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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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Gerod John Hooper

Gerod John Hooper
CCRC - Middle Region
12973 Telecom Pkwy N
Temple Terrace, FL 33637
Licensed for 35 years, Gerod John Hooper is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. John's University School of Law... read more >

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 21 years, Jamie David Parker Kane is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Baltimore School of Law... read more >

Timothy Roy Taylor

Timothy Roy Taylor
Timothy R Taylor, P.A.
100 Ashley Dr S Suite 890
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 31 years, Timothy Roy Taylor is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law... read more >

Joseph Augustine Spataro

Joseph Augustine Spataro
Office of Statewide Prosecution
3507 E Frontage Rd Ste 350
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 19 years, Joseph Augustine Spataro is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeastern Univ... read more >

Valentina Wheeler

Valentina Wheeler
Wheeler Law Firm
801 West Bay Drive Suite #428B
Largo, FL 33770
Licensed for 8 years, Valentina Wheeler is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cool... read more >

Michael Mastrogiovanni

Michael Mastrogiovanni
The Mastrogiovanni Law Firm
1701 Drew Street Suite 1
Clearwater, FL 33755
Licensed for 18 years, Michael Mastrogiovanni is a Education Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Frederick Layton Schaub

Frederick Layton Schaub
7124 Dr. M.L.K. Jr St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Licensed for 39 years, Frederick Layton Schaub is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Richard A Alexander

Richard A Alexander
Richard A. Alexander, Esq.
Richard A. Alexander, Esq. PO Box 340461
Tampa, FL 33694
Licensed for 26 years, Richard A Alexander is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law... read more >

Kerstin Jana Wade

Kerstin Jana Wade
The Wade Law Firm
1003 S Alexander St Ste 10
Plant City, FL 33563
Licensed for 14 years, Kerstin Jana Wade is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Michigan State University College of Law... read more >

Bryant Raymond Camareno

Bryant Raymond Camareno
Bryant R. Camareno, P.A.
607 W M.L.K. Jr Blvd
Tampa, FL 33603
Licensed for 29 years, Bryant Raymond Camareno is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University Coll... read more >

Stephen Lee Romine

Stephen Lee Romine
Romine Law
600 Bypass Dr
Clearwater, FL 33764
Licensed for 32 years, Stephen Lee Romine is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - N... read more >

Michael Celso Gonzalez

Michael Celso Gonzalez
Mike G Law
1005 North Marion Street Suite 118
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 33 years, Michael Celso Gonzalez is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Philip George Dragonetti II

Philip George Dragonetti II
McFarland Gould Lyons Sullivan & Hogan, P A
311 S Missouri Ave
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 26 years, Philip George Dragonetti II is a Criminal Defense and Commercial Real Estate Law lawyer who attended Stetson Univers... read more >

Adam Leo Bantner II

Adam Leo Bantner II
The Bantner Firm
3626 Erindale Dr
Valrico, FL 33596
Licensed for 18 years, Adam Leo Bantner II is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College o... read more >

Jordan Lee Tawil

Jordan Lee Tawil
Jordan L. Tawil P.L.
17 Dr. M.L.K. Jr St S
St. Petersburg, FL 33705
Licensed for 15 years, Jordan Lee Tawil is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Darren Archer Waters

Darren Archer Waters
Darren Waters
3130 Blue Heron St
Safety Harbor, FL 34695
Licensed for 38 years, Darren Archer Waters is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Bruce Howard Denson

Bruce Howard Denson
150 2nd Ave N Suite 500
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 30 years, Bruce Howard Denson is a Criminal Defense and Products Liability lawyer who attended Stetson University College of L... read more >

Michael George Butash

Michael George Butash
Butash Law Group
23554 FL-54
Lutz, FL 33559
Licensed for 27 years, Michael George Butash is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Haydee Oropesa

Haydee Oropesa
Oropesa Law Offices, P.A.
10300 49th ST. N. 119
Clearwater, FL 33762
Licensed for 24 years, Haydee Oropesa is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Rick Terrana

Rick Terrana
Law Office of Terrana
3705 N Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 36 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 30 years, William Ashley Knight is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of La... read more >

Mike Benito

Mike Benito
Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law
4504 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
Licensed for 46 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 12 years, Kevin Molony is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Mary Beth Corn

Mary Beth Corn
Mary Beth Corn, P.A.
156 E Bloomingdale Ave
Brandon, FL 33511
Licensed for 29 years, Mary Beth Corn is a DUI / DWI and Seal or Expunge Criminal Record lawyer who attended Stetson University College of ... read more >

Gail F Conolly

Gail F Conolly
Conolly Law
13575 58th St. N Ste 183
Clearwater, FL 33760
Licensed for 39 years, Gail F Conolly is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Brett Metcalf

