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Your Advocates

Criminal Defense Lawyers
in Fort Myers

Your Advocates for When You Need Tenacious Defenders

The criminal justice system of the United States has been founded on the principle that everyone should be viewed and treated as innocent until they are proven to be guilty in the court of law. However, it seems that as the years and decades go by, people accused of criminal acts are viewed in a negatively biased light from the moment of their arrest instead of facing neutral judgement. Strong and honest criminal defenders are needed now, more than ever, to uphold the rights of the average American and the decrees of our Constitution.

It is for this reason and many more that Your Advocates are proud to be the Fort Myers criminal defense attorneys you can rely on. For more than 70 years, we have been providing our clients with trustworthy and knowledgeable legal counsel for a wide variety of legal matters, earning us a solid reputation among Florida communities. If you are feeling the pressure of the criminal justice system and do not believe it intends to give you the fair trial you deserve, it is time for you to contact our team.

Criminal Defense Cases We Handle

The legislation of Florida State is extensive, filled with intricate and little-known laws and regulations. Many of our clients have been accused of committing an act that they never knew could be considered criminal. Others still are accused of crimes they never committed, being arrested due to exaggerations, misunderstandings, or falsified claims. Regardless of the evidence against you, the circumstances of your arrest, or the nature of the charges you are facing, you can depend on our Fort Myers criminal defense lawyers for responsive and fast-acting advocacy in your time of need.

Criminal defense cases we can handle for our clients include:

Penalties for the Typical Conviction in Florida

The criminal justice system has become notorious for penalizing convicted offenders in what many see as excessive ways. Misdemeanors and minor crimes can cost thousands and damage a persons livelihood and reputation. ​​​​Felony and federal criminal convictions are even more damaging, locking people up for decades or for life in many instances. If you have been charged with a crime, no matter how insignificant or benign it might seem to you, know that the Florida State criminal justice system is taking it seriously and wants to slam you with as many penalties as it can.

Sentencing used during the convictions of most crimes in Florida can include:

  • High fines ranging into the thousands of dollars
  • Jail time, ranging from a few months to many years
  • Restrictive probationary periods after release
  • Community service or educational courses

Beyond these administrative and criminal penalties, people from all walks of life get arrested and a criminal background can leave a negative mark on their background. This can lead to difficulties with furthering education, obtaining student loans and limit housing and employment options.

Help is here—You only need to call (239) 970-6844!

Your Advocates make our clients’ positive experience our priority but it is the beneficial outcome of their case that is our goal. When you need a Fort Myers criminal defense attorney who genuinely cares about your wellbeing and your future stability, we want you to know, without a doubt, that we are committed to protecting you from the unforgiving judgement of the legal system.

Schedule your FREE consultation with our team today and we can begin outlining and exploring your defense options.

Meet Our Attorneys

  • William M. Powell, Esq.
    William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
  • Rita M. Jackman
    Rita M. Jackman Partner
  • Adam J. Stevens
    Adam J. Stevens Partner
  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
  • Jorge Santana
    Jorge Santana Partner
  • Gregory Ream, Esq.
    Gregory Ream, Esq. Associate Attorney
  • William M. Powell, Esq. Partner
    William M. Powell, Esq.

    Although William M. Powell, Esq. is well-versed in a variety of legal matters and case types, he has built a strong reputation through his focus on personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Your Advocates are proud to have him as a member of our law firm. He shares our passion for helping people in need and prioritizes our clients’ needs. Read More

  • Rita M. Jackman Partner
    Rita M. Jackman

    Ms. Jackman’s unwavering ambition and leadership has provided clients and will provide her future clients a star in this profession. Ms. Jackman is a relentless researcher and preparer who handles her client tasks with a tremendous amount of preparation and thought. Ms. Jackman was born and raised in Cape Coral, Florida which has worked to benefits her practice and the clients that she serves. Read More

  • Adam J. Stevens Partner
    Adam J. Stevens

    Mr. Stevens has found his niche by becoming a litigation attorney and understands that communication between an attorney and client are paramount to obtaining favorable results. Mr. Stevens is known for taking on any and all types of cases no matter how difficult or routine they may be. Mr. Stevens is known as an aggressive attorney, though at the same time understands that some cases require a more patience to ensure a favorable result. Mr. Stevens does not shy away from challenging legal issues and has litigated complex matters against municipalities, international unions, large banking institutions, and several insurance companies. Read More

  • Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr. Partner
    Richard M. Ricciardi, Jr.

    His experience in litigation provides him the ability to identify and isolate potential areas of conflict and effectively counsel clients around potential pitfalls. Mr. Ricciardi believes that proper estate planning, real estate counsel, and business planning are areas of importance to everyone. Protecting and dispensing clients' various interests, assets, and lifetime earnings can make the difference between a comfortable retirement and wasting thousands of dollars in assets and earnings. Specialized knowledge, experience and attention to detail in these areas is therefore critically important. Read More

  • Jorge Santana Partner
    Jorge Santana

    Attorney Jorge J. Santana, Jr. is an American born Cuban-American, fluent in both English and Spanish. Jorge left Miami to join us here in beautiful and peaceful Fort Myers, Florida in March 2015. He has an extreme love for the law, which is only overshadowed by his desire to help all those in need. His reputation for fairness, hard work and honesty is respected by all his clients and attorneys. Read More

  • Gregory Ream, Esq. Associate Attorney
    Gregory Ream, Esq.

    After completing his Juris Doctorate from Ave Maria School of Law in 2014, Attorney Ream quickly went to work as an assistant public defender in the 20th Judicial Circuit. He was tasked with defending the indigent and others who could not otherwise afford private criminal defense representation. Before beginning his legal career, he was employed by several community banks in southwest Florida, where he specialized in construction loans, participations, and investor relations. The experience earned in that role translates well to construction litigation, banking disputes, and foreclosure matters he handles for clients today. He is also capable of managing general civil disputes, landlord-tenant matters, and criminal defense cases. Read More

How We're Different:

  • Dedicated & caring service
  • Over 70 years' combined experience
  • One-on-one attention
  • Customized strategies
  • Accessible - 24 hour response time
  • El abogado habla español