Crestview, 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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Stephen G. Cobb
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Crestview , FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience

Stephen G. Cobb, author of Florida Criminal Law and a board certified expert in criminal trial law since 2002, is proud to announce our merger of Cobb Law Firm with the Law Firm of Sherry Ivey Jones. We are now known as... Read More »
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Thomas Shawn Lupella Esq.
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Crestview, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
(850) 423-0738 891 South Ferdon Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32536
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of North Dakota School of Law
I have been practicing for over 10 years and over 5000 court cases, ranging from DUIs and Domestic Violence charges–to the most serious and complex felony cases. I have had many jury trials and have represented those charged with capital offenses. I attended law school at the University of North Dakota. While there I focused on trial advocacy and litigation and worked some excellent attorneys at Zimney, Foster, P.C. I worked in the areas of Insurance Defense, Commercial Law, and Federal Criminal Law. After moving to Florida with my family, I started working as a prosecutor for child...
Gillis Edward Powell, Jr.
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Crestview, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(850) 682-2757 422 N. Main Street
Crestview, FL 32536
Criminal, Civil Rights, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
South Texas College of Law
Gillis E. (Gill) Powell, Jr.main focus is litigation and trial practice. He handles complex personal injury cases, medical malpractice cases, wrongful death cases, catastrophic injury cases, criminal defense cases, railroad cases, real estate litigation, and commercial litigation. Mr. Powell has tried and won numerous civil trials and he has obtained substantial jury awards for his clients. He is a member of the million dollar advocates club as a result of his jury verdicts. He has also successfully defended many clients in criminal cases, including clients charged with homicide, aggravated battery, sexual battery, drug offenses, driving under the...
Stephen G. Cobb
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Crestview , FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(850) 423-0035 550 Main Street
Suite 200
Crestview , FL 32536
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and White Collar Crime
Florida State University College of Law and Victoria University of Manchester
Stephen G. Cobb, author of Florida Criminal Law and a board certified expert in criminal trial law since 2002, is proud to announce our merger of Cobb Law Firm with the Law Firm of Sherry Ivey Jones. We are now known as Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC.

Whether you or someone you love is charged with a misdemeanor, criminal traffic, felony or juvenile crime, Florida Criminal Defense Legal Group, PLLC, is ready, willing and able to help you and your loved ones in your time of need.
Tim Michael Flaherty
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Crestview, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(850) 398-8098 550 N Main St #E
Crestview, FL 32536
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Domestic Violence
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Timothy Flaherty is a Fort Walton criminal defense attorney who has dedicated his practice to defending those facing some of the toughest situations of their lives with compassion and a reliable defense. With over a decade of courtroom experience, he uses his knowledge of Florida's laws to help his clients seek out a positive resolution while minimizing the stress on their shoulders. Pursuing a legal degree at Southern Illinois University School of Law was the first step in his successful legal career. After earning his license to practice in Florida, he gained hands-on experience as a Public Defender. Armed...
Crestview, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 28 years experience
(850) 683-0700 420 E Pine Ave
Crestview, FL 32539
Criminal
Crestview, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(850) 682-0331 1243 N Pearl St
Crestview, FL 32536
Criminal and DUI
Donald Edward Witmyer
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(850) 543-1864 4399 Commons Drive East, Suite 300
Destin, FL 32578
Criminal, Family and Military
Widener University School of Law
Aaron Watson
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Fort Walton, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(850) 607-2929 165 Brooks St
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Fort Walton, FL 32548
Free ConsultationCriminal, Civil Rights and Personal Injury
Stetson University College of Law
Aaron Watson is a Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer. Before graduating law school, Attorney Aaron Watson was named a national champion in trial advocacy after he defeated 248 teams from 148 law schools in the American Association for Justice student trial competition. The competing teams were judged by other lawyers and judges on their trial advocacy skills, opening statements, examination of witnesses, use of facts, and closing arguments. During this time, Mr. Watson was also named Who's Who Among American Universities & Colleges.

