Gainesville, Florida Criminal Lawyers

Robert G. Whittel Esq.
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Determined and Dedicated Florida Criminal Defense Attorney! Call for Help!

I offer aggressive and results-driven legal representation. My success is based on high quality work, preparation, and devotion to my clients. Visit my website to see client testimonials or call for a consultation. Read More »
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Christopher J. Jones
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Free Consultation! Dedicated Criminal Defense Attorney! Legal Expertise!

I provide exceptional legal representation to those facing criminal charges. I vigorously protect the rights and interests of the accused! Visit my website to see case results and reviews. Call for a free consultation. Read More »
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William J. Sheslow Esq.
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Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer! Aggressive Legal Representation! Call Now!

I am a passionate and skilled criminal defense attorney. I am committed to providing exceptional service and results. I will fight for your rights! Visit my website for client testimonials or call for a consultation! 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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James Feuerstein
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30 year Veteran Defense Attorney, Former Prosecutor, Over 200 Jury Trials

James Feuerstein is a former prosecutor with decades of experience. We provide counsel for clients accused of all types of crimes. When you need top Tavares, FL Criminal Attorneys, rely on him. Read More »
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Jason M. Melton Esq.
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(352) 264-7800 2441 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
Free ConsultationGainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
The Catholic University of America
Attorney Jason M. Melton, is a founding partner of Whittel & Melton, LLC, a full service law firm. We are dedicated to providing our clients with personalized, high-quality representation. We handle Auto Accidents, Slip and Fall, Injury, Nursing Home Abuse, Wrongful Death, Employment, Unpaid Overtime, DUI, Criminal, Brain Injury, Divorce and all Family law issues and other related legal matters throughout the state of Florida.
John Patrick Musca
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(352) 397-9915 19 SW 2nd St
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Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationGainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 20 years experience
Criminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
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 College, and graduated cum laude in 1994. He then went on to earn his law degree from Case Western University School of Law in 1997.

Mr. Musca began his career representing the indigent as an Assistant Public Defender. Then, in 2001, he began his own practice, Musca Law, P.A, a firm which focuses exclusively in the area of criminal defense. He also speaks fluent Spanish.

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Jay P. Lechner Esq.
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(352) 264-7800 2441 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
Criminal, DUI, Employment and White Collar Crime
University of Florida Levin College of Law
Mr. Lechner is a Florida Bar board certified labor and employment lawyer with years experience representing both employees and employers in all aspects of employment law matters.
Thomas J. Jerla Jr. Esq.
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(352) 726-0078 2441 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
Free ConsultationCriminal, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
Pace Law School
Tom is an experienced litigator who handles personal injury and wrongful death matters arising out of a wide array of accidents including but not limited to the use and operation of an automobile, premises liability negligence, cruise ship negligence, and the negligence of vendors of alcoholic beverages. Mr. Jerla is also working on expanding the firms Traumatic Brain Injury practice. In addition, Tom has also agreed to handle select criminal defense matters involving white collar crime

After a recent stint with another South Florida personal injury firm, Tom has rejoined Whittel and Melton, to continue his passionate and...
Thomas L. Edwards
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 31 years experience
(352) 377-7800 4545 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605
Free ConsultationCriminal, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Florida
Thomas L. Edwards is a lifelong Floridian. He was born in Miami Beach and grew up in Hollywood, Florida. He moved to Gainesville to attend college and graduated from the University of Florida (Bachelor of Science with Honors, 1983). Upon graduation, he was selected by the University of Florida to be the first student to participate in the combined Criminology and Law program and became that program's first graduate in 1986 obtaining his Masters Degree with Honors and his Juris Doctorate.

Mr. Edwards continues to support the University of Florida by sponsoring the Book Award in Criminal Law, which is presented...
James Feuerstein
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(352) 397-9915 19 SW 2nd St
#201
Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
Stetson University
James Feuerstein is a former prosecutor with decades of experience. We provide counsel for clients accused of all types of crimes. When you need top Tavares, FL Criminal Attorneys, rely on him.
Robert Siddall
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 7 years experience
(352) 397-9915 19 SW 2nd St
#201
Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Juvenile
University of Arkansas - Little Rock
Attorney Siddall has dedicated his entire career to the practice of Criminal Law. He started with the State Attorney’s office where he handled thousands of criminal cases and was lead counsel in dozens of trials with an excellent success rate.

