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Richard Allen Canina

Criminal defense Attorney at Melbourne, FL

5.0   12 reviews

also known as Richard A. Canina


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About Richard

Learn Richard’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    60%
    DUI, Drug Crimes, Theft Crimes, Battery, Domestic Violence, Driving Offenses, Probation Violations, Resisting Arrest, Trespassing, Loitering, Breach of Peace, Criminal Mischief, Bad Checks, Injunction Violations, Misdemeanors.

    12 years, 2,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI
    20%

    12 years, 250 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

    12 years, 250 cases

  4. Sex crime
    10%

    12 years, 50 cases

Attorney Richard A. Canina has dedicated his career to helping those accused of crimes in Brevard County, FL. 100% of his practice is devoted to criminal defense. Richard works alongside his father, Attorney Richard G. Canina, to protect and defend the rights of those accused of serious crimes. Born and raised in Brevard County, Richard grew up observing his father fight for the rights and freedoms of those entangled in the criminal justice system. From day one, he always knew that he wanted to help people the same way.

 

After graduating from Holy Trinity Academy in Melbourne, FL, he attended Florida State University, where he graduated with honors, obtaining an undergraduate degree in Psychology, Minoring in Criminal Justice and Criminology. At Florida State, he was a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. After college, Richard attended Stetson University College of Law in St. Petersburg, FL. While at Stetson, Richard geared his course selections toward criminal defense work and criminal trial advocacy. He successfully completed internships at the Public Defender’s Office for the Sixth Judicial Circuit as well as with a local criminal defense firm.

 

Upon graduating and passing the Bar Exam, Richard went to work as an Assistant Public Defender for Kathleen Smith, Public Defender (20th Judicial Circuit) in Fort Myers, FL. Richard handled thousands of misdemeanor cases including DUI and domestic violence charges. His performance quickly earned him a promotion to the Felony division where he successfully defended against serious charges involving VIolent crimes, sex crimes, robbery, burglary, assault, felony drug charges, theft, large-scale fraud crimes, and white collar crimes. He was able to obtain hundreds of favorable resolutions and many "not-guilty" verdicts for his clients.

 

After gaining valuable courtroom and trial experience, Richard decided to return to Brevard County to start a family and work alongside Richard Sr. at his firm, where he has worked ever since. Together, they are a true "Defense Team" who work hand-in-hand with their clients to provide highly-personalized legal services and experienced defense for their clients. 

 

Richard''s passion is to UNCONDITIONALLY HELP those accused of crimes. His experience has given him invaluable insights into the workings of the State Attorney’s Office, as well as into many police agencies and other state departments. Richard routinely utilizes resources such as private investigators, doctors, psychologists, and various experts to aid in obtaining the best possible outcomes in his cases. He is passionate about criminal law and guarantees top-notch personal service to all of his clients and their needs. Richard is committed to giving his clients the best defense possible.

 

 

 

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The Law Office of Richard G. Canina, located in Downtown Melbourne, FL at the corner of Harbor City Blvd (US-1) and Strawbridge Ave (192)
Licensed for 12 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 11/23/2022

