Okaloosa County Criminal Defense Attorney
Have you been arrested in Okaloosa County? Are the police investigating you or wanting to talk to you? Have you been charged with a DUI? If any of these questions apply to you, then finding the right criminal defense attorney should be your #1 priority.
Defending Okaloosa County Criminal Cases is ALL We Do
Whether you are a local resident, a visitor from out of town, or a military member, I can help. My name is Tim Flaherty. I have been practicing criminal defense exclusively in Okaloosa County since 2001. I am available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so give me a call at (850) 243-6097.
I understand that being arrested is a scary and stressful experience. It is my job to help you feel better about where you stand, not worse. I will not resort to scare tactics or give you a sales pitch. Instead, I will give you honest, straight-forward advice about your case.
Okaloosa County Criminal Practice Areas
This is not an exclusive list, but the following are the most common charges that we help clients with:
An Overview of the Court System in Okaloosa County
For more specific information about misdemeanor and felony charges in Okaloosa County, you can click on the following:
For anyone who has been arrested in Okaloosa County, the case will be heard in one of two places: the Okaloosa County courthouse in Crestview, or at the Okaloosa County courthouse annex in Fort Walton Beach. The location is based on where the crime allegedly occurred, not where the defendant lives.
If you have a misdemeanor case in Crestview, your case will be heard by the Honorable Jim Ward. For a felony case in Crestview, the presiding judge is the Honorable Michael Flowers.
For misdemeanor cases in Fort Walton Beach, the cases are divided by the defendant’s last name. If your last name starts with A-K, your judge will be the Honorable Patricia Grinsted. If your last name starts with L-Z, your case will be heard by the Honorable Angela Mason.
If you have been charged with a felony in the south end of the county, your case will be heard at the courthouse in Fort Walton Beach. The two circuit court judges that hear felony cases are the Honorable William Stone and the Honorable John Jay Gontarek.
As for juvenile cases, the Honorable Terrence Ketchel presides over such cases in Crestview, and the Honorable John Brown presides in Fort Walton Beach.
I have practiced before all of these judges for years. I have a reputation as an honest, prepared, and skillful advocate for my clients. Having an attorney with that kind of reputation can make all the difference in your case.
How the Prosecutors in Okaloosa County will Evaluate Your Case
Dealing with prosecutors is a numbers game. They have hundreds of cases, so it is vital to get them to look at you as an individual and not just another case number. I take the time to build a full profile of our client’s accomplishments, awards, character references, etc. Providing this information to the prosecutor at the appropriate time can mean the difference between a conviction and a dismissal or reduced charge.
I will also carefully review the evidence in your case. I will be looking for weak spots in the state’s evidence that I can exploit to your benefit.
When I sit down to discuss your case with the prosecutor, I will have a clear idea of the strengths and weaknesses of our case as well the state’s case. This allows me to negotiate better deals for our clients and it also helps identify which cases need to go to trial.
A lot of my clients are first offenders who made a mistake a need a second chance. I will be aggressive in seeking a resolution that results in a dismissal of charges. For example, I will look at possibly a deferred prosecution agreement, or a referral to pretrial intervention. It is also very important to keep the option open to have the record expunged or sealed when the case is over.
Serious felony cases are a different matter. In these cases, simply providing mitigation will not usually be enough. Defending felony cases is an art and it requires another level of skill and expertise to protect you from a prison sentence or a permanent felony conviction.
I am proud to say that a large percentage of my cases are serious felony charges. I do not shy away from tough cases. I dig in and get to work protecting my clients.
Call an Okaloosa County Criminal Defense Lawyer and Get the Help You Need
I understand that you may be “on the fence” about what to do next. Do yourself a favor and at least get some answers to your questions. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that all lawyers are the same, or even worse, that you don’t need a lawyer. If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony crime in Okaloosa County, call me 24/7 at (850) 243-6097 and put Flaherty Defense Firm to work on your defense.
Okaloosa County Resources
|Crestview Courthouse||Fort Walton Beach Courthouse|
|101 E. James Lee Blvd.||1940 Lewis Turner Blvd.|
|Crestview, FL 32536||Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547|
|(850) 689-5000||(850) 651-7200|
- Okaloosa County Clerk of Court
- Okaloosa County website
- Information about Court Programs and Judges
- Pretrial Services: (850) 689-5066
- Veteran’s Court: (850) 609-5186
- Mental Health Court: (850) 609-5044
- Drug Court: (850) 651-7207
- State Probation (felony cases): (850) 833-9132
- JCS Probation (misdemeanor): (850) 398-4600
Police Departments in Okaloosa County
- Okaloosa County Sheriff
- Fort Walton Beach Police Department
- Crestview Police Department
- Niceville Police Department
- Valparaiso Police Department
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