Before joining the Musca Law Firm, Robert defended clients with a huge range of charges, from DUI and drug crimes, all the way up to Capital and Life Felony cases. Even before graduating law school, Robert was preparing for Criminal Law, interning for two federal judges, the Arkansas Attorney General’s office, and the US Attorney’s office.

Attorney Siddall graduated...
Gina M. Girardot Esq.
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(352) 264-7800 2441 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Robert G. Whittel Esq.
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(352) 264-7800 2441 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
Free ConsultationGainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
University of Cambridge and University of Florida Levin College of Law
An experienced trial attorney, Robert Whittel provides his clients with strong, disciplined, results-oriented representation. Prior to becoming a lawyer, he served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy. Robert graduated from both law school and the United States Merchant Marine Academy with honors, and served on the esteemed Florida Law Review. Before co-founding Whittel & Melton, a full-service law firm, Robert gained valuable experience in the court room both serving as a former prosecutor and representing large corporations in complex litigation and transactional matters. Robert is devoted to fighting for his clients’ rights. He handles all types of criminal...
Barbara Blount-Powell
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(352) 378-1107 1800 N Main St
Gainesville, FL 32609
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of Florida
Barbara has practiced criminal defense in Alachua County and the Eighth Judicial Circuit since 1984, handling criminal matters including murder, manslaughter, dui/vehicular manslaughter, possession, sale and trafficking in drugs, robbery, burglary, grand theft, forgery, aggravated battery, aggravated assault, gun crimes, and numerous other felony and misdemeanor offenses. Before joining DeThomasis & Buchanan, P.A. in 2001, Barbara practiced criminal law as an assistant Public Defender for the 8th Judicial Circuit for over sixteen years. Barbara was a member of the defense team for Danny Harold Rolling from 1992 through his capital murder sentencing proceeding in February of 1994. She is a past...
Thomas L. Edwards
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Free Consultation! Criminal Defense Lawyer with Skill and Experience! Call Now!

I am a knowledgeable and aggressive criminal defense attorney. I will fight passionately to secure your freedom and your future! Visit my website to see case results and testimonials, or call for a free consultation. Read More »
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William J. Sheslow Esq.
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 8 years experience
(352) 264-7800 2441 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
Criminal, DUI, Family and White Collar Crime
Mercer University College of Law and University of California - Davis
Prior to joining Whittel & Melton, Mr. Sheslow served as an Assistant Public Defender in Manatee County, Florida. Mr. Sheslow accumulated an impressive trial record while with the Public Defender’s Office. He was quickly promoted from a Misdemeanor to Felony case load in less than 10 months. Mr. Sheslow has tried over 20 cases ranging from DUIs and Domestic Batteries to life felonies. He has earned acquittals in serious cases such as firearms offenses and sex offenses. Additionally, Mr. Sheslow completed the National Criminal Defense Lawyers College held at Mercer College of Law in Macon, Georgia, where he learned from...
Adam P Stout
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 7 years experience
(352) 665-9266 5215 SW 91st Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32608
Free ConsultationCriminal
Florida Coastal School of Law
As an attorney, Adam Stout has spent thousands of hours inside the courtroom. He knows that environment, how it works, and how to win in that arena. When he speaks, people listen. This is the product of meticulous preparation and unbridled conviction in advocating for your cause. To Adam, his clients are not statistics. They are people with very real problems. That is why he personally handles every case from beginning to end. Whether you are facing a DUI, drug charges, or some other crime, he will stand at your side, ready to protect your rights and fight on your...
Christopher Parker-Cyrus
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GAINESVILLE, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 25 years experience
(352) 346-3569 200 NE 1st STREET
SUITE 105
GAINESVILLE, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Nursing Home and Personal Injury
University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill
Christopher Parker-Cyrus is an attorney handling cases throughout state of Florida. Christopher Parker-Cyrus, Managing Partner of the law firm PARKERCYRUSLAW.COM, received his law degree from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1993, after attending the University of Miami as a visiting student. He has been a member of the Florida Bar since 1993. Since that time, he has handled several thousand cases in court proceedings, including well over 100 trials and many more hearings, motions, and various other proceedings. His vast experience as a trial lawyer includes many cases in which clients...
Christopher J. Jones
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(352) 377-7800 4545 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and White Collar Crime
University of Florida
Geoffrey R. Mason
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 21 years experience
(352) 672-6903 416 NE 7th Street
Suite B
Gainesville, FL 32601-5544
Free ConsultationCriminal, Appeals, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Florida
As a criminal defense lawyer I practice throughout Florida in both State and Federal Courts (Northern District).

