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Jacob Peterson McCrea

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Augustine, FL

5.0   11 reviews
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  • Licensed for 14 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2009
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Jacob

Learn Jacob’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    I handle anything from second-degree misdemeanors to homicide cases.

  2. DUI and DWI
    I have handled thousands of DUI cases both as a state prosecutor and as a criminal defense attorney.

  3. Speeding and traffic ticket

  4. Violent crime

  5. White collar crime


Before joining Douglas Law Firm, Jacob was a partner at the North Florida Lawyers firm. While a partner, he handled a variety of case types. He continued to heavily practice in the area of criminal law where he handled cases from first-degree murder to Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He also practiced civil law. He has handled small-claim cases, homeowner association disputes, guardianship matters, and much more.

He started as an Assistant State Attorney where he worked for nearly twelve years. He served all across Florida in a variety of circuits and in front of a variety of judges. Having tried over 50 jury trials and conducting countless motion hearings, he has handled almost any issue that could present itself in criminal litigation. Jacob also has an extensive background in white-collar crime, organized crime, and complex narcotics investigations. He participated in investigating and prosecuting such cases while serving in the Duval County State Attorney’s Office Special Prosecution Unit for over three years.

Currently, Jacob also serves as an Assistant Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Air Force reserves. He quickly obtained the rank of Captain and completes his annual training and duty at his base at Robins Warner Air Force Base. As a reservist, Jacob had to complete the challenging Officer Training School (OTS) and Judge Advocate General Staff Officer Courses (JASOC). As an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Jacob has gained extensive knowledge of Trust and Estates. Jacob has helped many service members in this field of law. In 2021, he was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal.

Before beginning his career as an Assistant State Attorney, Jacob attended law school at the Stetson University College of Law. While at Stetson, Jacob completed a two-year clerkship with a local private attorney where he worked on all facets of different civil and criminal law cases. Jacob was also able to benefit from Stetson’s nationally renowned trial advocacy program and had one of the highest-rated mock trials among his peers in his Trial Advocacy course. Jacob also partook in the school’s certified legal internship program, where he became a de facto prosecutor with the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office. He helped try a DUI case even before becoming an attorney and also argued motions to suppress. Upon graduation, he received the Pro Bono award for his community service.

As an undergraduate, Jacob attended the University of Florida in his hometown of Gainesville. Jacob obtained a B.S. in Journalism. While in college, Jacob was the editor of the Independent Florida Alligator’s entertainment section, a staff writer for the Gator Times, and interned for the Gainesville Sun. After the internship at the Gainesville Sun, Jacob’s editor allowed him to stay on as a freelance writer where he wrote several featured articles.

Jacob currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his six-year-old daughter. His interests include working out, community growth, and trying to keep up with his daughter’s constantly changing fascinations.

