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Things you should consider before hiring an attorney for representation on a criminal charge:

I am a specialist in criminal law.  If you need to get a divorce, sue somebody, or get a will drafted, I will be glad to refer you to a good attorney who handles such things, but I don't handle those cases.  By limiting my practice solely to criminal law, I stay focused and prepared on what my clients will need me to do - defend them from criminal charges.  You may have heard the old saying that someone is "a jack of all trades, but a master of none."  The same can apply to lawyers, and so I prefer to focus on what I am best at.

I am Board Certified in the field of Criminal Trial Law.  What does this mean?  A good analogy for what Board Certification stands for can be found in the medical field.  If you or a loved one were facing a serious illness, most likely you would want a doctor or surgeon who was not only a specialist in the particular field that applied to the illness or treatment, but also a doctor or surgeon that was board certified.  The Florida Bar only certifies lawyers who have met certain standards and shown their abilities in their particular field of law.  Board certification recognizes the special knowledge, skills and proficiency an attorney has in their field of law, and their professionalism and ethics in practice. Certified attorneys are the only lawyers allowed to identify or advertise themselves as Florida Bar Board Certified, specialists or experts.  Board certification provides consumers with assurance in the selection of legal counsel.  Certification is the highest level of recognition by The Florida Bar of the competency and experience of attorneys in the areas of law approved for certification by the Supreme Court of Florida.

Death Penalty Qualified or Certified: What does this mean?
Very few attorneys in the State of Florida are Death Penalty qualified or certified.  Attorneys who achieve this designation are the only lawyers who can be assigned by a Circuit Court Judge to represent a person who is charged with First Degree Murder and facing the possibility of having the Death Penalty imposed upon them.  The Florida Supreme Court has promulgated rules that require attorneys in these cases to meet very demanding and sepecific criteria as far as their criminal law practice, continuing legal education, and actual handling of Death Penalty cases.  Because these cases are the most highly complex and serious of all criminal law cases, they are given the greatest scrutiny by the Florida Supreme Court.

Even though you or your loved one may not be facing the death penalty, having such an attorney for representation in a criminal law matter is reassuring, for if the attorney is qualified for the most serious and most complex of cases, they should be able to provide the highest level of reperesentation on all other criminal law situations. 

Almost all attorneys claim they are "Experienced." The key is to find an attorney whose experience has been meaningful.  My experience has not been just handling a handful of small cases here and there.  I have personally represented thousands of people in criminal law matters, and I have been in hundreds of real trials.  I have lectured and written articles on criminal law issues and trained many, many new attorneys on how to handle criminal cases and trials.  My reputation and qualifications are such that I have been nominated for judge several times.  So that you can feel good in knowing that the attorney working on your case has the highest qualifications available, please contact me. 


Attorney John Unruh provides Criminal Defense Law representation primarily in Indian River County , Saint Lucie County ( St. Lucie County), Martin County, and Brevard County, Florida. Cities including Vero Beach, Sebastian, Fellsmere, Wabasso, Indian River Shores, Gifford, Fort Pierce ( Ft. Pierce), Port Saint Lucie ( Pt. St. Lucie), Okeechobee, Stuart, Jensen Beach, Melbourne, Vierra, Titusville, Rockledge, Cocoa / Cocoa Beach, Merritt Island, Sattelite Beach, and more. Attorney is available for representation throughout the State of Florida. Main office location for Criminal Defense Lawyer / Attorneys is in Indian River County, Florida.

John Unruh is a lawyer with experience in all types of criminal law cases, including felony, misdemeanor, traffic, juvenile / delinquency, Marchman Act, Baker Act, Bail / Bond hearing, sentencing, post conviction, pretrial motions, motion to suppress evidence, motion to dismiss, motion for acquittal, DUI ( driving under the influence), drug possession, possession with intent, possession of paraphernalia, drug purchase, drug trafficking, sale and delivery of drugs, narcotics, methamphetamine, opiates, oxycontin, oxycodone, cocaine, marijuana - cannabis, alprazolam, mushrooms (psilocybin), heroin, methadone, lysergic acid, burglary of dwelling, conveyance or structure, breaking and entering, trespass, petit theft, grand theft, dealing in stolen property, shoplifting / retail theft, larceny, robbery, carjacking, home invasion, forgery / uttering, worthless check, perjury, bribery, welfare fraud, prescription fraud, resisting officer with violence, battery on law enforcement officer, kidnapping, false imprisonment, escape, obstruction of justice, destruction of evidence, gambling, arson, criminal mischief, obscenity or obscene materials, racketeering, RICO, contracting without license, credit card theft and fraud, suspended or revoked license, reckless driving, battery, assault, aggravated battery, possession of firearm by convicted felon, domestic violence battery, violation of injunction or restraining order, sexual battery, rape, lewd and lascivious act, assault or conduct, exposure, solicitation, computer crimes, internet crimes, white collar crimes, violation of probation or parole, murder, homicide, vehicular homicide, manslaughter, concealed weapon, improper exhibition of weapon or firearm, unlawful discharge, leaving the scene of accident or injury, flee and elude, high speed wanton fleeing, driving on restricted license, disorderly intoxication or conduct, sale of alcohol to minor, and more. Attorney also available for representation on appeals in criminal law matters. 


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