member

Thomas Bert Feiter

Thomas Bert Feiter
Fighter Law
120 E. Robinson Street
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 14 years, Thomas Bert Feiter is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Thomas Bert Feiter
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Joseph Flynn

Joseph Flynn
NeJame Law
189 South Orange Ave Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 13 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

Mark Timothy Conan

Mark Timothy Conan
320 N Magnolia Ave Suite A1
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 26 years, Mark Timothy Conan is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Syracuse University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Mark Timothy Conan
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

George Chester Bedell III

George Chester Bedell III
2525 Park City Way
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 37 years, George Chester Bedell III is a Civil Trial Law and Insurance Law lawyer who attended FSU College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
George Chester Bedell III
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Guillermo E deJesus Gomez Jr

Guillermo E deJesus Gomez Jr
Gomez & Touger PA
5705 US Hwy 98 S
Lakeland, FL 33812
Licensed for 30 years, Guillermo E deJesus Gomez Jr is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Leslie M. Sammis

Leslie M. Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N. Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 18 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

Randall Carlton Grantham

Randall Carlton Grantham
1539 Dale Mabry Hwy Suite 101
Lutz, FL 33558
Licensed for 39 years, Randall Carlton Grantham is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredri... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Randall Carlton Grantham
Member

Ricardo Alvarez

Ricardo Alvarez
Law Firm of Ricardo Alvarez, P.A.
6700 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33813
Licensed for 14 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 21 years, Maria DiBlasio Hale is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Matthew Edwards Kaylor

Matthew Edwards Kaylor
Kaylor Law Group
3001 Bartow Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 21 years, Matthew Edwards Kaylor is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Quinnipiac University School of... read more >

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2102 W Cleveland St.
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 30 years, W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Gail Raulerson Cheatwood

Gail Raulerson Cheatwood
Law Office of Gail Cheatwood PA
2000 Florida Ave S
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 16 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
Dixieland Station PO Box 2654
Lakeland, FL 33806
Licensed for 40 years, Robert Mitchell Mack is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

John M Fitzgibbons

John M Fitzgibbons
The Law Offices of John M. Fitzgibbons
707 N Franklin St Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 34 years, John M Fitzgibbons is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The University of Iowa College o... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
John M Fitzgibbons
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Edward John Page

Edward John Page
Carlton Fields
4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd Suite 1000
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 39 years, Edward John Page is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended The University of Tulsa College of La... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Edward John Page
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Mark Lawrence Horwitz

Mark Lawrence Horwitz
Law Offices of Horwitz & Citro, P.A.
17 E Pine St
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 48 years, Mark Lawrence Horwitz is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Coll... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Mark Lawrence Horwitz
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Laret D Bolthouse

Laret D Bolthouse
5022 Yellowtop Loop
Lakeland, FL 33811
Licensed for 37 years, Laret D Bolthouse is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School... read more >

Deborah Annette Carroll

Deborah Annette Carroll
Carroll Law Group, P.L.
2920 Winter Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 17 years, Deborah Annette Carroll is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Kevin Grady Humphries

Kevin Grady Humphries
Lopez & Humphries, P.A.
2420 Florida Ave S Suite 2050
Lakeland, FL 33803
Licensed for 17 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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Bryan J. McCarthy

Bryan J. McCarthy
The Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC
2715 N Harbor City Blvd #4
Melbourne, FL 32935
Licensed for 10 years, Bryan J. McCarthy is a Criminal Defense and Probation Violations lawyer who attended Syracuse University College of ... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bryan J. McCarthy
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Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr
Caimano Law Firm
613 S Boulevard Suite B
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 19 years, Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr 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
Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Michael D Morrison

Michael D Morrison
Law Office of Michael Morrison, LLC
435 N Orange Ave
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 13 years, Michael D Morrison is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Michael D Morrison
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Melissa E Vickers

Melissa E Vickers
Morgan and Morgan
20 N Orange Ave Ste 1600
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 22 years, Melissa E Vickers is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeastern University... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Melissa E Vickers
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Michael E. Zmijewski

Michael E. Zmijewski
Z Law Firm
605 East Robinson Street Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 18 years, Michael E. Zmijewski is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Oklahoma City University School of Law... read more >

Albert Rosebury Mander III

Albert Rosebury Mander III
Greenfelder, Mander, Murphy, Dwyer & Morris
14217 3rd St
Dade City, FL 33523
Licensed for 43 years, Albert Rosebury Mander III is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College ... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Albert Rosebury Mander III
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Don Waggoner

Don Waggoner
Don Waggoner Law, P.A.
1013 Verona St
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Licensed for 26 years, Don Waggoner is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Scho... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Don Waggoner
Life Member

Lyle Mazin

Lyle Mazin
Mazin Law
200 E. Robinson Street Suite 1140
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 12 years, Lyle Mazin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Lisa Baker McLean

Lisa Baker McLean
McLeanMitchell, LLC
1115 E Cass St Suite 12
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 29 years, Lisa Baker McLean 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
Lisa Baker McLean
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Heather Bryan

Heather Bryan
Heather Bryan Law, P.A.
255 N Kentucky Ave Ste 203
Lakeland, FL 33801
Licensed for 6 years, Heather Bryan is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law - Barry Univer... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Heather Bryan
Member

Graylin Cory Chastang

Graylin Cory Chastang
Norgard, Norgard & Chastang
Norgard, Norgard & Chastang PO Box 811
Bartow, FL 33831
Licensed for 15 years, Graylin Cory Chastang is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Graylin Cory Chastang
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Matthew A. Menendez

Matthew A. Menendez
Sammis Law Firm
1005 N. Marion St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 10 years, Matthew A. Menendez is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola University College of Law... read more >
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National College for DUI Defense
Matthew A. Menendez
General Member

Eric Scott Gardner Jr

Eric Scott Gardner Jr
255 N Broadway Ave
Bartow, FL 33830
Licensed for 13 years, Eric Scott Gardner Jr 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
Eric Scott Gardner Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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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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