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FloridaCriminal Defense Lawyers in Pinellas County, 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 Pinellas County, 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 Pinellas County, 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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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

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

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

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

Roger David Futerman

Roger David Futerman
Roger Futerman Law Firm
13620 49th St N
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 21 years, Roger David Futerman is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Georgia State University C... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Roger David Futerman
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Arthur Douglas Prior Jr

Arthur Douglas Prior Jr
5560 Roosevelt Blvd Suite 1
Clearwater, FL 33760
Licensed for 44 years, Arthur Douglas Prior 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
Arthur Douglas Prior Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Michael S Perry

Michael S Perry
2445 Fruitville Road
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 24 years, Michael S Perry is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Southwestern University School of Law... read more >

George Euripedes Tragos

George Euripedes Tragos
601 Cleveland St Suite 800
Clearwater, FL 33755
Licensed for 45 years, George Euripedes Tragos is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended The Florida State University C... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
George Euripedes Tragos
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Bjorn Erik Brunvand

Bjorn Erik Brunvand
Bjorn E. Brunvand, P.A.
615 Turner St
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 30 years, Bjorn Erik Brunvand 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
Bjorn Erik Brunvand
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

David Richard Parry

David Richard Parry
1550 S Highland Ave Suite C
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 34 years, David Richard Parry 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
David Richard Parry
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

George Lawrence Sandefer

George Lawrence Sandefer
425 E Bay Dr Suite 203
Clearwater, FL 33764
Licensed for 41 years, George Lawrence Sandefer 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
George Lawrence Sandefer
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Michael Denis Kenny

Michael Denis Kenny
Bauer Crider Kenny & Parry
1550 S Highland Ave Suite C
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 16 years, Michael Denis Kenny 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
Michael Denis Kenny
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Deborah S Moss

Deborah S Moss
Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett
250 N Belcher Rd Suite 102
Clearwater, FL 33765
Licensed for 32 years, Deborah S Moss is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Deborah S Moss
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

James Kevin Hayslett

James Kevin Hayslett
Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett
250 N Belcher Rd Suite 102
Clearwater, FL 33765
Licensed for 31 years, James Kevin Hayslett is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Cumberland School of Law - Samford Univ... read more >
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
James Kevin Hayslett
Founding Member

Frank W McDermott

Frank W McDermott
McDermott Law Firm, P.A.
10010 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL 33772
Licensed for 20 years, Frank W McDermott 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
Frank W McDermott
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Jason Jervis Wise

Jason Jervis Wise
Brunvand Wise PA
615 Turner St
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 13 years, Jason Jervis Wise 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
Jason Jervis Wise
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Bruce Griffith Howie

Bruce Griffith Howie
2610 2nd St N
St. Petersburg, FL 33704
Licensed for 41 years, Bruce Griffith Howie is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Boston University School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Bruce Griffith Howie
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

James Peter Westervelt

James Peter Westervelt
The Law Office of James P Westervelt, PA
4707 140th Ave N Ste 215
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 13 years, James Peter Westervelt is a Criminal Defense and Seal or Expunge Criminal Record lawyer who attended Stetson Univers... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
James Peter Westervelt
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

John Andrew Crawford

John Andrew Crawford
5200 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, FL 33707
Licensed for 15 years, John Andrew Crawford is a Criminal Defense and Appellate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
John Andrew Crawford
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Rohom Khonsari

Rohom Khonsari
Khonsari Law Group
2438 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St N
St Petersburg, FL 33704
Licensed for 15 years, Rohom Khonsari is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Tulane University Law School... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Rohom Khonsari
Member

Maura Jean Kiefer

Maura Jean Kiefer
Atlantic iLaw
601 Cleveland St Suite 501
Clearwater, FL 33755
Licensed for 33 years, Maura Jean Kiefer is a Criminal Defense and Divorce lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Maura Jean Kiefer
Member

Anne Frances Borghetti

Anne Frances Borghetti
Anne F. Borghetti, P.A.
520 Second Avenue South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 29 years, Anne Frances Borghetti is a Criminal Defense and Class Action lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Anne Frances Borghetti
Member

Edward Joel Liebling

Edward Joel Liebling
Liebling Law, LLC
35246 US Hwy 19 N # 261
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Licensed for 31 years, Edward Joel Liebling is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended ... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Edward Joel Liebling
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Paul A Meissner Jr

Paul A Meissner Jr
Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett,P.A.
250 N Belcher Rd Suite 102
Clearwater, FL 33765
Licensed for 51 years, Paul A Meissner Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Tulane University Law School... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Paul A Meissner Jr
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Jordan Lee Tawil

Jordan Lee Tawil
Jordan L. Tawil P.L.
17 Dr. M.L.K. Jr St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Licensed for 10 years, Jordan Lee Tawil is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jordan Lee Tawil
Life Member

Jeffrey Geldert Brown

Jeffrey Geldert Brown
Brown & Doherty P A
450 Carillon Pkwy Suite 120
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Licensed for 30 years, Jeffrey Geldert Brown 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
Jeffrey Geldert Brown
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Valentina Wheeler

