Criminal Defense

Put our experience to work for you. Call now, 904-794-7898.

Michael Hines has over ten years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, trying hundreds of criminal cases from DUIs, drug offenses, weapons charges and white collar crimes.

Michael Hines’s experience on the other side makes for strong defense on yours. Before he became a defense attorney, Michael was an assistant state attorney (Duval County) prosecuting in the Felony division, regularly trying cases such as aggravated assault, battery, burglary, drug offenses, kidnapping, murder and more. His trial experience on the prosecution side includes 33 jury trials.

And prior to law school, Michael Hines served as a master police officer, detective and correctional specialist for the U.S. Navy. So, if you’re being accused of a crime, consider employing someone who has real world experience enforcing and upholding criminal law.

Michael Hines’s experience on the other side makes for strong defense on yours. Before he became a defense attorney, Michael was an assistant state attorney (Duval County) prosecuting in the Felony division, regularly trying cases such as aggravated assault, battery, burglary, drug offenses, kidnapping, murder and more. His trial experience on the prosecution side includes 33 jury trials.

Prior to law school, Michael Hines served as a master police officer, detective and correctional specialist for the U.S. Navy. So, if you’re being accused of a crime, consider employing someone who has real world experience enforcing and upholding criminal law.


Put our experience to work for you. Call now, 904-794-7898.


Passionately and proudly serving our clients in: Divorce, Spousal Support/Alimony, Child Support, Parenting Plans, Visitation, Time Sharing, Custody, and Paternity. Criminal Trials, DUI, Felony, Misdemeanor, Drug, Traffic Crimes, Probation Violation, and more - in the Northeast Florida counties of St. Johns, Putnam and Flagler; and the communities of Saint Augustine, Palatka, Hastings, Bunnell, Crescent Beach, Saint Augustine Beach, Fruit Cove, World Golf Village, Ponte Vedra Beach, Palencia, St. Augustine Shores, Welaka, Moultrie Creek, Davis Shores, Anastasia Island, Moultrie Junction, St. Augustine South, Vilano Beach, Palm Valley, Nocatee, Palm Coast, Crescent City, East Palatka, Florahome, Satsuma, Interlachen, Flagler Beach, Pomona Park and surrounding areas.

Misdemeanor

If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor like passing bad checks, theft or domestic battery, you’re probably anxious to tell your side of the story. At the Law Offices of Michael Hines, we listen. Then, we get to work.

Being convicted of a misdemeanor offense can change your life. You’ll have a criminal record and might have trouble finding a job. You might have to pay thousands of dollars of fines and you might even have jail time. Some misdemeanors can be upgraded to felony charges, depending on how serious the crime is and other factors. Which can mean a steeper sentence and much more.

You should have an attorney to guide you through the court process. We have helped adults and juveniles prove their innocence through experienced defense tactics, reduced sentences — even if a guilty plea was submitted.

DUI

If you have been arrested like many other drivers arrested for it, you’re likely experiencing a host of emotions. As the dust settles, you might be wondering if you were treated fairly, if the charges are accurate or how this experience will affect the rest of your life.

Michael Hines knows all the techniques employed in prosecuting a DUI case. As a former police officer, he is familiar with DUI and sobriety testing and the process of arrest, and as a former prosecutor, he has seen, first hand, the life-changing benefits of having a knowledgeable attorney defend a DUI case.


Having a top-notch attorney on your side can protect your reputation and your future. Call the Law Offices of Michael Hines, P.A., for a free consultation.


Felony

Felony offenses like drug possession, white collar crimes, sex crimes, domestic violence and murder, carry big punishment with jail time, huge fines and even death. If you’re being accused of a felony crime, you cannot afford to go it alone. Your entire life can change in an instant: you can lose your civil rights, lose chances for employment or lose your freedom, forever.

Michael Hines is a criminal defense attorney with prosecution experience. Felony prosecution. As assistant state attorney working in the Felony division, Michael has systematically prosecuted cases with damaging results — damaging for the defense. When you hire the Law Offices of Michael Hines, it’'s like hiring the competition's CEO — you gain incredible insight and strategy based on what he knows about the “other side.”

If you have been, or think you will be, accused of a felony crime, please don’t talk to anyone before you secure the advice of a lawyer. Call Michael Hines and get straight talk from someone who knows the system inside and out.

Juvenile

Crimes committed by a juvenile are very serious. Prosecutors and judges are seeing more children coming through the courtroom and we’re seeing hefty penalties handed out to kids who are not yet 18 years old.

As a father of two, Michael Hines has an instinct for defending and protecting children. If your child has been accused of a crime, don’t take it lightly, and don’t make any decisions or talk to anyone without consulting a lawyer first. Doing so can significantly impact the outcome of your case.

Even if the police suggest you’ll do better if you “just confess” or make reparations without legal counsel, you do need an attorney. You need an attorney to protect your child’s future, and life.

Level the playing field with Michael Hines. He knows how the prosecution works, because he was a prosecutor, himself. Call today for a free consultation.


Expungement

If you have a criminal record, you might qualify to have it sealed and expunged. Just one arrest can have significant impact on your career, salary, job placement and promotions. You may not be able to volunteer at your child’s school, and if you are unemployed, that one mistake can cost you a lifetime of trouble.

At the Law Offices of Michael Hines, P.A., we can help you seal or expunge your criminal record so that you can legally state that you have not been convicted for that crime. This means your criminal history record will not show up in background checks. But not all records can be expunged, and there are specific qualifications you must meet before you can do so.

Call Michael Hines today to see if you qualify. You have nothing to lose except the baggage of that one bad decision.


Choosing the Right Divorce Attorney

At the Law Office of Michael Hines, P.A., we care about you and will devote ample time to your case. Our goal is to get things done right. You will find that we are ready to spend time with you, getting to know your situation and filling you in on the process you will go through. You will have experienced, passionate and dedicated legal counsel by your side from start to finish.


Our Commitment to You

The Law Office of Michael Hines, P.A. has an outstanding team that is dedicated to providing you with the kind of legal representation you deserve. We have successfully resolved issues and situations from amicable and fairly simple, to logistically complex, to the seemingly impossible. We are ready and prepared to assist you in your case. We offer a free initial telephone consultation.

Put our experience to work for you.

Call the law office of Michael Hines now at 904-794-7898.