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Michael Ray Buchanan

Michael Ray Buchanan

Practice areas:

Criminal Defense, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence

About Me

For more than 25 years, I have been representing the interests of individuals accused of criminal activity.  I also represent such individuals in related matters such as Domestic Violence Injunctions and Child Dependency.

Our law practice, DeThomasis and Buchanan P.A., consists of three attorneys, all exclusively handling criminal defense related matters, and all practicing in excess of 25 years.


Our law firm offers experienced criminal defense services in the following Florida counties and cities: Alachua County, Levy County, Gilchrist County, Bradford County, Gainesville, Bronson, Trenton, Lake Butler.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1986

  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    29 years
  2. DUI & DWI: 20%
    29 years
  3. Domestic Violence: 5%
    29 years

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes), Retainer (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.

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    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Martha Ann Lott

    I highly endorse this lawyer. Michael Buchanan handled many criminal cases before me during my 22+ years as a judge. He is professional, knowledgeable and an excellent advocate.

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    Martha Lott Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

DeThomasis & Buchanan, PA

1800 N Main St
Gainesville, FL, 32609-8606

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
FLMember in Good Standing198605/07/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
A.V. RatingMartindale-Hubbell2015
A.V. Rating 1998 - 2015Martindale-Hubbell2015
Meritorious Public ServiceEighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "B"1996
President's AwardFlorida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit Chapter)1993
Devoted and Invaluable ServicesGainesville Police Department1990

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerDeThomasis & Buchanan, PA1988 - Present
LawyerOffice of the Public Defender1986 - 1988
Certified Legal InternOffice of the Public Defender1983 - 1985
Law ClerkLaw Office of Larry Turner1981 - 1983

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Alachua County Jail Population Task ForceMember1995 - 1996
Eighth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee "B"Member1993 - 1996
Eighth Judicial Circuit Association of Criminal Defense LawyersPresident1992 - 1993
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersBoard of Directors1992 - 1993
Eighth Judicial Circuit Association of Criminal Defense LawyersSecretary/Treasurer1991 - 1992
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1990 - Present
Florida Bar Association, Criminal Law SectionMember1989 - Present
American Civil Liberties Union, Alacua CountyLegal Panel Member1989 - 1993
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Eighth Judicial Circuit chapter)Member1987 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1986 - Present
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.org:Arrested & Taken to Jail: Be Careful About What You Say Over the Jail Phone, You Are Being Recorded2015
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.orgUnderstanding the Florida Crime of Possession of Drug Paraphernalia2014
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.orgUnderstanding Florida’s Prosecution of Teenagers Engaged in Consensual Sexual Behavior2013
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.orgUnderstanding the DUI Deferred Prosecution Alternative in Gainesville, Florida2013
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.orgWelcome Incoming Freshmen: How to Avoid Getting Arrested in Gainesville2013
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.orgUnderstanding The Deferred Prosecution Alternative In Florida Criminal Misdemeanor Cases2013
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.orgUnderstanding Florida’s Underage Drinking Law2012
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.orgUnderstanding Florida’s Pre-Trial Intervention Program2011
Criminal Law Blog: reasonabledoubt.orgUnderstanding Alachua County’s Drug Court Program2011
Criminal Law Blog; reasonabledoubt.orgToday In Crime History2011

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Florida, College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of Central FloridaPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts (Magna Cum Laude)1981

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
2011 PROFESSIONALISM SEMINARProfessionalism in Criminal Defense2011
Case Evaluation and Selection for Young LawyersCriminal Defense, Case Evaluation and Selection2007
1999 Professionalism SeminarProfessionalism in Criminal Defense1999