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Anthony Michael Candela

Criminal defense Attorney at Riverview, FL

5.0   31 reviews
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2000
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Anthony

Learn Anthony’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    Criminal Defense - both state and federal Serious felony and misdemeanor Handle juvenile and adults Post-conviction matters

    23 years, 1,000 cases

  2. Appeals
    Criminal appeals both state and federal, including specialized extraordinary remedies like writs of habeas corpus, mandamus, prohibition, and certiorari to the various Florida appellate courts, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit.

    23 years, 100 cases

  3. Sex crime
    I have represented hundreds of individuals charged with sex crimes. I also have tried over 50 sex crimes to verdict and handled dozens of appeals concerning sex crimes. I have the experience and skill to handle these specialized and complex cases.

    23 years, 100 cases

I run a boutique law firm specializing in criminal defense (state and federal), criminal appeals (state and federal), and estate planning. My small firm allows for a more personal experience for my clients. Over the past 20 years, I have personally tried over 100 jury trials and have been Board Certified in Criminal Trial by the Florida Bar three times since 2008. I will provide you with the best legal representation for your case whether it is a criminal matter or an estate plan

As for me, I am originally from Cheshire, Connecticut, where I lived until I moved to Pennsylvania for college and law school. I attended King's College in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and received my bachelor’s degrees in both Political Science and Philosophy. While at King's, I was a starter on the football team for 4 years playing as a defensive end/outside linebacker. After King's, I moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I received my Juris Doctorate degree from Duquesne University School of Law. While in law school I was a member of the trial team, the negotiation team, and the appellate moot court team. In addition to being an active member of these teams, I was a Certified Legal Intern at the Allegheny County Public Defender's office for over one year. As you can see, I knew early in my law career that criminal defense work was and always will be my passion. Shortly after graduating from Duquesne School of Law, I moved to Tampa, Florida, where I began my legal career in September 2000.

Within weeks of becoming a member of the Florida Bar, I decided to accept a position at the Public Defender's Office in Tampa. For seven years I was an assistant public defender in the major crimes division handling primarily homicides, sex offenses, and other serious felony offenses. Handling these complex cases allowed me to refine and perfect my trial and litigation skills, as I tried over 100 jury trials to verdict during this 7-year period. I was also given the opportunity to assist in countless other cases as a supervisor for younger attorneys within the felony division.

In 2008, I earned and received my Board Certification in Criminal Trial from the Florida Bar. As a board-certified criminal trial lawyer, I am considered an expert and specialist in criminal trial. Only board-certified attorneys are allowed to call themselves an "expert" or a "specialist." With nearly 100,000 attorneys practicing in Florida, there are only a little over 400 of us who are board-certified in criminal trial. In addition to being both licensed and board-certified in the State of Florida, I am admitted to practice in the Middle District of Florida (federal court) and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (federal court).

My trial experience includes the following types of cases: homicide, manslaughter, DUI manslaughter, capital sexual battery, lewd or lascivious behavior, various drug offenses, various traffic offenses, serious felony offenses, and misdemeanors. In addition to my extensive litigation and trial experience, I have years of experience in resolving cases without the necessity for a trial. Many times, and for a number of reasons, a trial may not be what a client desires in their case. When a client does not wish to have a trial, having an attorney who is able to successfully negotiate the case to a favorable resolution can be critical. I have successfully negotiated thousands of cases to amicable resolutions. Those cases range from simple traffic offenses to misdemeanors to serious felony offenses and everything in between. I have also written and argued many appellate briefs to the various District Court of Appeal in Florida, the Florida Supreme Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal.

Prior to opening my firm, I have worked in the special investigations unit (SIU) for a major insurance company battling insurance fraud, including, "staged" or fake car accident, bogus homeowner's claims, and provider fraud. I did that for four (4) years. Most of the cases involved personal injury protection ("PIP") or "no-fault" fraud. While this SIU work was challenging as it required a hybrid of my civil and criminal trial skills, it simply was not my passion.

In September 2014, I simply realized that I missed criminal defense work a little too much. I have always believed in justice, criminal defense, and making the government prove its case against the defendant. It is how the system works; it is how the system must work. When I made the decision to return to the criminal courtroom, I opened the Candela Law Firm, P.A. I did this because I believe that I can make a difference for those who are charged with a crime.

It is my goal and mission to provide my clients with the best and most effective representation possible whether it be in the criminal courtroom or assisting them to plan their estates.

