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FloridaCriminal Defense Lawyers in Town 'n' Country, 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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Denis Michael DeVlaming

Denis Michael DeVlaming
1101 Turner St
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 52 years, Denis Michael DeVlaming is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

David Christopher Hardy

David Christopher Hardy
The Hardy Law Firm, P.A.
1710 N 19th St Suite 215
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 21 years, David Christopher Hardy is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Suffolk University Law School... read more >

John H. Trevena

John H. Trevena
Trevena, Pontrello & Associates
801 West Bay Dr Suite 509
Largo, FL 33770
Licensed for 38 years, John H. Trevena is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Roger David Futerman

Roger David Futerman
Roger Futerman Law Firm
13620 49th St N
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 26 years, Roger David Futerman is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Georgia State University C... read more >

Benjamin Stechschulte

Benjamin Stechschulte
Law Offices of Stechschulte Nell
1105 W. Swann Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 19 years, Benjamin Stechschulte is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Arthur Douglas Prior Jr

Arthur Douglas Prior Jr
5560 Roosevelt Blvd Suite 1
Clearwater, FL 33760
Licensed for 49 years, Arthur Douglas Prior Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University... read more >

James Kevin Hayslett

James Kevin Hayslett
Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett
250 N Belcher Rd Suite 102
Clearwater, FL 33765
Licensed for 36 years, James Kevin Hayslett is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Cumberland School of Law - Samford Univ... read more >

George Euripedes Tragos

George Euripedes Tragos
601 Cleveland St Suite 800
Clearwater, FL 33755
Licensed for 50 years, George Euripedes Tragos is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended The Florida State University C... read more >

Lori Doganiero Palmieri

Lori Doganiero Palmieri
13055 W Linebaugh Ave Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33626
Licensed for 34 years, Lori Doganiero Palmieri is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

David Richard Parry

David Richard Parry
1550 S Highland Ave Suite C
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 39 years, David Richard Parry is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

George Lawrence Sandefer

George Lawrence Sandefer
425 E Bay Dr Suite 203
Clearwater, FL 33764
Licensed for 46 years, George Lawrence Sandefer is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

Patrick B. Courtney

Patrick B. Courtney
Patrick B. Courtney, P.A.
212 W Platt St,
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 29 years, Patrick B. Courtney is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >

Jenny Marie Thomas

Jenny Marie Thomas
Thomas Law Group, P.A.
13014 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite 261
Tampa, FL 33618
Licensed for 19 years, Jenny Marie Thomas is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Bjorn Erik Brunvand

Bjorn Erik Brunvand
Brunvand Wise, P.A.
615 Turner St
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 35 years, Bjorn Erik Brunvand is a Marijuana Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Will Hanlon

Will Hanlon
Hanlon Law
210 Pierce St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 30 years, Will Hanlon is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Thomas University School of Law... read more >

George Chester Bedell III

George Chester Bedell III
2525 Park City Way
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 41 years, George Chester Bedell III is a Civil Trial Law and Insurance Law lawyer who attended FSU College of Law... read more >

Seth Shapiro

Seth Shapiro
Morris Law Firm, P.A.
111 Second Avenue NE Suite 515
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 9 years, Seth Shapiro is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Leslie M. Sammis

Leslie M. Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N. Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 22 years, Leslie M. Sammis is a DUI / DWI and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College of Law... read more >

David Elbert Little

David Elbert Little
Brown Doherty Little
450 Carillon Pkwy Ste 120
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Licensed for 13 years, David Elbert Little is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Melinda Morris

Melinda Morris
Morris Law Firm, P.A.
111 2nd Ave NE #515
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 25 years, Melinda Morris is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Randall Carlton Grantham

Randall Carlton Grantham
1539 Dale Mabry Hwy Suite 101
Lutz, FL 33558
Licensed for 43 years, Randall Carlton Grantham is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredri... read more >

Deborah S Moss

Deborah S Moss
Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett
250 N Belcher Rd Suite 102
Clearwater, FL 33765
Licensed for 37 years, Deborah S Moss is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Laurel A. Marois

Laurel A. Marois
Anderson & Ackerman Law Group
2101 5th Ave N
St. Petersburg, FL 33713
Licensed for 6 years, Laurel A. Marois is a Criminal Defense and Social Security Disability Law lawyer who attended University of Florida L... read more >

W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr

W F
2102 W Cleveland St.
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 34 years, W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

John M Fitzgibbons

John M Fitzgibbons
The Law Offices of John M. Fitzgibbons
707 N Franklin St Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 38 years, John M Fitzgibbons is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The University of Iowa College o... read more >

Edward John Page

Edward John Page
Carlton Fields
4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd Suite 1000
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 43 years, Edward John Page is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended The University of Tulsa College of La... read more >

