Jacksonville Criminal Defense lawyer

D. Finley Williams

Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Jacksonville Criminal Defense Local Legal Authority.

D. Finley Williams

Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney

Jacksonville Criminal Defense lawyer

Attorney at Law Magazine’s Jacksonville Criminal Defense Local Legal Authority.

D. Finley Williams

Finley Williams has been licensed to practice law in Florida since 2012. Mr. Williams focuses his practice primarily on criminal defense litigation. He was voted the Best Criminal Lawyer by readers of the Folio Weekly.

Finley graduated Cum Laude from the University of Florida, majoring in Criminology before attending Florida Coastal School of Law where he received his Juris Doctor.

Before joining the Phillips & Hunt, Finley Williams worked for several years as a very accomplished Assistant State Attorney, trying cases regularly, including several high profile matters. While there, he handled all types of cases from Driving Under the Influence and Theft to Armed Robbery and Attempted Murder. Finley tried over 50 criminal cases, 26 were by jury trial with great success.

Finley joined our firm in 2018 where he continues to serve the citizens of Florida and now focuses his practice on defending the rights of the accused. As an experienced trial attorney, Finley knows what it takes to convict an individual of a crime, and now uses that knowledge and experience to ensure your rights are protected.

Finley is a third generation Floridian, born in Jacksonville. He lives with his wife, Christina, and their son. Finley enjoys golf, sports, spending time with his family, and rooting for the Jaguars.

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About Jacksonville Criminal Defense Law

If you or your loved one is facing a criminal charge, it can be a nerve-wracking and intimidating time.  Given the complexity of criminal laws and the potentially severe consequences, an experienced Jacksonville criminal lawyer is essential to navigating through this uncertain time.

Below we have provided some basic information about Jacksonville criminal law, including when and how a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney in can be most useful.

What Are Criminal Charges?

At its simplest, an individual is facing criminal charges when they have committed a crime.  A crime is any act committed or omitted that violates a public law.  The laws of Florida will define these forbidden acts.  All crimes will generally fall into one of the following categories:

  • Felony: Felonies are the most severe level of crime, generally punishable by imprisonment for more than a year, in addition to any fines.  Examples of crimes that are considered felonies include murder, arson, and rape.
  • Misdemeanor: Misdemeanors are lesser crimes, generally resulting in prison sentences of less than a year and lesser fines.  Examples of misdemeanors include trespassing and vandalism.
  • Infraction: Infractions are minor or petty crimes that normally do not result in jail time.  Examples include speeding or running a red light.

While each of the above categories of crimes come with different punishments, each can have a significant impact on an individual’s life.

How a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney Can Help

If you are facing criminal charges, you should contact a Criminal Defense attorney in Jacksonville as soon as possible.  Regardless of whether you have committed some wrongdoing or if you are completely innocent, a licensed legal practitioner will be an invaluable resource throughout the criminal process.

A criminal lawyer in Jacksonville can assist in all facets of the criminal process, including:

  • Ensure Your Rights are Protected. You may have heard the recitation of Miranda rights in movies or TV shows – including the right to an attorney.  This is considered an essential right to those facing criminal charges because an attorney can ensure a charged individual receives all the rights they are due under the law.
  • Understand the Legal Process. Criminal attorneys know the ins and outs of the legal process for criminal cases.  They can assist you in any preliminary hearings, ensure your bail is set at a reasonable amount, and confirm that all legal procedures are being properly followed by the police and the prosecutor.
  • Create Defense Strategy. Lawyers who work in Jacksonville criminal law have significant experience strategizing the most effective way to handle a case.  This often includes striking deals with the prosecution and securing lesser sentences.
  • Understand Case Precedent. One important tool in a successful criminal case is past case law.  If there are past cases where a similarly situated defendant overcame criminal charges, an attorney can use this to persuade a judge or jury that you should see the same result.

As you or your loved one determines next steps for handling criminal charges, an Jacksonville Criminal Defense attorney will be an invaluable asset.  The criminal legal process can present unexpectedly complicated twists and turns, where a wrong step could result in serious limitations on your personal liberty.

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D. Finley Williams

Phillips & Hunt
Based on 59 reviews
All I can say is I have never had a lawyer like Mr. Finnely...... I retain he on a Monday and by Friday my problem was solved !!!!!!His assistant Nicole was the best professional/polite and always took our phone . It was a pleasure to have a lawyer with integrity and respect for his clients Thank you to all the people in the firm Phil& Nicole Miller
Phil Miller
Phil Miller
21:47 20 Feb 20
person on phone was very helpful. great office ... I've never used them but know people that have.
Jennifer Riles
Jennifer Riles
16:04 16 Dec 19
Brett and his team handled my car accident case with compassion, diligence, and professionalism. The big shining star was Lori Chamberlain, she worked tirelessly to reduce my medical bills. To my surprise I received a $1000 check back due to Lori’s vigilance. I am forever grateful for their team and highly recommend their firm, 11 stars out of 10. Lisa Maddox
Skye Maddox
Skye Maddox
13:49 11 Jan 19
Working with a lawyer can often be challenging when it comes to trust and compassion. John is one of the most honest men and you can tell he is listening to the needs and emotions of his client. We immediately noticed it wasn't about the case being big, small, hard or easy. John just wanted to know our issue and present a solution to help us. He was fair and honest and even explained when our expectations were unreasonable. I highly recommend John if you want to hear the honest truth and innovative solutions for an attorney who is truly listening to you.
Erich Vora
Erich Vora
02:41 20 Feb 18
Amazing team that looks out for the best interests of their clients AND the community. If you need an attorney stop calling those 800 #'s, or larger firms that are only known because of their "name"... call John and his team, I promise you won't regret it!
Kristina Hatcher
Kristina Hatcher
19:04 26 Dec 16

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