Florida is well-known for its popular beaches and vacation destinations, especially during the busy spring and summer months. Tourists retreat to the Sunshine State to escape the bustle of their everyday lives and have an unforgettable, relaxing experience. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances may arise, and visitors may unexpectedly find themselves arrested while on vacation. Even when you're from out of state, you can still be charged with a criminal offense in Florida.

My name is Tim Flaherty, and I've been a criminal defense attorney in northwestern Florida since 2001. Along with my partner, Brandy Merrifield, we have successfully defended dozens of out-of-town and out-of-state clients arrested while visiting our area for leisure or business travel. We understand how extensively a criminal charge can affect your life, and we're here to help.

Out-of-State Visitor Arrests

arrested on vacationThere are many crowded beach cities in Florida that attract a wide variety of students and tourists. We understand how easy it is to get caught up in the lively atmosphere the state has to offer. It is especially common for young people to find themselves in legal trouble while vacationing in Destin, and our experienced team is ready to put our experience to work defending clients against some of the most common Spring Break arrests we see, including:

Our goal at the Flaherty & Merrifield is to protect your rights and help you return to your normal life. Criminal charges can create serious consequences that affect your professional and personal relationships, but with the right Fort Walton Beach criminal defense team on your side, your charges could be significantly reduced or dropped altogether.

You Need a Legal Team With Experience Defending Out-of-State Clients

If you have been arrested while on vacation in Florida, you do not need to panic. Our skilled criminal defense attorneys will put our extensive knowledge and experience to work for you. We understand that you may have immediate concerns about if, as an out-of-state visitor, you'll have to regularly travel to appear in court. Not to worry! Our accomplished defense team will defend your case and minimize the trips you must take back to Florida throughout the legal process.

Have You Been Arrested While on Vacation in Florida?

If you've been arrested while on vacation in Florida, need to speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. Contact us online or call our Fort Walton Beach office directly at 850.243.6097 to get started today.

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