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Tim Michael Flaherty

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Walton Beach, FL

4.7   26 reviews
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  • State Years
    Florida - FL 22 years
    Iowa - IA 12 years
  • Licensed for 22 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2001
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State IA
    Acquired 2011
    Status
    Exempt No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Tim

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ARRESTED FOR A SERIOUS CRIMINAL OFFENSE WHILE LIVING, VACATIONING, OR STATIONED IN NORTHWEST FLORIDA? I VIGOROUSLY DEFEND CLIENTS FACING ACCUSATIONS OR CHARGES RELATED TO SEX CRIMES, DOMESTIC VIOLENCE, ROBBERY, MURDER, AND OTHER FELONIES.

I started Flaherty & Merrifield in 2004 with one simple goal:  to provide the very best criminal defense representation in Fort Walton Beach and throughout Okaloosa County. Over the years, my team and I have defended thousands of people accused of criminal charges ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies, including Sex Crimes, Domestic Violence, DUIs, and Homicide. As president of the local chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and a member of organizations such as the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, I stay up to date on current legal issues and continually expand upon his skills as an attorney.

Brandy Merrifield is my partner. We focus 100 percent of our practice on criminal defense. We will do whatever it takes to get the best possible result in a case. Some cases are worked out through a negotiation with the prosecutor. Other cases are litigated in court with pretrial motions to dismiss or suppress. Some cases are fought at trial. Whichever direction your case goes, Brandy and I know what moves to make in order to put you in the best position possible. Rest assured, you will be in good hands.

No matter what you are accused of, you deserve to have someone on your side who will fight for you and defend you. That is exactly what we are prepared to do for you. Call Flaherty & Merrifield and let us help.

Location

Flaherty & Merrifield
1817 Lewis Turner Blvd #E
Fort Walton Beach, FL, 32547
Flaherty & Merrifield
550 N Main St #E
Crestview, FL, 32536
Flaherty & Merrifield
1008 Airport Rd
Suite B
Destin, FL, 32541
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Reviews