Brett Metcalf
Hillsborough Defense, P.A.
1710 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 44 years, Brett Metcalf is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended The Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Michael Denis Kenny

Michael Denis Kenny
Bauer Crider Kenny & Parry
1550 S Highland Ave Suite C
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 21 years, Michael Denis Kenny is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Peter L. Tragos

Peter L. Tragos
Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos
2203 N Lois Ave #944
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 11 years, Peter L. Tragos is a Criminal Defense and Motor Vehicle Accidents lawyer... read more >

Jeff Lieser

Jeff Lieser
Lieser Skaff
403 N. Howard Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 18 years, Jeff Lieser is a Intellectual Property Law and Business Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College ... read more >

Christopher Sierra

Christopher Sierra
Christopher M. Sierra, P.A.
695 Central Ave Suite 271
Saint Petersburg, FL 33701
Licensed for 31 years, Christopher Sierra is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George School... read more >

Leon H. Jones

Leon H. Jones
LHJ LAW (Criminal Defense)
201 E. Kennedy Blvd. Suite 1610
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 33 years, Leon H. Jones is a Criminal Defense and Federal Crimes lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Matthew West Kindel

Matthew West Kindel
Bauer, Crider, Kindel & Parry, P.A.
1550 S Highland Ave Ste C
Clearwater, FL 33756
Licensed for 17 years, Matthew West Kindel is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >

Vincent Roderick Pawlowski

Vincent Roderick Pawlowski
The Pawlowski // Mastrilli Law Group, P.A.
1718 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 36 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 32 years, Paul Marx Sisco is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended James E. Rogers College of Law ... read more >

Kris Parker

Kris Parker
Hendry & Parker, P.A.
1004 Broadway
Dunedin, FL 34698
Licensed for 16 years, Kris Parker is a DUI / DWI and Domestic Violence lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of Law... read more >

Jeff Council Paulk

Jeff Council Paulk
Thomas & Paulk, P.A.
217 N Howard Ave #100
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 26 years, Jeff Council Paulk is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Ronald Lawrence Frey II

Ronald Lawrence Frey II
The Frey Law Firm, LLC
625 E Twiggs St 101A
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 20 years, Ronald Lawrence Frey II is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cleveland-Marshall College of Law... read more >

Norman Salvatore Cannella

Norman Salvatore Cannella
Rywant Alavarez Jones Russo and Guyton
302 Knights Run Ave Fl 10
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 51 years, Norman Salvatore Cannella is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Christopher Gerard Frey

Christopher Gerard Frey
Christopher G. Frey
412 E Madison St Ste 1106
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 35 years, Christopher Gerard Frey is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Stephen Corrigan Higgins

Stephen Corrigan Higgins
The Law Place
3426 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 19 years, Stephen Corrigan Higgins is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Rutgers School of Law - Camden... read more >

Peyton Bush Hyslop

Peyton Bush Hyslop
Hyslop & Pila PA
6540 Magnolia Point Dr
Land O' Lakes, FL 34637
Licensed for 41 years, Peyton Bush Hyslop is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Cumberland School of Law - Samford University... read more >

Mark P Rankin

Mark P Rankin
The Law Office of Mark P. Rankin, P.A.
1410 N Westshore Blvd Ste 200
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 25 years, Mark P Rankin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Virginia School of Law... read more >

Eduardo A Suarez

Eduardo A Suarez
Law Offices of Ed Suarez, P.A.
1011 W Cleveland St
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 36 years, Eduardo A Suarez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Nick M. Mattasisni

Nick M. Mattasisni
The Matassini Law Firm, P.A.
2811 W. Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 48 years, Nick M. Mattasisni is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Ellis R Faught Jr

Ellis R Faught Jr
Faught and Faught, P.A.
206 Mason Street
Brandon, FL 33511
Licensed for 46 years, Ellis R Faught Jr is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >

Andrew Barrett Shein

Andrew Barrett Shein
The Law Offices of Andrew Shein, P.A.
3605 W Azeele St
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 26 years, Andrew Barrett Shein is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College of La... read more >

Jay Andrew Hebert

Jay Andrew Hebert
5250 Ulmerton Rd
Clearwater, FL 33760
Licensed for 33 years, Jay Andrew Hebert is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Jane Brooke Schroder

Jane Brooke Schroder
3265 40th Way S Apt E
St. Petersburg, FL 33711
Licensed for 11 years, Jane Brooke Schroder is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Christopher Hersem

Christopher Hersem
Hersem Law
1550 W. Cleveland St, Suite 9
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 19 years, Christopher Hersem is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Kerstin Wade

Kerstin Wade
The Wade Law Firm
607-A W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Suite #10a
Tampa, FL 33603
Kerstin Wade is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI lawyer who attended Michigan State University 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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