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Christopher John Atcachunas

Criminal defense Attorney at Winter Park, FL

4.6   18 reviews
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  • Licensed for 17 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2006
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EXPERIENCED, TRUSTED, AND RESPECTED FOR OVER 17 YEARS, DEFENDING THE ACCUSED IN CENTRAL FLORIDA FOR ALL STATE AND FEDERAL CRIMINAL MATTERS.

Mr. Atcachunas was born and raised in South Plainfield, New Jersey. As a child and through his high school years, Mr. Atcachunas was an avid baseball player. Upon his graduation from South Plainfield High School in 1999, he earned the distinction of All-County, and All-Area Honorable Mention as a pitcher/designated hitter.

After high school, Mr. Atcachunas was accepted to The University of Tampa. While at UT, Mr. Atcachunas “walked-on” to the Spartan baseball team and played from 1999-2001. After two years of playing NCAA baseball, Mr. Atcachunas decided to become an attorney.

Mr. Atcachunas graduated from The University of Tampa with a degree in Criminology and from there was accepted to Barry University School of Law. At Barry, Mr. Atcachunas was very enthusiastic about his legal career. Mr. Atcachunas was accepted to the Barry Law Review where he authored an article entitled, ”What Makes the Roulette Wheel Spin?: A Comparison of Nevada and New Jersey’s Gaming Statutes and Regulatory Systems.”

In addition to Law Review, Mr. Atcachunas was also the founding president of the Barry University School of Law Federalist Society. As a member of the Federalist Society, Mr. Atcachunas had the opportunity and the privilege to meet with such dignitaries as United States Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Former Solicitor General Theodore Olson, United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit Justice Frank Easterbrook, and the Senior Speechwriter for President George W. Bush and Vice President Richard Cheney, John P. McConnell.

Prior to forming the firm, Mr. Atcachunas was an Assistant State Attorney (Prosecutor) in Orlando, Florida. He then became an associate at a private criminal defense firm in Orlando from 2006-2011 where he mastered his trial skills and handled thousands of cases ranging from Attempted Murder to Petit Theft.

Aside from the legal aspect of his life, Mr. Atcachunas enjoys weightlifting, playing golf and various spectator sports.

