Fort Walton Beach Criminal Lawyers

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Fort Walton Beach 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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Fort Walton Beach, 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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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(850) 423-0035 1992 Lewis Turner Blvd
Suite 101-B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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.
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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Thomas Shawn Lupella Esq.
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(850) 362-6655 2110 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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...
Tim Michael Flaherty
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 19 years experience
(850) 243-6097 1817 Lewis Turner Blvd #E
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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.

We are available 24 hours...
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.
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 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...
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.
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.
Brandy L. Merrifield
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Fort Walton Beach, FL Criminal Law Attorney
(850) 243-6097 1817 Lewis Turner Blvd
Ste E
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
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...
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
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
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.
Isaac Taylor Newlin
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(850) 939-7722 9218 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DUI and Personal Injury
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...
Steve Knittle
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 34 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...
Donald Keith Kilpatrick
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 17 years experience
(850) 939-7722 9218 Navarre Parkway
Navarre, FL 32566
Free ConsultationCriminal, Bankruptcy, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Mr. Timothy A. Weaver Esq.
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Navarre, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 27 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...
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
Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 46 years experience
(850) 651-9900 3 Plew Ave
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 55 years experience
(850) 244-9136 1261 Eglin Pkwy
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal and DUI
Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(850) 651-9400 20 Cherokee Rd
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 26 years experience
(850) 651-7260 1 9th Ave
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal
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
Shalimar, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(850) 651-9313 4 11th Ave
Shalimar, FL 32579
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
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
Destin, FL Criminal Law Lawyer
(850) 654-8816 4507 Furling Ln
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal and Personal Injury
Destin, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 14 years experience
(850) 837-5507 1241 Airport Rd
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal, Business, DUI and Divorce
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
Gulf Breeze, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 19 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
Destin, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 39 years experience
(850) 837-3662 4475 Legendary Dr
Destin, FL 32541
Criminal, DUI and Real Estate
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...
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...
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...
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.
Gillis Edward Powell, Jr.
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Crestview, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 46 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...
Ryan M. Cardoso
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(850) 466-2073 730 Bayfront Pkwy
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Pensacola, FL 32502
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatCriminal, 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...
Michael John Griffith
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Pensacola, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 46 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.
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...
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Fort Walton Beach Criminal Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

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(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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