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 & Merrifield. Since 2001, I have been practicing criminal defense law in Crestview and throughout Okaloosa County. My partner’s name is Brandy Merrifield. Brandy has worked with me since 2007. Criminal Defense is the only type of law we have ever practiced. Because of this experience, chances are, we have experience helping people in the same situation as you. Regardless of whether you have been charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or DUI, we can help.

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.

As Crestview criminal defense lawyers, we won’t pressure you to do anything, but we 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. We’ve put together a lot of information for people to use, whether they’re our clients or not. There may have information about the specific charges you’re facing, or general information about what to expect after an arrest in Crestview. If you can’t find the information you are looking for, call us and get your questions answered.

What Types of Crestview Criminal Cases Do You Defend?

We defend a wide range of criminal cases in Crestview. Here are the most common:

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 Lacey Powell. 

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 experienced Crestview criminal lawyers at your side, you stand a much better chance of a smooth, positive, result.

We make it our business to be tough and smart advocates for our clients. If you choose Flaherty & Merrifield, you will get the personal attention that you deserve, and your case will get the expertise that it requires.

When you are ready to put a professional criminal defense team to work for you, give Flaherty & Merrifield a call today at (850) 398-8098.

Crestview Legal Resources Guide

Flaherty & Merrifield is proud to defend military members, local residents, and visitors in Crestview. This section will provide information about the local criminal justice and court system. Hopefully, the information will be helpful to you. If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at (850) 398-8098 and we’ll be glad to help.

Clerk of Court in Crestview

The Clerk’s office is open Monday-Friday from 8:30 to 4:30.
Their website is:

Their address and phone number:
Okaloosa County Clerk of Court
101 E. James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 689-5000

The Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview

The jail in Crestview houses inmates who have been sentenced to a county jail term, as well as misdemeanor and felony defendants who have not been sentenced yet.

If you want to look up an inmate’s name, you can do so through the Xjail website, found at: Be advised that is common for this website to “go down.” Usually, it will come back up within a day or two.

The Okaloosa County Jail address and phone number:
1200 East James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32539
(850) 689-5690

The Office of the State Attorney in Crestview

The Crestview office of the State Attorney prosecutes all cases in northern Okaloosa County.

Their address and phone number:
Crestview Office of the State Attorney
151 Cedar Ave.
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 689-5620

The Office of the Public Defender in Crestview

The public defender provides free legal representation for defendants who are indigent, or can’t afford to hire their own attorney. Their website is:

Their address and phone number:

Crestview Office of the Public Defender
302 N. Wilson St. #301
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 689-5580

Pretrial Services

Pretrial Services is an agency based in Crestview. Their role is to assist the judge in making bond or pretrial release decisions in cases where the defendant is in jail. Their other main role is to continue supervising defendants after their release from jail. Usually, defendants are required to call Pretrial Services once a week to check in. This requirement stays in place until the case is resolved.

More information can be found here:

Their address and phone number:
400 N. Ferdon Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 689-5066

Probation in Crestview

Felony Probation

250 Pine Ave. West
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 689-7804

Misdemeanor Probation

775 N. Ferdon Blvd. Suite C
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 398-4600

Law Enforcement In Crestview

The two law enforcement agencies in Crestview are the Crestview Police Department and the Okaloosa County Sheriff.

Crestview Police Department
201 Stilwell Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32539
(850) 682-3544

Okaloosa County Sheriff
North District Office
197 East James Lee Blvd.
Crestview, FL 32539
(850) 689-5650

Juvenile Detention in Crestview

The juvenile detention center is where juveniles are held in secure detention.

Their address and phone number:
4448 Straight Line Rd.
Crestview, FL 32539
(850) 689-7800

All juveniles who have been arrested are supervised by the Department of Juvenile Justice. Their website is:

Contact a Crestview Criminal Defense Attorney

If you or a loved one have been charged with a crime in Crestview, call Flaherty & Merrifield today at (850) 398-8098 for a free consultation.

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