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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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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

Neil G Taylor

Neil G Taylor
Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano
1023 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Licensed for 33 years, Neil G Taylor is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law - The University of Me... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Neil G Taylor
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

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

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

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 >

L Derek Byrd

L Derek Byrd
The Byrd Law Firm, P.A.
2151 Main St Suite 201
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 23 years, L Derek Byrd is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Quinnipiac University School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
L Derek Byrd
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,
Legal Committee

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

David Christopher Hardy

David Christopher Hardy
The Hardy Law Firm, P.A.
1710 N 19th St Suite 215
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 16 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

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

Lori Doganiero Palmieri

Lori Doganiero Palmieri
13055 W Linebaugh Ave Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33626
Licensed for 29 years, Lori Doganiero Palmieri 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 Doganiero Palmieri
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

Jenny Marie Thomas

Jenny Marie Thomas
Thomas Law Group, P.A.
13014 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite 261
Tampa, FL 33618
Licensed for 14 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

George Chester Bedell III

George Chester Bedell III
2525 Park City Way
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 36 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

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

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

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

Gregory Scott Hagopian

Gregory Scott Hagopian
Gallagher & Hagopian, PL
4420 5th St W Suite 204
Bradenton, FL 34207
Licensed for 26 years, Gregory Scott Hagopian 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
Gregory Scott Hagopian
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Randall Carlton Grantham

Randall Carlton Grantham
1539 Dale Mabry Hwy Suite 101
Lutz, FL 33558
Licensed for 38 years, Randall Carlton Grantham is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredri... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Randall Carlton Grantham
Board of Director member

Norman Adam Tebrugge

Norman Adam Tebrugge
Tebrugge Legal
520 12th St W Suite 203
Bradenton, FL 34205
Licensed for 34 years, Norman Adam Tebrugge is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Norman Adam Tebrugge
Member

Craig A Whisenhunt

Craig A Whisenhunt
Ripley, Whisenhunt & Robinson, PLLC
8130 66th St N Ste 3
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Licensed for 9 years, Craig A Whisenhunt is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

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

W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr

W F
2102 W Cleveland St.
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 29 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

John M Fitzgibbons

John M Fitzgibbons
The Law Offices of John M. Fitzgibbons
707 N Franklin St Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 33 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 38 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

James A. Fowler Jr.

James A. Fowler Jr.
Fowler Law Group, P.A.
1101 6th Avenue West Suite 106
Bradenton, FL 34205
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

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

Thomas Glenn Tripp

Thomas Glenn Tripp
The Hill Bldg
4930 Park Blvd N Suite 12
Pinellas Park, FL 33781
Licensed for 36 years, Thomas Glenn Tripp is a Criminal Defense and Elder Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of La... read more >

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr
Caimano Law Firm
613 S Boulevard Suite B
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 18 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

Shawn Allen Goforth

Shawn Allen Goforth
McCue, Reams, & Associates
524 9th St W
Bradenton, FL 34205
Licensed for 13 years, Shawn Allen Goforth 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
Shawn Allen Goforth
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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 Michael Reid

Jason Michael Reid
The Reid Firm, LLC
912 7th Ave E
Bradenton, FL 34208
Licensed for 13 years, Jason Michael Reid is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Washington and Lee University School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Jason Michael Reid
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Anthony Gerald Ryan

Anthony Gerald Ryan
The Law Offices of Anthony G. Ryan, P.A.
2184 Main St Suite 130
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 21 years, Anthony Gerald Ryan 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
Anthony Gerald Ryan
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

Lisa Baker McLean

Lisa Baker McLean
McLeanMitchell, LLC
1115 E Cass St Suite 12
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 28 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

Matthew A. Menendez

Matthew A. Menendez
Sammis Law Firm
1005 N. Marion St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 9 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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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Matthew A. Menendez
Member

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

Erika Snell Valcarcel

Erika Snell Valcarcel
Valcarcel Law
2170 Main Street Suite 204
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 16 years, Erika Snell Valcarcel is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Erika Snell Valcarcel
Member

Samuel James Williams

Samuel James Williams
Samuel J. Williams, P.A.
6341 Grand Blvd
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Licensed for 36 years, Samuel James Williams is a Criminal Defense and Wills lawyer who attended Cumberland School of Law - Samford Univers... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Samuel James Williams
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Nicholas Gianni Matassini

Nicholas Gianni Matassini
The Matassini Law Firm
2811 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 15 years, Nicholas Gianni Matassini is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Nicholas Gianni Matassini
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Michael P Maddux

Michael P Maddux
Michael P. Maddux, P.A.
2102 W Cleveland St
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 27 years, Michael P Maddux is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College o... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Michael P Maddux
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

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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.



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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.


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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