Avon Park, Florida Criminal Lawyers

John Patrick Musca
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Aggressive Criminal Defense; 150 Combined Yrs Experience

Mr. Musca is a passionate, aggressive and nationally-renowned criminal defense attorney who represents clients on all criminal defense matters in the State of Florida. He completed his undergraduate studies at Boston... Read More »
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Elton J 'Buddy' Gissendanner III
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Sebring, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 25 years experience
(863) 385-7555 605 S. Pine Street
Sebring, FL 33870
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and White Collar Crime
Stetson University College of Law
I have over 21 years of criminal trial experience both as a private criminal defense attorney and a former Assistant State Attorney and Assistant Attorney General.
Brian Max Monk
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Sebring, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(866) 494-2312 329 South Commerce Avenue
Sebring, FL 33870
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of Florida
Attorney Brian Monk has lived in the Central Florida area nearly his entire life. In 2000, he graduated from the University of Florida with a B.S. in Business Management and a B.A. in Political Science. Thereafter, Brian earned a Law degree, a Master’s of Education degree and Specialist degree in counseling from the University of Florida. While in law school, Brian earned a Certificate in Family Law and was named a Fellow of the UF Law Center on Children and Families. Following law school, Brian worked as an Assistant State Attorney in Ocala, Florida, prosecuting felony and misdemeanor cases...
Peter J. Brewer
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Sebring, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(863) 385-1565 559 S Commerce Ave
Sebring, FL 33870
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Tulane University School of Law
Pete was raised in Hardee County and graduated from Hardee Senior High School in 2003. He then went on to get his bachelor's degree in International Affairs from Florida State University with a focus on Middle Eastern Studies. He received his law degree with honors from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans in 2010 and was a Notes and Comments Editor for the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law. After law school, Pete worked as a prosecutor mostly in Hardee and Highlands Counties, and briefly in Polk County in the Economic Crimes Division.
He joined the firm in 2016...
William B. Fletcher
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Sebring, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(863) 385-1565 559 S Commerce Ave
Sebring, FL 33870
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Florida State University College of Law
Bill was raised in the Lakeland Highland in Polk County, Florid. He attended Summerlin Institute, now known as Bartow High school.
He attended Polk Community College, now known as Polk State College in Winter Haven, Florida where he graduated with honors and was selected for Who’s in American Junior College. Bill then attended Florida State University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1968. He went on to attend the Florida State University of Law, graduating with honors in 1973.
He worked for the Attorney General’s Office during Law School, handling criminal appeals for the State of Florida. During his Law...
Daniel K Payne
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Sebring, FL Criminal Law Attorney
(844) 465-7529 518 North Ridgewood Drive #1231
P.O. Box 1231
Sebring, FL 33870
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Daniel is native Floridian, a United States Navy Veteran and a retired Highlands County Deputy Sheriff. Daniel served as a Police Officer for City of Sebring and before that was a Police Officer for Town of Arcadia.

Daniel has worked as a consultant and legal advisor for a local construction firm, and has provided legal services to several local businesses. Daniel has also served as an active member the City of Sebring Planning and Zoning board.

Daniel retired from the Sheriff’s Office, and graduated from Western Michigan University’s Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Daniel is licensed to practice in all Florida...
Rhonda Whittaker
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Sebring, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(863) 402-6724 510 Fernleaf Ave
Sebring, FL 33870
Criminal and Juvenile
Sebring, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(863) 402-6549 411 S Eucalyptus St
Sebring, FL 33870
Criminal
Stetson University College of Law
Sebring, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 32 years experience
(863) 382-2805 2642 Skyview St
Sebring, FL 33870
Criminal and Business
Stetson University College of Law
Sebring, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 47 years experience
(863) 382-3127 241 S Commerce Ave
Sebring, FL 33870
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Sebring, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 43 years experience
(863) 385-5139 329 S Commerce Ave
Sebring, FL 33870
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Sebring, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 44 years experience
(863) 385-5144 357 S Orange St
Sebring, FL 33870
Criminal and DUI
Tonmiel Rodriguez
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BARTOW, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(863) 774-4556 160 E SUMMERLIN ST
STE 207
BARTOW, FL 33830
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Stetson University College of Law
Tonmiel Rodriguez is a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer, a distinction few Florida attorneys achieve. He is an experienced litigator, having tried over 55 criminal trials, conducted hundreds of depositions, and litigated numerous motion and evidentiary hearings. Tonmiel was inducted into the National Trial Lawyers list of "Top 40 under 40" Florida Criminal Trial Lawyers. He has been published three times in The Defender, a publication of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL). In 2015, Attorney Tonmiel Rodriguez was awarded the FACDL's James T. Miller Scholar Award.

