Leading Jacksonville Criminal Defense Firm Provides Exceptional Advocacy
Established practice defends Floridians accused of crimes in Duval, Nassau, Clay and St. Johns counties
A history of our firm
The law firm of Robert Shafer & Associates, P.A., in Jacksonville, handles only criminal law cases. That focus allows us to provide individual, personalized service to each of our clients in Northeast Florida, because we know that every client and every case is unique. We examine every legal and factual aspect of your situation and handle your defense aggressively or conservatively as your situation warrants. No case is too small or too large for our firm, and our staff will keep you fully informed of every option and potential outcome.
Our attorneys, who draw upon more than 80 combined years of experience, have served clients throughout Northeast Florida since 1979, handling a wide variety of criminal law cases. Firm founder Robert Shafer is a former director of the State Attorney’s office. Hugh Fletcher served as a judge for 24 years before retiring and joining our firm. The newest member of the firm, Zach Shafer, has been handling criminal law cases exclusively since his graduation from law school in 2009.
Qualified attorneys who always come to your defense
The attorneys at our criminal defense practice take the time to get to know you and your personal circumstances. At a free initial consultation, we review the charges you are facing. No matter what those charges are, we see you as a real person, and treat you with the utmost respect at all times.
We’re ready to defend your rights in court or in a boardroom. Our areas of practice include:
- Drug crimes
- Sex crimes
- Traffic violations
- DUI charges
- Domestic violence
- Weapons charges
- Firearms charges
- Post-conviction relief
No matter which of our attorneys handles your case, you count on your rights being protected by a dedicated and skilled criminal defense lawyer who will not rest until you get the justice you deserve. We understand what’s at stake: we know that if you’re convicted of criminal charges, you face severe penalties, affecting the rest of your life. That’s why we are determined to achieve the very best outcome.
We handle cases differently here
This firm, and every lawyer in it, has an excellent reputation within the Northeast Florida legal community. We get to know you personally to best represent your case and circumstances within the system.
As soon as you hire Robert Shafer & Associates, we immediately contact the prosecutor assigned to your case to develop a complete picture of your situation, not just what the police reported. We pass along information about your personal situation to portray you as a real person, not just another criminal file.
Additionally, we make every effort to accommodate your work schedule and family commitments. While your case is pending, we are available to meet with you at your convenience, usually scheduling appointments for the same day you call.
We intend to provide the best representation at a reasonable fee.
Flat fees with no hidden cost
Because each case is unique, our attorney fees are based on your particular circumstances. There is simply no “one-fee-fits-all” philosophy that is fair to clients. You are invited to our office to personally discuss your problem in detail and explain how important considerations — such as work, family, school, medical issues, etc. — will impact our handling of your case.
The flat fee we quote you in our meeting is based on our evaluation of the work to be done. We’ll tell you what you’re facing, explain the risks, and suggest some possible defenses. You will know the total cost of representation when you hire our firm. Flat fees protect you because you’re agreeing to the total cost of legal fees in advance. As a result, the risk that attorney fees can go higher and higher is eliminated. You do not have to worry about the cost of a phone call, document, or office visit. You have the peace of mind that everything is being taken care of, and we are looking out for your interests.
Contact our Jacksonville criminal defense firm for a free initial consultation
There is never a good time to be arrested or charged with a crime. The need for a criminal defense lawyer is urgent and unplanned. At Robert Shafer & Associates, P.A., our legal fees are affordable, and we accept all credit cards. We can also work out a special payment arrangement if necessary. Contact us online or call us today at 904-450-5872 to discuss your case. Our Jacksonville office is conveniently located on North Pearl Street, just blocks from the Duval County Courthouse Annex and Central Station on West Bay Street.