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FloridaCriminal Defense Lawyers in Sarasota, 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 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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nacdl
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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nlc
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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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Melinda Morris
Member

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

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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ncdd-bc
National College for DUI Defense
Thomas S Hudson
Board Certified Specialist in DUI Defense 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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nacdl
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
James A. Fowler Jr.
Member

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

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

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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duidla
DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Erika Snell Valcarcel
Member

Darren Mark Finebloom

Darren Mark Finebloom
2445 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 19 years, Darren Mark Finebloom is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cleveland-Marshall College of La... read more >
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Florida Justice Association
Darren Mark Finebloom
EAGLE Associate

David Ashley Haenel

David Ashley Haenel
The Law Place
200 N Washington Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 18 years, David Ashley Haenel is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Widener University School of Law (Delawa... read more >

Liane McCurry

Liane McCurry
Law Office of Liane McCurry, P.A.
100 Wallace Ave Suite 210
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 32 years, Liane McCurry is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Liane McCurry
Life Member

James Robert Dirmann

James Robert Dirmann
James R. Dirmann, P.A.
1851 Cottonwood Trail
Sarasota, FL 34232
Licensed for 49 years, James Robert Dirmann is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. Georg... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
James Robert Dirmann
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Andrea Flynn Mogensen

Andrea Flynn Mogensen
Law Office of Andrea Flynn Mogensen, PA
200 S Washington Blvd Suite 7
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 17 years, Andrea Flynn Mogensen is a Criminal Defense and Civil Rights lawyer who attended University of Wisconsin Law School... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Andrea Flynn Mogensen
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Varinia Van Ness

Varinia Van Ness
Van Ness Law Group, PA
46 N Washington Blvd Suite 9
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 28 years, Varinia Van Ness is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Varinia Van Ness
Life Member

Matthew D Sandburg

Matthew D Sandburg
The Law Office of Matt Sandburg
3100 Southgate Cir Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34239
Licensed for 14 years, Matthew D Sandburg is a Criminal Defense and Firearm and Weapon Charges lawyer who attended University of Miami Scho... read more >
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flabar
The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Matthew D Sandburg
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Stefan Campagna

Stefan Campagna
Sarasota DUI & Criminal Defense Law
2070 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 6 years, Stefan Campagna is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Hofstra University School of Law... read more >

Gary Jodat

Gary Jodat
Jodat Law Group
2620 S. Tamiami Trail Ste 200
Sarasota, FL 34239
Licensed for 26 years, Gary Jodat is a Divorce and Motor Vehicle Accidents lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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Florida Justice Association
Gary Jodat
EAGLE Patron

Elliott C Metcalfe Jr

Elliott C Metcalfe Jr
Metcalfe & McLain
107 S Osprey Ave Suite 735
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 49 years, Elliott C Metcalfe Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Ryan William Gambert

Ryan William Gambert
Ryan W. Gambert, P.A.
240 N Washington Blvd Suite 304
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 12 years, Ryan William Gambert is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law - Barry University... read more >

William Charles Richardson,III

William Charles Richardson,III
The Law Office of William Richardson
677 N Washington Blvd Suite A
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 24 years, William Charles Richardson,III is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Hamline University School of Law... read more >

Jeffrey Alan Haynes

Jeffrey Alan Haynes
240 N Washington Blvd Suite 460
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 28 years, Jeffrey Alan Haynes is a DUI / DWI and Drug Crimes lawyer who attended University of South Carolina School of Law... read more >

AnneMarie Rose Rizzo

AnneMarie Rose Rizzo
The Law Place
2445 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 12 years, AnneMarie Rose Rizzo is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of ... read more >
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AnneMarie Rose Rizzo
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Steven James Zimath

Steven James Zimath
Zimath Law Firm
2127 Ringling Blvd Suite 404
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 25 years, Steven James Zimath is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Retley G Locke

Retley G Locke
Public Defender's Office Twelfth Circuit
2071 Ringling Blvd Ste 500
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 12 years, Retley G Locke is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
Retley G Locke
Member

Andrew West Cummer

Andrew West Cummer
Office of Regional counsel 2
2033 Main St Suite 306
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 33 years, Andrew West Cummer is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeastern University... read more >

