Criminal Defense

Former State Prosecutor, Collin Cherry has handled in excess of 6,000 criminal cases. Contact us for a free consultation. Collin Cherry is an experienced attorney who will aggressively defend your criminal charge. 

Things you need to know if you have been arrested:

  • Can prompt intervention with the prosecutor make the difference in the decision to file a lesser offense or to decline to prosecute you at all?
  • Are you eligible for a diversion program?
  • Is the evidence against you admissible in court?
  • Was there an illegal search or seizure?
  • Were you read your rights?Can a plea bargain be structured to avoid a formal conviction and not jeopardize employment?
  • Can the charges against you be dismissed?
  • Can you avoid a criminal record?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of your case?

Felonies:

The conviction for a felony often prohibits employment in certain occupations and denial of occupational licensing. Penalties may include imprisonment within State Prison. A felony conviction would also result in the loss of civil rights, including the right to vote and the rights to own, use, or possess a firearm. A convicted felon's honesty and truthfulness are forever questioned.

Misdemeanors:

The conviction for a misdemeanor that involves untruthfulness or dishonesty often carries the same employment ramifications as a felony conviction. Penalties can range from a simple fine and/or probation to a possible 365 days incarceration in the county jail. A misdemeanor conviction may result in immediate suspension of your privilege to drive. 

FSU, FAMU & TCC Students: 

if you have been charged with a crime while enrolled in FSU, FAMU or TCC, you could face registration holds, suspensions, and possible expulsion. Campus administrative hearings are often scheduled prior to your criminal case being resolved. This could greatly impact or delay your academic progress. Mr. Cherry can assist in preparation for administrative hearings and possibly postpone administrative hearings until your criminal case has been resolved. 

Record expunction or sealing: 

Contact our office to confirm if you are eligible to have your criminal record expunged completely or sealed from the view of potential future employers.

What to expect: 

Upon signing a contract with our office, we will file paperwork with the clerk of court notifying our representation. All correspondence relating to your case will come directly to our office, and will be copied to you. Mr. Cherry will research your case and work closely with you to achieve the best possible result.