In 2005, Attorney Tonmiel Rodriguez received his Political Science Degree, with Honors,...
P Diane Buerger
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Bartow, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 34 years experience
(863) 804-0999 766 East Main Street
Bartow, FL 33830
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Stetson University College of Law
My primary practice is criminal law -- in both trial and appellate courts. I've successfully argued before the Florida Supreme Court -- and District Courts of Appeal. I'm a Past President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers -- and also the Polk County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.
J Armando Edmiston
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(863) 230-8706 503 E Beacon Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Juvenile and Personal Injury
Nova Southeastern University
J. Armando Edmiston is an aggressive, knowledgeable and experienced personal injury and criminal defense lawyer handling serious felonies, sexual assault, DUI's, driving offenses, drug charges and weapon crimes. ...
Matthew S. Boomershine
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Kissimmee, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(855) 473-1818 1524 N. John Young Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence, Insurance Claims and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Matthew S. Boomershine is an Oc Counsel Attorney for the Central Florida law firm of Bogin, Munns & Munns. His primary areas of practice are Criminal Defense and Traffic Defense. He received his B.A. from Brown University (2002) and his J.D. from the University of Florida (2007). He is a former Assistant Public Defender who has handled hundreds of criminal and traffic cases in Central Florida.

Mr. Boomershine is an experienced negotiator who fights for the rights and privacy of his clients. He is skilled with getting existing criminal records sealed or even expunged completely. He...
Howard Iken
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(800) 469-3486 1102 S. Florida Ave
Lakeland, FL 33803
Free ConsultationCriminal, Arbitration & Mediation, Bankruptcy and Cannabis Law
Stetson University College of Law
Attorney Howard Iken is the founder and managing partner of Ayo and Iken PLC, a law firm helping clients with divorce, custody, bankruptcy, criminal defense, and debtor defense. We have offices throughout Tampa Bay and Central Florida.

We have the following locations available:

Wesley Chapel
Summergate Professional Center
Seven Oaks - near Wiregrass Mall - off Hwy 56
27642 Cashford Circle
Wesley Chapel, FL 33544

New Port Richey - Pasco ...
Darla K. Snead
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(863) 619-5291 609 MidFlorida Dr., Ste. 2
Lakeland, FL 33813
Criminal, Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Experienced & Effective representation for your legal matter. Call now for an office or telephone consultation. Attorney Snead has over 22 years experience as a Civil and Criminal trial attorney. Whether you need an attorney for a divorce, child custody, personal injury, or criminal case, you can rest assured knowing that you have Attorney Snead by your side. Whether you need aggressive representation in Court or an attorney with great attention to detail, Ms. Snead will guide you each step of the way. Attorney Snead is a former prosecutor and also a former insurance defense attorney. Why...
David Ralph Carmichael
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BARTOW, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(863) 533-7117 BARTOW, FL 33831
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
St. Thomas University School of Law
WORK EXPERIENCE Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Specialist by the Florida bar (1999-Present) BOSWELL & DUNLAP, LLP Bartow FL. Partner, Litigation Specialist, 2004 - Present OFFICE OF THE STATE ATTORNEY, TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT, Tallahassee, FL Assistant State Attorney, Special Prosecution Director. EDUCATION COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Board of Directors Bartow Women’s Care Center, (2009 to Present) Board of Directors, Chairman, Heartland for Children. (2010 to Present) Tenth Judicial Circuit Professionalism Committee (2005-Present) Bartow Chamber of Commerce, Board of...
Andrea Anderson
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Kissimmee, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(855) 473-1818 1524 N. John Young Parkway
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Criminal, Bankruptcy, Family and Personal Injury
Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Andrea Anderson is an Of Counsel attorney for the Central Florida full service law firm of Bogin, Munns & Munns. Ms. Anderson is a graduate of Touro College, having received her J.D. in 1998. Since then, she has become licensed to practice law in Connecticut, New York, and Florida. Ms. Anderson practices a wide variety of areas, including Family Law, Probate, and Personal Injury. Her focus is in Bankruptcy and Criminal Law.
Stacey Hendrix McNelis
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Bartow, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(863) 537-7370 158 E. Summerlin Street
Bartow, FL 33830
Free ConsultationCriminal and Family
Stetson University and Florida State University College of Law
Stacey Hendrix McNelis - Experienced Legal Support From A Polk County Native

