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I am an experienced Florida Criminal Defense Attorney serving Duval, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns Counties primarily.  I am committed to defending the rights of the accused.  My criminal law practice is 100% devoted to criminal defense. I  have defended thousands of clients throughout my career and prosecuted none. Zero. Unlike former prosecutors, I have never worked a single day to send anyone to jail or prison.  Police will say protecting the streets isn’t a 9-to-5 job. Neither is protecting your rights. If you or a loved one is arrested, you expect immediate response. And I am here to give it to you: 24 hours a day, seven days a week.


Choosing a Jacksonville Criminal Defense Lawyer is an important decision, not only because your freedom is at stake, but because a criminal conviction can affect the rest of your life.  Not all Jacksonville Criminal Attorneys are trial lawyers and it is crucial to ask a potential criminal defense attorney about their specific trial experience.  When your life is at stake, experience is essential.  Ask the prospective attorney whether or not they were the "first chair" in previous trials.  A "first chair" is the primary attorney in a trial who develops the theory of your case, perpares the case for trial, argues any motions, cross-examines all witnesses and fights for your innocence.  Not all criminal cases end in a trial, but you need to have that option and you need to have a lawyer prepared to go to trial. 


I represent prople charged with all felonies, misdemeanors and municipal ordinance violations in Florida, with an emphasis on Northeast Florida.  There are many crimes on can be arrested for, including theft crimes, sex crimes, violent crimes, domestic violence crimes, child abuse crimes and DUI.


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  1. Criminal Defense: 100%
    15 years



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FLMember in Good Standing200106/20/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Most County Court Trials - "Trial God Award"Office of the Public Defender, Duval County2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerThe Mussallem Law Firm, P.A.2011 - Present
OwnerMussallem & Forbess P.A.2007 - 2011
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender, Duval County2004 - 2007
General CounselNoMuv Inc.2001 - 2004
AssociateLaw Office of Paul M. Harden2001 - 2002
Accounting Staff and SalesMussallem Galleries1997 - 1998
Accounting StaffMussallem Oriental Rugs1995 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2012 - Present
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Florida Bar AssociationN/A2001 - Present
Jacksonville University Board of TrusteesTrustee2007 - 2010
Jacksonville Humane Society Board of DirectorsDirector2007 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State of Florida vs. S.S.DUI charge reduced to a Reckless Driving
State of Florida vs. J.D.Child Abuse Charges in Jacksonville Dropped
State of Florida vs. S.C.Drug Charges Dismissed
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Jacksonville UniversityInternations BusinessOther - Bachelors1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Florida Coastal School of LawCriminal Defense2007
Lecture at World Ethics Class at FSCJ, Kent CampusEthics and Criminal Defense2005