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Andrew Crawford

Criminal defense Attorney at Saint Petersburg, FL

5.0   15 reviews
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State FL
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Member in Good Standing No misconduct found

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About Andrew

Learn Andrew’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    40%
    BOARD CERTIFIED IN APPELLATE PRACTICE Andrew is an experienced attorney providing vigorous representation on criminal, civil and domestic injunction appeals throughout Florida. He has obtained numerous reversals and successful results for his clients

  2. Criminal defense
    40%
    BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL TRIAL ATTORNEY We aggressively defend people being investigated for or charged with all felonies, misdemeanors, DUIs, sexual offenses, and traffic offenses throughout Pinellas, Hillsborough, Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

  3. Domestic violence
    20%
    BOARD CERTIFIED CRIMINAL TRIAL ATTORNEY- representing people either seeking to obtain or defending against domestic violence injunctions, stalking injunctions, repeat violence injunctions, sexual violence injunctions, and dating injunctions.

Mr. Crawford is dual Board Certified in Criminal Trial and also Appellate Practice. He is the only Lawyer in the state of Florida that holds both Board Certifications. He is an expert, as designated by the Florida Bar, in the only two areas of law that he practices.  He is an aggressive criminal defense and appellate attorney with a customized approach tailored to your individual needs. The Law Office of J. Andrew Crawford limits their practice areas exclusively to criminal defense and appeals. You can reach us for a free consultation by calling or sending us an email at

Mr. Crawford has achieved a prestigious rating of AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell for the Highest Level of Professional Excellence and High Ethical Standing. He also enjoys a rating of 10 out of 10 on AVVO in addition to his dual Board Certifications by the Florida Bar.  He has obtained multiple not guilty verdicts and appellate reversals. Mr. Crawford has argued before numerous courts of appeal, including the Florida Supreme Court. Additionally, he regularly tries cases ranging from First-Degree Murder to Driving Under the Influence, including an acquittal a young man charged with Second-Degree murder despite eye witness testimony.

Location

The Law Office of J. Andrew Crawford, P.A.
5200 Central Avenue
Saint Petersburg, FL, 33707

