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Criminal Defense

Criminal Lawyers in Jacksonville, FL

Preferred Florida Defense Attorneys

When you’ve been arrested, accused, or are under investigation for a criminal matter, it is important that you trust a firm that will handle your case with nonjudgmental and compassionate representation. We proudly serve clients throughout clients throughout Duval, St. Johns, Nassau, Putnam and Clay Counties, as well as in Jacksonville Beach and Atlantic Beach, taking each case seriously.

Ask for your free consultation with our leading Jacksonville criminal lawyers by calling (904) 615-8950 or contacting us online today!

Now Is Not the Time to Take a Risk or Go in Alone.

From the moment you are arrested, you are vulnerable to being stuck with serious consequences, whether or not you actually committed the crime in question.

The painful consequences of criminal charges and accusations vary based on the crime but generally include:

  • Thousands of dollars in fines
  • Years in jail or prison
  • Job loss
  • Reduced employment opportunities
  • Loss of professional licenses
  • Threats to your parental rights or status as a custodial parent
  • Losing your immigration status
  • Increased insurance premiums (for DUI and traffic violations)

These are just a few of the consequences you could face if you are charged with and convicted of a crime. You can’t afford to go alone, and you can’t afford not to get in touch with a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney immediately.

Call (904) 615-8950 right away to get in touch with a criminal lawyer in Jacksonville, FL.

Why Choose Us?

Our lead attorney, Kate Mesic, is a former prosecutor who has tried many cases. She has been in the local legal community for decades and is familiar with various judges and the prosecutors. We know how the system works and can provide you with a realistic assessment of the case and how to proceed.

Our criminal defense lawyers in Jacksonville aim to provide excellent customer service, which is why we provide thorough, timely communication. If you call us and we miss your call, we will return your call the same day.

Honest Criminal Defense Counsel in Jacksonville

Our top priority is to help people facing some of the worst moments of their lives. We take the time to get to know you, your family, and your situation. Our Jacksonville criminal defense attorneys will never lie to you or give you false expectations. After all, when you are honest with us, we can better help you, so we always return the favor.

Whether you are accused of a serious criminal offense, a DUI or simply need help expunging or sealing your criminal record, The Law Office of Kate Mesic, P.A. can help! Let us provide you with the step-by-step guidance you need to get the case results you want.



