Criminal Defense

Facing a criminal charge is a serious and potentially life-changing situation for anyone. If you have been accused of a crime, it is critical that you have the facts about your rights and your options. Only a defense attorney can explain the details about the charges that you face and how the local laws apply to your case.

At the Florida law firm of Avera & Smith, our Gainesville criminal defense lawyers have significant trial experience and know what it takes to defend our clients’ rights. Our attorneys have been listed in Best Lawyers in America, received an AV Preeminent* rating for legal ability and been honored with many other awards.

Never try to represent yourself. Criminal cases may be won or lost on technical procedural requirements that only a qualified lawyer will know.

Fighting On Our Clients’ Behalves Against All Types Of Charges

Criminal defense encompasses a wide range of alleged misdemeanor and felony crimes. These include:

  • DUI/DWI
  • Drug crimes
  • Shoplifting and theft
  • Juvenile crimes
  • Burglary and robbery
  • Fraud and other white collar crimes
  • Internet and computer crimes
  • Weapons charges
  • Rape and sexual offenses
  • Assault and battery
  • Murder

When you need an advocate who will investigate every avenue for your defense, build the strongest case possible on your behalf and boldly stand for you in front of prosecutors, judges and juries, turn to us.

Contact Our Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys

If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges in Florida, arrange to speak with a criminal defense attorney at Avera & Smith, right away. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact us by email or call our Gainesville office at 352-372-9999 or toll free at 800-654-4659. Credit cards are accepted.

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*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Types of Criminal Defense Cases

  • Gainesville DUI Attorneys: Our Gainesville DUI lawyers have defended hundreds of clients against DUI/DWI, underage drinking and similar charges.

  • DUI Penalties: If you are facing a second conviction or more, the State Attorney and the judge have more flexibility with determining your fines, suspension time, and jail time.

  • Drug Crimes: Our Gainesville drug possession lawyers have a wealth of experience defending clients against many different drug-related charges.

  • Drug Possession: We are prepared to put our extensive experience of defending against drug possession charges to work for you.

  • Drug Trafficking: If you have been arrested for transporting or distributing controlled substances, you cannot afford anything less than a strong and effective defense.

  • Defense of Students Accused of Crimes: The law firm of Avera & Smith, vigorously represents students who are accused of crimes while attending North Florida universities, colleges, and schools.

  • Fraud & White Collar Crimes: We have the experience and resources required to handle complex financial crime cases and the advocacy skills you need.

  • Sexual Offenses: You may not have been arrested yet, but if you even have cause to suspect that you might be accused of any such crime, your best criminal defense is an early, smart defense.

  • Assault and Battery: Contact a respected criminal defense attorney at Avera & Smith, to get your defense strategy discussions in motion.