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Richard G. Canina

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For 30 years, attorney Richard G. Canina has been practicing exclusively in the area of criminal defense law in Brevard County, FL. Mr. Canina graduated with Honors from The University Of Florida at age 20, obtaining a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. He later attended Stetson University College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate. While at Stetson, Mr. Canina served as Vice President of Sigma Nu Phi Legal Fraternity and successfully completed an internship with the Office of The Public Defender, Sixth Judicial Circuit.


After graduating from law school Mr. Canina took a position with the Brevard County Public Defender’s Office, where he served as an Assistant Public Defender in the trial division for nearly five years. As an assistant Public Defender, Mr. Canina aggressively defended thousands of clients with charges ranging from misdemeanor traffic offenses to first degree premeditated murder.


Mr. Canina is a full member of the Florida Bar. He is also licensed to practice in the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. He has been a member of several legal organizations including the Brevard County Bar Association, The Orange County Bar Association, The Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, and the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. He has recieved numerous awards and accolades including a perfect 5 out of 5 Martindale Hubbell Client Rating, a perfect 10 "Superb" Avvo Rating,and the Client's Choice award. Most recently, he was named to the prestigious  "Top 100 Trial Lawyers"  List by the The National Trial Lawyers and was awarded the "Superior DUI Attorney" ranking by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense. 


Mr. Canina has dedicated his career to defending the legal rights and freedoms of the accused. His practice focuses 100% on criminal defense and criminal trial practice. He is proud of the fact that he has never worked as a state prosecutor. His philosophy is to unconditionally help his client no matter what the allegations may be.




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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    31 years, 7.5 thousand cases
  2. Sex Crime: 20%
  3. DUI & DWI: 20%
    31 years
  4. Domestic Violence: 5%
  5. Federal Crime: 5%



Fixed (always), Retainer (always), Free consultation (90 minutes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Richard G. Canina P.A.

1901 S. Harbor City Blvd
Suite 804
Melbourne, FL, 32901


FLMember in Good Standing198506/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2015
Recognition for ServicePAL2015
Superior DUI AttorneyNational Advocacy for DUI Defense2015
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2015
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2014
Preeminent 5.0 out of 5Martindale-Hubbell2014
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2014
Top Contributor AwardAvvo2013
Client's Choice AwardAvvo2013
Certificate of Merit - Public Defender ClinicStetson College of Law1985
Honor SocietyUniversity of Florida1980
Graduated Cum LaudeUniversity of FloridaN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner/FounderRichard G. Canina P.A.2008 - Present
PartnerMitchell and Canina P.A.1990 - 2008
Assistant Public DefenderPublic Defender's Office, 18th Jud. Circuit1985 - 1990
Certified Legal InternPublic Defender Clinic1984 - 1985
Criminal Law ClerkLee Fugate P.A.1983 - 1984
Certified Corrections OfficerFlorida Department Of Corrections1981 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Orange County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember1995 - Present
United States District Court for the Middle District of FloridaMember1987 - Present
Florida BarMember1985 - Present
Brevard County Bar AssociationMember1985 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Sigma Nu Legal FraternityVice PresidentN/A
Academy of Florida Trial LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
State v. J.L.Client was found not guilty by jury
State v. K.F.Client was found not guilty by jury
State v. J.O.The client was found Not Guilty After trial
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Publication nameTitleDate
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Florida Corrections Officers Training InstituteN/AN/A1982
University of FloridaCriminal JusticeBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
St. John the Baptist DHSN/ANY State Regents Diploma1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Brevard County Bar AssociationAdministrative Hearings in DUI Cases1992
Guest LecturerFlorida's Habitual Felony Offender and Habitual Violent Felony Offender Statutes1991
Women In Law SeminarDiscrimination Against Women in Corrections1985