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    "If anyone can accomplish the best case scenario for someone seeking legal services, it is her. I highly recommend Ms. Kate Mesic."
    Kate Mesic is a highly skilled, industrious expert attorney who works hard for her clients. After a referral, I called her and explained my situation, asking her opinion about how to proceed. She listened attentively and was professionally sympathetic while also clearly laying out the options for me. When my husband and I decided to hire her, we quickly learned that she was always at the top of her game, immediately responsive to our needs, and was clear and committed in her decision-making. Ms. Mesic is a pro at handling tough situations and difficult individuals. She dealt easily with our opposing party, smoothly sailing through the challenges he presented. What I found particularly compelling about working with Ms. Mesic was her honest, straightforward approach. She clearly has a fine-tuned knowledge about the workings of the law, and when I asked her advice she would be straightforward with me about potential outcomes. She certainly could have proceeded in ways that would have drawn out the proceedings and ultimately cost us more, but instead she was frank and open about where we should compromise. I appreciated this and believe it resulted in the best possible results in our situation. Ms. Kate Mesic’s expertise and legal ability were evident throughout our time working with her. She is a consummate professional with a hard driving work ethic, and immediately knows how to respond to any legal obstacle in her path. If anyone can accomplish the best case scenario for someone seeking legal services, it is her. I highly recommend Ms. Kate Mesic.
    - Jennifer
    "I highly recommend that if you need an attorney - call Kate!!!"
    Yekaterina (Kate) helped me with a legal issue and she is an excellent attorney. She quoted me a price - very fair and it stayed as quoted. She followed up with me to let me know where we were in the process, she followed up with me when I needed to complete a step to make sure I didn't drop the ball. I highly recommend that if you need an attorney - call Kate!!! Also - I referred Kate to a couple other people and she contacted them immediately - which is so important when you need an attorney you need one quickly - both people I referred her to were very happy also.
    - Vicky
    "Beyond anything I could have hoped for!"
    Jess was very understanding and definitely the easiest lawyer to discuss a case with. I would recommend her just on her humbleness, genuine personality! Her work went above and beyond anything I could have hoped for!
    - Former Client
    "I would recommend her without reservation."
    I know know Kate personally and professionally. Unfortunately I was involved in a 3rd DUI (over 36 yrs time period). Obviously I was in a very precarious situation. She gave excellent advice/council to me which I followed. I believe I received the BEST possible outcome from this difficult position. No jail time, lowest fines applicable, and early release from probation. She was available by phone, e-mail or in person as much as I needed her. All contacts were returned, something rare in any business! I would recommend her without reservation. Professional excellence, and exceptional personal treatment.
    - Ken
    "She is expert and she is not a stranger to hard work."
    Kate was very good at explaining the process and replying to any questions at any time. She is expert and she is not a stranger to hard work. I highly recommend her and her team.
    - Brad
    "I am so pleased that Kate was my attorney who got me the best possible outcome I was hoping for!"
    I retained Kate's services in January 2013 after receiving a criminal citation for driving without a valid license (I hold a foreign license was was told otherwise by the Duval County Tax Collector's office I may continue to drive with my foreign license for up to 6 months). Given that I am a foreign citizen, on a visa, and also a fellow lawyer by profession (contracts lawyer), I needed a competent and responsive lawyer ASAP in the criminal and traffic citation field. After searching message boards and telephoning a few lawyers, I found Kate. Her past experience coupled with her confidence, responsiveness but most importantly time, patience and sympathy made her the ideal match for me to retain her services. I seldom see other lawyers provide such services, but Kate is clearly the exception. Kate gave me the time to explain my case in our first call, asking all the right questions. That responsiveness never once faltered throughout my representation. Her attention to me did not make me feel like a docket number, but rather a fellow human being with emotions, concerns, and needs just like everyone else. In terms of managing the case, Kate wasted no time in getting my paperwork and statement of fact together. She immediately docketed my case for the earliest possible hearing. Kate explained all my possible options, from the best case scenario, the middle case scenario, and to the worst case scenario. No lawyer will guarantee an outcome, and the worst case scenario along with possible prosecutor rebuttals was somewhat unnerving. But Kate's patience and determination to get this resolved for me immediately helped incredibly and with her skills combined, a few days before my hearing, she reached a deal with the state prosecutor for dismissal, and the case was subsequently dismissed on the first hearing. I strongly recommend Kate for her services. I actually attended my first (and only) hearing to hear for myself the dismissal and was amazed that Kate was there so early at 8am and first in line and therefore being that my case was heard first. A lot of defendants that morning would have benefited Kate's punctual, competent and diligent representation, and I am so pleased that Kate was my attorney who got me the best possible outcome I was hoping for!
    - Former Client
    "She had everything dismissed"
    I am extremely happy with the outcome
    - Ashley
    "Kate is one of a kind! Her ethics, drive, expertise and support was impressive and reassuring to both my son and myself."
    While my adult son was in town over the Christmas holiday, he was pulled over for driving without his headlights on after dark. (The Valet parking at his hotel had turned them off of auto.) He had consumed a few drinks over the course of the evening and the police officer asked him to do the breathalyzer test. When my son refused, he was taken to jail. I received a call from my daughter-in-law, early the next morning. I called Kate, as I had met her a few times and was impressed by her work ethic, knowledge of the law, professionalism and "humanness" . She was at home at the time of my call, but pulled up the arrest report etc. She told me what time the hearing before the judge was to be that afternoon and said she would meet me at the building where the hearing was to be. (Did I mention this was a Saturday morning?) By the time I arrived, Kate had already spoken to my son, collecting information necessary as she went along. When the judge entered his Chambers, Kate approached him immediately, asking that he hear my son's case first, for reasons that she had already informed us of. Already, I'm impressed, but it only got better. Because Kate is so motivated to help her clients, is extremely intelligent, and has extensive knowledge and understanding of the law and the system's processes, she proactively met with the Prosecutor and was able to get the charges reduced to a lesser charge. This resulted in a SIGNIFICANTLY better outcome for my son. Kate went above and beyond what she was paid to do, in many ways. One of which was letting my son know, in no uncertain terms, the seriousness of this matter and exactly what he needed to do to follow the exact rules of the law. She let him know exactly what the consequences would be, should he not. She kept in touch with my son the whole step of the way; consulting, counseling and yes, checking, to make sure he stayed on track with dates and responsibilities. Yes, Kate is one of a kind! Her ethics, drive, expertise and support was impressive and reassuring to both my son and myself. She is No. 1 in Northeast Florida, as far as we are concerned. I am confident if we have the opportunity to work with this wonderful attorney again, it will under different circumstances, but the end results will be the same.
    - Cynthia

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