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About Me

Before I opened my office, I was a prosecutor for Orange/Osceola County, handling both Misdemeanor and Felony cases. I left the state prosecutor's office in 1982 with more than 70 criminal trials under my belt to open a criminal defense law firm in Kissimmee. Over the years, I have handled thousands of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanor DUI, to juvenile delinquency proceedings, to first-degree murder. I am one of the few lawyers in Central Florida certified to handle death penalty cases.


I'm Kissimmee criminal defense attorney Richard Nick Kelley. I understand that an arrest can lead to a lot of anxiety. You can contact me 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free initial consultation to get answers to your questions. I will be upfront with you. I will explain what you are looking at and what I can do for you as your defense attorney.

For more than 30 years, I have defended people charged with drunk driving, underage drinking, domestic violence, drug charges, statutory rape, probation violations, traffic violations, white-collar crimes, theft, assault and other crimes in central Florida. I am a former prosecutor for the Orange/Osceola State Attorney's office with hundreds of criminal trials under my belt.

I am licensed to practice in all Florida state courts, the U.S. District Court Middle District Florida and the U.S. Supreme Court.

In the course of my career, I have handled seven death penalty cases. I am one of the few lawyers in central Florida certified to handle capital murder cases.

Be Wary of Lawyers Who Offer Pre-set Prices -Many attorney advertisements promise pre-set prices for many types of cases such as drunk driving, domestic violence and assault. However, every case needs to be investigated thoroughly, and your case is different from all others. Don't accept a cookie-cutter approach to criminal defense. Let my years of experience work for you.

Call today for a free consultation (407) 847-6259.  If you would like additional information please visit my website at

Overview of Criminal Defense Cases

Florida DUI/DWI Defense

In Florida, a drunk driving arrest can cost not only your driver's license, but thousands of dollars in fines and other costs.

Boating Under the Influence

If you've been charged with BUI, you should seek the advice of an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The laws and conditions regarding BUI are special, and it's best to have an attorney who is familiar with this field of law.

If You Face Sex Charges

In Florida, a sex crime conviction is forever. Many people consider themselves lucky to plead guilty to plea deals that offer them probation for crimes such as statutory rape, only to find out later that their lives have been changed forever by the requirements of sex offender registration.

Internet Sex Crimes

Many people think that what they do on the Internet is private because they are in their own homes. However, there are other people on the Internet who are not your friends, such as undercover police officers.

Florida Drug Charges

Even if a drug conviction does not result in a prison sentence, it can still have serious ramifications for your future. For one, it will also result in the suspension of your Florida driver's license for two years.

Assault & Battery

A conviction for assault is not something that you would want to put on your resume. Yet pleading guilty to an assault charge will have much the same effect. It will result in a lifetime criminal record that will be visible to any employer who performs a background check.

Juvenile Delinquency

Today, any employer or college can find out about a juvenile's arrest record, resulting in lost opportunities for your child.

White Collar & Federal Crimes

White-collar crimes can involve people in a wide range of occupations, including landscapers, contractors, cashiers, salespeople, bookkeepers, nurses, lenders and entrepreneurs.

Probation Violations

A small mistake can lead to huge consequences if you are charged with a probation violation. When you are on probation for a crime, you still have the full sentence for that crime hanging over you.

Arrested as Tourist in Florida?

A Florida vacation can go horribly wrong if you are charged with a crime. Suddenly you face the prospect not only of a delay in your flight home, but a future criminal proceeding with unknown consequences.

Murder Charges

If you have been accused of murder, I can help you understand the charges against you and will provide powerful legal representation to help you achieve the most positive results possible for your case.


Languages Spoken: French, Spanish, English

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Contact Info

Richard Nick Kelley, P.A.

206 South Beaumont Ave
Historic Beaumont House
Kissimmee, FL, 34741-5656


FLMember in Good Standing198009/08/2015

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Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
The Golden ChiefFlorida State University2008
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerThe Law Office of Richard Nick Kelley1985 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
BUI-Boating Under The InfluenceNot Guilty
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School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Samford University, Cumberland School of LawN/AlawN/A