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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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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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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dean R Galigani
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Dean R Galigani
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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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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Steven Kenneth Bell
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
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Lawrence Michael Meltzer

Lawrence Michael Meltzer
Meltzer & Bell, P.A.
400 SE 9th St
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316
Call 954-745-7457
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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National College for DUI Defense
Lawrence Michael Meltzer
General Member
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Lawrence Michael Meltzer
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Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Lawrence Michael Meltzer
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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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Seth Shapiro
Member
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Florida 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 Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Melinda Morris
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Melinda Morris
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Melinda Morris
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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 >

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

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 >

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 >

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 >

Michael Salnick

Michael Salnick
250 S Australian Ave Suite 1203
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Licensed for 40 years, Michael Salnick is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Northern Illinois University College of Law... read more >

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 >

Richard Hornsby

Richard Hornsby
Richard E. Hornsby, P.A.
1217 E Robinson St
Orlando, FL 32803
Licensed for 18 years, Richard Hornsby is a Criminal Defense and Drug Crimes lawyer who attended University of Central Florida... read more >

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 >

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 / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Stetson University College o... read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Pepperdine University Sc... read more >

Neil G Taylor

Neil G Taylor
Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano
SunTrust Plaza, Suite 1050
Coral Gables, FL 33134
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 >

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 >

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 / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Boston University School ... read more >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

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 >

Maureen Duignan

Maureen Duignan
Shell Fleming Davis & Menge, P.A.
266 Palafox Place 9th Floor
Pensacola, FL 32502
Licensed for 36 years, Maureen Duignan is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Albany Law School... read more >

Barry William Beroset

Barry William Beroset
1622 N 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32503
Licensed for 47 years, Barry William Beroset is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended University of Cincinnati ... read more >

James Cheney Mason

James Cheney Mason
J. Cheney Mason, P.A.
250 S Park Ave Suite 2100
Winter Park, FL 32789
Licensed for 48 years, James Cheney Mason is a Criminal Defense and White Collar Crime lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Coll... read more >

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 >

Mitchell Adam Stone

Mitchell Adam Stone
Stone Lockett
1830 Atlantic Blvd
Jacksonville, FL 32207
Licensed for 30 years, Mitchell Adam Stone is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended University of Florida, F... read more >

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 >

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 Defense and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Hofstra School of Law... read more >

Mark Elias Nejame

Mark Elias Nejame
189 S Orange Ave Suite 1800
Orlando, FL 32801
Licensed for 39 years, Mark Elias Nejame is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Larry Donald Murrell Jr

Larry Donald Murrell Jr
L.D. Murrell, P.A.
400 Executive Center Dr Suite 201
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Licensed for 38 years, Larry Donald Murrell Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

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 >

Clinton Alan Couch

Clinton Alan Couch
Clinton A. Couch, P.A.
3 W Garden St
Pensacola, FL 32502
Licensed for 28 years, Clinton Alan Couch is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Jeremy Durward Lasnetski

Jeremy Durward Lasnetski
Shorstein & Lasnetski, LLC
6550 Saint Augustine Rd Suite 303
Jacksonville, FL 32217
Licensed for 18 years, Jeremy Durward Lasnetski is a Criminal Defense and Immigration Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin C... read more >

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 >

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 >

Ethan Andrew Way

Ethan Andrew Way
Way Law Firm
207 W Park Ave Suite A
Tallahassee, FL 32301
Licensed for 21 years, Ethan Andrew Way is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Brian Hobbs Mallonee

Brian Hobbs Mallonee
130 S Indian River Dr Suite 302
Fort Pierce, FL 34950
Licensed for 21 years, Brian Hobbs Mallonee is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Defense lawyer who attended SMU Dedman School of Law... read more >

L Derek Byrd

L Derek Byrd
The Byrd Law Firm
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 >

Ian Jeremy Goldstein

Ian Jeremy Goldstein
515 N Flagler Dr Suite 910
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Licensed for 23 years, Ian Jeremy Goldstein is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Florida State University College ... read more >

John Craig Beroset

John Craig Beroset
1622 N 9th Ave
Pensacola, FL 32503
Licensed for 16 years, John Craig Beroset is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Robert James Watson

Robert James Watson
3601 SE Ocean Blvd Suite 4
Stuart, FL 34996
Licensed for 40 years, Robert James Watson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >
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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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