Florida Criminal Defense Lawyers

Arnold Law is a North Florida criminal law firm which defends clients in Juvenile, DMV Hearings, Misdemeanors and Felonies.  If you are a North Florida local or only visiting, we can help. If you are local, you may visit our office located across the street from the Clay County Courthouse. If you are not currently living close to the office you may set up a phone consultation by calling or emailing the office at 904-284-5618.

We have over four decades of criminal law experience defending charges such as Assault, Battery, DUI, Sex Crimes, Drug Cases and many others. Our goal is to help you avoid jail, fines, probation, restitution and penalties of the criminal justice system. We may be able to get your charges dropped or reduced without a trail.

Hire attorneys that are recommended by police and court house staff

The people that are involved in criminal law often know the reputation of the local attorney. It is an honor to be referred clients by those in law enforcement and others from the courthouse.

Florida Criminal Lawyer L. J. Arnold

Florida criminal attorney L. J. Arnold has handled over a thousand criminal cases.  Many of which were won by being dismissed, Nolle prosequi, diverted and of course not guilty verdicts won at trial. Everyone wants to win at trial but there are often similar results that may be possible without the risk of trial

North Florida Cases Often We Defend

Although our North Florida criminal lawyers defend clients against all criminal charges, some of the most common cases we win include:

St. Johns County Marijuana Possession Charges: A St. Johns County resident may find themselves charged with use, possession or sale of marijuana or other drugs. We will comb over you case again and again to find defenses and technicalities so you don't lose any sleep. We recently won at trial a drug possession case where the state failed to prove their case.

Clay County Solicitation of a Minor Charges: Innocent Clay County residents may be wrongly charges with solicitation of a minor charges because of an angry spouse involved in a divorce.  We will investigate every aspect we possible can for you and help you prove your innocence. Sex crimes are very serious can result in lengthy prison sentences.

Duval County DUI Charges: Driving in the State of Florida while impaired or with a blood alcohol level above a 0.08 is a crime. If you were not drunk or driving you may have a good defense. If the intoxilyzer is not working properly you may have an issue to suppress the results. If you were stopped by the police without probable cause, then you may be able to win a motion to suppress the fruit of the poisonous tree or all the evidence after the stop. DUI are really two cases. A criminal case and a DMV case. We can handle both.

Putnam County Domestic Battery Charges: You may find that you have wrongly accused of a battery by a jealous ex-girlfriend.  It is possible to successfully defend a domestic battery when it is only he said she said. You may also have self defense if you were attacked first. Battery charges are often followed up by injunction cases. If you have either type or both cases, we can help.

Flagler County BUI Charges: If you or a loved one are charged with BUI or Boating Under the Influence then please contact my office. BUI charges are as serious as DUI charges and can even result in jail time.

We also handle many injunction case.  Injunctions are easily filed for free by the alleged victim at the courthouse. Many alleged victims file frivolous injunction which we have handled successfully. Injunction hearings are decided by the judge so it helpful to hire a local attorney with a good reputation that the judge is familiar with and whom routinely practices in front of the judge.  We represent clients filing for injunctions as well. If you or a family member has been the victim of domestic violence or stalking it may be appropriate to hire an attorney to represent to at the injunction hearing. Injunctions are formal hearing heard by the judge and its importation to have an attorney familiar with the law and the procedure.  

What's a DWI or DUI or BUI

A DUI is driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs to the extent your normal faculties were impaired. A DWI is driving while intoxicated and a BUI is boating under the influence. If you are arrested for DWI, DUI or BUI we will look at you arrest report, breathalyzer report, blood test and all other discovery the state may present at trial. You can request a copy of your discovery if you hire our law office. The breathalyzer machines do make mistakes and it is important to make sure the machine is operating accurately.

Expunge Florida Criminal Records: If you are arrested you generally will have a criminal record even of the charges are dropped.  If you go through all the trouble and expense to hire an attorney and get you case dropped, then you will probably want to have your records expunged if possible. Be sure to ask about having your records sealed or expunged throughout the criminal process. This is something that is often overlooked by the public defender.

Seal Florida Criminal Records: If you are not convicted of certain offense which qualify you may be able to have your charges sealed.  If the judge withholds adjudication in your criminal case contact us to see if you are eligible.  The sealing process take many months so do not wait until you have a job interview or loan application coming up. Get started immediately following the conclusion of your case.

Bail and Release Assistance for Florida Jails

If you are going to jail or your family member is in jail, we may be able to assist in reducing your bond so you can bail out or bail out your family member. The best decision may not be to bail out as soon as possible under certain circumstances.

How Can a Criminal Law Attorney Help?

The experienced attorneys at Arnold Lawyers can help in a variety of ways. Below are some of the ways in which we can help you with your case:

  • We can listen to your side of the story and be there for you throughout the entire process
  • We can help you to better understand your legal rights
  • We can answer your questions and address your concerns
  • We can represent you in court
  • We can analyze your charges to see if they are valid
  • We can see if any police officer mistakes were committed
  • We can build a strong defense that will aid in best representing your defense
  • If convicted, we can attempt to lessen the punishments that you may face
  • If convicted, we can attempt to appeal your charges

We can help in a variety of criminal law cases

We handle many different criminal law cases. We fight for fair treatment for each of our clients. Have you been accused of any of the following crimes?

  • Assault
  • Battery
  • Burglary
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Domestic Battery
  • Domestic Violence
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions
  • Child Abuse
  • Driving on a Suspended License
  • Drug Charges
  • Drug Paraphernalia Charges
  • DUI
  • Expungements and Record Sealing
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Hit and Run
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Kidnapping
  • Murder
  • Public Intoxication
  • Sexual Assault
  • Sex crimes
  • Theft
  • Traffic Infractions
  • Violation of Probation
  • Violation of Restraining Order
  • Weapons Offenses

If you have been accused of a crime, it is important that you get the help of an experienced criminal law attorney right away. We know the Florida criminal law legal process.

An Arrest Does NOT Establish Guilt

You are innocent until being proved guilty.  In Florida the state has the burden of proof to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  If the state attorney is able to do so then and proves this at trial, then the burden will shift to the defense. 

Our decades of experience in criminal law can me invaluable in reducing or dismissing your charges.  It is so important to hire a local experienced criminal defense attorney. Local attorneys are usually familiar with the judges and state attorneys. While this does not promise a result, it may help to know their tendencies and if they are a tuff sentencer. A methodical awareness of the system, combined with a professional examination of your charge and case, should lead to a favorable result.

We want to win! We hate to lose. If you think you have a winning case call to schedule a free consultation by a local criminal defense attorney, a phone consult or face to face.  We will go over the police reports and evidence the state has against you.  We will discuss any defense you may have to the crime. We will listen intently on your side of the story. Remember no matter how thin you slice the bacon there are always two sides. Call us 904-284-5618



Contact Us

We represent Clay, St. Johns, Duval and Putnam County residents

Our office is located across the street from the Clay County Courthouse in Green Cove Springs at the same intersection as the CVS Pharmacy. Although we are located in Clay County, we assist all Florida residents and counsel anyone who needs help with issues related to Florida law. To schedule an office or phone consultation please call or stop by our office location. We look forward to your call: 904-264-3627 or 904-284-5618.