Gail L Brannon

Gail L Brannon
Law Office of Gail Brannon, LLC
677 N Washington Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 20 years, Gail L Brannon is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Duquesne University School of Law... read more >

Jessica Fairweather

Jessica Fairweather
FCCI Insurance Group
6300 University Pkwy
Sarasota, FL 34240
Licensed for 14 years, Jessica Fairweather is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Todd Alan Hunger

Todd Alan Hunger
Todd Hunger Pa.
8051 N Tamiami Trail Suite 49
Sarasota, FL 34243
Licensed for 23 years, Todd Alan Hunger is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Thomas University School of Law... read more >

Frederick J Wernicke

Frederick J Wernicke
1881 Wisteria St
Sarasota, FL 34239
Licensed for 31 years, Frederick J Wernicke is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Alexandra Baishanski

Alexandra Baishanski
2071 Ringling Blvd 5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 14 years, Alexandra Baishanski is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Michael E. Moritz College of Law - The Ohio State Uni... read more >

Maritza Patricia Edwards

Maritza Patricia Edwards
2071 Ringling Blvd 5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 19 years, Maritza Patricia Edwards is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Miami School of Law... read more >

Maria Xinidis

Maria Xinidis
2071 Ringling Blvd 5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 12 years, Maria Xinidis is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Mark R Adams

Mark R Adams
2071 Ringling Blvd 5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 15 years, Mark R Adams is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Aaron Rogak Getty

Aaron Rogak Getty
2071 Ringling Blvd 5th Floor
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 10 years, Aaron Rogak Getty is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Richard John Sanders

Richard John Sanders
4316 Callista Ln
Sarasota, FL 34243
Licensed for 35 years, Richard John Sanders is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

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

Alene Sartori Fowler

Alene Sartori Fowler
Fowler Law Group
2075 Main St Ste 38
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 9 years, Alene Sartori Fowler is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Eric John Reisinger

Eric John Reisinger
Law Office of Eric Reisinger, PA
2075 Main St Ste 20
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 14 years, Eric John Reisinger is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Thomas University School of Law... read more >

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

John P Rutkowski

John P Rutkowski
John P. Rutkowski, Criminal Defense Attorney
18245 Paulson Drive
Port Charlotte, FL 33954
Licensed for 9 years, John P Rutkowski is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Western Michigan University, Thomas M. Cooley Law School... read more >

Peter Michael Collins

Peter Michael Collins
The Collins Law Group
1800 2nd St Suite 714
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 23 years, Peter Michael Collins is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Columbus School of Law - The Catholic... read more >

Brett Donald McIntosh

Brett Donald McIntosh
Brett McIntosh Pa
766 Hudson Ave
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 26 years, Brett Donald McIntosh is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southe... read more >

Drew Robert Solnoki

Drew Robert Solnoki
The Byrd Law Firm
2151 Main St Suite 201
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 16 years, Drew Robert Solnoki is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southea... read more >

Mark Rein Zimmerman

Mark Rein Zimmerman
Zimmerman & Zimmerman P A
434 S Washington Blvd Suite 250
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 28 years, Mark Rein Zimmerman is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

John Andrew Torraco

John Andrew Torraco
Law Office of John Torraco, P.L.
Law Office of John Torraco, P.L. PO Box 777
Sarasota, FL 34230
Licensed for 16 years, John Andrew Torraco is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Georgetown University Law Center... read more >

Brian J Lail

Brian J Lail
Lail Law Firm, PLLC
2075 Main St Ste 25
Sarasota, FL 34237
Licensed for 13 years, Brian J Lail is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

James Gene Martin

James Gene Martin
James G Martin Immigration PA
240 N Washington Blvd Ste 303
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 4 years, James Gene Martin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Seton Hall University School of Law... read more >

Sarah Elizabeth Boykin

Sarah Elizabeth Boykin
722 Apex Rd Unit F
Sarasota, FL 34240
Licensed for 11 years, Sarah Elizabeth Boykin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Kenneth Michael Poole Jr

Kenneth Michael Poole Jr
Syprett Meshad
1900 Ringling Blvd
Sarasota, FL 34236
Licensed for 13 years, Kenneth Michael Poole Jr is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin Colleg... 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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