Mr. Watson is involved in the following legal associations:

Escambia Santa Rosa Bar Association
American Bar Association, Member
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M. James Jenkins
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Attorney
(850) 434-9304 1211 West Garden St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Criminal, DUI, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
Florida State University College of Law
Jim Jenkins practices in Federal and State Courts. He handles cases involving serious criminal allegations, including white collar offense. He also handles various types of select personal injury cases. Jim has 24 years experience trying cases to juries throughout Florida and in various Federal Jurisdictions. He is an honors graduate of Florida State University Law School, the University of California, San Diego and St. Petersburg Jr. College. He has served as a State Prosecutor, Assistant State Public Defender and as an Assistant Federal Defender in the Northern District of Florida. He is also a graduate and active participant...
Regina Nichol Fillingim
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(850) 549-5578 209 N. Barcelona St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Family
Oklahoma City University School of Law
The Fillingim Law Firm, P.A. aggressively defends adults and juveniles who have been accused of crimes. Regina N. Fillingim, Esq. has made Criminal Law the primary focus of her career for over 10 years. She worked as a as a prosecutor in Orlando and Pensacola, Florida, where she was trained to prosecute the State's cases, and where she learned best how to tear them apart. A criminal conviction can cause the loss of your freedom, your job, your property, your spouse and children and can follow you for the rest of your life. If you have been charged with a...
Nicole Ferry
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(850) 469-8118 415 North Spring Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
Criminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
I graduated from Winthrop High School in the top 10 of my class, being inducted into the National Honor Society. During my high school tenure I participated in Varsity Cheerleading, Varsity Basketball, Varsity Softball and Track. I attended Louisiana State University, obtaining my Bachelor's degree in 3 1/2 years. I am licensed in Louisiana and Florida. I have been practicing law for 18 years. For 14 of those, my husband, Chris Ferry has been my law partner. I encourage clients to settle so that they have the ability to make the decisions regarding their lives instead of a...
John Anthony Terrezza
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(850) 764-5291 440 Bayfront Parkway
Pensacola, FL 32502
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and White Collar Crime
Florida State University College of Law
John Terrezza was born in Pensacola, Florida, educated at the University of Florida and the Florida State University College of Law, and now focuses his practice on criminal defense. From 2010 to 2015, John lived in Gainesville, Florida where he discovered his passion for criminal defense while working in the office of attorney Lloyd Vipperman Jr. John enjoys the opportunity to get in the courtroom, argue, and defend the rights of persons accused of crimes. John has won acquittals at trial as lead counsel on charges ranging from misdemeanors to those carrying mandatory life sentences. In 2015,...
Gillis E. (Beau) Powell III
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Milton, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(850) 981-2400 6827 Caroline Street, STE A
Milton, FL 32570
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Personal Injury
Mississippi College School of Law
Attorney, Gillis E. (Beau) Powell III, has dedicated most of his practice to criminal cases. He began his career by working at the Office of the State Attorney, prosecuting both felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. As a former prosecutor, he can evaluate your criminal case from the state's perspective and provide legal insight into what the State can or cannot prove in your case.
Shawn M. Risen
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(850) 864-1951 436 Green Acres Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Family
Florida State University College of Law
Family Law, Bankruptcy and Criminal Defense on the Emerald Coast since 1996. Florida Bar Board Certified Specialist in Juvenile Law.
David L. Stevens
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(850) 304-7880 1825 Hurlburt Road
Suite 10
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Regent University School of Law
Attorney David Stevens is a third-generation resident of Okaloosa County. A proud Seminole, David graduated with a Bachelor of Science from Florida State University before earning his Juris Doctorate from the Regent University School of Law in Virginia Beach, VA. He currently resides in Niceville, FL with his wife and three-year-old daughter.

David was sworn in to practice law in Florida in 2010, and soon joined a civil litigation law firm in Santa Rosa Beach as an associate attorney. He went on to become a prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office in Shalimar, FL, and served in that capacity for...
Ryan M. Cardoso
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(850) 466-2073 730 Bayfront Pkwy
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Pensacola, FL 32502
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Ryan M. Cardoso is the founder and principal attorney at the Law Offices of Ryan M. Cardoso, PLLC, in Pensacola, Florida. He serves clients in a wide variety of practice areas, including criminal defense, personal injury, and civil litigation. Ryan is an experienced attorney who has helped countless clients seek justice and defend their rights.