4.7 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Simply great!
I had never had to hire a criminal defense lawyer before and i hope i don't have to in future, but for the one time i did, maaan, am i happy i went with what my gut told me when looking for one! Flaherty and maryfield were nothing less then amazing! Answered every question. Super friendly staff. Make you feel at ease. Talking to them gives you confidence that everything will turn out in your favour and it did with me! Soooo happy i found them. If you need help, look no further!
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Posted by Alexander | April 2, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
The best Criminal Lawyer in Okaloosa County
Flaherty Defense Firm treated me with professionalism, always let me know what they needed from me and were always quick to act on my case. I would have never gotten through my case with the amount of stress that it put on me, but they treated me like part of their family and I am grateful that I went to Flaherty Defense Firm to represent me.
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Posted by Tommy | May 17, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
3rd Offense DUI
Flaherty's defense team is the best possible choice you can make after making the bad ones to put you in a place of needing a lawyer. I contacted Flaherty's office and set up a consultation. When I met with Mr. Flayerty he was very straight forward on the severe consequences I was facing for 3rd Offense DUI and the possible outcomes he and his team would work towards for me. He had my felony reduced to a misdemeanor with 1 year probation. That's alot better than sitting in jail for a year and a half and having a felony on my record. His prices have always been reasonable to the charge. I recommend him to anyone with any type of charge. Flaherty's defense team is outstanding. They were always on top of reminding me of court dates and if anything came up they were very quick to contact me. I felt they were there to help me and not just take my money. Great defense firm to hire.
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Posted by anonymous | February 22, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Domestic Assault Attorney
I live out of state and was charged with a Domestic Assault case while on vacation in Florida. During this stressful time Tim and his staff at Fleherty Defense Firm took on my case and handled it from beginning to end. They were fair in regards to payment and took on all the responsibility of my court appearances so I never had to travel across the country for anything. Tim got my case dropped and the arrest expunged off of my record, which they handled as well. I would highly recommend this firm.
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Posted by anonymous | March 16, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Wrongfully accused by wife or soon to be ex wife!!!
If you have been wrongfully accused an been arrested. Flaherty Law Firm is the representation you will need. Mr. Flaherty will fight for you and I can personally say, he will stand his ground when it comes to getting you out on bail. Their paralegal and office manager are always on call 24/7 to answer any question when you need legal representation. I strongly recommend The Flaherty Law Firm.
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
Arrested on vacation. Amazing law firm!
I was on a family vacation with my wife and kids and a few other families when a late night mishap had me in need of a lawyer! After several attempts at some fly by night lawyers, I was praying for the right person to come my way and Brittni from Flaherty answered the phone! From our very first conversation to the last meeting with Judge Brown , they were there for me! I was always aware of what was going on with my case ! Tim handled my case without a hitch! I hated to need their services but will always know who to call if I need them again! Answered prayer is what they were! Professional service at all times and the girls in the office, even though I worried them to death, always treated me like I was part of their family, so thanks to the whole crew!!! Great job!! Sincerely, Frequent Traveler
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Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2015
Outstanding service from a great law team
The Flaherty Defense Firm represented a family member in a recent court case. We chose Tim and his team after researching other options in our area. Tim was up-front in outlining the possible outcome of the case and the likelihood of each scenario. We were kept informed throughout the case and every question was answered quickly and professionally. This attention to our case really helped relieve the stress and anxiety concerning the situation. We are very satisfied with the outcome of the case and can't thank the team enough. I would highly recommend The Flaherty Defense Firm to anyone that is in need of a professional and caring team. Thanks again to Tim, Brittni and the rest of the team.
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2014
Saved my military career
Flaherty Defense Firm represented me in my case. As a member of the military, the charge against me could've been very damaging to my career. Mr. Flaherty presented me with the best options available and worked tirelessly to ensure the protection of my career and life. I highly recommend using this defense firm.
Posted by anonymous | July 21, 2014
Tim took a scary situation and made it less so.
Tim took a scary situation and made it less so. After stupidly driving on a suspended license for the second time, I was worried about seeing jail time. Tim had it reduced to a manageable fine, without even probation. Thanks again!
Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2014
Couldn't have chosen a better lawyer to represent me
After searching the internet for a lawyer to help with my DUI case I came across Mr. Tim Flaherty. I am so thankful I had Mr. Flaherty to represent me. He had my case pushed back several times to insure he had plenty of infomation about my case to defend me. He studied my case to the utmost detail and was able to keep me out of jail AND got my felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor. I would highly recommend Mr. Flaherty to anyone looking for a defense attorney. He knows his stuff and will work hard to get the best outcome for his clients.
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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2014
I highly recommend this lawyer!
I was referred to the Flaherty Defense Firm about my case. At first I had no idea what to do about this matter. I approached the defense firm about my case. They were extremely nice, very helpful, made me feel comfortable and relieved my stress about my situation. They explained to me what they were going to do to help me with my case. From the beginning to the end, they were very honest and did exactly what they said they were going to do. I was extremely satisfied with how they handled my case and the results of my case. I greatly appreciate their honesty, positive attitudes, and efforts in taking care of my case. I highly recommend them to anyone. Again, I don't know how to thank you guys enough for what you have done. Thank you so much for everything.
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Posted by anonymous | April 1, 2014
You're in good hands!