Shawn Allen Goforth

Shawn Allen Goforth
Scarborough Attorneys at Law
100 Ashley Dr S Ste 450
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 18 years, Shawn Allen Goforth is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Jason Jervis Wise

Jason Jervis Wise
Brunvand Wise PA
615 Turner St
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 18 years, Jason Jervis Wise is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Albert Rosebury Mander III

Albert Rosebury Mander III
Greenfelder, Mander, Murphy, Dwyer & Morris
14217 3rd St
Dade City, FL 33523
Licensed for 47 years, Albert Rosebury Mander III is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College ... read more >

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 18 years, James Peter Westervelt is a Criminal Defense and Seal or Expunge Criminal Record lawyer who attended Stetson Univers... read more >

Rory Safir

Rory Safir
Safir Injury & Criminal Defense Law
3530 1st Ave N Ste 105
Saint Petersburg, FL 33713
Licensed for 6 years, Rory Safir is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Case Western Reserve University School of La... read more >

John Andrew Crawford

John Andrew Crawford
5200 Central Ave
Saint Petersburg, FL 33707
Licensed for 20 years, John Andrew Crawford is a Criminal Defense and Appellate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr
Caimano Law Firm
613 S Boulevard Suite B
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 23 years, Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Frank W McDermott

Frank W McDermott
McDermott Law Firm, P.A.
10010 Seminole Blvd
Seminole, FL 33772
Licensed for 25 years, Frank W McDermott is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Lisa Baker McLean

Lisa Baker McLean
McLeanMitchell, LLC
1115 E Cass St Suite 12
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 33 years, Lisa Baker McLean is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Donald James Kilfin

Donald James Kilfin
The Kilfin Law Firm, P.C.
400 Carillon Pkwy Ste 130
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Licensed for 12 years, Donald James Kilfin is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Michael P Maddux

Michael P Maddux
Michael P. Maddux, P.A.
2102 W Cleveland St
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 32 years, Michael P Maddux is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College o... read more >

Maura Jean Kiefer

Maura Jean Kiefer
Atlantic iLaw
601 Cleveland St Suite 501
Clearwater, FL 33755
Licensed for 38 years, Maura Jean Kiefer is a Criminal Defense and Divorce lawyer who attended University of San Diego School of Law... read more >

Rohom Khonsari

Rohom Khonsari
Khonsari Law Group
2438 Dr Martin Luther King Jr St N
St Petersburg, FL 33704
Licensed for 20 years, Rohom Khonsari is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Tulane University Law School... read more >

Donna Lee Elm

Donna Lee Elm
Federal Defender's Office
400 N Tampa St Ste 2700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 36 years, Donna Lee Elm is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law - Arizona State Universit... read more >

Samuel James Williams

Samuel James Williams
Samuel J. Williams, P.A.
6341 Grand Blvd
New Port Richey, FL 34652
Licensed for 41 years, Samuel James Williams is a Criminal Defense and Wills lawyer who attended Cumberland School of Law - Samford Univers... read more >

Nicholas Gianni Matassini

Nicholas Gianni Matassini
The Matassini Law Firm, P.A.
2811 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 20 years, Nicholas Gianni Matassini is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >

Anne Frances Borghetti

Anne Frances Borghetti
Anne F. Borghetti, P.A.
520 Second Avenue South
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 34 years, Anne Frances Borghetti is a Criminal Defense and Class Action lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Edward Joel Liebling

Edward Joel Liebling
Liebling Law, LLC
35246 US Hwy 19 N # 261
Palm Harbor, FL 34684
Licensed for 36 years, Edward Joel Liebling is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended ... read more >

Richard Alan Ripplinger

Richard Alan Ripplinger
Richard A. Ripplinger
7500 Normandy Ct
Seminole, FL 33772
Licensed for 41 years, Richard Alan Ripplinger is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Jo Ann Palchak

Jo Ann Palchak
1725 1/2 E 7th Ave Suite 6
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 18 years, Jo Ann Palchak is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of La... read more >

Michael C. Minardi Esq.

Michael C. Minardi Esq.
Michael Minardi, P.A.
2534 W. Curtis St.
Tampa, FL 33614
Licensed for 22 years, Michael C. Minardi Esq. is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nov... read more >

Daniel Patrick Fischetti

Daniel Patrick Fischetti
Law Office of Daniel Fischetti, P.A.
400 N Ashley Dr Ste 2600
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 22 years, Daniel Patrick Fischetti is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of... read more >

Jeffrey Geldert Brown

Jeffrey Geldert Brown
Brown Doherty Little
450 Carillon Pkwy Suite 120
St. Petersburg, FL 33716
Licensed for 35 years, Jeffrey Geldert Brown is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Anthony Michael Candela

Anthony Michael Candela
Candela Law Firm, P.A.
10312 Bloomingdale Ave Suite 1001
Riverview, FL 33578
Licensed for 24 years, Anthony Michael Candela is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Duquesne University School 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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