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Over the years, Ali & Blankner has handled hundreds of thousands of criminal defense cases. And with over 35 years of experience, our lawyers understand what it takes to defend a case. No matter what situation you are in, we are here and will be at your side.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Orlando

Fighting Criminal Charges in Florida 

Whether you have been accused of a crime or your loved one has been arrested, you need an experienced criminal defense lawyer by your side as soon as possible. Even if you are simply under investigation, it is absolutely critical that you hire an attorney right away. The state may already be building its case against you; you need someone in your corner who can aggressively advocate for you, protect your rights, and fight for your future. 

Our free consultation can give you an idea of what we can do to help you or your loved one. We also offer different payment plans to help make the process easier for you and your family. 

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Knockout Results

  • Case Dismissed Battery & Resisting Arrest

    We represented an individual charged with battery on an officer and resisting arrest, successfully getting the case dismissed.

  • Case Dismissal Drug Possession

    Ali & Blankner obtained a case dismissal on behalf of a client charged with Drug Possession.

  • Case Dismissed Battery & Assault

    Ali & Blankner secure a case dismissal on behalf of a client charged with battery.

  • Case Dismissal Trespassing

    Ali & Blankner obtained a case dismissal on behalf of a client charged with Trespassing.

  • Case Dismissed DUI & Citations

    Ali & Blankner worked to get a case dismissed involving a client with both a DUI and citations.

  • Case Dismissed Disorderly Conduct

    Ali & Blankner represented a client charged with disorderly conduct.

Our Unique Approach to Law

Our philosophy is to represent our clients in a full spectrum approach. Both legal and practical solutions are explored by our legal team, and each client’s situation is evaluated and pursued in accordance with his or her specific needs.

Why You Need an Experienced Orlando Defense Attorney

A criminal defense attorney in Orlando is essential when it comes to protecting your rights in the face of serious criminal charges. Not only that, but an experienced lawyer will know how to handle complex situations. You want a professional at your side when it comes to criminal cases and all the details involved, or you could end up in the worst-case scenario.

Ali & Blankner is the team that’s ready to serve you. With our combined experience and intense focus on criminal defense, you have everything you need with us. 

At our firm, we’ve handled various types of criminal cases, so we’re fully capable of aggressively fighting for your rights and preparing a sturdy defense. We have connections to experts in different fields to help analyze the evidence and find various defense opportunities when they arise. We also have someone ready to negotiate on your behalf, so you don’t get pressured into deals that will ultimately harm you.

We always treat our clients as if they’re our closest friends and family; you can count on our team to tirelessly examine every angle and see how we can provide you with what you need. 

How the Ali & Blankner Team Can Help 

When you work with us, you have a team you can trust. We’ll work on all the details necessary to ensure you have what you need for your defense ahead of time.

We understand that it’s a difficult time, and we always account for the gravity of the situation. A conviction can leave you financially distraught. You could end up with years in prison and miss out on many parts of life outside it. With our commitment to turning your situation around, we strive to give you the best chance of winning your case. When you work with us, you are investing in your future.

As a part of our service to you, we’ll work with you until the case’s resolution. We’ll assist you in any way we can. 

Here are some of the most common ways we’ve helped our clients:

  • Removing or eliminating probations or jail time
  • Reducing fines
  • Acting as a representative during trials
  • Ensuring that there is due process and that your rights are upheld
  • Gathering compelling evidence that helps your case
  • Expunging or sealing existing criminal records

One of the biggest concerns many of our clients have involves the cost of hiring an attorney. However, it is important to remember that you are trying to avoid a conviction that could significantly impact not only your financial security but also your very future. Felonies alone can have fines ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 or more, depending on severity. Facing imprisonment is another issue you’d have to consider.

Our legal team is ready to help you fight against professionals who are out to get you. Hire us today, and we’ll be your advocate and someone you can trust. 

Contact us online or call (407) 753-1312to set up your no-cost consultation and case evaluation with one of our criminal defense attorneys in Orlando, FL. Hablamos español. 

Put Our Team in Your Corner
The best thing you can do to protect your rights is to speak to an Orlando criminal defense lawyer at Ali & Blankner right away. Contact us today at (407) 753-1312 to get the legal help you need. Hablamos español.


