Destin Criminal Lawyers

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Destin Criminal Lawyer Tim Michael Flaherty
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Criminal Defense is all we do. We won't judge you. We'll defend you.

Tim Flaherty and Brandy Merrifield have the experience and creativity to give you the best chance of success. Read More »
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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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Destin, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 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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Stephen G. Cobb
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(850) 423-0035 225 Main Street
Suite 7-G
Destin, FL 32540
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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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(850) 460-7470 1008 Airport Rd
Suite B
Destin, FL 32541
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Domestic Violence
Southern Illinois University School of Law
My name is Tim Flaherty. I am a Fort Walton Beach criminal defense attorney. Since I passed the Bar in 2001, I have dedicated 100% of my practice to criminal defense. No matter what you are accused of, Flaherty Defense Firm will not judge you. We will defend you.

We will fight for the best possible result in your case, and we will also do everything we can to minimize your stress. If you entrust Flaherty Defense Firm with your case, you will be treated with compassion and respect as you go through this crisis.

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Thomas Shawn Lupella Esq.
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(850) 424-5240 3997 Commons Drive West, Suite I
Destin, FL 32541
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...
Brandy L. Merrifield
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney
(850) 460-7470 1008 Airport Rd
Suite B
Destin, FL 32541
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Domestic Violence
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
My name is Brandy Merrifield. I am a criminal defense attorney and partner at Flaherty Defense Firm. We serve Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Destin, and all of Northwest Florida. I devote 100% of my practice to criminal defense. With my background in psychology, I bring a unique perspective to the resolution of criminal cases. My objective in all of my cases is aggressive defense coupled with compassion and understanding.

No matter what you are accused of, Flaherty Defense Firm will not judge you. We will defend you.

We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you. Call...
Rendi Katalinic
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(850) 654-0892 254 Harbor Blvd. Suite 102
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Lawyer
(850) 654-8816 4507 Furling Ln
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal and Personal Injury
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(407) 579-9832 250 Vinings Way Blvd
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal and Business
The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(850) 837-3662 4475 Legendary Dr
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(850) 837-5507 1241 Airport Rd
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(850) 837-3662 4475 Legendary Dr
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal, Appeals, Business and Divorce
Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad Law Center
Aaron Watson
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Fort Walton, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 10 years experience
(850) 607-2929 165 Brooks St
Ste C
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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Hayward Dykes Jr.
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Miramar Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 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.
Carol Lee Peake
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Daytona Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 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.
Donald Edward Witmyer
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Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(850) 543-1864 4399 Commons Drive East, Suite 300
Destin, FL 32578
Criminal, Family and Military
Widener University School of Law
Shawn M. Risen
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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 Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law
Shawn holds a Juris Doctorate, cum laude, from Florida State University, College of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in History Education from the University of West Florida. Shawn has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1996, a member of the United States District Court, Northern District of Florida since 1997, and Board Certified as an expert in Juvenile Law since 2017.
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...
Clark H. Henderson
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 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.
David L. Stevens
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 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...
Stephen Joseph Ryan
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 24 years experience
(850) 864-1951 436 Green Acres Road
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Domestic Violence
Florida State University College of Law
Stephen “Steve” Joseph Ryan was born in the Bronx, where his mother worked as a nurse and his father was an officer with the New York Police Department. In the early ’90s, Steve moved to Tallahassee, Florida to continue his studies at Florida State University’s College of Law, where he met fellow law student and his future law partner, Shawn Risen. In 1995, Steve graduated with honors and received a Juris Doctorate, and one year later, Steve and Shawn Risen established Risen & Ryan, Attorneys at Law.
Don Dennis
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Santa Rosa Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 22 years experience
(850) 622-3000 5597 Highway 98
Suite 201C
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Criminal, Personal Injury and Probate
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(850) 862-4608 916 Pocahontas Dr
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Criminal, DUI, Employment and Military
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Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(850) 651-7260 1 9th Ave
Shalimar, FL 32579
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Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(850) 651-9400 20 Cherokee Rd
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
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Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 1 year experience
(850) 651-7350 1A Ninth Avenue
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal
Texas Tech University School of Law
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Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 55 years experience
(850) 244-9136 1261 Eglin Pkwy
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal and DUI
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Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(850) 651-9313 4 11th Ave
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
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Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(850) 651-9900 3 Plew Ave
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
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Santa Rosa Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 35 years experience
(512) 629-6659 71 Flamingo Dr
Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459
Criminal, DUI, Family and Juvenile
Oklahoma City University School of Law
Regina Nichol Fillingim
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 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 20 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...
Clay Brown Adkinson
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DeFuniak Springs, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 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...
James Richard Barnes
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(850) 444-7444 816 E. La Rua St.
Pensacola, FL 32501
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Mississippi
I have been practicing law in Pensacola and surrounding areas for twenty-nine 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...
John Anthony Terrezza
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 9 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 8 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.
Rusty Shepard
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Panama City, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 20 years experience
(850) 215-5200 2612 B West 15th Street
Panama City, FL 32401
Criminal, DUI and Social Security Disability
Florida State University College of Law
After graduating from Florida State University College of Law in the year 2000, Attorney Rusty Shepard became the Assistant State Attorney in Chipley for four years. As a former prosecutor, Mr. Shepard is well-versed in the legal system, judicial processes and how to best anticipate choices on the part of the prosecution in his current cases. Coming up with aggressive and intuitive defense tactics, Attorney Shepard is devoted to obtaining the best possible verdict for his clients, doing everything in his power to have their charges reduced or dismissed altogether. He is the President of the Bay County Chapter at...
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 ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Mississippi School of Law
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.
Susan Ann Martinez
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 14 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...
Geoffrey H. L. Pittman
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 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...
David Alfred Carroll
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 27 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...
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...
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Destin Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Legal Services of North Florida Private Bar Involvement Program
(850) 432-8222
Pensacola, FL

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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.

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