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Posted by Ann | March 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Chosen and Approved
Mr. Crawford, I lacked trust in the American justice system and its structure until I met you. My family whole-heartedly appreciated the accountability, detailed information, open communication, and quality time spent on research & visitation. You are truly cut from a different cloth, indeed a blessing. Know that your role in our matter was ordained and that “obedience is better than sacrifice”. Thanks again and may the Lord God bless & keep you.
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Posted by Jill Fischer Peters | February 23, 2024
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Impressive!
I met Mr Crawford for the first time as the Expert for opposing counsel. I think it's was obvious simply by his emails he was intelligent. What I can attest to is that he is one of the most thorough, detail oriented attorneys I was ever repositioned by. I was so impressed I had to write a review. I was impressed my how hard he works to protect his clients and attack any witness he perceives is opposing his client. I highly recommend Mr Crawford and find him Brilliant!
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Posted by Karrin | August 25, 2023
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| Hired Attorney
Mrs
Mr. Crawford is truly a brilliant attorney. I’m a retired veteran in Texas and fighting for my brother's freedom 4 states and 1,200 miles away in Florida. Before this journey started, I was constantly praying for God to provide me with an attorney who would absolutely seek true justice regardless if the law and those who are to uphold it was put under a microscope. I went through countless of attorney and law board reviews. My family and I needed the best person with the best experience for such a task at hand. Mr. Crawford credentials is everything that we were looking for. His background as a defense and appeals attorney made him standout above so many in Florida. He worked with my family, my brother, and I. He took all the actions our previous attorney should have taken and even more as though it was his own life hanging in the balance. My brother wasn't just a case to Mr. Crawford. He devised a strategy and pulled in his team of experts in multiple professions to assist. He kept my brother and I informed on everything he was doing from the way the court system works, to case law, and to the appeals process. He found so many wrongs as he researched our case. My brother mattered, we mattered, the law mattered, and the truth mattered to Mr. Crawford. If you want an attorney that still holds his oath in today’s society and all that he’s sworn to do under God and the law, Mr. Crawford is who you need. God placed him in our path and I am so blessed to have him helping my family. I cannot thank you enough Mr. Crawford, from the bottom of my heart you are greatly appreciated in all you did and continue to do. May God’s favor be upon you and your team.
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Posted by Colleen | December 8, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hope Floats Above It All
Andrew Crawford, a stranger to me, took on two cases which were turning my life inside out. Didn’t think there was hope until he efficiently and professionally proved my innocence by his thorough knowledge of the law. Can’t say enough good about him! I can now exhale. My only regret is that I didn’t know him earlier on! Great attorneys give us hope! Thank You, Sir!
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Posted by Sarah | September 10, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent attorney = Excellent results
Andrew is an excellent attorney. He said he could not guarantee a result, only that he would do his best to get me the best outcome, and he did. He was very professional and responsive to my emails and phone calls. I definitely recommend Andrew and would definitely hire him again.
Posted by anonymous | July 16, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
FANTASTIC, HONEST ATTORNEY- HARD TO FIND!
Mr. Crawford is a fantastic attorney. I have unfortunately needed his services more times than I care to admit and each time Andrew has been very knowledgeable, honest and reassuring. He always kept me in the loop and took the time to explain exactly what was happening throughout the process. He was very persistent in getting me the best possible outcome each time whether it be only paying a small fine or getting the charges dismissed- WHICH HE DID! I am so glad I decided to hire Mr. Crawford, If I could give him 10 stars, I would! THANKS ANDREW!
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Posted by Robert | February 6, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
One of the best communicating lawyers out there
I recently needed help with a matter that is personal and was a malicious attack on me as a person. Designed to hurt my name and reputation. I hired Andrew as he works out of the same office as my Family Law Attorney. From the moment we met Andrew put both my wife and I at ease. He was a true advocate for both myself and my family. His communication with his client is quite frankly the best I have ever experienced. He was on the case and following his advice the false allegations that were claimed about me were quickly dismissed as such. Andrew would take his time just to call and make sure my family and I were ok. If he could only reach my wife due to work he would make the time to call me as well just to make sure I was up to speed and nothing was lost in translation. Andrew is a credit to his field. If you need help. If you need an advocate on your side who will keep in touch with you every step of the way Andrew is the attorney for you. Talk to him I'm sure you will be as satisfied as I was.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
J. Andrew Crawford was a winning warrior for us!
Yes, finding an Attorney (and trusting one), can be worse than having your teeth pulled! However, when I recently became the repeated victim of false stalking charges in Pinellas County, Fl, (14', 15' &16'),, et. al, (did I make Florida State history)?? I was referred to Andrew. He listened to me (I mean really listened to me), took my cases and we were victorious! We even made CASE LAW! Please know that he NEVER PROMISED me the sun, moon & stars but said he would represent me to the very best of his abilities! He did not disappoint! Also, I have referred others to Andrew and they too were victorious in their pursuit of justice! He is also fair in his fees and has been very good about clear, concise, communication too! ***He definitely does not have that over inflated ego that you can see with so many other people in the legal field! He DOES return your calls and e-mails in a timely manner too! Wow! Two Thumbs up for J. Andrew Crawford! Seeking Justice in Florida
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Posted by Michael | October 1, 2015
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| Hired Attorney
One of thee best lawyers in the County
J. Crawford is one of the best lawyers in Saint Petersburg he help me with my violation of probation with ease. He kept me informed frequently broke everything down to me clearly. We had meeting at his office to help me better understand the situations of my case. He also help me get a better deal than what the state offered me. Crawford is a lawyer that will fight for u and wont stop until you are satified in your own right. Thanks J
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Posted by anonymous | August 9, 2012
He had my back
Never needed a defense attorney before, but found Mr. Crawford through a referral. He was very patient with me and clearly and simply explained all my options. He gave me the information I needed so I could make the best possible decisions regarding my case. He did an excellent job of preparing me for what to expect. I had lots of questions, and he always got back to me quickly. His number one concern was getting the best possible legal outcome for me. And he made that happen. I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone who is looking for an attorney who will have his back.
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Posted by anonymous | August 5, 2012
Traffic Ticket
I had gotten a speeding ticket and could not afford to receive any more points on my record and could not afford for my insurance to go up either so I decided to hire an attorney to represent me on my traffic ticket. After much research and asking around, I met with and hired Mr. Andrew Crawford. He was very kind, knowledgeable and professional . He told me he would keep me apprised with any news on my case and he absolutely did! For a very reasonable price, Mr. Crawford was able to get me a withhold of adjudication and no point assessed on my license. I was very pleased with this outcome, it was better than I hoped, and I would absolutely hire Mr. Crawford again and recommend him to anyone looking for a great attorney who delivers a great outcome. Thank you!
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Posted by Tracey | July 10, 2012
Better than expected.
In October of 2011, I was arrested for DUI. In actuality I was charged with 2 DUI's being as there were 2 auto accidents involved. My divorce attorney, Sean Costis, quicly referred me to Mr. Crawford (Andrew). Andrew made time to see me the same day & quickly informed me of everything that was going to begin happening. He gave me advice on what steps I could proactively begin taking. All through the process he kept me well informed. As much as possible, he assisted or instructed me on how to keep my driving privileges in tact. When it came to trial time, his communication & dealing with the state's attorney & judge drastically reduced my sentence & fines; 2 DUI's reduced to one & impounding of my vehicle was waived. By following his advice, I was off of probation within 2 months. Fines that could have totaled over $4000 were reduced to $1000. He also assisted in helping me find out what happened to $500 of my bail monies that the court seemed to have temporarily misplaced. He informed when my hearing for restitution was done & deleted. Without the assistance of Attorney Crawford things would have definitely been far worse, & I can only say nothing but good things about the quality of legal service he provided on my behalf ... again, Thank you Andrew.
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Posted by anonymous | April 20, 2010
Great Lawyer
Mr Crawford Kept me informed on everything reguarding my case, he was very professional and very passionate about defending me and my case. He got my case dismissed for me and I could not be happier with the result. Great lawyer.
Posted by anonymous | March 17, 2009
Divorce case
Mr. Crawford was very ethical to deal with and extremely knowledgeable with the laws of divorce in Florida. He made our appointments comfortable and kept me informed. He has excellent presence in front of other attorney's and in Court. His direction for me was superb which netted me great results during this trying time. i would highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | March 2, 2009
DUI Deffense
Mr. Crawford was an excellent attorney. He represented me when I was charged with a second DUI in St. Petersburg, FL. He methodically reviewed each piece of evidence the prosecution had, and found ways to effectively discount every one of them. In the end the DA's office denied my request for a lesser charge. Mr. Crawford was honest about the risks involved in going to trial. He did a good job of presenting the pros and cons of my choices, and then allowing me to make the decision that I was comfortable with. I decided to go to jury trial. The trial lasted one day and Mr Crawford shined. He did a good job connecting with the jurors, he was much less abrasive than either of the assistant DA's, he did an excellent job of making the inconsistencies in the stories of the testifying police officers obvious to the jury, and after 45 minutes of deliberation the jury brought back a verdict of not guilty. I could not be more pleased with Mr. Crawford and would recommend him to anyone.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Education