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Location

The Atcachunas Law Firm, P.A.
1270 Orange Avenue, Suite E
Winter Park, FL, 32789

Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
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Posted by Tracie | August 10, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Trusting and extremely knowledgeable
Mr. Atcachunas (Chris) is one of the most personable and knowledgeable attorneys I have ever known. Through the years trust me I have had many. Chris gives you 110% of his time and attention and will answer calls/ return calls....very rare!! Chris is the type of attorney that is caring and respectful to all clients he is definitely knowledgeable and has got me through some extremely difficult situations. With all this said I truly hope you consider Chris as your attorney He is definitely one you would want on your side defending your honor and rights! I trust him with my entire family and friends each and every time he has pulled us through some very difficult times. Chris is the only attorney in Florida that I honest to god trust and as I stated before I have had a few. Last but not least...He will always have your best interest at hand because he truly does care about his clients, they are not just a paycheck or a number to him... extremely rare.... but the gods honest truth!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 20, 2020
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Chris is a perfect lawyer.
One of my favorite quotes " Sometimes less is more". Chris saved my life not once but twice. Even though I was young and I made a mistake Chris saved me from the system. This man in one of the only people I ever met in my life that didn't throw in the white flag when everyone else did. He went the extra mile for me. Orlando Magic, he will pull a rabbit out of a hat if your innocent. When your dealing with the BIG BOYS, the JUDGE and THE PROSECUTOR and your name doesn't ring any bells and you have 0% leverage... Chris has leverage. Chris has earned these people's respect. Chris understands the law. If it wasn't for Chris I would be a convicted felon, ex con and a loser in life. Chris helped me graduate from Valencia, get into UCF and make something of myself. The only problem with Chris is... He won't run for president. God bless Chris. You can't go wrong hiring Chris. He is a blessing to many families!
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Posted by anonymous | May 1, 2024
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Best Lawfirm in town
The most honest, trustworthy lawyer firm that we hired. Their representation gave a factual results to solve our association problems. They’re busy, but have attention to legal details. Hoping that they will not get tired helping our association.
Posted by Deanna | August 4, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
The Superman lawyer
I met this man a couple years ago when a friend of mine needed help and I'll tell you what from back then he was amazing but I ended up getting into some trouble and as soon as he received the phone call he jumped into action I used his bail man and I was out within a few hours and I had Mr Chris retained before I even was released I can sell you one thing about him when it comes to his clients he does not play around with the case that I had pending I was looking at doing many years but this man right here made sure that I received a phone call from him today with the best news ever that my case was dismissed I can never thank him enough too bad I can't make a cheesecake take in anymore but if you are ever in need of a great or one of the best I should say criminal defense attorneys call this man right here. I know when I went in to speak with him he told me just sit back and let him work his magic and sure enough today was the day that made this whole rest of this year all because of two words that he said to me which was case dismissed but as I said if you want the best criminal attorney around see this man right here and if I could give 10,000 Stars I would! Chris thank you so much I can never tell you how grateful I am for you and for the fact that you took this on and got this case dismissed thank you so much my friend!
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Posted by Victoria | September 3, 2020
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A total life saver!
I called Chris for a phone consultation after contacting at least 5 other firms. Within the first minute of our conversation I knew I was hiring him. He was quick, factual and accurate in every way. I was always able to reach him immediately via phone, email etc. The charges against my family member were felony criminal mischief, felony battery by strangulation and a misdemeanor as well. Within a couple of weeks and Chris’s hard work and speed, all charges were dropped. Without probation! I’m so happy to have met and hired Chris and plan to always contact him first for any legal advice I may have in the future. If I need legal advice I know that he will be the one to lead me in the right direction. I’m just so happy to have found and retained his services!
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Posted by anonymous | August 15, 2018
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Best decision!
I contacted Mr.Atcachunas in regard to my sons case and he was very professional and respononsive. After speaking with numerous attorneys, I knew he was the right choice for my son. I am more than satisfied and happy with the outcome. Mr. Atcachunas was the best decision I have ever made, God bless him!!
Posted by Rachel | August 10, 2018
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Rachel
The best lawyer you could ask for!! Seriously helped me out so much I can’t thank him enough
Posted by Joe E. | August 10, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent lawyer that cares about his clients!
Chris has represented many of my friends & family and is one of the best lawyers around. He's aggressive & not afraid of a challenge. Not once have we been let down, keep up the great work!
Posted by Jack | June 18, 2018
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Stellar Defense
As the second attorney I hired to handle my felony marijuana possession case, thanks to Chris’ capable representation, I’m not on probation or a felon. I would recommend him to anyone in need of counsel. Absolutely USE CHRIS!
Posted by Matt | June 3, 2018
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One of the best attorneys I’ve ever used!
Chris is one of the best attorneys I’ve ever hired and was a man of his word. Not only did he get me out of jail asap for VOP on my felony probation he also got me off felony probably and off house arrest after almost 4 years. He is the best and most kind and respectful lawyer I’ve used and I just want to say thank you so much Chris! Once I violated my felony probation I hired Chris and in less then a year he got me off of not only felony house arrest but also felony probation! I can’t thank you enough. Love you Chris, you are honestly a life saver and a man of your word.
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Posted by Carol | February 23, 2018
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Aggressive Attorney with morals.
Chris was highly recommended to me and I feel very lucky having his representation. He is extremely thorough, knowledgeable and confident. He returns my calls and emails very quickly. He has a sincere interest in my case. Carol
Posted by Gerard | November 22, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Chris has handled many legal matters for my companies and family. He has always been available, promptly returned calls and has answers in a timely manner. Excellent attorney.
Posted by Reggie | August 26, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Lawyer that gets the job done
This lawyer is by far the best lawyer. He is very patient and straight forward. Anytime I had a question or concern, his responses were prompt and clear. He went well beyond his job title to fight for me, and was able to get me results that I thought were not possible in my case. I went to several lawyers before Chris and as soon as I met him I knew he was the lawyer for me. I had a great experience and I thank God that he was my lawyer. Thank you again Chris and my family is very thankful for you. GOD BLESS
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Posted by Nick | June 6, 2016
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One of the best attorney's in FL
I hired Chris to represent me in my DV case and my experience with him was amazing. Always available if I ever had any question or needed help or advice. Highly recommended!
Posted by Don | March 31, 2015
My personal experience
I was referred to Mr. Atcachunas by my neighbor in 2014. Competent, honest, and the hardest working Lawyer that I have ever worked with. I never hesitate to suggest him when I hear someone needing representation. I hope I never need him again, but I have peace of mind knowing he is there for me.
Posted by Merle | July 29, 2013
MIGHTY CHRISTOPHER JOHN ARCACHUNAS
Honest, trustworthy, responsive, respectful, knowledgeable, kept me informed, Excellent. He understand the law. He will do his best to make it fair and just and leave the case clear from any anomalies that my interfere future goals. He understand your needs. He is a respectable lawyer. He will defend the innocent. He is willing to work with you with your financial needs. He doesn't over-charged to represent your case. He does not play games. He stick to the law.
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Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2024
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You will regret it!!!
It’s incredible to read the other review that had a negative experience with his law firm Because it sounds just like my story. Lack of action, the feeling like you are begging or asking for something rather than paying for service. The lack of thorough explanation about the legal process and the simplicity of time your actual consequences seems to be a trademark of this lawyer. I am now confused because I don’t know if he was working for the DA office or if he was there to represent me and fight for my innocence because looking back, there was always a deal on the table, There was always an option of simplicity, as if he didn’t want to be bothered with this issue. I completely understand the result of those actions because a simple search and reading of the legal system lead me to understand the consequences of his lack of action, a convicted felon, taking the time to explain or looking into other options rather than a quick deal that he prosecutor to get out of the way. I’m not here to ask for anything from the justice system or from this man I’m here to prevent you from making a mistake if you’re reading this for an actual lawyer says if you feel like your second home then go ahead and hire him
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Posted by anonymous | August 25, 2020
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Cares more about money than the client
I hired Chris to represent me in a criminal case in Osceola County. At first, I thought he was a good attorney, we were all on the same page. I had my Pretrial Release violated and Chris was able to get the warrant dismissed and PTR reinstated. That was about the best he did. That's also something any competent attorney should have been able to get done in favor of their client. That is where he stopped working on my case. Although I may have been behind a little on payments, I communicated with him. In the end this attorney wanted all if his money before actually doing the work on my case. He "represented" me for 9 months and in those 9 months he never filed a motion to suppress evidence which should have been done a month or so after receiving discovery from the State. He didn't do any depositions on my behalf which also should have been done. Basically my new attorney did more work in the two weeks he had my case then Chris did in the whole 9 months. My new attorney told me that Chris basically did nothing for me. That's his words not mine. So as I see all these good reviews about Chris, it makes me wonder how many are real and how many are fake because although his cost of service was reasonable, his due diligence to actually work the case on my behalf was below par. My suggestion to you, like my new attorney said to me, you get what you pay for. Don't pay for Chris unless you plan on taking a plea deal like what a public defender would want you to do. He's not some big trial attorney. If I would have stuck with him I probably would be in jail today. So if jail is your second home, then stick with Chris. Otherwise if you enjoy your freedom, look elsewhere and believe me, you'll be happy you did.
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Response from Christopher Atcachunas August 27, 2020
This review needs some clarification. The client hired my office to handle a case out of Osceola County, FL. There was a signed contract for payment of fee(s). We worked a payment plan for him. After failing to satisfy the balance for months, we attempted to work with him as much as possible to help him in his situation. Depositions cost money. He was not upholding his end of the contract. That said, we filed a Motion to Withdraw from his case. One would think his case was closed after this review. It's not. The attorney he hired after me, withdrew as well. This person has now went through two (2) private attorneys and both withdrew. You cannot make everyone happy, but our office strives to make the best of certain situations. If you need a "free" attorney, or don't have the means to hire a private law firm, the Public Defender is your best option. Best of luck in your future.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.4 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Atcachunas Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2011 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Law Office of Blair T. Jackson, P.A.
  • 2006 - 2011
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney, 9th Judicial Circuit
  • 2005 - 2006