Why You Want Ali & Blankner In Your Corner
  • Fighters & Advocates in the Courtroom

    The criminal lawyers in Orlando at Ali & Blankner are aggressive advocates who are willing to do whatever it takes to obtain a favorable resolution. We are committed to defending your rights and protecting your future.

  • Prosecutor Insight & Knowledge

    All of our Orlando criminal attorneys are former prosecutors and understand how the other side thinks. When you work with our team, you get a group of individuals who knows how to prepare and fight a winning case.

  • Large Firm Results, Small Firm Attention

    Our criminal defense team in Orlando understands the ins and out of the legal industry, and we have the infrastructure and resources to handle any case that comes our way. We focus on your case specifically to ensure we get the best result for you.

  • Dedicated & Experienced Counsel
    With over 35 years of experience and thousands of clients helped, Ali & Blankner has the skills, resources, and determination to get you the best possible result.

What to Do After An Arrest

After you are arrested or have any notice to appear before the court, the best course of action is to contact us immediately. Any action you take without legal counsel could end up affecting the case. We can quickly review the details of your situation and have a lawyer ready to work with you. Hiring an attorney right away can also prevent you from getting surprises like:

  • Suspensions
  • Criminal records
  • Jail Time
  • Probation

Whatever your position is with the crime, an experienced criminal defense attorney is someone you can trust with your case. We understand how to navigate the legal process and use opportunities when they’re available.

Enforcing Your Rights

No two cases are the same, which is why an experienced legal team benefits you most. Our understanding of different scenarios allows us to navigate these cases with ease. We know how the prosecution moves and have a solid foundation that your defense will stand on.

In all criminal cases, the presumption is defendants are innocent until proven otherwise. Even in scenarios where there’s false or misleading information, we protect your rights. We always communicate this fact in court and will aggressively defend your case.

There can only be a guilty sentence if there is proof beyond all reasonable doubt. That means there is sufficient evidence that the crime happened. The prosecution will try to make this case possible, and we’ll protect you against any charges that have no solid ground. We’ll also use evidence to show your innocence and refute claims made by other lawyers.

Types of Criminal Defense Cases We Handle 

The team at Ali & Blankner understands the intricacies of criminal cases. As former prosecutors, we know how the other side operates and can effectively prepare for their attacks. 

We have extensive experience representing clients against all types of criminal defense charges, including but not limited to: 

Florida Criminal Defense FAQs

What should I do if I’ve been accused of a crime?

If you have been accused of a crime—even if you have not been arrested or charged with anything yet—you should immediately contact a criminal defense lawyer. You should also remember and enact your right to remain silent. This holds during an arrest, as well. Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law. While it can be tempting to try to explain yourself and what you were doing at the moment, you should not. Law enforcement is looking for you to make a mistake or say something incriminating that they can then use against you later. They may even ask you questions, but you do NOT have to answer any questions other than to identify yourself.

Can the police search my home or vehicle without my consent?

You have the right to refuse a search of your home, vehicle, and other personal belongings. Unless the police have a signed search warrant, they are not legally allowed to conduct a search if you do not permit them to do so. You should clearly state that you do not consent to a search of your belongings. If the police conduct a search anyway, do not try to stop them. Instead, repeat that you do not consent to a search and contact a lawyer immediately. An unlawful search and/or seizure could serve as grounds for a motion for suppression or a motion to dismiss.

What is bail, and how does it work in Florida?

Bail is a form of pretrial release that allows a defendant to be released from jail while their criminal case is pending. Bail is essentially a monetary amount that the defendant must pay to the court as a guarantee that they will appear in court as required. If the defendant fails to appear in court, they forfeit the bail money, and a warrant may be issued for their arrest.

The amount of bail in Florida is determined by a judge, who considers several factors, including the nature and severity of the crime, the defendant's criminal history, their ties to the community, and their likelihood of appearing in court. The judge may also consider whether the defendant poses a danger to the community or is a flight risk.

If the defendant cannot afford to pay the full amount of bail, they may be able to obtain a bond from a bail bondsman. A bail bond is essentially a contract between the defendant, the bail bondsman, and the court. The defendant pays a non-refundable fee, usually 10% of the total bail amount, to the bail bondsman, who then provides a guarantee to the court that the defendant will appear in court as required. If the defendant fails to appear in court, the bail bondsman may hire a bounty hunter to track down the defendant and bring them to court.

