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Criminal Defense Attorney in Pensacola, Florida

After a criminal charge, your life can quickly be turned upside down. Work with an experienced attorney to start regaining control of your future. At Panhandle Defense Firm, Attorney Tom McGuire practices exclusively in the area of criminal defense. He takes the time to listen to his clients' stories, gather the details, and skillfully advocate for a dismissal or reduction of their charges. When you need to seek justice, contact his office in Pensacola. Tom also represents clients in Milton, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach, Florida.

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Thomas “Tom” McGuire

Thomas “Tom” McGuire

Attorney at Law

Attorney Tom McGuire began his career as a criminal prosecutor in New Jersey, frequently working on drug trafficking cases in an area known as "cocaine alley." After moving to Florida in 1995, he started working in the public defender's office, where he began to see a different side of the criminal justice system. Tom realized the accused are not always bad people, but people who have been dealt bad hands. Tom is passionate about helping clients throughout Florida climb out of negative situations. He frequently represents individuals facing charges of aggravated battery, child abuse, drug trafficking, and more. Contact his Pensacola office today for a free consultation.


Why Choose Panhandle Defense Firm?

A Track Record of Success

While practicing in the public defender's office, the biggest complaint the prosecutor made about Attorney McGuire was that he took too many cases to trial. Tom's supervisor only laughed when he got that complaint. The prosecutor was just frustrated because Attorney McGuire was winning more cases than he was losing.

An Experienced Attorney Fighting For You

When you're facing criminal charges, you need an attorney who knows his way around a courtroom. Tom McGuire has handled hundreds of felony jury trials, making him the battle-hardened defender you want on your side. He was even selected to be the trial attorney for the death penalty team at the public defender's office, a position given only to the most accomplished attorneys.

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Comprehensive Legal Counsel for a Variety of Charges

The impact of a criminal charge cannot be understated. If convicted, you could be facing large fines, jail time, or job loss. Don't leave your future up to chance. If you've been accused of a felony or misdemeanor in Florida, hire a skilled criminal defense attorney who can advocate for your rights.

At Panhandle Defense Firm in Pensacola, Attorney Tom McGuire feels privileged to be able to help people during some of the worst times of their lives. As your criminal defender, Tom is prepared to diligently seek out baseless assumptions, contradictory evidence, omitted witnesses, and false testimonies with the intent to pursue a dismissal or reduction of your charges.

Attorney McGuire is a firm believer in frequent client contact, which is why he gives each client his cell phone number. During times of uncertainty, you deserve an attorney who is easy to reach. Do not hesitate to contact Tom when you have questions or concerns about your case. He is here to provide you with the sound advice you need to move forward.

Panhandle Defense Firm proudly serves clients facing complicated criminal charges. Contact Attorney McGuire with a legal issue involving a DUI, domestic violence, the possession of a firearm, or another criminal offense. From his office in Pensacola, Tom represents individuals throughout the Florida panhandle, including Milton, Crestview, and Fort Walton Beach.