Stacey H. McNelis is dedicated to the practice of law and helping those in need. She focuses primarily in Criminal, Dependency and Family Law, and Social Security in Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties. She is an experienced trial attorney, having handled numerous cases in the county court as well as at the circuit court level. Over the course of her career, she has argued hundreds of motions and has tried over 30 jury trials.

Prior to founding McNelis Law, Ms. McNelis joined Colón & McNelis, P.A., in 2005 and practiced...
Joshua W Westcott
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(863) 660-2223 122 E. Main Street, #211
Lakeland, FL 33801
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Barry University
As a practicing attorney in Polk County, Florida, for almost ten years, I'm proud to offer my clients advice and representation in the areas of family law, criminal defense, and elder law. My vision is to bring a personal feel and approach to each of my client's legal concerns. It is my goal to give each client effective advice and craft personal solutions for difficult legal matters. I'm privileged to be part of the Polk County community, and proud to know that when the good people of this community need my guidance and experience, I'll be here for them.
Christopher Bruce Bailey
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Saint Cloud, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 2 years experience
(407) 957-9686
Ext. 3
1320 Jersey Ave
Saint Cloud, FL 34769
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Growing up in Central Florida, Mr. Bailey decided to stay local when pursuing a higher education. Attending the University of Central Florida, Mr. Bailey obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice in 2012. While completing this degree and afterwards, Mr. Bailey worked for a large firm handling Bankruptcy cases for those who had fallen on hard times, especially those caused by the mortgage crisis. Mr. Bailey was inspired to go to law school by the work and dedication of the attorneys he worked with for years. Mr. Bailey obtained his Juris Doctorate in December 2016.
Mr. Bailey focuses his...
Amir A. Ladan
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Kissimmee, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(407) 796-9563 808 Mabbette Street
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Criminal, DUI and Juvenile
University of Miami School of Law
Founded in 2001 by myself & my partner, Keith Carsten, Carsten & Ladan, P.A. is dedicated to the defense of those accused of criminal offenses in State and Federal Court. We pride ourselves on our integrity and our dedication to quality legal representation. Each of our four attorneys have practiced criminal law since 1998 and are all former Assistant State Attorneys in Orlando. I have successfully defended clients charged with a wide-array of criminal offenses, ranging from life felonies to simple misdemeanors in adult and juvenile court. Although my average client is a 1st or 2nd time offender,...
Steven Ralph Tinsley
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St. Cloud, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
St. Cloud, FL 34769
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Washburn Law School
Former prosecutor.

Former President of the Osceola County Bar Association.

Over 30 years of continuous criminal practice.

The Tinsley Criminal Defense Team is wholly devoted to the intelligent and aggressive defense of people accused of crimes.

