Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorney

A Gainesville criminal charge can bring with it devastating consequences that can change your life forever.  If you have been charged with any type of crime, big or small, you need the help of a Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorney who will aggressively fight for your legal rights.  Sadly, many individuals are wrongly convicted of crimes they did not commit because they did not receive the legal assistance they needed to uncover the truth. 

A criminal conviction, whether it be a felony or a misdemeanor, could result in jail time, hefty fines, and a criminal record that could impact your life for years to come.  It is imperative you retain the assistance of a licensed Gainesville criminal defense attorney who will zealously protect your rights as soon as possible. 

For the very first day you contact our Gainesville criminal defense firm, we will begin mounting a defense strategy to attack the charges lobbed against you.  We investigate all avenues of the case in an effort to uncover weaknesses and inaccuracies in the prosecution’s case.  With early investigations, we can piece together a hard-hitting defense designed with your best outcome in mind. 

Defending Clients Against Even the Most Serious of Charges

Our Gainesville criminal defense attorneys are experienced in handling criminal cases in the following areas:

Drug Crimes

Being charged with a drug crime in the state of Florida can be confusing, frightening, and overwhelming.  Drug crimes in Florida are prosecuted aggressively, and even seemingly minor offenses can lead to significant time in jail, fines, fees, and years of mandatory probation.  Drug crimes can be prosecuted both on a state and federal level, and can involve prescription medication or controlled dangerous substances such as marijuana, heroin, cocaine, and meth.  When you are arrested for a drug crime, it is imperative you retain the assistance of an attorney you can trust who will mount a zealous defense on your behalf.             

Our Gainesville criminal defense attorneys represent clients charged with all drug offenses, including: drug possession; sales and distribution; intent to sell and deliver; trafficking; prescription fraud; prescription forgery; and other offenses, including sale of drugs near a school.  Our experienced attorneys will mount all possible challenges to the prosecution’s drug case, including Fourth Amendment challenges and challenges to the possession element.

DUI

Drunk driving charges have become increasingly common in recent years.  In fact, one out of every 135 people across the nation will be arrested for driving under the influence each year.  Being arrested for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in Florida can be confusing, frightening, and intimidating.  From the moment those handcuffs are wrapped around your wrists, you have found yourself in a nightmare that there is seemingly no way to wake up from.  Fortunately, however, there is legal help available to ensure your DUI charge is effectively represented against so that you can stay out of jail, keep your license, and avoid paying astronomical fines.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI, it is important that you contact our skilled DUI defense attorneys as soon as possible.  DUI convictions can result in serious fines, days, months, or even years in jail, loss of your licensed, and a criminal record.  The good news is that there are several ways we can challenge your DUI charge, including challenging the stop; challenging the field sobriety test; challenging the Breathalyzer; and seeking to suppress your statements.  Allow us to tackle your DUI charge so that you never see the inside of a jail cell or experience the frustration of losing your license.

Federal Crimes

Federal crimes are serious criminal offenses which are prosecuted by well trained and aggressive federal prosecutors.  Often, federal crimes are more complex than most state crimes and require specialized knowledge of the federal rules of evidence and procedure.  Powerful agencies like the FBI and CIA often investigate federal crimes, and investigations frequently begin before the defendant even realizes they are suspected of criminal activity.  Conviction rates in federal cases are extremely high.  Those charged with federal offenses often face more serious penalties than state court defendants and could be forced to serve mandatory minimum sentences. 

If you have been charged with a federal crime in Florida, you must act quickly to avoid conviction.  Our seasoned criminal defense attorneys have the experience and knowledge to guide you through your serious federal charges. 

Juvenile Cases

Knowing your child is facing criminal charges and a possible conviction in juvenile court is heartbreaking.  Navigating the congested Florida juvenile courts without an experienced juvenile defense attorney can be a daunting process.  Further, cases involving juvenile crimes can be difficult and complex, as juvenile cases are handled in a different manner than adult court prosecutions. 

A Florida juvenile court record could negatively affect your child’s future by impacting both educational and employment opportunities for years to come.  Do not gamble with your child’s future—allow our veteran criminal defense attorneys to represent your child from the start of the juvenile proceedings.  We will uncover all weaknesses in the prosecution’s case and seek to either have it dismissed or obtain a pre-trial diversion that will allow your child to avoid any juvenile record.

Probation Violations

Probation violations have become shockingly common place.  Each year, over four million individuals across the U.S. will be on probation.  About 300,000 will violate the terms of their probation and be put in jail.  Probation comes with many terms, some of which are onerous both financially and on your personal life.  If you are facing a technical, new law, or failure to pay fines violation, allow our criminal defense attorneys to represent you at your violation of probation hearing.  We will fight to see that you are allowed to continue with your probation and stay out of jail.

Sex Crimes

Being charged with a sex crime is a serious matter that has the potential for lifelong consequences.  Along with the burden of a possibly lengthy prison sentence, a sex offense conviction will generally require hefty fines, creation of a criminal record, and registration as a sex offender.  A sex offense conviction could impact everything from your life and employment to your basic civil rights and freedom of movement.