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

Contact Richard

The Canina Law Firm
1901 S. Harbor City Blvd Suite 804
Melbourne, FL, 32901

Reviews

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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Saved my career and livelihood
Mr. Canina expertly helped get a DUI charge reduced to reckless driving with reasonable terms. That in itself saved my career. Given I drive frequently between counties for my job, I was not only guided by him to get a business purposes license right after the arrest, but he also arranged with the court where I could drive to certain counties for work without obtaining special permission each time I crossed county lines. Lastly, Mr. Canina was patient in walking me through the legal process as I already had enough anxiety on my plate, and I didnt need to add personal confusion to the mix.
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Posted by anonymous | June 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the Best Possible Results!!!
This guy works miracles! I was coming home from a bar after a pretty wild night and was stopped by the Palm Bay PD. Cop saw a bunch of beers in my car and said I failed all the sobriety test. I was arrested for DUI. I thought it was hopeless after a few lawyers told me I’d probably get convicted and have a DUI on my record. Then I heard about Rick and his son and wound up hiring them because they at least gave me hope. Rick walked me through all the DMV issues and immediately got me a hardship license. They got all the evidence and worked my case for many months. They always made time for me and kept me up to speed on everything about my case. In the end, Rick was able to get me out of the DUI and got the State to reduce the charge to a Reckless Driving! All the good things I had heard about this firm were TRUE. I couldn’t be happier with the result I got. Thank you!!!
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Posted by Ray | May 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Winner!
Should of hired him from the get go; i.e. my original case. Richard was upfront, honest, and didn't sugar coat anything. Had a quick resolution to this situation which, and he his fee was very reasonable.
Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Choose this firm!
I was charged with domestic battery, first degree misdemeanor. I was referred to this attorney/firm by a personal friend. Rick and his father met with me the same day I was released from jail. They took a thorough history and got to work. I ultimately obtained case dismissal. I don't think it could have been handled more quickly or professionally. I've read all the other reviews posted here and I totally agree with all the positive comments documented.
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Posted by Kyle | January 24, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not sure? Hire this guy!
I got a bad deal. 9.5 years prison, 15 years drug offender probation out of Brevard county. Once released, i changed my life. Married, two kids,career, home owner. Never arrested, no violations. At the halfway point of my supervision, i hired a local attorney here in ft Lauderdale to file an early termination of probation motion. After months getting the run-around from my attorney the state wouldn't agree to early term. Or any type of modification. I searched this site, read a thousand reviews of a hundred lawyers, and hired Rick. Our first conversation was over an hour long. I never felt rushed and it seemed he genuinely cared. We spoke weekly on the phone. Sometimes, multiple times to double check facts and make sure nothing was forgotten. Motion filed, we set a court date for my hearing. Only thing is, when the state read the motion Rick drew up.....they actually agreed with it! A couple months earlier they wouldn't modify let alone agree to terminate! Judge then cancels our hearing and agrees as well. Found out today that my probation.....my 15 year drug offender probation, has been terminated. Cannot explain the weight that has been lifted off my shoulders. Cannot believe he actually pulled a 180 with the state's attorney's office. If you're looking to hire an attorney in Brevard County. This is your guy. My family and i will be forever grateful for the amount of time and effort you put in to this...it worked! Thank you
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Posted by anonymous | August 27, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
10 STARS!
Got me a deal you couldn't even imagine.. and Mr. Canina Jr. stayed in contact with me at the jail up to the minute I was released from custody! If you have any sense in your head and need an attorney and you don't go with this firm, then save your money all together and just go with a public defender! I assure you you will not be disappointed! 5 stars isn't enough! They deserve 10!
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Posted by Todd Burritt | May 14, 2015
Rising Star Lawyer!
Rick and his father Rick Sr. have helped me out several times in the past. They really make a great team! Most recently, Rick Jr. helped me on a drug trafficking charge that was ultimately dismissed. Rick Jr. is an excellent attorney who really CARED about me as a person. He's definitely going places!!
Posted by James | May 13, 2015
First Class Attorney
Mr. Richard Allen Canina represented me for a DUI case. Rick went through my case with a fine-tooth comb and provided me with nothing but the highest level of professional legal counsel available. Rick exceeded my expectations in helping me in my case and constantly kept me aware of what was going on. He is dedicated and devoted in his work, and as a result my case was resolved in a timely manner. I was extremely satisfied with his professional representation and would highly recommend contacting him if you need a great criminal defense attorney.
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Posted by Matt | May 12, 2015
Grand Theft Auto
I was in a bad position. Drug addict who stole a car, stole my moms Television and was high as a kite. I got pulled over and charged with Grand Theft and had NO defense. Luckily for me I met with Rick and he was able to keep me out of prison AND off probation. I got withhold of adjudication which means I am not a felon. Rick not only took my case and helped me there he was instrumental in my private life. He recommended a facility to help my problems and thanks to him and his support I am 1+ years clean. I can say without a shadow of a doubt without Rick's caring for me as a person my life has changed and I am able to live a life that my son can be proud of. He had amazing courtroom manner and answered any question I had 24/7. If you are looking for a defense attorney that cares about you as a person and can help you when all hope is lost Rick should be your first contact.
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Posted by rickybencivenga | May 12, 2015
Excellent end result, Even better lawyer
I was charged with possession of marijuana and paraphernalia during a traffic stop where the police officer said " I did not have my seatbelt on." Richard and his father where referred by a family friend and did a remarkable job letting me know what the consequences could be following these charges. From the first time I met with Richard there was just an overwhelming feeling of confidence that these charges would be dropped while being completely realistic at the same time. I was very satisfied with the end result , possession of Marijuana was dropped as well as the seat belt ticket. I am very thankful for Richard and his Father I wouldn't go anywhere else for legal help!
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Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2014
Great job, very satisfied client!
Hiring Rick Canina Jr. for my son's DUI was a great decision. Rick was able to win my son's DMV hearing, which allowed him to get his normal license back. He also managed to negotiate a reduced charge of reckless driving. Both Rick Jr. and Rick Sr. always made themselves available to answer any questions we had. They do everything as a "team", and it shows in both the level of service they provide and in the result my son got. Thanks guys!
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Posted by anonymous | November 29, 2012
Excellent Lawyer!!
Mr. Canina represented me when he was a Public Defender. He provided excellent representation and got me a great result in my case. Despite his massive caseload, he always made time to talk with me, explain the law to me, and keep me informed. He got me an excellent result in my case when I was facing prison time. He treated me like a normal human being and not like some criminal. I recommend him to anybody who has been arrested!
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Response from Richard Canina December 4, 2012
I appreciate the kind words, if there is anything else I can do for you, please do not hesitate to contact me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 90 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney at Law
  • Richard G. Canina, PA
  • 2012 - Present
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Office of the Public Defender, 20th Judicial Circuit
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Legal Intern
  • The Florida Defense Group
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Legal Intern
  • Office Of The Public Defender, 6th Judicial Circuit
  • 2009 - 2009
  • Legal Intern
  • Richard G. Canina P.A.
  • 2008 - 2008
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Education

