Criminal Defense Attorney Shawn Lupella, represents individuals charged with any type of criminal offense including misdemeanor, felony, juvenile, and Drunk Driving cases. My offices are centrally located in downtown Fort Walton Beach,in the heart of Destin, near U.S. Highway 98, and in Defuniak Springs. I assist individuals daily at trial or arraignment in Okaloosa County and Walton County. As a criminal defense lawyer, my practice is exclusively dedicated to criminal defense and over the years, I have handled over 5000 cases.
My ONLY Focus As A Criminal Lawyer: Criminal Defense and DUI Law
Since I only handle Criminal Defense cases, my focus is entirely on being the best lawyer possible in that specific field. This narrow area of practice helps me stay keenly aware of changes to the law so I can use the best strategy in your case, combined with my knowledge and experience, to get the best result possible through smart and aggressive representation.
Criminal Defense Requires Knowledge, Experience, and Aggressiveness
I am not a criminal attorney who is content to sit and wait for something to happen. The government prosecutors have virtually unlimited resources and their job is to convict the defendant as charged. You need an attorney that will work tirelessly to insulate your liberty, protect your freedom, and restore your life and livelihood.
Full-Service Criminal Defense Representation
I will fight to defend you at every court proceeding and critical stage of your case, and utilize all feasible types of criminal defenses, from start to finish. As a full-service criminal lawyer serving Ft. Walton Beach, Destin and elsewhere in Okaloosa County, my representation includes:
1. Pre-arrest Police Investigation
2. Pre-arrest Bond Negotiation and Warrant Monitoring
3. First Appearance Hearings
4. Bond Reduction and Pre-Trial Modification Hearings
5. Arraignment and Plea Day Hearings
6. Pre-Trial, Status, and Review Hearings
7. Pre-Trial Evidentiary and Motion Hearings
8. Bench Trials and Jury Trials
If you were arrested for any type of crime, misdemeanor or felony, and you serve in a branch of the military – Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines, or Coast Guard – I would like to speak with you about DUI or Criminal matter. I have represented many military members, both officers and enlisted, after an arrest and I know about the hardships you are facing. In the military, the margins for error are slim to none and your record of conduct is of vital importance to every facet of your military career. Getting the best result in the criminal case could mean the difference between staying in and moving on, or facing a separation of service, dishonorable discharge, or court-martial.
MY APPROACH TO A CRIMINAL DEFENSE & DRUNK DRIVING DEFENSE PRACTICE
As a criminal lawyer, I know that what matters most to the client is the end result. And if you are the one faced with criminal charges, you want to know that you have a lawyer that is actively working for that best possible result, for the sake of you and your family. You may have a lot at stake – your career, your business, or your professional license. You never thought that someday you might need a criminal defense attorney to help you, but one thing is for sure, you do need help. I have represented individuals from nearly every profession, doctors, lawyers, teachers, nurses, military members, pilots, students, and professional athletes. The consequences of a criminal conviction can be severe, notwithstanding a jail sentence; it could affect future education plans, job promotions, your military service record, your right to vote and own or carry a firearm, and your ability to drive. Getting the best result also means working diligently to minimize the collateral consequences of the criminal arrest.
OUT OF STATE CLIENTSIf you were here visiting the Ft. Walton Beach or Destin area on vacation and were arrested for assault or battery, Sexual Battery, DUI (and DUI Hearing to get your license back), Minor in Possession of Alcohol (MIP), Possession of Controlled Substance, Possession of Marijuana, Domestic Violence Battery, disorderly conduct, such as a bar fight, sex crimes, Shoplifting or Theft, traffic tickets such as hit and run or fleeing & eluding police, receiving stolen property, criminal mischief, Solicitation, illegal display of a firearm, warrants or bail bond issues please contact my office to discuss your case. I have helped countless clients resolve their Florida criminal cases. Additionally, I have found that with most misdemeanor charges, your case can be resolved with the best result possible–without even the need for you to return to Florida to appear in court. This will save you the time and expense of traveling back and forth. For felony matters, I will work to minimize your need to travel by formally waiving your appearance through the preliminary hearings, but will keep you informed about all aspects of your case through phone, email, U.S. mail, fax, Skype, and other forms of communication.
Okaloosa County Bar
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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