Building your criminal defense

At Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney, our legal defense team is confident in our ability to make sure our client gets the absolute best defense possible. Because a criminal record can, and will, define your future, anyone who is or may be charged with any type of criminal offense should obtain legal assistance as quickly as possible. Our criminal defense attorneys have extensive experience handling a wide variety of criminal matters and if contacted early, they can oftentimes keep you from being arrested or help you minimize the consequences of an arrest. If you have any questions about your legal rights, please don’t hesitate to contact our team of criminal defense attourneys.

We Have the Expertise You Need

Our criminal defense team has over 65 years of combined legal experience. John Leace leads our criminal defense team. He is a former prosecutor who understands how things really work. Over the years, we have represented thousands of individuals on large and small cases. Our clients have included politicians, celebrities and athletes. We take pride in resolving most of our cases without drawing any unwanted media attention to our clients. You should never face criminal charges alone. Let us help you get the representation you deserve. You have too much at stake not to protect your rights.

Our Team Provides the defense you need for a Wide Variety of Criminal Charges

The laws we're all subject to are complex, but the Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennett, Foster & Gwartney defense team has the experience to deal with any of the charges commonly experienced in this area. We're here when you've been charged with:

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What is withholding adjudication?


Felonies by definition are serious crimes where a person can be punishable by a year or more in prison. You can lose your right to own or even be in possession of a gun and you can lose your right to vote. These charges can be very serious and they can have a very substantial adverse effect on your life.

Read: Criminal Misdemeanors

Criminal Misdemeanors

Even relatively minor charges can result in incarceration, suggesting it's always prudent to discuss the circumstances with an attorney. Future employment opportunities, and even housing options, are jeopardized with even minor offenses on your record, so mounting a defense immediately is always prudent.

Read: Criminal Misdemeanors

Violations of Probation

With a probation comes strict rules that you must follow. Since probation violations often result in the revocation of probation, a solid defense is essential to prevent the implementation of serious penalties.

Read: Violations of probation


Either of these charges will create expenses and inconveniences for years to come.

Read: DUI and BUI

Underage Drinking

Although teens tend to laugh off underage drinking charges, the long-term effects of those charges can be significant. Fast action is essential, so contact our team today for help.

Read: Underage Drinking

Juvenile Crimes

Children frequently make mistakes that have the potential to cloud their futures. Never take these charges lightly.

Read: Juvenile Crimes & Charges

Drug Related Crimes

Although these charges are common, not everyone fully understands the potential repercussions involved. As an example, these charges can affect your employment, your ability to get or keep a driver’s or occupational license as well as housing options.

Read: Drug-related crimes


These charges have existed for years, but today's use of technology has changed how and when these charges are filed.

Read: Solicitation

White Collar Crimes

The very definition of white collar crime has evolved with modern technology. These cases are more complex than ever and require representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney.

Read: White Collar Crimes

Any of the charges outlined above can significantly influence your future so it's important to discuss your case with a Tallahassee criminal lawyer before taking any other actions. We'll provide the information you need to protect your rights as the process moves forward. Our team is fully prepared to be there for you when you need counsel to minimize or eliminate the potential consequences of those charges.

Getting Old Charges Removed From Your Record

Another important consideration is sealing or expunging a record. In some cases, a criminal defense attorney from Brooks, LeBoeuf, Bennet, Foster & Gwartney, P.A., may be able to work with you to seal or expunge a record. Doing so would mean prospective employers or landlords would no longer be able to see any evidence of that old charge. However, expunging a record is not a simple process, and not all charges can be expunged. If your record is negatively impacting your life, now is the time to discuss the issue with our team..

What You Need to Know Today

There is far Too Much at Stake when you're facing any type of criminal charges not to contact our team. We've put together some information you can use to help determine what steps are necessary to protect your rights. We have compiled a list of videos to help you learn more about the criminal system and how you can protect YOUR rights. Please take advantage of all the resources available on this website so you can make the best decision about your future.

We believe you've got Too Much At Stake not to get the best possible representation from a Brooks, LeBoeuf, Foster & Gwartney attorney. Take charge of your defense and contact our team for a free consultation today.

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