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The Mussallem Law Firm, P.A. is a full service Jacksonville Criminal Defense Law Firm. Our Jacksonville Criminal Attorney is committed to defending your rights. Choosing a criminal lawyer is an important decision, not only because your freedom is at stake, but because a criminal conviction can affect the rest of your life.

When you are arrested in Florida, your case will follow a specific time line. After arrest, a bond will be set and you can bond out of jail or could remain in jail if the bond amount is unreasonably high. Our Jacksonville Bond Reduction Attorney files bond reduction motions and every attempt will be made to get you out of jail. The state attorney must provide your criminal lawyer with any and all evidence they have in your case, including reports, witness statements and scientific evidence. This is called “discovery”. After that process is completed, your case can take several turns. An experienced criminal attorney may be able to get your charges dropped completely or get you into a diversion program. If the evidence against you is great, you may choose to negotiate the best disposition possible.

If you don’t want to enter a plea to the charge and exercise your constitutional right to have a trial, you need an experienced Jacksonville Trial Attorney. Victoria Mussallem has extensive trial experience. Not all Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys are trial lawyers and it is crucial to ask a potential criminal defense attorney about their specific trial experience. When your life is at stake, experience is essential. Ask the prospective attorney whether or not they were the “first chair” in previous trials. A “first chair” is the primary attorney in a trial who develops the theory of the case, prepares the case for trial, argues any motions, cross-examines all witnesses and fights for your innocence. Not all criminal cases go to trial, but you need to have that option and you need to have a lawyer prepared to go to trial.

The Mussallem Law Firm, P.A. represents people charged with all felonies, misdemeanors and municipal ordinance violations in Florida, with an emphasis on Northeast Florida. There are many crimes one can be arrested for, including theft crimes such as petty theft and grand theft, sex crimes such as sexual battery and lewd and lascivious molestation, violent crimes such as domestic battery and child abuse, driving crimes such as DUI (Driving Under the Influence) and driving on a suspended license, and violations of probation. Call our experienced Duval County Criminal Defense Attorney for a free consultation at (904) 365-5200.