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Bryan J McCarthy

Criminal defense Attorney at Melbourne, FL

5.0   6 reviews

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About Bryan

Learn Bryan’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense

    12 years, 7,500 cases

  2. DUI and DWI

    12 years, 1,000 cases

  3. Domestic violence

    12 years, 500 cases

  4. Sex crime

    12 years, 100 cases

  5. Violent crime

    12 years, 1,000 cases

  6. Expungement

    8 years, 250 cases

  7. Juvenile law

    12 years, 100 cases

Bryan McCarthy is a Melbourne criminal defense attorney who is passionate about defending the rights of those facing criminal charges throughout Central Florida. He has years of experience helping those accused of crimes fight the charges in both private practice and as a public defender. 

As a criminal defense attorney, and managing partner at the Law Offices of Bryan J. McCarthy, P.A., Bryan handles a plethora of misdemeanor and felony charges. He represents men, women and juveniles facing charges such as DUI, domestic violence, drug crimes, marijuana offenses, property crimes, probation violations and more.

Bryan, a Sarasota native, earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from Florida State University in 2007. Three years later, he earned his juris doctor at Syracuse University College of Law in New York. Soon after, he began his legal career as an associate attorney at a criminal defense firm in The Empire State.

While working in New York, Bryan wrote appeals, handled misdemeanor and felony cases, conducted all client consultations and represented clients throughout all of New York. He primarily focused on DUI defense, which gives him a strong understanding of what it takes to get a favorable outcome when facing complex drunk driving charges.

Bryan later returned to his home state and became a public defender at the Office for the 18th Judicial Circuit where he handled a myriad of misdemeanor and felony cases. Now, as an attorney, Bryan remains active in the legal community, serving in multiple local organizations.

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Licensed for 12 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2010
Updated 02/23/2023
State NY
Status Resigned
Acquired 2011
Updated 11/23/2022

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

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Law Offices of Bryan J. McCarthy
1329 Bedford Dr Suite 1, Melbourne, FL 32940
Melbourne, FL, 32940


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Posted by Karen | June 25, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I found Bryan McCarthy to be very professional. He was a good listener and quick to understand my legal problem with an automobile accident. He resolved the issue so that the charge against me was dismissed, and there were no points assessed to my driving record; I also paid no civil penalty or fee.
Posted by Jeff | May 9, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Gets the job done!
After being ignored by my original attorney I searched online and found Bryan! He called me from his cell phone within 15 min. He listened asked all the right questions and understood why I was concerned. I hired him immediately! He followed up with all of the information I sent him (which was a lot) and he was proactive to get more documents incase the state had objections! He covered "all the bases"! The motion was granted and I could not be happier with my decision to hire Attorney Bryan McCarthy!
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Posted by anonymous | March 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
I couldn't have made a better choice
Due to an unfortunate turn of events, life left me in an unexpectedly rough legal circumstance. I didn't know what to do, or how to even handle the situation I found myself in. After researching a number of options, and reviews online, I contacted The Law Offices of Germain and McCarthy. As it turns out, I couldn't have made a better choice. After hearing my case, I was helped by Bryan McCarthy. He was extremely knowledgeable, not only making recommendations for, and expertly handling every legal issue I faced, but he went out of his way to make an otherwise terrible circumstance into a more pleasant one for me. He genuinely cared about my situation, and was successful in everything he represented me for. I'm extremely grateful for his help through everything.
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Posted by Jovi | January 3, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best in Brevard
Mr. McCarthy has handled 3 cases for me and my family. He and his staff are quick and professional. They always keep in contact and keep you up to date. He didn't try to overcharge me for a simple case, like the other lawyers did in brevard. When he handled my car accident case he didn't let the insurance company bully me into not filing. He is on your side the entire time. I recommend him and his staff to all my friends who need a lawyer.
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Posted by anonymous | November 10, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
I filled out the Free Evaluation Form on the Germaine McCarthy Law Office Web-site which only has room for minimal information. Within 30 mins, Bryan called me and had already obtained the arrest record and other pertinent information. He was on the ball!!We ended up getting 2 misdemeanor charges dropped and the record expunged, which was all due to Bryan's working behind the scenes. He definitely knows his way around the system and works tirelessly for his clients. I would recommend him to anyone who finds themselves in need of a good Criminal Defense Lawyer.
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Posted by Walter | August 30, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Street Smart attorney
I have had several encounters with Atty. McCarthy, as my two sons have been a handfull. The time that the State Procecutor tried to falsely accuse my older son of Felony Probation Violation infuriated McCarthy and his defense skills were excellent. He was NOT afarid to challenge the State or the Sheriff Deputies and the Judge dismissed all charges. My older Son has cleaned up his act and is NOT a felon because of Bryan McCarthy. If your going to hire an attorney, hire a good one! Bryan can practice anywhere, glad He stayed in Brevard County.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.8 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Bryan J. McCarthy, P.A.
  • 2020 - Present
  • Managing Partner
  • Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy
  • 2015 - 2020
  • Public Defender
  • Public Defender’s Office for the 18th Judicial Circuit
  • 2011 - 2014
  • Associate Attorney
  • Anelli & Xavier
  • 2011 - 2011
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  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • Florida State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2007

Legal Cases

  • Discharging a Firearm in Public and Cruelty to Animals
  • Dismissed


  • Orange County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Brevard County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 40 Under 40
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2018


  • Florida Today
  • DUI
  • 2019

Speaking Engagements

  • 10/01/2019
  • Florida Laws on International Driver License – Keynote Speaker
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (5)
Given (0)
Endorse Bryan
Criminal defense Attorney | May 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Mr. McCarthy always secures great results for his clients. I have known Bryan for several years. I have worked against him when I was a prosecutor and worked with in in private practice. Bryan is always willing to go that extra mile to ensure that his clients receive amazing outcomes."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I first met Bryan in December of 2011. Bryan was an Assistant Public Defender, and I was an Assistant State Attorney at the time. Bryan had his first jury trial against me, and was extremely well-prepared and knowledgeable. He represented his client well, and secured a "not guilty" verdict in a difficult case. In the years since Bryan's first trial, I have gotten to know him personally and professionally. He is very hardworking, detail-oriented, and is an enthusiastic advocate for his clients. It is without hesitation that I would recommend him to anyone who needs legal representation in criminal defense."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this Bryan McCarthy. I have worked with him personally and he is a very experienced and knowledgeable trial attorney."
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Melbourne Criminal defense Lawyer Bryan J McCarthy
Bryan J McCarthy
Criminal defense Attorney
Melbourne, FL
Licensed for 12 years
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