Fighting Charges Of Theft, Fraud And More

If you have been arrested for theft, burglary, fraud or another property crime, your freedom and your future are at risk. You need strong and effective defense representation as soon as possible.

Cotton & Gates, Attorneys at Law, is a team of criminal defense advocates with more than 30 years of experience in Florida's criminal justice system. Aggressive and determined, we work tenaciously to protect our clients' rights and preserve their freedom.

For a free consultation about a criminal charge in Fort Walton Beach, Destin, Pensacola or elsewhere in Northwest Florida, email or call us at 850-855-4520.

Charged With a Property Crime? We Can Help.

We defend people accused of all types of property crime charges, including:

  • Grand theft
  • Burglary and robbery
  • Shoplifting
  • Fraud, including credit card fraud and check fraud
  • Vandalism and criminal mischief
  • Other property crimes

In addition to defending adults, we also represent juveniles charged with crimes.

Aggressively Defending Your Rights and Freedom

With their extensive criminal defense experience, our property crime lawyers understand Florida law and how to evaluate the strength of prosecutors' cases. When defending you, we will thoroughly review all aspects of your case, looking for a way to obtain a dismissal of the charge or another positive outcome. We will challenge the State's Attorney's case whenever possible, and aggressively defend you at all stages of the legal process.

Avoiding Conviction and Keeping Your Record Clear

Some first-time offenders, such as those charged with misdemeanor shoplifting or vandalism, may be eligible for an adjudication withheld outcome. In this type of outcome, a conviction will not be entered into your record if you stay out of further trouble for a period of time. You may also be able to have your record sealed, which prevents disclosure of your arrest through routine background checks. Our shoplifting and vandalism defense lawyers have helped many people obtain these outcomes. If you are eligible, we will seek to obtain an adjudication withheld outcome for you.

Free Consultation — Contact a Theft Crime Attorney

For a free consultation about a property crime case in Florida, call Cotton & Gates, Attorneys at Law, at 850-855-4520 or contact us online.