Criminal Defense Attorney Jacksonville, Florida

Johnson & Lufrano, P.A. is Jacksonville’s Only Criminal Defense Firm with Attorneys Board-Certified in Criminal Trial and Criminal Appellate Law

Our boutique Jacksonville criminal defense firm specializes in criminal law.

There may be little in life as frightening and confusing as being arrested and prosecuted. In such an uncertain time, you need the help of experienced criminal defense attorneys who not only are well-prepared to assist you with each stage of the process but who also care about you. You need Johnson and Lufrano, P.A.

We’ve dedicated our practice to criminal defense.

Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., is a criminal defense firm committed to defending our clients at all three stages of the criminal process: pre-trial, trial, and appeal. Regardless of the circumstances of your case, our attorneys have the skill and experience to vigorously defend you. Our attorneys are certified by the Florida Bar as experts in their respective practice areas: Matthew Lufrano is a board-certified Expert in Criminal Trial Law and Diana L. Johnson is a board-certified Expert in Criminal Appellate Law. 

No matter whether our clients have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony offense, each client receives a comprehensive defense and our complete dedication. We work closely with our clients to ensure they understand every aspect of their case and develop a personalized strategy that will meet their unique needs. When you’re a client of Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., you will always know the status of your case at any given moment, have a voice in every decision, and know what to expect throughout the pretrial, trial, and post-trial stages of criminal prosecution

Call Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., now for:

  • 24/7/365 availability
  • A free initial consultation
  • Experienced Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys on your side
  • Board-certified experts in criminal trial law and criminal appellate law

Trust in our experience.

Our attorneys have tried more than 100 cases to verdict and more than 80 criminal appeals. We have tried cases ranging from homicide to theft, and have successfully argued appeals before the Florida Supreme Court. Mr. Lufrano has practiced exclusively as a criminal defense attorney and Ms. Johnson is one of the few attorneys with experience at both the trial and appellate court levels. Together, we offer our clients the highest possible quality of legal representation in the face of criminal arrests and formal criminal charges. Regardless of whether this is the first time you have been arrested or you have a criminal record, we can provide the expert counsel you need and determine your best course of action.  

Whether you’re facing a felony, misdemeanor, or juvenile prosecution, or you simply need expert representation for an upcoming appeal, you can always turn to Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., for help. We proudly represent clients from across Northeast Florida, including Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns, Putnam, Baker, Bradford, and Alachua counties.

Our criminal law practice areas.

At Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., we provide expert legal representation to our Jacksonville-area clients in these criminal defense practice areas and more:

  • Burglary defense
  • Robbery defense
  • Theft defense
  • Assault and battery defense
  • DUI defense
  • Drug crime defense
  • Gun crime defense
  • Sex crime defense
  • White collar crime defense
  • Child abuse and neglect defense

If you have been charged with one of these or other crimes and don’t know where to turn, call us now at 904-513-3905 for an initial free consultation.

Call our Jacksonville criminal defense experts.

Too often, clients are unable to reach their attorneys when they need them most. At Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., we don’t limit our clients’ access to our help by not being available outside of office hours—we are always available to every client and we will respond quickly when you need us or have questions about your case. 

Because arrests can occur at any time, our office is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, so don’t hesitate to contact us if you or a loved one has recently been arrested, sentenced, or served with an injunction.

Learn more about Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., and why you should choose us, then call us at 904-513-3905 for your criminal defense needs. We’re here around the clock, ready to help guide you through the criminal justice system and ensure your rights are protected.

 

Florida Bar board-certified attorneys are evaluated for professionalism and tested for expertise.

          

Florida Criminal Defense FAQs

If you’ve been accused, arrested, or charged with a crime in Jacksonville, it’s important to learn as much as you can about how a criminal defense attorney can protect your rights and what to expect from the process. The following are some of the questions we hear most frequently from our clients, but if you have questions that are not answered here, please do not hesitate to call us at 904-513-3905.

How can a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney help me?

An experienced criminal defense attorney can guide you through the complicated legal system and help ensure your rights are fully protected. These are just a few of the actions a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer may take on your behalf: 

 

  • Investigate the facts of your case and analyze the prosecutor’s case
  • Gather evidence
  • Gather statements from witnesses
  • File a motion to suppress evidence and/or statements
  • File a motion to dismiss charges
  • Advise you regarding  your rights
  • Advise you regarding potential sentencing outcomes
  • Secure expert witnesses if necessary
  • Negotiate with prosecutors for outcomes such as reduced bail, charges or sentences
  • Assert a defense at trial 

 

At Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., we make sure that you understand every aspect of your case at each phase of the criminal process. One of our attorneys is always on call and available to speak with you any time of day or night, any day of the week.

What should I look for in a criminal defense lawyer?