Education

  • Barry University Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Tampa
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2003

Sample of Legal Cases

  • State of Florida v. O.N. 2016-CF-6054-A-O
  • All charges dismissed

Associations

  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Federalist Society
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Client Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • Orlando's Legal Elite Top Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Orlando Style Magazine
  • 2015
  • Orlando's Legal Elite
  • Orlando Style Magazine
  • 2014

Publications

  • State v. Payton, 16 Fla.L.Weekly Supp. 957, 958 Volume 16, Number 10, Sept. 30, 2009.
  • State v. Payton, 16 Fla.L.Weekly Supp. 957, 958 Volume 16, Number 10, Sept. 30, 2009.
  • 2009

Speaking Engagements

  • University of Central Florida
  • Law Office Management
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (26)
Given (52)
Endorse Christopher
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"In the past when I was a prosecutor, I had a few cases with Chris and he is a great attorney! The best criminal defense attorneys know how to negotiate with the prosecution in a non-confrontational way while at the same time strongly advocating for their client. He knows how to do it all well and Chris' demeanor definitely helps to get better resolutions for his clients. When the offer from the State is unacceptable, Chris is not one to shy away from trial. I would highly recommend this Attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Excellent Attorney! I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer for ALL legal matters!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Chris for years now. I like the way he handles himself in Court and with his clients. He is a sincere man who will listen to what you have to say."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
General practice Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. The first time I met Mr Atcachunas he was actually slugging it out for a client. I was impressed. He is prompt, direct and has great legal knowledge. That, coupled with his people skills makes him an excellent advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Corporate and incorporation Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Acachunas is an excellent attorney. He truly cares for his client & works very hard for them!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a very dedicated, courteous, professional, knowledgeable attorney. He is very well-liked in the community, and is respected by all."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris takes care of his clients. He's a strong advocate for them with both the prosecution and the bench. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is a great criminal defense attorney. He fights hard to get the best results for his clients. I would recommend Chris for anyone seeking representation in a criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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