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Handle all aspects of a criminal case from pre trial defense and jury trials, to appellate and post conviction practice, in Florida State, United States Federal Courts, and Military Courts Martial. Have defended 226 criminal trials to verdict; mostly punishable by life charges, as well as authored 42 appeals. Also experienced and qualified to handle: Auto accident, personal injury, slip/trip and fall, dog bite, medical malpractice, product liability litigation; Divorce, child support litigation/modification, child visitation/custody litigation/modification, paternity litigation; Social security disability benefits and appeals; Immigration law/deportation defense; Military law. Have been practicing since February 1996. I speak and write Spanish fluently.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 75%
    20 years
  2. Military Law: 5%
    1 year
  3. Social Security: 5%
    1 year
  4. Divorce: 5%
    1 year
  5. Other: 10%
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    Jorge Chalela is an exceptional criminal defense attorney.


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Contact info

Jorge Leon Chalela, Attorney/Abogado

3030 North Rocky Point Drive West
Suite 150
Tampa, FL, 33607


FLMember in Good Standing199606/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Litigator of the Year (of 88 trial attorneys)Tampa Public Defender's Office2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJurisprudence Doctor1993
La Iberoamericana, Mexico City, MexicoN/A6 classes on Latin American Studies1990
University of Michigan, Ann ArborHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1990