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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 5 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

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

Jason Daniel Sammis

Jason Daniel Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 19 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

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

Lori Doganiero Palmieri

Lori Doganiero Palmieri
13055 W Linebaugh Ave Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33626
Licensed for 30 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

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

Denis Michael DeVlaming

Denis Michael DeVlaming
1101 Turner St
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 48 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

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

John H. Trevena

John H. Trevena
Trevena, Pontrello & Associates
801 West Bay Dr Suite 509
Largo, FL 33770
Licensed for 34 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

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

W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr

W F
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

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

Neil G Taylor

Neil G Taylor
Grimes Goebel Grimes Hawkins Gladfelter & Galvano
1023 Manatee Avenue West
Bradenton, FL 34205
Licensed for 34 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 22 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

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

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

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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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Matthew A. Menendez
Member

Nicholas Gianni Matassini

Nicholas Gianni Matassini
The Matassini Law Firm
2811 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 16 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 28 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

Daniel Patrick Fischetti

Daniel Patrick Fischetti
Law Office of Daniel Fischetti, P.A.
400 N Ashley Dr Ste 2600
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 18 years, Daniel Patrick Fischetti is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Daniel Patrick Fischetti
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Jo Ann Palchak

Jo Ann Palchak
1725 1/2 E 7th Ave Suite 6
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 14 years, Jo Ann Palchak is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of La... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Jo Ann Palchak
Life Member

Bryant Raymond Camareno

Bryant Raymond Camareno
Bryant R. Camareno, P.A.
607 W Dr Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Tampa, FL 33603
Licensed for 25 years, Bryant Raymond Camareno is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University Coll... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Bryant Raymond Camareno
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Adam Leo Bantner II

Adam Leo Bantner II
The Bantner Firm
1228 E 7th Ave Suite 100-3
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 14 years, Adam Leo Bantner II is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College o... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Adam Leo Bantner II
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Cass Michael Castillo

Cass Michael Castillo
Office of Statewide Prosecution
3507 E Frontage Rd Ste 350
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 42 years, Cass Michael Castillo is a 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
Cass Michael Castillo
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Jamie David Parker Kane

Jamie David Parker Kane
Law Offices of Julianne M. Holt
700 E Twiggs St Fl 5
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 17 years, Jamie David Parker Kane is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Baltimore School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Jamie David Parker Kane
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Timothy Roy Taylor

Timothy Roy Taylor
Timothy R Taylor, P.A.
100 Ashley Dr S Suite 890
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 27 years, Timothy Roy Taylor is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Timothy Roy Taylor
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Joseph Augustine Spataro

Joseph Augustine Spataro
Office of Statewide Prosecution
3507 E Frontage Rd Ste 350
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 15 years, Joseph Augustine Spataro is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeastern Univ... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Joseph Augustine Spataro
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Donna Lee Elm

Donna Lee Elm
Federal Defender's Office
400 N Tampa St Ste 2700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 32 years, Donna Lee Elm is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law - Arizona State Univ... read more >
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State Bar of Arizona Board of Legal Specialization
Donna Lee Elm
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

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

Amanda Frances Brunson

Amanda Frances Brunson
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 8 years, Amanda Frances Brunson is a Criminal Defense and Probation Violations lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of L... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Amanda Frances Brunson
Member

Michael C Minardi

Michael C Minardi
Michael Minardi, P.A.
5301 N. Habana Suite 3
Tampa, FL 33614
Licensed for 18 years, Michael C Minardi is a Police Misconduct and Copyrights / Trademarks lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - ... read more >
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
Michael C Minardi
Member,
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Rick Terrana

Rick Terrana
Law Office of Terrana
3705 N Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 32 years, Rick Terrana is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

William Ashley Knight

William Ashley Knight
William A Knight P.A.
633 N Franklin St Suite 725
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 26 years, William Ashley Knight is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of La... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
William Ashley Knight
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Mike Benito

Mike Benito
Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law
4504 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
Licensed for 42 years, Mike Benito is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Kevin Molony

Kevin Molony
Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law
4504 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
Licensed for 8 years, Kevin Molony is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

William Wooten Hanlon

William Wooten Hanlon
101 E Kennedy Blvd Suite 1485
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 26 years, William Wooten Hanlon is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Thomas University School of Law... read more >

Michael Celso Gonzalez

Michael Celso Gonzalez
Mike G Law
1005 North Marion Street Suite 118
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 29 years, Michael Celso Gonzalez is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Stephen Corrigan Higgins

Stephen Corrigan Higgins
The Law Place
3426 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 15 years, Stephen Corrigan Higgins is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Rutgers School of Law - Camden... read more >

Mark P Rankin

Mark P Rankin
Shutts & Bowen LLP
4301 W Boy Scout Blvd Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 21 years, Mark P Rankin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Virginia School of Law... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Mark P Rankin
Member

Eduardo A Suarez

Eduardo A Suarez
Law Offices of Ed Suarez, P.A.
1011 W Cleveland St
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 32 years, Eduardo A Suarez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Eduardo A Suarez
Member

Peter L. Tragos

Peter L. Tragos
Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos
2203 N Lois Ave #944
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 7 years, Peter L. Tragos is a Criminal Defense and Motor Vehicle Accidents lawyer... read more >
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Florida Justice Association
Peter L. Tragos
Member

Andrew Barrett Shein

Andrew Barrett Shein
The Law Offices of Andrew Shein, P.A.
3605 W Azeele St
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 22 years, Andrew Barrett Shein is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College of La... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Andrew Barrett Shein
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Leon H. Jones

Leon H. Jones
LHJ LAW (Criminal Defense)
201 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 1610
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 29 years, Leon H. Jones is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Leon H. Jones
Member

Vincent Roderick Pawlowski

Vincent Roderick Pawlowski
The Pawlowski // Mastrilli Law Group, P.A.
1718 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 32 years, Vincent Roderick Pawlowski is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Mississippi S... read more >

Paul Marx Sisco

Paul Marx Sisco
The Law Office of Paul M. Sisco
201 E Kennedy Blvd Ste 412
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 28 years, Paul Marx Sisco is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended James E. Rogers College of Law ... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Paul Marx Sisco
Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law

Jeff Council Paulk

Jeff Council Paulk
Thomas & Paulk, P.A.
217 N Howard Ave #100
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 22 years, Jeff Council Paulk is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Norman Salvatore Cannella

Norman Salvatore Cannella
Rywant Alavarez Jones Russo and Guyton
109 N Brush St Ste 500
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 47 years, Norman Salvatore Cannella is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Angela Bridgette Wright

Angela Bridgette Wright
Angela B. Wright, P.A.
607 W Horatio St
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 31 years, Angela Bridgette Wright is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Virginia School of Law... read more >
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The Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
Angela Bridgette Wright
Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile 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.



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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