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Candela Law Firm, P.A.
10312 Bloomingdale Avenue
Suite 108-170
Riverview, FL, 33578


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Posted by Sarah | July 6, 2023
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I hired Anthony Candela during an appellate case that involved the potential reversal of a restraining order I obtained for my protection. I cannot express enough how grateful I am for his exceptional legal representation, and the impact he had on my life during a time when I was vulnerable and frightened. Mr. Candela consistently demonstrated an impressive level of professionalism and dedication. He was very attentive to detail and always listened to any input I provided. His extensive knowledge and meticulous research skills played a pivotal role in securing a favorable outcome for me. What truly stood out to me was Mr. Candela’s thoughtfulness and genuine concern for my well-being. Throughout the very long process of appeals court, he went above and beyond to address my questions and concerns, providing me with much-needed reassurance. His kind and empathetic approach helped alleviate my anxieties. Additionally, Mr. Candela showcased exceptional communication skills, explaining complex legal matters in a way that I could understand. He took time to listen to my perspectives and concerns and made sure that I was actively involved in the decision-making process. Because of Mr. Candela, I achieved a successful outcome in the appellate case, and I could not be more thankful for this peace of mind. I believe he is a fair and passionate practitioner of the law, and I would trust him again.
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Posted by Zemetrious | March 8, 2022
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Honest and Trustworthy
From our initial consultation to the very end Tony was honest and sold us no dreams. Tony took his time with our case and made sure to keep us updated every step of the way. All of his efforts are truly appreciated and I'd recommend him 100% of the time.
Posted by Eric | November 14, 2021
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Fantastic Job!
Professional, tenacious, experienced and fairly priced. Anthony explained everything along the way in my case. Which, in turn put my mind at ease. Anthony was the counsel I needed.
Posted by Tyler | November 2, 2021
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Amazing lawyer!
Anthony Candela helped me tremendously. I was charged with a felony and he researched all the facts, went out of his way to take pictures of the area, communicated with me, and was easy to reach. It was dropped. I highly recommend him if you want someone who cares about your case and actually works to help you.
Posted by Jill | October 13, 2021
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Expungement Case
Mr. Candela was instrumental in helping a family member with an expungement case. He kept us informed of the different steps through the process. Very friendly and willing to help. I would definitely contact him again if I need assistance from a lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | July 18, 2021
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Expert Defense Attorney with an Eye for Detail
Tony’s knowledge of the law, judicial system, his skill and his veracity are impressive. Tony has an expert eye for detail and was able to pick up on mistakes that my original attorney made 20+ years ago. He is a bulldog, yet patient and kind. He takes his time to thoroughly investigate and research. I have no doubt that if I had gone with somebody else, the outcome of my case would not have been the same. I am grateful for his patience and compassion, his willingness to explain the law and legal system to me and more than anything, for fighting for me. I am looking forward to working with Tony going forward to have him help plan for my family’s future through estate planning. I cannot image trusting anyone else with something so important.
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Posted by Robert I | January 5, 2021
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Top notch attorney
Professional attorney that went above and beyond . He cares about his clients. Anthony explained the system and was on top of the case at all times. I was impressed by his professionalism and diligence about all aspects of my case. Thank you Anthony :)
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2020
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A must-have
Mr. Candela is a lawyer who is definitely on top of his game . He made me feel comfortable when speaking to him or texting with him. Anything pertaining to or concerning my legal case , he responded in a timely manner Mr. Candela is definitely a must-have lawyer because even when I forgot my court date and did not show up , he's still took care of me and looked out for my interest . Thank you Anthony. This is why I believe that Anthony Candela and his Law Firm are a "Must Have".
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Posted by anonymous | October 17, 2020
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I would like to share my gratitude for Mr. Candela. He is a very compassionate attorney with a superb work ethic. His willingness to make sure you feel comfortable throughout your case is incomparable. It is with my highest confidence you will find the Mr. Candelas services of great quality.
Posted by anonymous | October 15, 2020
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Passionate & Zealous Advocate
Anthony is an extremely passionate and zealous advocate. As a fellow attorney, I have consulted with him at various times over the last twenty years on criminal matters. I admire his knowledge of criminal law and procedure.
Posted by Tony | October 12, 2020
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Case Dismissed
Tony did an awesome job. His research and expertise resulted in my case being dismissed. I Would definitely recommend Tony for all your legal needs
Posted by anonymous | October 5, 2020
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Amazing lawyer!
I hired Mr. Candela to assist a family member who needed a criminal attorney. You will not find a more prepared, knowledgeable, and experienced criminal trial attorney n Florida. Without getting into details, these were very serious charges, and Mr. Candela was nothing short of amazing, from the initial consultation, through the trial and eventual acquittal!
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Posted by Linda | July 8, 2020
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Attention to detail and great follow-up.
I hired Mr. Candela for a cease and desist demand over some false negative social media reviews of my business. He was very professional, skillful, and very attentive to my concerns. Ultimately, we were successful in our endeavor. Tony Candela is easy to work with and I have no hesitation in highly recommending him.
Posted by john | June 19, 2020
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Highly recommend
Tony was great. Very helpful and informative about the process. He went out of his way to help me out as I don’t live in Florida and had to rely on him to handle paperwork and appearances. I highly recommend him.
Posted by Thanh | February 25, 2020
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The most outstanding lawyer ever!
Mr. Candela represented me in a three year case. During that time, he was never hesitant to go to trial. He always answered any concerns I had and is very knowledgeable. I felt confident during the entire process because of him. Im incredibly thankful for all his hard work. I definitely recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | December 10, 2019
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This is the attorney you want to fight for you
I hired Anthony Candela to represent my son for a criminal case. When I first reached out to Mr. Candela for a consultation he spent over an hour on the phone with me and my son. He was very knowledgeable, informative and compassionate with the type of charges my son was facing. After the consultation I was sure in my heart this was the attorney I needed to represent my son. Mr. Candela held me and my sons hand throughout the whole process. He is well versed in case law, and a straight shooter. He was honest about worst case scenarios. I was so satisfied with Mr. Candela I have now hired him for the Appeal process. I will recommend him to anyone looking for a great attorney!
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Posted by Gabriela | May 13, 2019
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Professional, knowledgeable and personable
Mr. Tony Candela represented me as the defendant. He did a superb job! The case consisted of frustrating and lengthy battle with the plaintiffs, which dragged on for 3+ years. During this time Mr. Candela fought for me with enthusiasm and professionalism, never losing sight of defending the truth. He was always available to answer my questions, or explain the legislative terms to me. I can’t thank him enough for going above and beyond for me. I highly recommend his firm.
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Posted by Darryl | March 25, 2018
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Top Notch Attorney
Would call him in a heartbeat. Top notch stand up attorney. They never imagined we would hire an attorney especially one so knowledgeable with the laws . They never saw him coming. Case was dismissed. Thanks T
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2017
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Top Notch Criminal Attorney- Your in good hands!
My family and I would like to thank you for all your hard work, dedication, expertise, and successful outcome in my dad's case! We are forever grateful to you! May God bless you and your family! Mr. Candela is a great attorney! He did an excellent job defending my father! I highly recommend this lawyer!
Posted by Robby | August 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Candela took action immediately upon taking my son as a client. He gave us best case, worst case, and likely outcome based on the information we provided. Due to his work, the case was dismissed and there will be no record of the incident to follow my son around.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Candela Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2014 - Present
  • Special Investigations Unit Attorney (Fraud)
  • Law Office of Glenn G. Gomer
  • 2010 - 2014
  • Assistant Public Defender
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Owner
  • Anthony M. Candela, P.A.
  • 2008 - 2009
  • Partner
  • Candela & Richardson, P.A.
  • 2007 - 2008
  • Assistant Public Defender - Major Crimes
  • Public Defender's Office
  • 2000 - 2007
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  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • King's College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Legal Cases