I represent individuals in all types of Federal and State criminal defense cases, with emphasis on serious and complex criminal defense litigation.

I graduated from the University of Florida (Bachelor of Science, 1990, Liberal Arts and Sciences, Psychology) and the University of Florida College of Law (Juris Doctor, 1997). I also engaged in graduate studies and research in Social Psychology at both the University of Illinois and the University of Florida.

I am a former Associate Professor and Coach for the University of Florida Levin...
Tracee L. Ivins Esq.
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney
(352) 264-7800 2441 NW 43rd St
Gainesville, FL 32606
Criminal, DUI, Personal Injury and White Collar Crime
Southeastern University
Personal Injury Litigation & Criminal Law Firm
Lea Galigani
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(352) 375-0812 317 NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, Appeals and DUI
University of Florida
As an attorney for almost 20 years, I have learned the ins-and-outs of the criminal justice process, defending hundreds of clients against misdemeanor and felony criminal charges. I have experience defending individuals charged with civil crimes and representation in higher courts for the appellant, as well. I have been a member of the Florida community for over 15 years, attending the University of Florida Law School and admitted to the State Bar of Florida in 1992. As such, I gained significant knowledge and agility in the Florida legal system. I was a former attorney for...
Dean Galigani
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 29 years experience
(352) 375-0812 317 NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, Animal, DUI and White Collar Crime
University of Florida
Florida Criminal Defense Attorney - Dean Galigani I am a Florida Bar Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer and founder of Galigani Law Firm located in Gainesville, Florida. As a Florida Bar Association Certified Criminal Trial Law Specialist, I have been accredited the highest level of recognition by the Florida Bar within my area of practice. Only those who have this certification may use the term "Expert" or "Specialist" when speaking about their knowledge and experience concerning the criminal justice subject matter. It's an honor to say that I completed all the necessary qualifications, and my colleagues perceive my skills adequate and...
Jeffrey Lee Meldon
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 48 years experience
(352) 373-8000 703 North Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, Cannabis Law, DUI and Medical Malpractice
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Christian Alexander Straile
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 15 years experience
1031 NW 6th Street
Unit A-2
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal, DUI, Traffic Tickets and White Collar Crime
St. Thomas University School of Law
This trial focused practice has the goals of delivering quality legal services, providing to clients personal services while developing strong, trusted relationships through effective communication, analysis, planning and litigation skills seeking the best result possible.
Daniel Perez
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 16 years experience
(352) 397-9915 19 SW 2nd St
#201
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal, DUI and Traffic Tickets
Florida State University College of Law
Rebecca Sonalia Esq.
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer
(352) 397-9915 19 Southwest 2nd Street
Suite 201
Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
After completing her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Michigan, Attorney Rebecca Sonalia received her Juris Doctor from Michigan State University College of Law, graduating cum laude. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida and the State of Michigan. Criminal defense law involves helping people through very traumatic times in their life. Attorney Sonalia takes this aspect of her profession very seriously. Her compassionate nature and diligence in keeping her clients informed has truly been an asset to the success of the firm. Musca Law clients have consistently expressed their gratitude...
Bennett Asbury Hutson
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 24 years experience
(352) 271-8100 2750 N.W. 43rd St., Ste. 102
Gainesville, FL 32606
Criminal, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
University of Florida
Joseph C. Warren
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 27 years experience
(352) 397-9915 19 SW 2nd St
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Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Traffic Tickets
Joseph C. Warren has handled thousands of criminal cases and has over 25 years of experience in criminal trial practice. During his years of practice, Mr. Warren has represented many clients in criminal cases in both Circuit and County Courts.

Before joining the Musca Law Firm, Mr. Warren worked both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. As a prosecutor, Mr. Warren handled all types of criminal cases including Governor assignment cases in Brevard, Sumter, and Marion counties.

