Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer

Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal charges can immediately impact your life and have long-term consequences. You may face fines, time behind bars, and difficulty obtaining certain jobs. Having an accomplished attorney who understands your rights from the moment you are questioned or arrested by the police is essential.

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Written and edited by our team of expert legal content writers and reviewed and approved by Attorney Mark O’Mara

Content last updated on: April 25, 2024

Our Orlando criminal defense lawyers have significant experience handling misdemeanor and felony cases. They know your rights and how to fight back when police or prosecutors try to trick you during interrogations or unfairly accuse you of a crime. We will protect you against overzealous law enforcement officials and fight tirelessly to protect you against your charges.

Choose an Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney With a National Reputation

Our founder, Mark O’Mara, is a renowned attorney leading the O’Mara Law Group criminal law team. We are well-known for our dedication to our clients, as evidenced by our defense of George Zimmerman in one of the most high-profile criminal trials in recent memory.

The defense team secured an acquittal despite facing enormous pressure and controversy while defending Mr. Zimmerman. That is just one example of the skill, dedication, and commitment to justice you can expect from our firm.

Mark O’Mara is a former Seminole County prosecutor with over 35 years of legal experience. He’s board-certified in criminal law by the Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and has an in-depth knowledge of the laws that matter most in your criminal case. He’s handled some of the nation’s most difficult criminal cases, gaining national recognition and invitations to appear on CNN and other platforms.

Bert Barclay has over 35 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney. He has represented clients in cases ranging from misdemeanors and traffic violations to first-degree murder charges. He and Mark O’Mara have been friends and colleagues for over 30 years, making them formidable opponents for any prosecutor.

Awards and Recognition

We are honored when our clients and professional community take note of our commitment to the rule of law and the people we represent. Our firm has exceptionally high ratings and recognition from numerous respected legal organizations and publications, including:

“So when people come to see me and ask about a criminal case, they want to know what's going to happen and they're afraid. They say on TV that all cases go to trial and all people get convicted and go to prison . . . quite honestly, that's not true in either case. Most cases resolve themselves short of trial, that is, either through some type of plea negotiations where we work something out with the prosecutor to minimize your damage . . . There are even diversion programs where we take you out of the court system and into what's a bit like a probation sentence, and then resolve the case in that way.

So, there are many opportunities or alternatives to trying the case in front of a jury. Of course, if we have to go in front of the jury, we're very capable and willing to do so. But, for the most part, we can help you resolve this case, minimizing the damage to you, and at least finding out how we can get you through this process with the least amount of stress and concern.”

Benefits of Hiring the O’Mara Law Group If You’ve Been Arrested in Orlando

Criminal cases are complicated. All too often, the government is more interested in securing a conviction than uncovering the truth. You absolutely must have a criminal defense lawyer to stand up for your rights. Remember, you are innocent until proven guilty, and you deserve a lawyer who can fight back against a justice system set up against you.

Hiring a legal team led by an attorney with decades of experience handling cases on both sides of the criminal justice aisle will help protect you against unfair charges and potentially life-altering consequences. When you choose O’Mara Law Group, our criminal defense lawyers will:

You need an experienced criminal defense team with knowledge of the area, courts, and key players involved in your case. Our attorneys have decades of combined experience helping people like you facing both state and federal charges.

Can I Afford To Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer in Orlando?

Criminal charges in Florida carry harsh penalties, so you should ask yourself instead whether you can afford the consequences of a conviction. People often make the mistake of thinking they don’t need representation for misdemeanor charges. However, even misdemeanors can carry fines and potential jail time for each charge. People facing felony charges face even higher fines and longer prison sentences.

Potential fines and incarceration lengths for criminal offenses in Florida include:

Florida also has severe penalties for DUI offenses. A first DUI offense results in a fine of at least $500, up to $1,000, and potentially up to six months in jail. Subsequent convictions carry increasingly higher penalties, and there are enhancements based on factors such as blood alcohol content and whether a child was in the car.

Other Consequences of Florida Criminal Convictions

In addition to criminal penalties, people convicted of crimes in Florida potentially face numerous collateral consequences, including:

You have too much to lose to face criminal charges without the assistance of a battle-hardened Orlando criminal defense attorney. Partner with our skilled defense team so we can use our extensive criminal law experience to your advantage. We will fight tirelessly for your freedom and shield you against a potential lifetime of hardships related to a criminal conviction.

What Our Clients Have To Say

Protecting our clients is much more important than our personal achievements. We are honored when they take the time to leave testimonials highlighting our legal skills and ability to get results.

Types of Criminal Cases We Handle at the O'Mara Law Group

Our Orlando criminal defense lawyers have experience handling a wide variety of case types, including:

Our attorneys can also assist you in trying to get a previous conviction sealed or expunged. They will file the applications and argue why you deserve to have convictions protected from public view. If successful, you can seek more jobs and pursue opportunities usually unavailable to those with criminal records.

The Criminal Defense Attorneys at O’Mara Law Group Are Ready To Fight for You

If you need more information about specific crimes or the benefits of having a skilled defense attorney is essential, visit our criminal law FAQs page. Your future is too important to take chances when facing criminal charges in Florida’s justice system, which harshly punishes even minor crimes.

Our attorneys have developed a strong national reputation for zealously representing our clients, and we will ensure your case receives the personalized and undivided attention it deserves. Schedule a consultation today with O’Mara Law Group by calling (407) 634-6604 or completing our online contact form.

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