If you or someone you love is charged with a crime, there's a lot to talk about. Please call for a free consultation.
Lazaro Grael Blanco
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Kissimmee, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(407) 315-1284 1631 East Vine Street
Suite H
Kissimmee, FL 34744
Criminal, DUI, Family and Traffic Tickets
St. Thomas University School of Law
With over a decade of experience and recognition within the legal industry, Attorney Lazaro Blanco has established himself as a dependable Kissimmee criminal defense lawyer. He serves clients throughout Osceola County who were charged with crimes such as DUI, theft, and violent offenses. As Lead Attorney at Blanco Law Center, PA, he stands ready to fight for the rights and futures of all his clients. If you face serious criminal charges, now is the time to schedule a free consultation and learn more about how you can protect yourself from the devastating consequences of a conviction. Do not fight the...
Rafael Echemendia
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(863) 669-1505 5473 U.S. 98 South
Lakeland, FL 33812
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Ohio State University - Columbus and University of Florida
Rafael was born and raised in Polk County, Florida, and graduated from Auburndale High School in 1984. Rafael received his B.A. degree from the University of Florida and his Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law in 1997. He was admitted to the Florida Bar in April of 1998, and initially served as an Assistant Public Defender, handling a variety of cases. After just a few months as a misdemeanor attorney, Rafael was quickly promoted to Felony, where he was responsible for cases ranging from drug possession to murder. Rafael soon established...
Matthew Edwards Kaylor
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(888) 478-7223 3001 Bartow Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
Quinnipiac University School of Law
I was born and raised in Polk County. I was a prosecutor in Bartow for three years before I went into private practice. I have tried over 75 jury trials. I am a married father of three and I live in Winter Haven. I also serve on the Lake Region Lakes Management District.
Heather Bryan Sellers
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(863) 825-5309 255 North Kentucky Ave., Ste. 203
Lakeland, FL 33801
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Heather Bryan is an experienced trial attorney. Heather began her legal career at the Public Defender's Office for the Tenth Judicial Circuit, where she worked on misdemeanors, felonies, and appeals. Heather then did plaintiff's personal injury work in private practice. Heather's passion for the courtroom was fueled by defending those whose rights had been compromised. She understands the importance of protecting all peoples' fundamental, Constitutional rights. Heather firmly believes in the tenet that every person deserves zealous representation, and if the case requires it, Heather is dedicated to giving every client his or her day in...
Ricardo Alvarez
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
(863) 709-0808 5015 South Florida Avenue
Suite 403
Lakeland, FL 33813
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Traffic Tickets
University of Florida
Deborah Annette Carroll
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(863) 937-9100 2920 Winter Lake Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Stetson University College of Law
Deborah Carroll grew up in central Florida, raised her family in central Florida and committed her practice to her hometown area. She graduated in 1999 from University of South Florida with a B.A. in Business Management. In 2002, Ms. Carroll graduated from Stetson University with her MBA and Stetson University College of Law with her JD.