As a criminal defense attorney, Mr. Warren has defended the accused in every phase of the case, from intake through trial. Mr. Warren...
John Douglas Whitaker
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(352) 375-6229 315 Southeast 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal and DUI
Attorney John D. Whitaker is a native of Gainesville, Florida and is a dedicated Gainesville criminal defense lawyer. As a former State prosecutor, he understands both sides of the process and can provide effective representation for anyone facing criminal charges. He has handled hundreds of criminal cases and continues to attend seminars to ensure that he can provide his clients with the best possible defense.
Darian Wagner
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
200 NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Florida
Member of north central Florida community for over twenty-five years, deep committment to justice, and zealous and caring representation of all clients.
Michael Ray Buchanan
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(352) 378-1107 1800 North Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32609
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
University of Florida
Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorney Michael Buchanan has been practicing criminal law in the Ganesville, Florida, area for more than 25 years. He is a former president of the Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Chris Dunham
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 12 years experience
(352) 353-8117 411 North Main Street
Suite 2B
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal and DUI
Florida State University College of Law
Attorney Christopher L. Dunham is a native of Ocala, Florida who is committed to providing the community with exceptional representation against criminal charges. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Florida University College of Law and is licensed to practice by the Florida State Bar. Before opening his own firm, Attorney Dunham served as a prosecutor for the Fifth Judicial Circuit at the State Attorney’s Office. This invaluable experience helped him understand the strategies used by the prosecution during criminal trials, which enables him to prepare comprehensive defenses to effectively challenge his clients’ charges. Attorney Dunham is a skilled trial...
Elika O. Stimpson
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 5 years experience
(352) 462-3377 309 NE 1st Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Hawai'i at Manoa William S. Richardson School of Law
Steven Miles Kinsell
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 19 years experience
(352) 375-6229 315 Southeast 2nd Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal and DUI
Attorney Steven Miles Kinsell is a lifelong resident of Gainesville, Florida and is dedicated to defending individuals who are facing all types of criminal charges. He is a former State prosecutor with extensive experience in DUI drug cases and he uses his insight to benefit his clients’ defense cases. Attorney Kinsell is recognized for his dedication strong advocacy as a Gainesville criminal defense attorney.
Joshua Mark Silverman
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 18 years experience
(352) 337-8373 4001 W. Newberry Road
Building A, Suite I
Gainesville, FL 32607
Criminal, DUI, Divorce and Traffic Tickets
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Founding partner Joshua Silverman is a 2001 graduate of the University of Florida College of Law in Gainesville and an experienced former prosecutor with the Florida State Attorney’s Office in Gainesville. Mr. Silverman brings a wide variety of legal experience to the firm, having worked extensively during his five years as a state prosecutor in the areas of child abuse, domestic violence, and sexual offenses. In addition, he handled various criminal matters ranging from routine crimes to more serious misdemeanors and felonies, such as cases involving DUIs and homicides. As an experienced litigator, Mr. Silverman’s...
Millicent Elizabeth Daniels
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 16 years experience
(352) 562-7999 5200 W. Newberry Road
Suite E3
Gainesville, FL 32607
Free ConsultationCriminal and Personal Injury
University of Florida


MILLICENT E. DANIELS, ESQ. hails from New Orleans, LA. Her family relocated to Jacksonville, Florida when she was a child. After graduating from high school, Ms. Daniels was awarded a full academic scholarship to the University of Florida. She is a graduate of both the University of Florida, College of Journalism and Communications (1999) (B.S. in Public Relations) and the University of Florida, College of Law (2002).

During her undergraduate studies, she was recognized as a campus leader at the University of Florida serving as a member of the Reitz Union Board of Managers and was recognized as...
Craig Constantine Dethomasis
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 36 years experience
(352) 378-1107 1800 N Main St
Gainesville, FL 32609
Free ConsultationCriminal
Rick Mercure
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(352) 222-2047 912 NW 56th Terrace
Suite A
Gainesville, FL 32605
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
University of Miami School of Law
Adam Vorhis
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 15 years experience
4001 W. Newberry Road
Suite A1
Gainesville, FL 32607
Free ConsultationCriminal, DUI, Divorce and Family
University of Florida
Tom Lindsey Copeland
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 33 years experience
(352) 373-8000 703 N Main St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal and Business
Samford University, Cumberland School of Law
William Falik
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(352) 337-0077 1219 NW 10th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32601
Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 13 years experience
Criminal, Business, Divorce and Family
University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
Jack Fine
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 43 years experience
(352) 376-6046 622 NE 1st St
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Michael Stephen Stanfield
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Attorney with 23 years experience
(352) 352-1078 4809 SW 91st Terrace
Gainesville, FL 32608
Criminal
Kristofer W Eisenmenger
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Gainesville, FL Criminal Law Lawyer with 9 years experience
(352) 338-7370 35 N. Main Street
Gainesville, FL 32601
Criminal
University of Florida
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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.