It is critical that you retain the assistance of a skilled Gainesville criminal defense attorney to defend against your sex offense charges.  Your very future depends upon the representation of the best.  Our Gainesville criminal defense attorneys are well versed in the unique nature of sex crimes.  We will work to uncover your accuser’s illicit motives, any vagrancies in victims’ testimony, or challenges to the evidence.  Together, we can mount a strong challenge to these serious charges.

Violent Crimes

Conviction for a violent crime in Florida can have serious consequences, including lengthy jail sentences, fines, a criminal record, the inability to apply for jobs in certain professions, the inability to receive certain government funding, and the loss of the right to purchase or possess a firearm.  As such, any violent crime offense must be met with a zealous defense mounted by a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney.

We represent clients charged with a range of violent crimes in Florida, including: assault; battery; aggravated assault; aggravated battery; felony battery; robbery; manslaughter; and aggravated manslaughter, among others.  We will examine the facts of your case and uncover any possible viable defenses, including defense of property, defense of others, self defense, and lack of intent.  Allow us to valiantly fight on your behalf against your violent crimes charge.

White Collar Crimes

The term white collar crime is generally used to refer to non-violent crimes committed for financial gains.  White collar crimes are typically committed by “white collar” workers, such as government employees, managers, business owners, professionals, mortgage brokers, bankers, lawyers, accountants, and doctors.  While collar crimes have evolved into being considered serious offenses that can be prosecuted at either the state or federal level.  Due to the complex nature of these crimes and the potential for serious consequences, those facing a white collar crime charge should retain the assistance of a criminal defense attorney with experience in this particular field of law.

We represent clients in all manner of white collar crimes, from embezzlement and extortion to mail fraud, money laundering, and RICO charges.  We will doggedly comb the facts of the case to uncover potential defenses such as illegal search and seizure, insufficient evidence, lack of intent, mistaken identity, and constitutional issues.

Understanding the Severity of Your Criminal Charge

Anyone who is facing a criminal charge needs to understand their rights and the potential consequences of a conviction.  The formal penalties of a misdemeanor or felony conviction in Florida include:

  • Incarceration in a state prison or jail
  • Severe fines
  • Community service
  • Loss of driving privileges
  • Probation
  • Mandatory classes, i.e. substance abuse or anger management
  • Installation of an ignition interlock device on your vehicle
  • Registration as a sex offender
  • Lifelong criminal record
  • Exposure to random drug tests or searches without probable cause
  • Imposition of no contact orders or injunctions
  • Potential restrictions on where you can live, work, and travel

In addition to this daunting list, numerous collateral consequences can stem from a conviction, such as:

  • Immigration consequences, including deportation, permanent ban on re-entry, loss of eligibility for nationalization or citizenship
  • Denial of employment or rental housing
  • Damage to your personal or professional reputation
  • Inability to obtain security clearance
  • Academic discipline from colleges and universities
  • Ineligibility for certain professional or occupational licensing
  • Difficulty obtaining credit and financial aid
  • Adverse impact on family law cases involving custody or visitation with your children

A criminal conviction can impact nearly every facet of your life, from your personal and professional life to your family’s well being.  It is critical that you recognize this factor not so you will be afraid of conviction, but so that you take all the steps necessary to avoid a conviction.  While a criminal charge is frightening, it does not mean you will be convicted.  By enlisting the assistance of an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible, you will provide yourself with the strongest possibility of avoiding a conviction.

Defending Clients Throughout the Greater Gainesville Area

From misdemeanors to felonies, our Gainesville criminal defense attorneys will defend you against any criminal charge in the greater Gainesville, Florida area.

Client Focused Representation that Obtains the Results You Desire

Our Gainesville criminal defense attorneys focus above all us on our clients.  We will valiantly strive to see that you never face a day in jail or are forced to walk through life with a felony record.  We always ensure our actions are taken in furtherance of your ultimate goal, whether that be obtaining an acquittal at trial, seeing your charges dropped, or reaching a favorable plea agreement.  Our focus on our clients has lead to much success.  Through our efforts, our clients are often able to achieve the results they desire. 

Do Not Delay in Obtaining Legal Representation

If you have been charged with a drug crime, your very freedom, future, and liberty are at stake.  You need the best representation offered in the Gainesville area, and you need to act fast so that your attorney can start mounting your strong defense.  The sooner you retain the assistance of a criminal defense attorney, the sooner you can start regaining your freedom. Your criminal defense attorney will immediately begin a thorough investigation into the charges, often interviewing crucial witnesses and punching holes in the prosecution’s case. 

Armed with knowledge concerning the facts of your case, your attorney will consider all possible legal defenses.  This could include filing motions to suppress evidence, attacking the arrest, or challenging the reliability of the evidence.  Your case can be won on the basis of these motions alone.  With prompt action, your attorney can greatly increase your chances of a successful outcome.  When your future is at stake, do not delay—contact a criminal defense attorney today.

To schedule a free consultation with one of our skilled Gainesville Criminal Defense Attorneys, call our law office today.