Criminal Defense

Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney

Protecting the Rights of the Accused for More Than 30 Years

Most people are familiar with the phrase, “You are innocent until proven guilty,” but most do not fully appreciate its meaning unless they are accused of a crime. “You are innocent until proven guilty” represents the cornerstone of our criminal justice system. This profound statement holds true while you are being investigated for a crime, after you have been arrested and even as you sit in front of a jury of your peers.

Prosecutors have a duty to prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt. What this means is that you can only be found guilty if the state presents sufficient evidence that proves you committed the crime.

Francis Jerome Shea, P.A. has represented the rights of criminal defendants in North Florida for more than 30 years. Our team of criminal defense lawyers demands that the prosecution meet its burden of proof.

Building a Strong Defense Against Criminal Charges in Florida and Federal Courts

Our criminal defense lawyer thoroughly investigates the charges against you and builds a strong defense. Our firm pursues witnesses and evidence that can exonerate you and takes decisive steps to challenge the prosecution’s evidence against you. We have substantial experience analyzing DNA, fingerprinting, fiber and hair samples, ballistics, computer forensics and other scientific evidence and we regularly consult with experts with whom we have established professional relationships.

Our diligence and experience help us build the best possible defenses against such serious state and federal charges as:

  • Capital murder
  • Homicide
  • Weapons offense
  • Assault and battery
  • Robbery
  • Sex offense
  • Drug crime
  • RICO crime
  • Theft
  • White-collar crime
  • DUI
  • Juvenile crime

We defend misdemeanor criminal charges with the same professional attention as the most serious felony offenses.

Capital Qualified Florida Defense Lawyer

Attorney Shea is one of the few lawyers in North Florida qualified under the state’s laws to represent defendants in capital murder cases. Our team has the substantial training and experience required to effectively fight the charges and the imposition of a death sentence. We bring together a dedicated defense team for trial that includes DNA experts, criminal forensic psychiatric doctors, forensic psychologists and other expert disciplines as needed. Because of our dedication and experience, judges regularly appoint us to represent defendants facing the death penalty.

Consult with a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney who can protect your constitutional rights

To protect your rights in the criminal justice system, call Francis Jerome Shea, P.A. at 904.399.1966 or contact me online to schedule a free consultation. We represent clients in the federal and state criminal courts in Duval, St. John’s, Baker, Clay and other North Florida counties.
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