Criminal Defense Attorneys

Tracey Kagan Law

Orlando crime lawyer, Tracey G. Kagan, is a former New York City public defender that uses over 23 years of criminal defense experience to aggressively fight for clients »»»Read more

Katz & Phillips, P.A.

At Katz & Phillips, P.A., we have over 50 years of experience taking on the toughest cases and consistently winning favorable rulings for our clients. We work to try to keep your record clear and you out of jail, or to minimize »»»Read more

The Law Office of Michael L. Dear

Michael L Dear is a Martindale Hubbell A/V Peer Review Rated attorney. This is the highest standard for ethical standards and legal ability. Michael began his legal career as an Assistant State Attorney with the 12th Circuit State »»»Read more

Parks & Braxton, PA

An experienced Orlando DUI lawyer from our team at Parks & Braxton, PA can assist you with every phase of your case and will fight aggressively to get you out of the criminal justice system. Being charged with drunk driving or»»»Read more

Dicembre & Nace

At Dicembre & Nace, we promise we will work hard and put forth the utmost effort on our clients’ behalf and do our very best to seek out and obtain the best result possible for their particular case. For this reason, I personally »»»Read more

Alena Baker Criminal Defense, P.A.

Your arrest is only the beginning. You need someone by your side with the experience and know-how to guide you through the complicated and daunting criminal legal process and protect you at trial. The sooner you have an attorney by »»»Read more

Jaeger, Ali & Blankner

As former prosecutors who understand how the state prepares criminal cases, we are able to identify and exploit weaknesses in the state's case. This can result in a dismissal or reduction in charges, or minimize penalties. »»»Read more

The Umansky Law Firm

At The Umansky Law Firm, we firmly believe that our results speak for themselves. Our ability to reach a successful outcome in some of the most challenging cases has earned our firm recognition from prosecutors, judges, and the media »»»Read more

Laurent Law Firm

At Laurent Law Firm in Orlando, Florida, we offer exceptional legal services at reasonable fees in the areas of divorce and family law, and criminal defense. We are a small but dynamic boutique law firm with an unmatched commitment to »»»Read more

J. Cheney Mason

J. Cheney Mason began his private law practice in Orlando, Florida in 1971 after admission to The Florida Bar. His areas of practice include Criminal Defense, Marital and Family Law (Divorce Law), and Trial Practice, with a strong emphasis on Marital and Family Law and Criminal Law.»»»Read more

Longwell Lawyers

Established in 1993, our team of dedicated criminal defense attorneys has been serving clients in Orlando for more than 20 years. Longwell Lawyers has created a culture of success by pursuing the best possible results for our clients. This client-centered approach »»»Read more

Luka Law

Being accused of a crime is a serious matter, and choosing the right attorney should be considered just as seriously. However, the decision to hire the right attorney does not need to be as expensive as you might think. Having »»»Read more

The Wiseman Law Firm

At The Wiseman Law Firm, our founding attorney is backed by 15+ years of proven, trial-tested experience in criminal defense and personal injury law. Dedicated to clients’ financial recovery, Attorney Simon Wiseman utilizes »»»Read more

Hornsby Law

Since 1949, the Hornsby family has defended Central Floridians against the Government and its prosecutors. Handling only criminal defenseDUI defense, and injunction cases, »»»Read more

Mangrum Law Firm, P.A.

Protect your rights with representation from The Mangrum Law Firm, P.A. When you need legal guidance, Attorney George Mangrum is here to consult and help you through every stage of your case. Whether you have been charged with a »»»Read more

Moses & Rooth, Attorneys at Law

There is one very good reason to retain Moses & Rooth, Attorneys at Law to defend your case. Even with our 20+ years of combined experience, our background in prosecution in Florida, our success record in criminal defense, and our »»»Read more

The Reed Law Firm

With offices in Orlando and Clermont, The Reed Law Firm and our professional network provides expert assistance to people who are experiencing many different kinds of legal concerns and complications in their lives.  We are ready to help you.»»»Read more

Arwani Nava Law Firm

Arwani Nava Law Firm offers a full-service family law, criminal law and personal injury law firm, catering for the benefit of clients throughout Central Florida. We will provide our clients with the personal attention, effective »»»Read more

Mazin Law

Lyle B. Mazin is an Orlando criminal defense lawyer, devoted to protecting the rights and futures of the criminally accused. At Mazin Law, we believe that every individual deserves to have his or her voice heard through the criminal »»»Read more

Grozinger Law, P.A.

