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Sarasota Criminal Defense Lawyer

Anthony G. Ryan is a Sarasota Criminal Defense Lawyer who has been defending people accused of breaking the law for more than twenty years. Attorney Ryan specializes in all aspects of criminal defense work from serious felony charges that can carry life in prison, DUI, all the way down to misdemeanors and everyday traffic crimes. Mr. Ryan knows that when you are charged with a crime, no matter how small, your liberty is at stake and he takes his responsibility in getting you the best possible outcome very seriously. That’s why Sarasota criminal defense attorney Anthony G. Ryan, will personally handle every aspect of your criminal defense case, from pre-arrest investigation, motions to suppress evidence or dismiss charges, negotiating favorable plea deals and, if it is in your best interest, fighting for you at trial.

Expert Representation Tailored to Your Situation

A moment of poor judgment that results in criminal charges can lead to a lifetime of negative consequences for people with insufficient or inexperienced legal representation. If you have been charged with breaking the law you deserve sound legal advice from an experienced, criminal defense attorney. Don’t take chances with your case. Hire a Florida Bar, Board Certified Sarasota Criminal Defense Lawyer, who exclusively handles criminal defense charges in Sarasota, Venice, Bradenton and the surrounding areas.

Attorney Anthony G. Ryan has received the highest level of recognition granted by the Florida bar: board certification as a criminal trial law attorney.

“I am a criminal defense specialist. I only represent people like you, who have been accused of breaking the law. I don’t handle cases of family law, divorces or personal injury. This is not a side job for me. I make my living as a criminal defense attorney in Sarasota and I have been recognized by the Florida Bar as an expert in criminal trial law. Don’t you deserve expert legal representation for your criminal defense?”

At the Law Offices of Anthony G. Ryan you will receive comprehensive legal representation and a careful evaluation of the state’s evidence against you to determine the best way to resolve your case, by plea, by trial or by trying to get the state to dismiss the charges, when possible. This proactive approach can result in a faster, more cost-efficient settlement of your case. When this is not an option, Sarasota criminal defense lawyer Anthony G. Ryan will personally develop an aggressive legal strategy to protect your legal rights and work to minimize the negative effect that criminal charges can have on you, your family and your career.

“I believe that a good offense can be the best defense, so whenever possible I try to develop a strategy that points out the weaknesses and inconsistencies with the state’s case from the very beginning. If you don’t push the state and make them work they will run over you. This is not acceptable.”
Don’t Take Chances with Your Future, Hire a Board Certified Criminal Defense Lawyer

Regardless of whether this is your first run-in with the law or if there have been multiple instances, you need a Sarasota criminal defense lawyer with the experience and skills to fight for your rights from the very beginning of your criminal defense case. Anthony G. Ryan has been a criminal defense attorney for over eighteen years and has been a Criminal Defense attorney in Sarasota and Venice for over thirteen years. Mr. Ryan has been board certified in criminal trial law since 2009 and was recertified in 2014. Less than five percent of all licensed attorneys in the state of Florida have gone through the rigorous process to become a Board Certified Specialist. Board certified lawyers have met The Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in various areas of law, professionalism and ethics in practice. If you or a loved one have been arrested or contacted by law enforcement don’t take chances, call a legal expert dedicated to professional excellence. If you are looking to hire a criminal defense attorney in Sarasota, call a Board Certified criminal trial lawyer and protect your rights immediately.

Practice Areas
  • Assault & Battery Although many people use assault and battery interchangeably, in Florida they are separate and distinct misdemeanor crimes. An assault is a threat, by word or act to do violence to another and at the time the threat was made, the threatened violence must have appeared imminent and made the victim fearful that the violence was about to take place. Learn More
  • Burglary Burglary is entering or remaining in someone’s property with the intent to commit another offense within that property. The classic burglary of a dwelling or breaking and entering occurs when a person enters another person’s house without their permission to steal something from inside the home. Learn More
  • Domestic Violence Injunctions Domestic violence is defined as any assault or battery (felony or misdemeanor), stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member. Learn More
  • Drug Charges At first blush, possession of an illegal drug like marijuana, cocaine, heroin, fentanyl or oxycontin without a prescription seems straightforward. However, there are numerous ways an experienced criminal defense lawyer can fight the state’s case. Learn More
  • Drug Trafficking Drug trafficking is one of the most serious drug offenses because the charge carries minimum mandatory prison sentences that are usually 3, 7 or 15 years. The severity of the minimum mandatory prison sentence is based on the weight of the illegal substance. Learn More
  • DUI Many people are surprised to find out that it is not illegal to drink and drive in Florida. That’s right. It is only illegal to drink and drive in Florida if your “normal faculties” are impaired by alcohol. Normal faculties include the ability to walk, talk, drive a car, judge distances and perform the mental and physical acts of our daily lives. Learn More
  • Grand Theft A theft occurs when a person knowingly and unlawfully obtains, uses, or attempts to obtain another person’s property. The person taking the property must do so with the intent to either temporarily or permanently deprive the victim of his right to the property. Learn More
  • Juvenile Criminal Defense If your child is accused of a crime and is under 18 the state will file a petition of delinquency against him. Although there are many similarities between the adult system and the juvenile system when it comes to crimes charged, the procedures and possible penalties are very different. Learn More
  • Misdemeanors In Florida, generally, a misdemeanor crime is any crime that has a maximum punishment of one year or less. A second degree misdemeanor, like petit theft, leaving the scene of an accident or driving with a suspended license, is punishable by a maximum of sixty days in the county jail and a five hundred dollar fine. Learn More
  • Murder Charges The unlawful killing of a human being is murder. If the murder was premeditated or committed by a person engaged in the commission of an enumerated violent felony, then it is a murder in the first degree and constitutes a capital felony. Learn More
  • Robbery In Florida, robbery is the taking of money or other property from the person or custody of another by force. The force element is not limited to actual force, like a battery, but also includes the threat of violence like an assault, or putting a person in fear of violence. Learn More
  • White Collar Crimes White Collar Crimes are nonviolent financially motivated crimes often committed by business and government professionals. In Florida, theft and fraud cases that include elderly victims cheated out of their retirement savings are considered White Collar Crimes. Learn More
Client Reviews
"I was amazed at how much Mr. Ryan knew about his profession. He is a very honest person who has his clients best interest at heart. He is well informed in all areas of law not only defense law. He is a straight talker that is extremely passionate about his work. I highly recommend him. He is one of the best!" - Spencer
"Mr. Ryan was wonderful. I trusted him with my life and he saved it with his knowledge and skill. I would recommend him to anyone who is in trouble with the law and needs help, he is the attorney for you!!" - Criminal Defense client
"When you think of a lawyer being caring and encouraging, you think those two descriptions do not match... But it does for Mr. Ryan. If he doesn't have the answer to a question, he is the type of man who will tell you that he will research it and get back to you ASAP. This is a shining example of someone with INTEGRITY!" - Criminal Defense client
"He was very quick to respond to requests and handled everything very professionally." - Criminal Defense client
Meet Anthony G. Ryan

"Mr. Ryan is a Florida Bar, Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer, which is the highest level of recognition possible for a criminal defense attorney. In addition to handling all misdemeanor and felony cases, Mr. Ryan also handles a limited number of false arrest claims, criminal appeals, driver’s license hearings, and forfeitures."

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