It's important to note that not all defendants are eligible for bail in Florida. Defendants who are charged with capital offenses or certain drug offenses may be held without bail, or may only be eligible for bail under certain circumstances. Additionally, if a defendant violates the conditions of their bail, such as by committing a new crime or failing to appear in court, their bail may be revoked, and they may be returned to jail.

Will I have to go to court?

Whether or not you will need to go to court depends on the specifics of your case. Many of our clients never have to step foot in the courtroom. At Ali & Blankner, we are committed to making the process as easy and painless as possible for our clients. However, if you are required to go to court, you can rely on our attorneys to fully prepare you for what to expect from the process.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Generally speaking, misdemeanors are considered to be less serious crimes than felonies. As such, they carry less severe penalties. However, do not make the mistake of believing a misdemeanor charge is not serious at all. You could still face jail time, thousands of dollars in fines, and other significant penalties if you are convicted of a misdemeanor. The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor in Florida is one year in county jail, along with various fines and probation. Felonies, on the other hand, carry much harsher penalties, including time in state prison. The maximum prison sentence for felonies (other than life and capital felonies) in Florida is 30 years in prison. Life and capital penalties may result in a life sentence or capital punishment (death), respectively.

What are my options for plea bargaining or alternative sentencing?

In Florida, individuals facing criminal charges have several options for plea bargaining or alternative sentencing. These options may vary depending on the nature of the offense, the defendant's criminal history, and the discretion of the prosecutor and judge. Here are some common options:

  1. Plea Bargain: A plea bargain is an agreement between the defendant and the prosecutor, where the defendant agrees to plead guilty or no contest to a charge in exchange for certain concessions, such as a reduced charge, lesser sentence, or dismissal of other charges. Plea bargains can help avoid a trial and potentially result in a more favorable outcome.
  2. Pretrial Diversion Programs: These programs are available for certain low-level, non-violent offenses. They offer an alternative to traditional prosecution and aim to rehabilitate the defendant. Participation in a diversion program may involve completing community service, attending counseling or educational programs, or meeting other requirements. Upon successful completion, the charges may be dismissed, and the defendant may be eligible to have their record sealed or expunged.
  3. Drug Courts: Florida has specialized drug courts that focus on treatment and rehabilitation for individuals with substance abuse issues. Defendants charged with drug-related offenses may have the option to participate in a drug court program. Successful completion of the program can result in reduced or dismissed charges, as well as access to support services.
  4. Specialty Courts: Apart from drug courts, there are other specialty courts in Florida that address specific issues such as mental health, veterans' affairs, or domestic violence. These courts provide specialized supervision, treatment, and resources tailored to the needs of individuals in those circumstances.
  5. Sentence Mitigation: In some cases, the defense may negotiate with the prosecutor to seek a more lenient sentence. This may involve presenting mitigating factors, such as the defendant's remorse, cooperation with law enforcement, or efforts at rehabilitation, to encourage a more favorable sentencing outcome.

It's important to consult with a qualified criminal defense attorney who can assess your case and guide you through the available options based on the specific circumstances of your situation.

How long will it take for my criminal case to be resolved?

The length of time it takes for a criminal case to be resolved in Florida can vary widely depending on a number of factors, including the complexity of the case, the number of charges involved, the availability of evidence, and the court's schedule. Some cases may be resolved in a matter of weeks or months, while others may take years to reach a conclusion. In general, less serious misdemeanors may be resolved more quickly than felony charges, which often require more time for investigation and preparation. Cases that involve plea bargaining or diversion programs may also be resolved more quickly than those that go to trial. If the case does go to trial, the length of the trial itself will also affect the overall timeline. Some trials may take just a few days, while others may take weeks or even months. Ultimately, the timeline for a criminal case will depend on the specific circumstances of the case. It's important to work closely with your criminal defense attorney to understand what to expect and to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the process.

Can I have my criminal record sealed or erased?

It is possible to have your criminal record sealed or erased (expunged) if you meet all the applicable criteria. Specifically, you can only have your record expunged if you have never been convicted of a crime. If your case is dismissed, and you have no past convictions, you could qualify for expungement or record sealing. Contact Ali & Blankner to learn more, including how we can help.

If you or someone you care about is facing criminal charges, reach out to our Orlando criminal defense lawyers right away for a free, confidential consultation. We serve all of Brevard and Orange Counties, as well as the surrounding areas. 

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