Following law school, Ms. Carroll worked as an Assistant Public Defender with the 10th Judicial Circuit in Bartow, Florida, with both felony and misdemeanor cases. In 2005, Ms. Carroll went into private practice with a well known law firm in Lakeland, FL...
Richard Nick Kelley
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Kissimmee, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(407) 847-6259 206 South Beaumont Avenue
Kissimmee, FL 34741
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Stockbroker Fraud and White Collar Crime
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University and Florida State University College of Law
Experience: • More than 20 years experience • Former Prosceutor for Orange and Osceola County • Handled Capitol Cases involving the Death Penalty • Handled Thousands of Criminal Cases • Handled Thousands of DUI and Traffic Cases Licensed To Practice: • United States Supreme Court • United States District Court Middle District Florida • All Florida State Courts
Mr Matthew Kaylor
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Attorney
(888) 478-7223 3001 Bartow Rd
Lakeland, FL 33803
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Quinnipiac University School of Law and Florida State University College of Law
Matthew Kaylor was born and raised in Polk County, Florida and graduated from Winter Haven High School. He received his undergraduate degree from Florida State University and his law degree from Quinnipiac University in Connecticut. Matthew worked for 3 years at the State Attorney's Office in Bartow as a prosecutor. He has been in private practice with his brother David for the past 7 years. He has tried over 70 jury trials and helped falsely accused people be acguitted of crimes ranging from DUI to petit theft to first degree murder. Matthew is a trial...
William J Lobb
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Bartow, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(863) 534-8522 295 W Summerlin St
Bartow, FL 33830
Free ConsultationCriminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Stetson University College of Law
I am a trial attorney with more than nineteen years of courtroom experience helping individuals, couples, and families in Polk and Hardee Counties. I hold a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Due to the nature of my practice, I appear before the judges in the Family Law division practically every day of the week. Through my years of trial work I have grown to recognize which cases may ultimately have to be tried and which cases may be resolved without going to court. By focusing on solutions to my client’s problems rather than...
Melissa Wilson
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Bartow, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(863) 644-5566 620 W Polk Street, Building A
Bartow, FL 33830
Criminal, Divorce and Family
As the founder of the legal practice Advocate Law Firm, P.A., Lakeland attorney Melissa A. Wilson devotes her practice to cases of family law, criminal defense and personal injury. She has been working in the legal field since 1998, and she is admitted to practice in both Connecticut and Florida courts. Attorney Wilson is a graduate of the University of Central Florida and Quinnipiac University School of Law. Contact her firm for a free case review.
Walter C. Thomas Jr.
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(863) 940-4855 4927 Southfork Drive
Lakeland, FL 33813
Free ConsultationCriminal, Business, Divorce and Family
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Lee Adam Cohen
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(863) 646-7636 5430 Strickland Avenue
Lakeland, FL 33812
Criminal, Appeals, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Stetson University College of Law
Thomas Grajek
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Lakeland, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(863) 688-4606 206 Easton Dr
#102
Lakeland, FL 33803
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Traffic Tickets
I have dedicated my entire legal career to being a criminal defense lawyer handling felony, misdemeanor, and federal criminal cases. You need an attorney like me on your side that will defend your freedom. Call for a free consultation with an experienced criminal lawyer whether you're in Hillsborough or Polk County. Free consultations in Lutz, Lakeland, and Tampa, Florida. Call now! http://www.FLCrimeDefense.com
Lynn Willyerd Rhodes
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Bartow, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(863) 533-4594 195 E Stanford St
Bartow, FL 33830
Criminal, Animal, DUI and Family
St. Thomas University School of Law
Gil Colon
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Bartow, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(863) 534-3777 325 East Davidson Street
Bartow, FL 33830
Free ConsultationCriminal
Having practiced both as a prosecutor and an assistant public defender, i was able to represent many clients in a short period of time. i was able to go to trial on a regular basis and acquire the skills that I needed to successfully represent clients throughout my 25 year career. I have tried serious cases both at the state and federal level, including, murder, trafficking and sex crimes to mention just a few. I have the trial experience that will facilitate a fair resolution of your case short of trial or if necessary,aggressively represent you and your rights...
John Brian Flynn
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Bartow, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(863) 533-6707 345 W Davidson St.
Bartow, FL 33830
Criminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Loyola University New Orleans
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Arrested or facing criminal charges?

Criminal law addresses the government's prosecution of individuals who have been accused of committing a crime. Such laws may be federal, state, or local. The prosecution represents the people of a particular jurisdiction, and acts on behalf of the government by bringing a case against an accused. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person accused of a crime may have the right to a criminal defense attorney during interrogations and certain other times before and during a trial.

Whether you are under police investigation, have been arrested, or are facing charges, having an advocate familiar with the criminal justice system.

Most jurisdictions classify crimes as felonies or misdemeanors, with felonies being the more serious offenses with the possibility of more severe sentences. Some criminal lawyers focus on a specific area of criminal defense law, such as white-collar crime, drug offenses, theft crimes, or violent crimes. You should consult with a criminal defense lawyer early on in the process to preserve options, such as diversion programs or plea bargains.

When hiring a criminal defense attorney, you should evaluate the experience and fee structure of the attorney. Some offer a free consultation to discuss your case.


Accomplice liability: If a person aids, assists, or encourages another in the commission of a crime, they are criminally liable as an accomplice to the crime.

Self-defense: The claim that an act otherwise criminal was legally justifiable because it was necessary to protect a person or property from the threat or action of another.