Valentina Wheeler
Wheeler Law Firm
801 West Bay Drive Suite #428B
Largo, FL 33770
Licensed for 3 years, Valentina Wheeler is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cool... read more >

Michael Mastrogiovanni

Michael Mastrogiovanni
The Mastrogiovanni Law Firm
1701 Drew Street Suite 1
Clearwater, FL 33755
Licensed for 13 years, Michael Mastrogiovanni is a Education Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Michael Mastrogiovanni
Member

Cimos Angelo Angelis

Cimos Angelo Angelis
642 E Tarpon Ave
Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
Licensed for 32 years, Cimos Angelo Angelis 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
Cimos Angelo Angelis
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Frederick Layton Schaub

Frederick Layton Schaub
PO Box 5028
Clearwater, FL 33758
Licensed for 34 years, Frederick Layton Schaub 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
Frederick Layton Schaub
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Lori Lynn Mahin

Lori Lynn Mahin
14250 49th St N
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 18 years, Lori Lynn Mahin 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
Lori Lynn Mahin
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Nathan Thomas Vonderheide

Nathan Thomas Vonderheide
Office of the State Attorney PO Box 5028
Clearwater, FL 33758
Licensed for 13 years, Nathan Thomas Vonderheide 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
Nathan Thomas Vonderheide
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Stephen Lee Romine

Stephen Lee Romine
Romine Law
600 Bypass Dr
Clearwater, FL 33764
Licensed for 27 years, Stephen Lee Romine is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - N... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Stephen Lee Romine
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Philip George Dragonetti II

Philip George Dragonetti II
McFarland Gould Lyons Sullivan & Hogan, P A
311 S Missouri Ave
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 21 years, Philip George Dragonetti II is a Criminal Defense and Commercial Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Stetson Univers... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Philip George Dragonetti II
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Darren Archer Waters

Darren Archer Waters
Public Def Ofc, Crim Jst Cntr
14250 49th St N
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 33 years, Darren Archer Waters is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Darren Archer Waters
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Bruce Howard Denson

Bruce Howard Denson
150 2nd Ave N Suite 500
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 25 years, Bruce Howard Denson is a Criminal Defense and Products Liability lawyer who attended Stetson University College of L... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Bruce Howard Denson
Member

Haydee Oropesa

Haydee Oropesa
Oropesa Law Offices, P.A.
10300 49th ST. N. 119
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 19 years, Haydee Oropesa is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Christopher Sierra

Christopher Sierra
Christopher M. Sierra, P.A.
695 Central Ave Suite 271
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 26 years, Christopher Sierra is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George School... read more >

Gail F Conolly

Gail F Conolly
Conolly Law
13575 58th St. N Ste 183
Clearwater, FL 33760
Licensed for 34 years, Gail F Conolly is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Linda Friedman Ramirez

Linda Friedman Ramirez
Linda Friedman Ramirez P.A.
433 Central Ave Ste 400
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 22 years, Linda Friedman Ramirez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Willamette University College of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Linda Friedman Ramirez
Life Member

David Elbert Little

David Elbert Little
Brown & Doherty, P.A.
450 Carillon Pkwy Ste 120
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Licensed for 8 years, David Elbert Little is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
David Elbert Little
Member

Ahmad Yakzan

Ahmad Yakzan
American Dream Law Office PLLC
475 Central Avenue Suite M1
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 8 years, Ahmad Yakzan is a Immigration Law and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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American Immigration Lawyers Association
Ahmad Yakzan
Member

Michael Bruce O'Haire

Michael Bruce O'Haire
Michael Bruce O'Haire
1601 E Bay Dr Suite 4
Largo, FL 33771
Licensed for 33 years, Michael Bruce O'Haire is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Mississippi School of Law... read more >

Jay Andrew Hebert

Jay Andrew Hebert
5250 Ulmerton Rd
Clearwater, FL 33760
Licensed for 28 years, Jay Andrew Hebert is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jay Andrew Hebert
Member

Jane Brooke Schroder

Jane Brooke Schroder
3265 40th Way S Apt E
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Licensed for 6 years, Jane Brooke Schroder is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jane Brooke Schroder
Member

Harvey George Hesse III

Harvey George Hesse III
Law Office of Harvey G. Hesse III, P. A.
111 2nd Ave NE
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 23 years, Harvey George Hesse III is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Mike Lygnos

Mike Lygnos
Lygnos Law Firm
111 N Belcher Road, Ste 204
Clearwater, FL 33765
Licensed for 33 years, Mike Lygnos is a Personal Injury and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Valparaiso (Indiana) School of Law... read more >

Vanessa L Albaum

Vanessa L Albaum
The Law Firm of Vanessa L. Albaum, PLLC
146 Second Street North Suite 310-C
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Vanessa L Albaum is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >

Morris Victor Bornstein

Morris Victor Bornstein
Imhoff & Associates, P.C.
9200 113th St
Seminole, FL 33772
Licensed for 39 years, Morris Victor Bornstein is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended Michigan State University C... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Morris Victor Bornstein
Life Member

Allison Ferber Miller

Allison Ferber Miller
Office of the Public Defender
14250 49th St N
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 11 years, Allison Ferber Miller 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
Allison Ferber Miller
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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