Ryan M. Cardoso is a graduate of the University of South Florida and obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Florida College of Law in 2002 where he graduated with honors. He has been a member of The Florida Bar since 2003 and is...
Susan Ann Martinez
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(850) 939-9995 7552 Navarre Parkway, Suite 9
Navarre, FL 32566
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Foreclosure Defense
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Susan A. Martinez, Esq., I am a mother, formerly in the United States Air Force, and a former Assistant State Attorney, I have always wanted to be a prosecutor because of my strong sense of justice. I have extensive experience with the criminal justice system as both a prosecutor and a criminal defense attorney. After leaving the State Attorneys Office, I continued to have a strong sense of justice so I decided that I wanted to practice consumer law and I started learning about debtor’s rights and helping consumer’s. I treat each client as if they are an...
Jay Patel
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(850) 863-4064 909 Mar Walt Drive Ste. 1014
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
Florida Coastal School of Law
Jay Patel is a former prosecutor and a former law enforcement officer with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. Jay joins ASG from the State Attorney’s Office where he spent almost four years prosecuting thousands of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies punishable by life. Jay achieved success in criminal cases that were before a jury, a judge, and at the appellate level. Jay’s family moved to the area in 1990 when his family began a hospitality management venture in Destin. Growing up in the family business taught him many aspects of business and instilled what he believes...
David Alfred Carroll
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 26 years experience
(850) 432-3333 201 E. Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Criminal, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
Phone: 850-432-3333, I have managed my Law Practice in Pensacola and the Florida Panhandle for over 25 years. I enjoy the challenge of complex cases, designing strategies for success and then fighting through to a great result. I help clients with their legal matters from complex family issuers, and divorce to HURRICANE claims, automobile accidents, and probate issues. I will fight DCF. If you have been turned down by others, don't give up until you give me a call. I help with all family litigation like: divorce, custody, custody by a relative, child support, alimony, military retirement and the...
James Richard Barnes
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(850) 444-7444 201 E. Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Mississippi
I have been practicing law in Pensacola and surrounding areas for twenty-eight years. My legal expertise is the result of having tried more than one hundred jury trials. My defense method has procured proven case results due to hundreds of dismissals, not guilty verdicts and my 87% trial success rate. One of my cases achieved national attention and was featured on CNN and CourtTV. My extensive experience is the result of many years, both, representing and defending many types of legal actions.