It is important to remember that an arrest does not provide evidence of a crime. A skillful criminal defense attorney can oftentimes prove your innocence in a court of law. From the moment you select Grozinger Law, P.A. as your »»»Read more

Orlando Criminal Lawyer John Guidry

Since 1993, Criminal defense attorney John Guidry has defended thousands of serious criminal cases right here in Central Florida. Yes, in our over twenty years of helping the accused we’ve seen it all, DUIbatteryrobberyprobation violations»»»Read more

Law Offices of David Hill, P.A.

Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer David P. Hill is devoted exclusively to the defense of individuals accused of criminal activities. Our Law Firm understands the stress involved in being charged with a criminal violation, especially »»»Read more

Law Office of H. Manuel Hernandez

If you have been arrested, sentenced, received a target letteror you are under investigation, you need to hire a criminal defense attorney before making any statements.  Let Mr. Hernández who is an experienced »»»Read more

CRIMINAL LAW SUMMARY

A criminal defense lawyer, also known as a defense attorney, is a lawyer specializing in the defense of individuals and companies charged with criminal activity. Some criminal defense lawyers are privately retained, while others are employed by the various jurisdictions with criminal courts for appointment to represent indigent persons; the latter are generally called public defenders. The terminology is imprecise because each jurisdiction may have different practices with various levels of input from state and federal law orconsent decrees. Some jurisdictions use a rotating system of appointments with judges appointing a private practice attorney or firm for each case.

In the United States, criminal defense lawyers deal with the issues surrounding an arrest, a criminal investigation, criminal charges, sentencing, appeals and post-trial issues. Often an attorney will specialize in a niche within criminal defense such as drug defense or DUI defense. An arrest simply means a police officer or judge believes probable causeexists that a person committed a crime. Since an arrest is usually made by law enforcement, the arrest often is for a criminal charge that has not been levied or verified by an attorney or judge. Criminal defense lawyers also deal with the substantive issues of the crimes with which his or her clients are charged. Criminal defense lawyers may also help clients before charges have been filed by a prosecuting attorney. This is done when someone believes he or she is being investigated or is arrested.

The accused may hire a criminal defense lawyer to help with counsel and representation dealing with police or other investigators, perform his or her own investigation, and at times present exculpatory evidence that negates potential charges by the prosecutor. Criminal defense lawyers in the United States who are employed by governmental entities such as counties, state governments, and the federal government are often referred to as public defenders or court-appointed attorneys.

A considerable aspect of this work requires the criminal defense lawyer to have a clear understanding of the United States Constitution. Specifically, the Fourth Amendmentprotects against unlawful searches and seizures while the Fifth and Sixth Amendments govern the right to remain silent so one does not become a witness against himself. All of the Amendments to the United States Constitution are guaranteed to the criminal accused against the states via the Fourteenth Amendment. Thus, a criminal defense lawyer must understand each of these rights. Initial work on any criminal case involves review of the charges and the claimed facts, and analysis of constitutional violations, the prima facie burden of the prosecution, defenses, and affirmative defenses; as well as potential sentence and sentencing issues. Early stages of a criminal case may involve a grand juryor preliminary hearing to determine if there exists probable cause for the case to continue. A violation of the Fourth or Fifth Amendment, or other illegally obtained evidence could result in evidence being inadmissible at trial. Accordingly, a criminal defense lawyer often spends a considerable amount of time reviewing all documentation to determine if the case can be won on constitutional grounds due to illegal conduct by the government.

If there are no constitutional violations, much of the work of a criminal defense attorney then turns to trial preparation. Any proposed settlement agreement must be compared to the best judgment about the outcome after trial. A criminal defense lawyer will usually discuss potential plea bargains with the prosecuting attorney, as an alternative to exercising the defendant's trial right and other rights. Plea agreements, when made, can be characterized as either charge agreements (often involving a less serious charge), sentencing agreements (involving a lesser sentence), or both.

Criminal defense lawyers are typically defending people with misdemeanor or felony charges. A misdemeanor generally refers to criminal activity that is punishable by one year or less in the local jail. A felony typically refers to criminal activity that is punishable by more than one year in the prison system. Many states have "wobblers", which refers to criminal activity that is charged as a felony, but has a possibility of being reduced to a misdemeanor. In matters involving a wobbler, many times a reputable lawyer can either have the felony reduced to a misdemeanor or in the alternative have the felony appear to be a misdemeanor so that the felony can be reduced to a misdemeanor at a later date, which is good strategy since the typical felony cannot be expunged.