Crestview Criminal Defense & DUI Attorney
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.
My name is Tim Flaherty. I am the owner of Flaherty Defense Firm. Since 2001, I have been practicing criminal defense law in Crestview and throughout Okaloosa County. This is the only area of law I have ever practiced, so chances are, I have experience helping people just like you. Regardless of whether you have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or DUI, I can help.
If you’re like most people, you have a lot of questions after being arrested. Call (850) 243-6097 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, or general information about what to expect after an arrest in Crestview.
What Types of Cases Do You Handle?
We defend a wide range of criminal cases in Crestview, including, but not limited to:
- Domestic Violence
- Sexual Offenses
- Military Arrests
- DUI (drunk driving)
- Drug Charges
- Assault and Battery
- Bail Bond & Arrest Warrants
- Theft Offenses
Will my case be heard in Crestview?
As of August, 2018, the new Okaloosa County courthouse in Crestview is still under construction. While construction is ongoing, all criminal arrests in Crestview are being heard at the Courthouse Annex in Fort Walton Beach. Our Crestview judges have been 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 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 Court judges in Crestview are Honorable Terrance R. Ketchel and Honorable Michael A. Flowers. Judge Flowers was elected in 2010 after practicing criminal law for over 20 years. He is currently the judge who presides over all felony Crestview cases. Judge Ketchel was elected in 2006. He primarily serves as our juvenile court 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 I 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, I am here to help you through it. With an experienced Crestview criminal lawyer at your side, you stand a much better chance of a smooth, 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 me a call today at (850) 243-6097.