There are not enough words to express my most sincere gratitude to you all. Had it not been for each and every one of you, I would not be at home writing to you. Your knowledge and persistence brought about an unexpected verdict, and I regained my freedom. During the past several months, my husband and I were always treated with dignity and compassion by you and your staff. I never once felt that I was being looked upon as a criminal. With every visit to your office, we were made to feel comfortable. The kindness that was shown made these months more bearable. You and your staff have put up my rants, raves, tears, and incessant emails, and were always calm and informative when responding to me. During our meetings, you were always upfront and honest with me. You never sugar-coated anything and I really appreciate that. I was told from the beginning to prepare for the worst because my case was not going to be easy. I was also told of the possibility that things may be decided in my favor. I trusted your judgment in every way. I was always provided with the truth, and because of that I felt stronger and better prepared for my sentencing date. Your expertise and the support of your staff really came through in court. You were ready and prepared for anything. You had already gained my full confidence at my first meeting. I am forever grateful to the person who recommended that I retain you firm. I have not been disappointed. All of you knew how afraid I was from the beginning, and the compassion that I was shown really helped me through this whole ordeal. When the judge handed down his sentencing, I have to say that I was shocked. From what I hear I was not the only stunned person in that courtroom. I never expected to walk out of there. Nothing could have prepared me or my husband for what we witnessed in that courtroom. I watched the four kindhearted people from your firm turn in to voracious wolverines. You guys were prepared for every negative issue that was mentioned, and you stopped them cold. There is so much more that I could say, but space does not permit it. You have renewed my faith in God because he surely guided you in your handling of my case. I pray that I will never personally need an attorney again; however, it will be an honor to recommend your firm to anyone needing representation and guidance.
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Posted by Julia | August 21, 2013
Amazing Defense Team
The Flaherty Defense Firm is wonderful. From my first phone call to them, I felt that this was the attorney I needed. I was facing several years of prison and Tim and his group immediately went to work to make sure that did not happen. At court he was always more than knowledgeable and prepared for anything. They worked diligently for over seven months to insure my freedom. Thanks to the expertise of this firm, I only have two years probation. I cannot express enough gratitude. If you need serious help, this office is the ONLY one to call.
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Posted by Karen | July 24, 2013
Wonderful Team! Best representation I have ever had!
The Flaherty Defense Team represented me in my case. They explained in detail every option that I had, and what the possible outcomes would be. They were always willing to give me advice, always fair, and were completely honest about my entire case. From the first time I spoke to them on the phone to the last time I stepped in their office I was always at ease and never felt pressured to make any decisions except for what I was 100 % comfortable with. I am very excited for the way my case turned out an I would highly recommend this firm to anyone that is need of an intelligent, professional, well-rounded team.
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Posted by anonymous | May 16, 2013
ATTENTION
ATTN!!! Must read if you are in need of a criminal attorney.I want to tell you about my experience with the law firm of Tim Flaherty. My name is Anna and I'm 34 years old.I hired Mr. Tim to handle my criminal case. As you can imagine I did not know what to expect and I was a ball of nerves until I met Mr. Tim and his paralegal Brandy. He was so easy to talk to and he really listened to me. Mr. Tim and Brandy answered all my questions and told me the fees upfront and never charged me more then what was discussed. This man is awesome in court he is god sent if you need someone to defend you then you need Mr. Tim... Brandy excepted numerous calls from me and she never made me feel like I was bothering her she answered every call and was so kind to me she even sat next to me at court and calmed me down. I am so thankful to her for going above and beyond her work duties. She is a great asset to this law firm and I cant thank them both for what they have done for me. Don't trust your case to just any lawyer hire the right attorney and paralegal the two have to work together and fight for you and that's exactly what they did for me.
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Posted by anonymous | February 14, 2013
WISH we would have went with Mr. Flaherty!
I cannot accurately "rate" due to not having used this attorney...but after having read as much as I have over the past 6 months, I believe this would have been a wise choice! After going with, and paying A LOT of money, another attorney who was recommended by a friend I came across Mr. Flaherty's website. I was very impressed with the information I was able to get off his website. After months of waiting to hear something about my husbands case, wondering when we would get updates or any information, we finally heard back from attorney....but not the one we paid for! We have never actually met the attorney we hired! I understand some attorney offices work in "teams" but the attorney we are dealing with is not what was recommended to us and is not what we thought we were getting. You dont expect to pay for Olive Garden dinner and receive McDonalds instead! Now my husband is sitting in court (TODAY) looking at taking a plea deal because (in our minds) the McDonalds attorney has not pulled through for us. We are left with a difficult situation to gamble or not, but according to McDonalds...the odds of winning are only 60%. We see much more than this. Attorney A (Olive Garden) was probably a great attorney as stated by our friend, however we never got a taste of it. If there was any possible way to get even half of what we have paid in attorney fees we would definitely be changing our representation! A very hard lesson learned, but if you are reading this....think it through very well before you pay a dime to anyone!
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Posted by Scott | January 29, 2013
Great Team, Right Result
My son was arrested on an unfounded felony Domestic charge. He was being represented by the Public Defender's Office and their only communication was that he could be facing 15 years in prison. After reviewing the blogs on Mr. Flaherty's website, we gained more knowledge of the charge and the magnitude of it than the PD had given us in four months of representation. Within a couple of hours of requesting info via email, Ms. Merrifield replied and made arrangements for a phone interview with Mr. Flaherty. After hearing the facts, Mr. Flaherty agreed to take the case. Within 48 hours, he had started the defense process through the court system. This was a difficult case due to the severity of it and due to the mental status of the alleged "victim." Mr. Flaherty and his team were persistent, and were able to get the case dismissed. Ms. Merrifield communicated with us every step of the way and guided us through the process. Many thanks to Ms. Merrifield, Mr. Flaherty and Mr. Lupella. We will be forever grateful for your hard work and dedication.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2013
Quashed my domestic battery charge
This law firm quashed (erased) a domestic battery charge that was wrongfully put on me. This team has an "I can" attitude about them that I really appreciated. They went the extra mile and were always very responsive and helpful. They are also very good listeners which is rare to find in lawyers. If you want a law team who is going to FIGHT for you and exceed expectations, choose this law firm.
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Posted by anonymous | January 25, 2013
Tim Flaherty Really Helped Us!
I want to thank you for helping me get through a very difficult time. I was at a loss for what to do when two of my children were arrested. I was scared to death and did not know where to turn. Best decision I ever made was calling your office. After meeting Tim Flaherty I knew I had found the right person to handle this case. I have to say, besides getting the best results for my children, he made me feel safe and secure, and to me that was really important! As parents we are scared for our kids and need moral support almost as much as our kids need legal advice. I'll end this note of appreciation with the simple words of my daughters, who both said "Tim Flaherty saved our lives"
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Posted by anonymous | January 18, 2013
Thank You Flaherty Defense Firm!
Thank you all so much! I am in tears right now and I can't say thank you enough! I've been fighting this for almost 2 years and now it's finally off my heart. I appreciate you and your firm with everything in me. God has blessed me with your help and got me through it. Wow thank you all again!
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Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Flaherty Defense Firm
  • 2004 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • State of Florida
  • 2001 - 2004
  • Capital Case Law Clerk
  • Capps Law Firm
  • 2000 - 2001

