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Susan Marie Chesnutt

Criminal defense Attorney at Vero Beach, FL

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2010
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Susan

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Growing up in the system I have always had a special place in my heart for families and their children.  After I graduated from UF I worked as a Child Protective Investigator for 4 years here in this community.  I became disenchanted with the system because I realized I couldn't save the world or change the system.  I started exploring other avenues, one of which led me to completing my Masters Degree at UCF, and another that led me to consider law school.  I chose to go to law school instead of accepting a supervisor position at DCF.  During law school I focused on family law and thought for sure that's the type of law I would practice and planned to return to the Department of Children and Families. I also clerked for one of the most prestigious family law firms in Jacksonville for a year and a half or so.  When I graduated, I wasn't ready for family law or DCF and wanted jury trial experience.  I became a prosecutor and in 4 years I had over 30 jury trials and countless non-jury trials.  I then went into private practice and had the opportunity to learn criminal defense from one of the best attorneys in this area.  I learned a lot and now have the opportunity to go out on my own.  My background in family law and my experience in the system both as a child and as an employee have given me a unique perspective in all types of cases.  I know what its like from every angle and the impact these cases have on all parties involved.  With my prosecutor experience I can understand a prosecutor's logic, know exactly what they're looking for and focusing on, and anticipate almost every move they make.  I know their tricks. With all this combined, I can represent my clients knowing the full scale effects that families experience whether it's in a family, criminal, or other type of case.  I care and I understand that this is your life and you are the one who is living it.  So, whether you need help with a criminal case, family matter, personal injury, or other help navigating life's path, let me help you!

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Susan M. Chesnutt
1201 19th Place
Suite B403
Vero Beach, FL, 32960


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Posted by anonymous | February 12, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Best family rights attorney
She handled our case professionally and protected our child and stopped the violence. Susan was very good at listening and determining the best way to handle the situation at hand. Was very proficient in getting things done quickly considering the gravity of danger that my daughter was in
Posted by Sean | November 6, 2017
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| Consulted Attorney
Consulting Work
I hired Susan to consult with about my case. She really knows her stuff. She was a trial attorney for a while. this gives her a unique experience with handling family law. I would hire her again.
Posted by Jessica | July 27, 2015
The BEST lawyer around!!!!
If you ever need a family lawyer Susan is definitely the one to get. She was the best lawyer I have had. She kept me updated and informed on everything that was happening. When it came to fighting for her clients I give her a 100!!! She didn't hold back any punches and made sure my voice was heard as well as all the legal technicalities that went with it. She is very well educated and knows what she is talking about! She works very hard for her clients and I appreciate everything she has done for me and my family! Thanks again Susan you are the best!!!!!!
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Posted by Frederick | June 8, 2015
Beyond helpful
If your looking for a family attorney stop searching and call this attorney ASAP. Helpful and knowledgable and in my experienced has fixed all the problems that come and somehow figures out how to solve the most complicated ones. I doubt I could have gotten better results in my family matter if I had chosen someone else.
Posted by anonymous | February 27, 2015
Professional Assistance with a Smile
I needed an attorney to assist me with modifying a payment clause in my marital settlement agreement but needed someone who would listen to my side and tell me how she truly saw my situation. Not only did she listen and make a special appointment to accommodate my work schedule she explained to me the options that were available. I can honestly say I was extremely impressed and happy to have found exactly what I needed in an attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | September 24, 2014
Aggressive defense attorney
Susan is an outstanding criminal defense attorney. Her hard work on my DUI case resulted in a highly favorable outcome - where the DUI was ultimately reduced, I wasn't convicted of a crime, and the court didn't suspend my license. She has a talent for trial strategy and negotiation that were essential to achieving such a great result that ultimately exceeded my expectations. She did not back down when we faced opposition and was a terrific advocate for me throughout the process. Ultimately, I felt fortunate to have her on my side during this difficult situation. Thanks again for all the hard work, it has made a major difference in my life!
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-400 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 8.2 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Managing Attorney
  • The Chesnutt Law Firm
  • 2017 - Present
  • Trial Lawyer
  • Jones Chesnutt, PLLC
  • 2014 - 2017
  • Criminal Trial Lawyer
  • The Kessler Law Firm
  • 2013 - 2014
  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Office Of The State Attorney
  • 2009 - 2013
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  • Florida Coastal School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • University of Central Florida
  • Masters
  • 2006
  • University of Florida
  • Bachelors
  • 2002


  • Exchange Club of Indian River
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Samaritan Center
  • Advisory Board Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Family Law Section
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Junior League of Indian River
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • IRC Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Indian River County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • St. Lucie County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • St. Lucie County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (3)
Endorse Susan
Family Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse Ms. Chesnutt as a fellow attorney with the highest ethical standards. She's fearless in the courtroom and gets results for her clients."
Family Attorney | Oct 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer without any reservations. Susan is an excellent advocate for her clients in all the areas of her law practice (family law, dependency and criminal defense). She is knowledgeable and up to date on the law, and has shown much courtroom savvy during litigation. Susan is a winner!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Susan Chesnutt is a true professional . I enjoyed trying a case against Mrs Chesnutt when she was a state attorney. She knows her cases and is always prepared."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Friend
"I endorse this lawyer. She has compassion and is extremely knowledgeable in her areas of practice."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I enthusiastically endorse this lawyer. She is hard working, committed, intelligent, and industrious. I have dealt with Ms. Chesnutt as opposing counsel, and in that capacity found her to be fair but firm, yet not so entrenched that she would not listen and alter her position if the evidence presented convinced her that such a change was necessary. A skillful litigator. She is excellent with clients, compassionate and understanding."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 26
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Susan is an extremely knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer. I have had the opportunity to litigate against her while she was a prosecutor and I have watched her assist her client's from the defense bar. At all times she is prepared and ready for any contingency. Susan's Clients truly benefit from her experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I highly recommend Susan Chesnutt. She is a very talented and aggressive litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Attorney Chesnutt in a prior case. She was professional and demonstrated an in-depth knowledge of the law. I would not hesitate to contact her for representation. -Ryan DiGiovanni, Esq."
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Vero Beach Criminal defense Lawyer Susan Marie Chesnutt
Susan Marie Chesnutt
Criminal defense Attorney
Vero Beach, FL
Licensed for 13 years