  • Jenkins v. State, 942 So. 2d 910 (Fla. 2d DCA 2006)
  • Reversed and remanded for discharge.


  • Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Criminal Trial
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Board Certified - Criminal Trial
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • 2013
  • Board Certified - Criminal Trial
  • Florida Bar Board of Legal Specialization and Education
  • 2008
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Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Litigation Attorney | Apr 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tony is a highly professional attorney who is a fierce advocate for his clients. Armed with knowledge, integrity, and skill, I never hesitate referring him to my clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tony is a strong advocate for his clients. He will work hard to fight for his clients and has no fear of trial or going to battle to get the best result."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Anthony and I worked together for many years at the Public Defender's Office. Over the years, I've had ample opportunity to witness Mr. Candela in action. He is always well prepared and a great advocate."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Mr. Candela is an attorney who loves practicing law, and diligently represents his clients. I have enjoyed working with Mr. Candela in my career, and trust that he will fight for his clients. He is a great attorney, and I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I wholeheartedly endorse Anthony Candela. I have known Mr. Candela for nearly a decade and co-counseled numerous cases with him as an assistant public defender and in private practice. He is a top-notch criminal and civil lawyer that is extremely intelligent, tenacious, and trustworthy. When I need guidance or a fresh perspective on legal matters, he is the first person I call for insight. His innovative and client-centered approach to both trial and appellate practice place him far ahead of the field of other legal practitioners."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Anthony is one of the finest lawyers I know. I have tried many cases with Anthony and I have seen first hand his hard work. I have seen him get not guilty verdicts in very serious cases and I have seen juries respond to him. He is a tireless advocate for criminal defendants and is always using the constitution or the statutes to benefit his clients. He motion practice is cutting edge. Judges respond to him. He has this knack for getting people to feel sympathy for his clients and their causes. He is a caring lawyer who is good to his clients and he is easy to get in touch with. From the trials that I did with him I was impressed with his preparedness and his thoroughness. Just a great lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Candela is highly trained in the area of criminal defense and litigation. He has a vast knowledge and expertise in criminal rules of evidence. Excellent trial skills. Mr. Candela is well known and respected in the community. I would highly recommend and trust Mr. Candela with your legal matter."
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