Your choice of a criminal defense attorney to represent you may be one of the most important decisions you can make. If you find yourself in need of legal representation for a felony, misdemeanor, or juvenile offense, take time to research the attorneys you are considering before you retain one. Ask these questions so that you can compare each attorney’s qualifications:

  • How long have you practiced criminal law?
  • Is criminal defense your firm’s main focus or a sideline?
  • Have you handled cases similar to mine? If so, what were some of the outcomes?
  • How often do your criminal law cases go to trial?
  • Who will work on my case?
  • How often will we communicate?
  • Can I reach you whenever I need to?
  • Do you charge an hourly rate or a flat rate?
  • Will there be other expenses I will have to pay for?

If I want to plead guilty, do I still need a criminal defense attorney?

Even if you plan to plead guilty, a criminal defense attorney can help protect your rights and interests by negotiating the charge(s) filed and the terms of your sentence, which may sometimes result in reduced penalties or consequences. To learn more about how the criminal defense lawyers at Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., can assist you, contact our Jacksonville office at 904-513-3905 to schedule a free consultation.

What rights do I have when I have been arrested?

You have several rights provided by the Constitution, state and federal statutes, and case law if you are arrested, including:

  • The right to remain silent.
  • The right to know the crimes with which you have been charged
  • The right to have an attorney with you at every critical stage of the prosecution.
  • The right to cross-examine the witnesses against you.
  • The right to present witnesses on your own behalf.
  • The right to access all of the evidence that the state intends to use against you.
  • The right to a jury trial.

What is arraignment?

An arraignment is the formal court hearing wherein the State files and announces what charges it will be pursuing against an accused.  The judge (or “court”) may do a number of things at an arraignment, including:

  • Advising you of the charges against you.
  • Advising you of the minimum and maximum penalties of the charges. 
  • Asking how you wish to plea. 
  • Setting dates for future proceedings. 

At your arraignment hearing, you will be asked to enter a plea, which must be one of these formal responses:

  • Not guilty, which means you are denying that you committed the crime with which you are being charged.
  • Guilty, which is your admission that you committed the crime with which you are charged and that you are willing to accept the penalties imposed by the court.
  • No contest (or nolo contendere), which means you are not denying or admitting that you committed the crime, but are asking that the court resolve the matter. A plea of no contest is often associated with plea agreements.

Can’t I just represent myself in a criminal case?

For less severe charges, such as a minor traffic offense, you may be able to successfully navigate the legal process yourself. You will have a lot at stake, however, when you have been charged with a serious crime, including your freedom, your ability to earn a living, and much more.

If there is a possibility that you may serve time for your crime, we strongly recommend that you have legal representation. Keep in mind that even in the case of a less serious offense, a criminal defense attorney will be able to advise you about consequences that may arise in the future, such as higher insurance rates or affects on a professional license.

If you are uncertain whether you can benefit from hiring a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney, Johnson & Lufrano, P.A., offers free, no-obligation consultations.

Can I see the evidence against me?

Once you have been arraigned, you and your criminal defense attorney are entitled by law to access all of the evidence that the state plans to use against you if you choose to participate in the discovery process. Through the discovery process, your attorney will receive evidence which will be used to further investigate your case, talk to witnesses, and more.

How much will it cost to hire a criminal defense attorney?

There is no single answer to the question of cost as no two cases or criminal defense attorneys are the same. Variables include how complex a case may be and therefore how much work may be involved and what fee attorneys set for themselves. When you are considering hiring a criminal defense attorney, make sure you fully understand their fees and how much they require be paid up front, which may be most or even all of the total fee.

What is a plea agreement?

Often referred to as a plea bargain or plea deal, this is an agreement between a defendant and a prosecutor. As the defendant, you may agree to plead no contest or guilty if the prosecutor agrees to reduce a charge to a lesser offense, drop a charge, or recommend to the court a sentence that’s acceptable to the defense. Since the outcome of a trial is unpredictable, plea agreements are very common.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

In the State of Florida, a misdemeanor is any crime that is punishable by no more than one year in a county correctional facility. Examples of misdemeanors are possession of small amounts of marijuana, minor criminal mischief, and some DUIs. Felonies in the state are any crimes punishable by imprisonment in state prison, such as robbery, aggravated assault, and murder. 

While the consequences of a misdemeanor are not as severe as those of a felony, it is still important to have expert criminal defense. A criminal defense attorney can ensure your rights are fully protected and guide you through every stage of the criminal process. You can learn more about our experience representing clients who have been charged with a crime by calling 904-513-3905. The attorneys at Johnson and Lufrano are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call.

If I am cleared of the crime, will it still be on my record?

Unfortunately, yes, an arrest remains on a person’s record unless and until it is sealed or expunged.  At Johnson and Lufrano, P.A., we can assist you in filing to have your record sealed or expunged if you qualify.  This may prevent having your arrest being used against you in some circumstances.