Flaherty Defense Firm

1817 Lewis Turner Blvd. Suite E
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

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Flaherty Defense Firm

When you or a loved one has been charged with a crime in Ft. Walton Beach, your first reaction is likely fear and confusion.  You are faced with more questions than answers. Standing on opposites sides of law enforcement and the court system in Okaloosa County is a terrifying experience. Whether this is a first offense or you have been in this situation before, your first step should be to get answers and protect your future.

Fort Walton Beach Criminal Defense Lawyer

Flaherty Defense Firm has been defending people just like you for over 12 years in Ft. Walton Beach, Florida. Our firm proudly serves the entire Fort Walton-Crestview-Destin area, including anywhere in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa or Walton Counties. If you or a loved one have been charged or arrested in Ft. Walton Beach, contact our defense team today.

After the court process has begun, there are several decisions that you must make to protect your future. Making an uninformed legal decision now can change your path in the wrong direction. No charge is too small to make an impact.

Don’t leave your future to chance. Our team has been defending people accused of crimes in Okaloosa County for over 12 years. When you are ready to take control of your case and fight the charges against you, contact at 850.243.6097.  The call is free.

If you are in the United States Armed Forces it is imperative that you seek civilian legal counsel immediately after arrest.  The military will not provide you with an attorney for a military arrest. The military will begin imposing sanctions on you immediately after arrest.  The outcome of your case could result in rank reduction or even separation. You defend our country. Let our team defend you.

In evaluating a criminal defense attorney for your case, you should ask yourself and your potential attorney these questions:


What Florida Prosecutors Must Prove in the Case Against You

The prosecutor has a difficult job. To convict a person of any crime, he or she must prove every element of the charge against you beyond reasonable doubt. "Beyond reasonable doubt" means that he or she must absolutely convince the jury that, other than some completely unlikely scenario, everything the prosecution is saying is true.

They must prove this for every element of your case. For instance, to be convicted of drunk driving in Florida, the prosecution must prove beyond reasonable doubt, that the defendant was in actual, physical control of the vehicle, and they must prove beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant was either intoxicated or has a blood-alcohol content above .08.

If they fail to meet the burden of proof for either element, the jury must acquit.


The Job of an Okaloosa County Defense Attorney

There is no burden of proof for the defense, because the defendant doesn't have to prove anything unless making an affirmative defense, like self-defense or mental illness. However, that doesn't mean the defense attorney doesn't have a very important job.

A defense lawyer is there to protect the defendant's rights. For instance, you have the right against unreasonable searches and seizures. If you face drug charges, for example, the primary evidence is often the drugs themselves. The drugs are often found as the result of a search.

For many searches, especially those taking place in a person's home, police are required to obtain a warrant. If they did not, or made mistakes in the procedure to obtain one, then your rights were violated, the evidence may be thrown out and your charges may be dismissed.

Your lawyer will also show the holes in the prosecutor's case, exposing the reasonable doubt. For instance, if you face charges of sexual assault, the primary evidence may be the alleged victim's testimony. Your defense lawyer can vigorously cross-examine the witness and bring to light inconsistencies. If the jury doesn't believe her, they must find you not guilty.


Visitors Facing Charges in the Emerald Coast

With its pristine beaches, the Fort Walton area brings tourists from around the country and from around the world, including scores of students for Spring Break. They come to Miramar Beach, Santa Rosa Beach, Navarre Beach, Oriole Beach or any other part of our gorgeous coastline.

However, because they don't know Florida law, because they're at the wrong place at the wrong time or for any other reason, many visitors find themselves in police custody while vacationing here.

If you are from out of town and face criminal charges, you may be concerned about being stuck in Florida. You may worry about expensive trips back. As your attorney, I may be able to represent you in initial hearings, and negotiate on your behalf with prosecutors. It's possible you won't have to return at all.

Whatever you do, don't just ignore the charges. A warrant will show up in background searches and could have an effect on you back home. You could even be extradited, or forced to return, to Florida.


Eglin Airmen and Criminal Charges

Eglin Air Force Base , located near Valparaiso, is home to thousands of airmen and their families. They live and work in the area, and are a vital part of our community. The base also serves as an important employer. Additionally, the area serves as a vacation spot for many service members on leave.

Just like anyone else, service members can find themselves subject to accusations of breaking civilian law. When that happens, they face charges in civilian court. A conviction could have a devastating effect on the career of a service member, including rank reduction, and even separation.

As a Fort Walton criminal defense lawyer, I understand the issues members of the military faced, and have represented many in civilian court.


Finding the Best Defense Lawyer in Okaloosa County

Any sort of criminal charge will have a profound effect on you and your future. A dedicated Fort Walton criminal defense attorney will fight for your rights, whether you're a resident, visitor, civilian or airman facing charges in Okaloosa, Santa Rosa or Walton Counties. I'll seek the best possible results for you. Call Flaherty Defense Firm at 850.243.6097 to talk to me about your case. The call is free.

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Attorney Tim Flaherty

Over the past 12 years, I have defended thousands of people against criminal charges...

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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
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I never thought the day would come when I would have to actually hire a lawyer, so I was rather confused as what to do. When I came into Flaherty Law Firm, everybody was very friendly and very eager to answer any of my questions and concerns. Never once did they talk down to me or treat me like a criminal. I could call or email anytime and they were always quick to get back in touch with an answer. I would definitely recommend this firm to anyone.

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