  • Stetson University College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • Southern Methodist University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 2001

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Newby v. State, 272 So.3d 862 (Fla. 2d DCA 2019)
  • Burglary with Battery Conviction and 20 year sentence vacated for new trial
  • McCloud v. State, 208 So. 3d 668 (Fla. 2016)
  • Florida Supreme Court reversed death sentence when the defendant was convicted of multiple murders
  • ISRA Homes, Inc. v Appley, 78 So.3d 724 (Fla. 2d DCA 2012)
  • Reversing an order granting the assignment of rents during a mortgage foreclosure case
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Associations

  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Pinellas County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
  • Sixth Judicial Circuit Grievance Committee
  • Section Chair
  • 2015 - 2017
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Section Chair
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Florida Bar, Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2013 - 2016
  • Florida Bar, Criminal Law Section
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2019
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Board Certified - Appellate Practice
  • Florida Bar
  • 2020
  • Byron T. Hileman Attorney of the Year Award
  • ORC-Second District
  • 2018
  • Nation's Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Board Certified - Criminal Trial
  • Florida Bar
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent - Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
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Speaking Engagements

  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Immigration Consequences of a Criminal Conviction
  • 2018
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Beach & Bar Seminar
  • 2017
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Beach & Bar Seminar
  • 2016
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Beach & Bar Seminar
  • 2015
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association
  • Merit Retention of Appellate Judges
  • 2015
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Criminal Law Section
  • Beach & Bar Seminar
  • 2014
  • Bench and Bar Seminar
  • Daubert and the New Standard of Expert Admissibility
  • 2013
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Crawford for many years. Mr. Crawford is a compassionate and skilled advocate with exceptional knowledge of criminal law and procedure. I highly recommend Mr. Crawford."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse John. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Andrew Crawford is an exceptional attorney. I have known him for many years and have observed, first-hand, his skill, knowledge, and dedicated representation of numerous clients throughout the courtrooms of Tampa Bay. I highly endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew has established himself as a well respected and trustworthy lawyer in the community. He is well liked by the courts and his peers. He is an asset to the legal community and to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Mr. Crawford for several years and have routinely referred criminal matters to him. Not once have I received any negative feed-back. Mr. Crawford is experienced and has a vast knowledge of criminal law. I highly recommend Mr. Crawford."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known attorney Andrew Crawford for many years. Prior to joining Mr. Crawford in the criminal defense bar, I had the opportunity to handle several criminal cases against Mr. Crawford and the McDermott Law Firm. In every instance, Mr. Crawford (and his law firm) provided an excellent and well prepared defense. Moreover, I have always known Mr. Crawford to be an honest and ethical attorney. He is one of a select number of criminal defense attorneys that was fortunate enough to learn under Joe McDermott. For these reasons, I would endorse attorney Andrew Crawford."
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Saint Petersburg Criminal defense Lawyer Andrew Crawford
Andrew Crawford
Criminal defense Attorney
Saint Petersburg, FL
Licensed for 19 years
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