Education

  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 2001
  • Northwest Missouri State University
  • B.S.
  • 1997

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Okaloosa County 2014CF-619
  • Felony Reduced To Misdemeanor
  • Okaloosa County 2013CF-2877
  • Felony Reduced To Misdemeanor
  • Okaloosa County 2013CF-2853
  • Sex Charge Reduced
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Associations

  • Okaloosa-Walton County Chapter of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • President
  • 2021 - Present
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
  • Lifetime Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Okaloosa County Teen Court Program
  • Judge
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Attorney Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • Okaloosa-Walton Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2001 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys - Northern Florida
  • America's Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Order of Barristers
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • 2001
  • Captain, Moot Court Trial Team
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law
  • 2001
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Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Okaloosa County Teen Court
  • Role Of Defense Attorney
  • 2014
  • Okaloosa County Teen Court
  • Career As An Attorney
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (30)
Endorse Tim
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have observed Mr. Flaherty practicing law for several years and know him to be a very talented attorney and any client he represents is in good hands."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Diligent and hard working."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Flaherty is a well respected and seasoned professional whose practice has shown itself to be among the best in the state of Florida. Between his years of experience in defending clients to the incredible staff that surrounds him, Mr. Flaherty is well known for his intelligence and diligent work ethic. His reputation for success in trial is completely deserved and I would recommend his services to any in need of criminal defense in the Florida panhandle."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Truly exceptional and professional attorney with an outstanding reputation in the legal field for providing high quality representation and results for his clients!"
Criminal defense Attorney | May 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Tim for several years. While I was a prosecutor in Okaloosa County I handled many cases for which Tim was the lawyer on the other side. Tim is a fantastic criminal defense attorney and is also a genuinely good person. I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim and I have worked against each other many times and he is an outstanding advocate who understands the law."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Family member
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tim his entire life, and can speak to his character and the passion in which he approaches the advocacy of his clients. He truly cares about his cients, and that is a character trait, that is lacking, among all to many attorneys. Being his cousin, and a lawyer myself, we have the opportunity to talk about our practices, at family gatherings. He knows his area of the law and is not afraid to role up his sleeves and fight for his clients. I've referred clients of mine to Tim, and they have always had great feedback on how handled their issues."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I routinely refer criminal law cases to Tim Michael Flaherty because I know he will represent his clients with the highest level of integrity. Tim brings experience and dedication to every client."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tim is professional, effective, and works hard for his clients. I would recommend his services."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tim can find his way to the courthouse and knows what to do when he gets there. He is calm under fire and handles the difficulties of this challenging area of law with one of the most professional attitudes I have seen."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is a significant pleasure to extend my full and unqualified endorsement of Tim Flaherty. I have known Tim for approximately 10 years in both a professional and social manner. My association with Tim began in my capacity as a young attorney just getting into the practice of law. I was employed right out of law school with little to no knowledge of how the legal system worked; however, with Tim’s help the transition went well. Soon on I noticed that Tim quickly emerged as the type of attorney who is well liked by his peers, respected by his staff and involved in the affairs of the community. Because of the insular nature of Northwest Florida, attorneys have the opportunity to know each other very well, both inside and outside of our individual practice. As a senior partner with Kilpatrick & Newlin, P.A. and as a member in good standing of the Florida Bar and Northern District Federal Bar, I have no reservation in fully endorsing Tim Flaherty. D. Keith Kilpatrick"
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tim is a passionate advocate for his clients. He is thorough and knowledgable in the area of criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has the experience combined with the expertise to handle any criminal matter, providing positive results. He is also one of the few attorneys in the area that I would reccomend in handling a major criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. He is knowledgeable, effective and aggressive advocate."
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Fort Walton Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Tim Michael Flaherty
Tim Michael Flaherty
Criminal defense Attorney
Fort Walton Beach, FL
Licensed for 22 years
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