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Richard W Austin Jr.

Criminal defense Attorney at Melbourne, FL

5.0   3 reviews

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About Richard

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Richard Austin has had plenty of experience in representing clients with their various law needs. His current area of practice is primarily criminal defense. If you are living in the Brevard County area and been arrested for assault, fraud, DUI, drug crime or any other criminal offense, contact Richard Ausin today. 

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Licensed for 16 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2007
Updated 11/23/2022
State MD
Status Inactive - Retired
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/25/2022

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

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Kernan & Austin LLC
2627 West Eau Gallie Blvd
Suite 102
Melbourne, FL, 32935


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  3 customer reviews
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Posted by Louise | April 1, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He took on several cases for me
I got to say if I ever get jammed up again, this man will fight for you and will take your case to trial! All my cases were dropped. Got to say he is a very hard working at work and home! After him buying one of my horses to surprise his wife for Xmas and to go to his home, you would never know he was a attorney, I would be calling him farmer Rich, LOL Thanks for everything :-)
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Posted by Shaun | June 6, 2014
An awesome man and lawyer
Rich Austin is the best. I am 23 years old male and he helped me with a bad issue. I was so afraid and he never once turned his back on me. He kept my mom and her husband fully informed of what was going to happen to me. He never made any false details, he was surreal and we all appreciated it. With his help, the situation was resolved in less than a month. I would recommend Mr. Austin to anyone in need of a lawyer. He was wonderful. We all thank him from the bottom of our hearts.
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Posted by Jannelle | January 5, 2014
Honest and ethical legal advice
New to the Cocoa Beach area, I was in need of an attorney and unable to ask friends for recommendations. I did some internet researching and met with over 5 different attorneys. I hired Mr. Austin just over a year ago to defend a misdemeanor criminal case in which there were two charges. Communication was never an issue, he returned all of my calls & texts in regards to my case and regularly made time to explain in detail how the case was proceeding. Not only did he keep me informed, I feel he also gave me honest legal advice in regards to what was best for ME and MY case. One of the charges was ultimately dismissed with prejudice, the other had stipulations that had to be discussed and agreed upon with the DA. Mr. Austin argued these requirements to very fair and reasonable bottom line. Even with the majority of my case dismissed I was still able to get in contact with Mr. Austin with no issues. Obviously the facts of every case are different and the outcomes will vary, but I would say that the honesty and transparency of working with Mr. Austin made made me feel very comfortable and satisfied with his work.
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  • Contingency 25%-35%
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 7.7 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Kernan and Austin, LLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney
  • 2007 - 2010


  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of Baltimore
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2002


  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Maryland Bar
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court
  • Associate Member
  • 2011 - 2013
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • Attorney othe Month
  • Office of the State Attorney
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

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Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich Austin is a great mentor, and a great attorney."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 16
Relationship: Co-worker
"Rich and I worked together at the State Attorney's office. Rich is a very hard worker and really knows his stuff! He taught me a lot, especially about violations of probation. You can't go wrong with Rich!!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"I Highly endorse this lawyer. Rich Austin is my law partner in our firm and a close friend. 2 years ago I asked Rich to join me as a partner because I recognized his outstanding knowledge of the law, incredible work ethic and dedication to doing what's right. Since we began our practice I've had the privilege of working along side of Rich on hundreds of cases witnessing his devotion to the practice and unwavering ethical standards. I can truly say that I am honored to have Rich as a partner and look forward to years of practice together. There is no better choice of a lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Rich Austin is a man who brings calm and congeniality to any situation. Those traits coupled with his professionalism and profundity make for an an approachable, approved attorney no matter the matter at hand. I endorse Richard W. Austin Jr."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have know Rich for years, he has a ton of legal knowledge on more issues than I can count. Rich is a great attorney, his defense work is superb--I've worked with Rich on several cases and hope to continue to do so. We are currently working on a few cases together, so I can easily recommend Rich. Keep up the great work!"
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Melbourne Criminal defense Lawyer Richard W Austin Jr.
Richard W Austin Jr.
Criminal defense Attorney
Melbourne, FL
Licensed for 16 years