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Criminal Defense Attorney in Ocala, Florida

Experienced & Determined Representation

If you’ve been accused or charged with a crime, know that you don’t have to face it alone. Having a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer on your side can make all the difference when your freedom and future are on the line. Our attorney team has over 40 years of combined experience in handling a wide variety of criminal cases. Attorneys Brett Kocijan and Jeffrey Higgins have a high level of courtroom intuition, knowing how to read juries, appeal to judges, and advocate with impact. Their skill, determination, and attention to detail are what sets our firm apart and enable us to find favorable solutions for even the most challenging cases. If you or a loved one is in need of our representation, contact us to schedule a complimentary consultation

At Defend Ocala, our attorneys aim to see their clients get a fair chance to right their wrongs and undergo necessary rehabilitation. Because we believe your future should not be defined by one past mistake, we’ll prepare your defense with the focus and respect that you deserve. Regardless of the charges that you’re up against, you have rights. We’re here to defend them. 

Criminal Charges that We Defend

  • Drug Crimes - Florida’s location makes it a prime spot for drug trafficking, so the state’s drug laws are strict, and their penalties for drug possession and trafficking are severe. For example, if you are caught possessing 20 grams of cannabis or less, you are looking at the possibility of facing up to 1 year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000. Get smart about your drug charge and get a free consult with us today. 

  • DUIs - Under Florida law, driving under the influence of alcohol or other judgment-impairing substances when your blood/breath alcohol level (BAL) is .08 or higher results in penalization. If you’ve been charged with a DUI, your penalty will depend on your BAL and on whether you’ve had zero or multiple DUI convictions. Regardless, we’re here to help.  

  • Domestic Violence - If you’ve been accused or charged with domestic violence, you could be facing a sentence of multiple years up to life in prison. These cases are highly sensitive and can get quite complex; our attorneys are ready to put their trial experience to work for you. 

  • Theft & Burglary - Charges of theft, shoplifting, and burglary of a dwelling in Florida are serious and can result in high fines and/or many years in jail. Florida also has a separate charge for those caught in possession of tools or instruments intended to be used to gain entry to a building. Considered a third-degree felony, this crime is punishable by up to five years in prison.

We also defend charges of sex crimes, felonies, and more. Consult our skilled attorneys to learn how they can help you navigate or expunge your criminal charge in the state of Florida.

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Statute of Limitations

Like every state, Florida has its own statute of limitations determining how long the prosecution has to charge someone. Different crimes have different time limits (some even have none) so if you have multiple charges, it may be unclear which limitation period applies to your case. If you were charged after the period for your crime had passed, your case could be completely dismissed. Needless to say, statutes of limitations can get complicated, so it’s important to consult a knowledgeable professional. Our attorneys are here to answer any questions you have and offer trustworthy, sensible advice.

We Defend Ocala, Florida, & the
Surrounding Areas

Whether you’re facing felony or misdemeanor charges, it’s crucial that you partner with a capable attorney as soon as you can. When our criminal defense attorneys are on board right away, the sooner we can provide you with the reliable guidance you need to effectively navigate your situation. Partner with us from the very beginning and we’ll get to work on building a solid defense and advising you on what to expect from each step in the investigation and trial process. 

We accept cases with Florida residents throughout Marion County and Lake County. If you live in or near Belleview, Leesburg, Tavares, Silver Springs, Dunnellon, or Eustice, Florida, reach out to our Ocala, Florida law firm today and tell us about your case. Even if you’re guilty, we’re here to advocate on your behalf and help protect your rights. No matter what, know that we will work hard and fight for your future. 

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Ocala, Florida

Our legal team at Defend Ocala is comprised of experienced trial attorneys Brett Kocijan and Jeffrey Higgins. We aspire to seek justice for all of our clients no matter the severity of their charge, and we work hard to illuminate the truth while providing honest answers and advice. If you’re in need of trusted legal guidance, partner with us today.