Crestview Criminal Defense Lawyer
In Crestview and throughout Northwest Florida, the police and prosecutors mean business. Whether you are a local, military member, or visitor to the Crestview area, if you have been arrested, it is very important that you take immediate action to protect yourself.
Regardless of whether you have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or DUI, I can help. My name is Tim Flaherty. I am the owner and founder of Flaherty Defense Firm and for 15 years my firm has been practicing criminal defense law in Crestview and throughout Okaloosa County. This is the only area of law we have ever practiced, so chances are, we have experience helping people just like you.
If you’re like most people, you have a lot of questions after being arrested. Call (850) 398-8098 today for a free, no hassle, no obligation consultation.
I won’t pressure you to do anything, but I will hear you out, answer your questions, and let you know what you can expect to happen next and what your options are likely to be.
And while you’re here, take a look around. I’ve put together a lot of information for people to use, whether they’re my clients or not. I may have information about the specific charges you’re facing, and I’ve also included general information about what to expect after an arrest in Crestview.
What types of cases do you handle?
At Flaherty Defense Firm, we defend a wide range of criminal cases in Crestview, including, but not limited to:
- Assault and Battery
- Sex Crimes
- Theft Offenses
- Military Arrests
- Drug Charges
- Bail Bonds/Arrest Warrants
Will my case be heard in Crestview?
As of April 1st, 2016, the Okaloosa County courthouse in Crestview will be closed. The existing structure is scheduled to be torn down during the summer of 2016. After the old building has been torn down, a new courthouse will be built at the same location.
The estimated time frame for construction of the new courthouse in Crestview is approximately two years. During this time, all criminal arrests in Crestview will be heard at the Courthouse Annex in Fort Walton Beach. Our Crestview Judges will be relocated to the Annex.
Who are the Crestview Judges that will hear my case?
In Florida, there are two categories of Judges that hear criminal cases. County Court Judges preside over misdemeanor cases, and Circuit Court Judges preside over felony cases.
Our Crestview County Court Judge is the Honorable Jim Ward. Judge Ward was elected to the bench in 2004 after serving for many years as an Assistant State Attorney.
The two Circuit Judges in Crestview are the Honorable Terrance R. Ketchel and the Honorable Michael A. Flowers. Judge Flowers was elected in 2010 after practicing criminal law for over 20 years. He is currently the judge who sits on all felony Crestview cases. Judge Ketchel was elected in 2006. He primarily serves as our Juvenile Judge for Crestview cases.
Get the help you need with your Crestview criminal case
Any criminal charge, no matter how minor it may seem, is something we take very seriously, and so should you. If you are convicted, you could face jail or prison time, a lengthy term of probation, huge fines, and a criminal record that will stay with you forever.
As overwhelming as it can be to deal with criminal charges, we are here to help you through it. With an experienced Crestview criminal lawyer at your side, you stand a much better chance of securing a positive result. I make it my business to be a tough and smart advocate for my clients. If you choose Flaherty Defense Firm, your case will get the personal attention that you deserve.
When you are ready to put a professional criminal defense team to work for you, give us a call today at (850) 398-8098.