Every county and courthouse has its own way of doing things. Based on my experience and diverse involvement in...
Clay Brown Adkinson
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DeFuniak Springs, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 13 years experience
(850) 892-5195 41 South 6th Street
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Family and White Collar Crime
Florida State University College of Law
Clay B. Adkinson is a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney at Adkinson Law Firm in DeFuniak Springs, Florida. The firm, which has more than 30 years of experience in the Florida Panhandle, represents clients facing criminal charges and others who are involved in family law issues. Adkinson earned his bachelor's degree in political science at Florida State University in Tallahassee in 2003. He then attended law school at Florida State University College of Law where he graduated with his juris doctor degree in 2005. After law school, he joined Adkinson Law Firm with...
John Michael Kvartek
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(850) 912-6122 917 North Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law and University of West Florida
I have been a member of the Family Law Committee of the Escambia/Santa Rosa Bar Association and have participated as a speaker on Family Law topics. I am a member of the Florida Bar (both in Family Law and Criminal Law Sections), Escambia/Santa Rosa Criminal Defense Society and The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I received my law degree from Florida State University College of Law (1994), and have been a member of the following Bar and Courts: Florida Bar since 1995; Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals for the Northern and Middle District of Florida since 1995. I am...
Stephen Joseph Ryan
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(850) 864-1951 436 Green Acres Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Family
Florida State University College of Law
Florida Bar since 1995; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida, since 1996; Juris Doctorate with honors, Florida State University; BS in Political Science, SUNY, Stonybrook;
Clark H. Henderson
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(850) 863-0494 906-D Mar Walt Drive
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
Clark H. Henderson, originally from Waynesboro, Mississippi, is a 2007 graduate of the University of South Alabama and a 2011 graduate of the Cumberland School of Law, Sam ford University, in Birmingham, Alabama. During law school Clark interned at the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and with the Honorable Laura Petro, 10th Judicial Circuit, Criminal Division. He practiced in Birmingham, Alabama before being admitted to the Florida Bar. Clark is licensed to practice in both Florida and Alabama.
Geoffrey H. L. Pittman
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(850) 912-8060 222 W. Cervantes Street
Pensacola, FL 32501
Free ConsultationCriminal and Medical Malpractice
Florida Coastal School of Law
Geoffrey H. L. Pittman attended the University of West Florida and Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, earning Dean’s list honors multiple times. He graduated with a Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law, in Jacksonville, Florida and was recognized with distinction for his pro bono work conducted while in law school. During law school, Mr. Pittman volunteered at the Office of the Public Defender (4th Judicial Circuit) and Legal Services of North Florida, and he also completed a judicial internship for the Honorable Circuit Court Judge Jean...
Hayward Dykes Jr.
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Miramar Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(850) 837-5118 P.O. Box 6944
Miramar Beach, FL 32550
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, Business and DUI
The University of Mississippi School of Law
Handle civil and criminal cases throughout Northwest Florida. My firm focuses on personal injury, criminal defense, bankruptcy, real estate closings, and general civil litigation.
Michael John Griffith
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 45 years experience
(850) 433-9922 304 East Government St.
Pensacola, FL 32502
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
Michael John Griffith is a criminal defense attorney in Pensacola, Florida. The Law Office of Michael J. Griffith assists people in Escambia and Santa Rosa Counties who have been charged with or accused of a crime. Our attorneys have over 30 years of experience handling criminal cases and have practiced throughout the United States in drug and sex crime cases.
William Randall Wade
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Milton, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(850) 623-0003 6794 Caroline Street
Milton, FL 32570
Free ConsultationCriminal and Divorce
Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
William R. Wade has practiced criminal defense law for 29 years in Kentucky, Alabama and Florida. He is the President of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2014-2015). He is admitted to practice in all Florida State and Federal Courts. While his principal physical office is in Milton, Mr. Wade practices in all courts of the 1st Judicial Circuit.
Carol Lee Peake
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Daytona Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
Suite 416
Daytona Beach, FL 32115
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
Skilled and Experienced Attorney for your Divorce, Family Law, Juvenile and Criminal Law Needs in Daytona Beach, Volusia County, Flagler County, St. Johns County and the surrounding Central Florida areas.
Rendi Katalinic
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(850) 654-0892 254 Harbor Blvd. Suite 102
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Steve Knittle
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 33 years experience
(850) 999-3425 2270 Highway 87
Navarre, FL 32566
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
I have been an attorney for over thirty years. My primary focus for the last fifteen years has been almost exclusively Criminal Law as an Assistant Public Defender and in private practice. Prior to that, I was a self- employed in private practice in Cincinnati and handled numerous and varied matters to include Criminal, Family, and Transactional Law in Hamilton County, Ohio. I have practiced in Ohio, Florida, and Georgia. I was the Supervising Attorney of the Sebring Florida Public Defender’s office with a staff of 10, including 6 attorneys. I have tried over 40...
Isaac Taylor Newlin
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 11 years experience
(850) 939-7722 9218 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DUI and Personal Injury
Roy Milton Kinsey Jr.
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 47 years experience
(850) 434-5267 438 E Government St
Pensacola, FL 32502
Criminal, DUI, Insurance Claims and Medical Malpractice
Florida State University College of Law
Donald Keith Kilpatrick
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(850) 939-7722 9218 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Craig Allen Vigodsky
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PENSACOLA, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 21 years experience
(850) 912-8520 221 W Cervantes St,
PENSACOLA, FL 32501
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Don Dennis
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Santa Rosa Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(850) 622-3000 5597 Highway 98
Suite 201C
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Criminal, Personal Injury and Probate
Mr. Timothy A. Weaver Esq.
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(850) 939-5299 8285 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566
Criminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
When you have a legal problem you want an experienced attorney, one who knows the law and the process, to protect your rights. The attorneys at Weaver,Weaver & Collins, P.A., have more than fifty years of combined legal experience. We take an aggressive, yet thoughtful approach, to the representation of our clients. We provide comprehensive counsel in matters involving Consumer Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense, DUI and other Criminal Charges, Personal Injury, Juvenile Charges, Family Law and Social Security Disability. The sooner you meet with us the sooner we can begin working for you! Call us today and allow...
Sherry Ivey Jones
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Gulf Breeze, FL Criminal Law Lawyer
(850) 934-6554 69 Bay Bridge Drive
Gulf Breeze, FL 32561
Criminal
Christopher Klotz
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Attorney
(850) 497-6565 1211 W Garden St
Pensacola, FL 32502
Free ConsultationCriminal, Nursing Home, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
Mississippi College School of Law
Gulf Breeze, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(850) 936-0311 2532 Houston Cir
Gulf Breeze, FL 32563
Criminal, Administrative, Business and Estate Planning
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
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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.

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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.