  • Public Defender College
  • Trial Advocacy
  • 2011
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007
  • Stetson University College of Law
  • Public Defender Clinic
  • 2007
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Legal Cases

  • State v. R.S.
  • Client found Not Guilty after Jury Trial
  • State v. M.B.
  • Client found Not Guilty after Jury Trial on Aggravated assault and Guilty on the lesser charge of misdemeanor assault. The client was sentenced to time served.
  • State v. J.R.
  • The client was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to undergo the Lee County Mental Health Court program. Adjudication was withheld on all counts (except the DUI), keeping the client from being a convicted felon.
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Associations

  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity
  • Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Lee County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
  • Member
  • 2003 - 2007
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of DUI/DWI Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Clients Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Certificate of Merit
  • Stetson University College of Law Public Defender Clinic
  • 2010
  • Deans List
  • Florida State University
  • 2007
  • Graduated Cum Laude
  • Florida State University
  • 2007
  • Member
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
  • N/A
  • Member
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Career Day
  • On Becoming a Lawyer
  • 2014
  • Career Day
  • On Becoming a Lawyer
  • 2013

Attorney endorsements

Received (36)
Given (68)
Endorse Richard
Unknown Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 09
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Richard is a solid attorney with great experience. He listens to clients and truly cares about the results."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Canina is a great attorney! He is extremely knowledgeable and professional and he truly cares about his clients. I highly endorse and recommend Mr. Canina."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly endorse this lawyer. Mr. Canina has always shown himself willing to go the extra mile for his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A Great Young lawyer. Definitely a force to be reckoned with! Very Professional, and well respected."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer with no reservation. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community. Very hardworking and diligent. Consistently achieves superior results. Advice is always practical and on point. I recommend to anyone looking for an attorney who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of clients and achieving the most favorable result possible. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Canina is a passionate and intelligent attorney and I fully endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Rick has proven himself as a dedicated and passionate criminal defense lawyer willing to go the extra mile on behalf of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Canina is an exceptional criminal attorney!"
Unknown Attorney | Jul 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Richard. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 07
Relationship: Co-worker
"Mr. Canina is an excellent attorney. He works hard on every case he takes, and is a passionate advocate and formidable opponent in the courtroom."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Awesome attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Unknown Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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Melbourne Criminal defense Lawyer Richard Allen Canina
Richard Allen Canina
Criminal defense Attorney
Melbourne, FL
Licensed for 12 years
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