Hiring a Criminal Defense Lawyer

During your arrest, you are made aware of your right to an attorney, but are you aware of the importance of selecting the one best suited for your case? People often fail to give much thought as to who represents them and end up making a regrettable decision. Although you may feel rushed and in desperate need of legal representation, take the time to ensure that the attorney you select has the experience and knowledge to defend against all criminal charges relevant to your case.

William Umansky of The Umansky Law Firm has a team of experienced Orlando criminal defense lawyers with a diverse range of legal abilities. Through a thorough analysis of your case details, he can pair you with the attorney best suited to mitigate your criminal case. Reach out to us today to be made aware of your criminal defense options in Orlando.

Criminal Defense Options

Deciding how to approach legal defense should be your primary concern. The criminal trials process is one that requires you to make many impactful decisions including how to plea to particular charges, whether to appeal a decision and many more. Whoever serves as your legal representation can advise you on such matters. Your criminal defense options are as follows:

Pro Se Legal Representation

Pro se is Latin for advocating “on one’s own behalf.” In the legal system, the term is used for individuals who choose to represent themselves in the court of law. This is a legitimate defense option but can be inherently counterproductive. Your legal defense counsel is supposed to act without bias and should also possess in-depth knowledge of procedural rules. Those who represent themselves often lack legal knowledge, awareness of court proceedings, and the ability to be unbiased.

Court-Appointed Defense Attorney

The court will appoint you with legal representation if you do not have the means to acquire an attorney independently. These individuals are commonly referred to as public defenders. While they do possess the legal competencies that the average defendant lacks, they are often managing multiple cases at a time. This can result in minimal face time, schedule conflicts, and less individual attention.

Private Legal Defense

Lawyers and attorneys who work for a law firm or have standalone practices provide private legal defense. These individuals are not attainable through the courts and offer paid services. The accused benefit from acquiring private legal counsel as they often choose to handle fewer cases at a time, allowing them to provide individual attention to your case specifically. This is usually the preferred option of legal defense for individuals who desire legal representation but want to have the freedom to select who represents them

Benefits of an Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer

Having a criminal defense lawyer is most beneficial as they can take necessary action to protect your rights and help mitigate your case. Some of the most notable legal action includes:

  • Review arrest and investigation details
  • Retain expert witnesses
  • Identify unreliability in eyewitness testimonies
  • Prepare you for court proceedings
  • Argue for the dismissal of evidence
  • Present objections when necessary
  • Communicate directly with you regarding strategy and defenses.

The Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm have over 100 years of experience representing individuals of the Greater Central Florida area and can provide you with client-focused legal services. Reach out to us now so we can start crafting your defense today. Contact us at 407-228-3838 for a free case evaluation.

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Burglary of Dwelling; Petit Theft

Withhold with 6 months probation and impulse control; adjudication withheld

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

CT-Driving Under the Influence Car (M1)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

Refuse To Submit To DUI Test (M1)

Case Dropped

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (F3); Disorderly Conduct (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped


Charges Dropped

Scheme to Defraud(F3); Grand Theft(F3)

Motion to Terminate Probation Granted

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Not Guilty

Leave Scene Of A Crash W/Property Damage (M2)

Case Dropped

Motion to Modify and Impose a Withhold of Adjudication


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Charges dropped

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Charges dropped


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Charges dropped

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Reduced to Reckless Driving

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Case Dismissed

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