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Posted by Anthony | February 22, 2022
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Douglas Law Firm | Jacksonville FL
I would highly recommend Jacob Peterson. He fought for and got me exactly what I was looking for. Would hire again!
Posted by Adam | January 27, 2022
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Highly Recommend
Highly recommended. Prior to reaching out to Douglas Law Firm I had little to no knowledge outside of a brief glance at internet reviews and their own bio outlines and practice summary listed on their website of how any of their staff behaved or of their legal track record. After a friendly conversation with office staff which responded promptly to my request for a consultation, I received a phone call directly from Attorney Mr. Jacob McCrea. He was happy to hear out my point of view and my entire story of the legal situation I was in, he then answered any questions I had about information he provided me and quickly expressed clear confidence and realistic expectations for my case. All in all, after my case has concluded I cannot express enough in this review my appreciation to Mr. McCrea, his legal assistant, and all of the staff at Douglas Law Firm that I interacted with for their patience, friendliness, professionalism, honesty, prompt responses to my communications, and finally their abilities as a law firm. I am happy to have met and worked with Mr. McCrea and will look to his office and staff if I ever again need any legal advice or assistance.
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Posted by Robin | April 29, 2021
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I would like to start off by saying that Jacob and his team was there for my son from the beginning to the end! Jacob is professional, astute in his practice of law. We named him the Bull! Why? Because if you want someone in your court to fight, he is the guy! He doesn't play around. My son had a very difficult case, and they were able to get the charge dropped with some stipulations. It was hard work on both sides, but at the end of the day, I knew I was in good hands. Trust and do what they say! Best of luck for much success! Hope we never run paths again but only in the grocery store :)
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Posted by Mary | March 24, 2021
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Mr McCrea was very helpful and knowledgeable. He was always very prompt on answering me anytime I had tryed to real him. He worked very hard to help out
Posted by Jesse | September 17, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Honest, adept, and extremely diligent.
Jacob went out of his way to help me quickly and affordably settle a contract dispute. He was very honest, fair, and transparent with his fees. He also went out of his way to work things out in an affordable manner. For a complete outsider, the language of law and contracts can be daunting to try and understand. Thankfully, Jacob broke everything down simply, and made sure I was able to understand exactly what was happening, without compounding my stress by adding any unnecessary confusion. I'm glad I was able to get a hold of him and can confidently recommend him to anyone.
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Posted by Dave | September 17, 2020
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Outstanding effort and results
Jacob took on a landlord/lease case for us and was excellent during the entire process. He came up with an out of the box idea that worked well and we received nearly all of our money back that the landlord was illegally holding from us. Very clear, thoughtful, articulate and persistent, we prevailed without even having to go to trial. Great work Jacob!
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Posted by Richard | June 23, 2020
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Advice on neighborhood matter
We met with Jacob last Dec. regarding a matter that was very troubling, and upsetting. Jacob was very open and understanding regarding our issue, he presented a sound legal plan of action to resolve the matter. We felt comfortable with his approach and how he cared about our needs in line with the law. We would highly recommend anyone needing legal help in the areas he practices to contact him first!
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Posted by Larry | June 15, 2020
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DCF allegations
Words cannot express how grateful we were for Mr. McRae representing us against a hospitals false claims of child neglect. He immediately took the case to defend us when allegations were made in a Friday evening and we were removed from the hospital with no notice. Over the next few weeks he spent an enormous amount of time on our case, working tirelessly to clear our name and to reunite us with our son. Not only was he able to have all the alleviation’s dismissed by the judge for lacking probable cause, he was also able to have the DCF investigator admit that the allegations against us were fraudulent while under oath. I would highly recommend Mr. McRae to anyone needing representation, regardless of the reason.
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2020
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Highly Recommend
In January of 2020 my husband was arrested for a DUI and I was referred to Jacob by a coworker the next morning. He immediately got to work, arriving at the courthouse that morning for my husband's arraignment. We had an in-person meeting soon after. I knew nothing about this process as neither I nor my husband had ever been in any type of trouble, but he walked us through everything clearly, professionally, and with empathy. He gave us honest answers about worst and best case scenarios, and advised us on everything we needed to do. My husband's charge was decreased to reckless driving. I would recommend Jacob wholeheartedly to anyone requiring legal services.
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Posted by anonymous | June 2, 2020
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Nuanced understanding in a complex case.
Mr. McCrea was attentive and proactive while navigating DUI and illegal possession of narcotics charges. The outcome of my case took into consideration the totality of the circumstances and Mr. McCrea was able to convince the prosecutor of my innocence without putting me through the emotional and financial hardship that would have resulted from going to trial.
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Posted by Noah | June 1, 2020
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Confident, knowledgeable, and persistent. Helped me greatly in my time of need.
In January of 2020, I was arrested for DUI. I had never been in any sort of legal trouble, and had absolutely no idea what to do upon arrest or during my first appearance. Luckily my wife had spoken with Jacob upon referral. Jacob appeared on my behalf and set my arraignment with the judge during my first appearance before the court. Prior to arraignment, Jacob met with me and outlined a strategy for my defense. Jacob built a strong case and guided me through the process of gathering documentation to use as mitigation. Jacob was extremely persistent in communicating with the State Attorney's Office and successful in requesting that they entertain a plea deal of Reckless Driving. As the SAO reviewed the case, Jacob also guided me through the process of obtaining my "Business Purpose" license so that I could remain employed and maintain my quality of life after my driver's license was suspended. Following a few rounds of discussion with the SAO, Jacob was successful in negotiating my case down to a plea of reckless driving (the best possible outcome, from my perspective). I am extremely grateful for Jacob's representation during this ordeal, and am 100% confident that it was his persistence and strategic guidance that allowed for successful resolution of the case. I am thoroughly impressed by Jacob's understanding of the law and his invaluable perspective as a former prosecutor. On a personal level I have a great deal of respect for Jacob as a veteran, and as someone who genuinely cares about justice being carried out fairly and equitably. I cannot recommend Jacob highly enough! [This may not be applicable to all, but it is worth noting that Jacob remained committed, in close contact, and continued to navigate my case with me during the COVID-19 Pandemic amidst court closures and other unprecedented situations.]
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AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner/Attorney
  • Douglas Law Firm
  • 2021 - Present
  • Assistant Staff Judge Advocate
  • United States Air Force Jag
  • 2017 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office of the State Attorney (various)
  • 2009 - 2019


  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Doctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Florida
  • BS - Bachelor of Science Journalism
  • 2004

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Award for Volunteer Services
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (4)
Endorse Jacob
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 11
Relationship: Co-worker
"Jacob and I worked together at the State Attorney's Officer in Jacksonville, FL for several years. During that time I was able to see what an outstanding attorney he is who is not only ethical and hardworking but also empathetic to those issues presented to him. Jacob also has extensive experience as a trial attorney. I highly recommend him."
Unknown Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Other
"I endorse Jacob's work. He is professional, knowledgeable and dedicated. I will refer matters to him with confidence that the client will be managed with utmost expertise and care."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jacob since law school, and can attest to the dedication and work ethic he exhibits on a daily basis for his clients. His work as a former prosecutor has provided him with valuable courtroom experience, as well as unique insight into how the state approaches each case, which allows him to better advise and guide his clients through what can be a very trying and confusing process. I fully endorse Jacob's work without hesitation."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Jacob since law school. He has a wealth of experience in the courtroom and is a very bright guy. With a lengthy background in the State Attorney's Office and as a judge advocate in the Air Force, he is a very versatile lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. McCrea has over a decade of experience in the practice of criminal law. He has the knowledge and skills necessary to help any person through a difficult situation. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Jacob and I first met when he was a prosecutor and I was a defense attorney, and we had a good, professional experience as opposing counsel. He is now in private practice, continues to do great work, and of course continues to serve our country."
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Saint Augustine Criminal defense Lawyer Jacob Peterson McCrea
Jacob Peterson McCrea
Criminal defense Attorney
Saint Augustine, FL
Licensed for 14 years
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