Brevard County Bankruptcy and Criminal Defense Attorney
Trusted Legal Representation in Cocoa, Palm Bay, Titusville, and Melbourne, FL
Kernan & Austin, LLC is an aggressive, seasoned defense team of Brevard County criminal defense and bankruptcy attorneys who take on every case fully committed to seeking a favorable outcome for our clients. With 22 years of combined legal experience, we are committed to the well-being and best interests of our clients. Our hard-hitting, forceful approach has led to many of our clients either having their criminal cases dismissed, charges reduced, or a full acquittal at trial, while our work on behalf of our bankruptcy clients has led to their renewed financial freedom and peace of mind.
Importance of Hiring an Experienced Attorney
The attorney that you choose to represent you in your case will have a direct impact on the final outcome of your situation. Whether you are facing criminal charges or
bankruptcy, you simply cannot afford to work with a lawyer who is less than fully devoted to your case. You need to be sure that you have a legal professional on your side who is not only intimately aware of what you are facing but also is fully prepared to go the distance in his or her efforts to help you. We encourage you to contact our firm at Kernan & Austin, LLC as soon as possible. We can provide the dedicated representation that you need.
Just because you have been criminally charged does not mean that you are a bad person, any more than filing for bankruptcy means you are irresponsible or lazy. If you are represented by the experienced attorneys at Kernan & Austin, LLC, you are treated with the respect you deserve. Under the guidance of one of our proven lawyers, you can breathe easier knowing that you have an advocate on your side who is tenacious, sophisticated and professional. When your future is on the line, you simply cannot allow yourself to be satisfied with anything less than completely devoted and capable legal representation.
Criminal Defense Representation
Any criminal accusation or charge can put a person's reputation and freedom at risk - even misdemeanor charges. A conviction on a misdemeanor offense, when a judge sees fit, can result in jail time, expensive fines, community service, mandated treatment programs and other penalties. When the criminal accusation is a felony, a conviction can result in extensive time in state prison. A conviction also can affect every aspect of a person's future, including employment and professional licenses, ability to own a firearm, and ability to vote.
At Kernan & Austin, LLC, we are experienced in helping our clients reduce the damage and avoid the severe penalties of a conviction. Most serious criminal charges - such as drug crimes,
assault and battery, and
firearm offenses - result in a trial. How the process is managed from the moment of arrest often directly influences the outcome. Our legal team is aware of this, which is why our first action is to meticulously comb through the evidence that led to your arrest. In many cases, we discover departures from correct police protocol either in the arrest itself or in subsequent police questioning. These rights violations can be incorporated into the defense strategy to help absolve the client.
Some charges, such as disorderly conduct, are the result of over-eager policing, and we can demonstrate to the court how the cause for the charges was exaggerated. Other charges, such as
sex crimes, andmurder / homicide are extremely serious and require excellent legal representation. If you are the subject of such serious charges, don't trust just anyone with your legal representation. Find an attorney with the ability and experience you need to defend you. Even charges you may think are insignificant, such as an
ordinance violation, can carry heavy penalties. Each criminal case should be acted upon at once, and it is critical that you protect yourself with aggressive and knowledgeable legal counsel. We are not there to hold your hand while you plead guilty: We seek out the most viable defense options and relentlessly pursue them, no matter how serious the criminal accusation.
Types of Criminal Defense Cases Our Firm Handles
If you've been accused of a traffic offense or other crime committed on the road - such as driving under the influence,
driving on a suspended or no license, or
hit and run - you could lose your license in addition to facing criminal charges. Our team can work to help people facing such charges avoid a conviction that could result in revocation of their driving privileges. If you are the subject of a
warrant or if you have committed a
probation violation, we can inform you of your options and help you to avoid additional consequences. If you've been convicted in the past and want to get your criminal record cleared, we may be able to help you obtain an
Our attorneys have defended clients accused of theft charges including
burglary, and we've also worked to represent people convicted of complex criminal offenses such as
internet crimes and
fraud. Our team of former prosecutors is familiar with the complexities of criminal law. We have the experience and knowledge you need to gain the best chance at success in or out of court. When necessary, we have powerful resources to draw upon, including independent investigators, scientific experts, and forensic computer experts. These resources are used to provide evidence on behalf of our accused client and increase the reasonable doubt in a compelling defense presentation in court.
Some of the most painful types of cases directly impact an accused person's family. Has your child been charged with a juvenile crime? We have helped defend minors falsely accused of criminal activity so that false or overblown accusations don't detrimentally affect their young lives. If you've been accused of a
violation of injunction after being served with a restraining order due to
domestic violence or related charges, we may be able to help defend you so that you can see your loved ones again and avoid penalties. At Kernan & Austin, LLC, we are very proud of our extensive, successful record in court. If you are under investigation or have been arrested and charged with a crime, we urge you to enlist the help of one of our high-quality, proven Brevard County criminal defense lawyers who can fight tirelessly for your freedom.
Bankruptcy Assistance in Brevard County
Are you deep in debt and looking for a way out? Although many myths exist about the bankruptcy process, declaring bankruptcy can be the best course of action for many people to take in order to help them get back on their feet and on the road toward regaining full financial freedom. If you feel lost and concerned about your future due to overwhelming debt, consult a trustworthy bankruptcy lawyer from our firm who can help guide you through the complicated process and hit the restart button on your financial history.
At Kernan & Austin, LLC, each skilled Brevard County bankruptcy attorney has the professionalism and legal savvy to help you achieve a financial clean slate. Our attorneys also help their clients evaluate any possible bankruptcy alternatives that might apply just to make sure that bankruptcy is the best option for the client before proceeding. We can help you take the appropriate steps to regain control of your financial situation and we may be able to help you protect your assets from falling into the hands of creditors, to stop car repossession, and / or to prevent the foreclosure of your home.
Types of Debt Relief
If bankruptcy is the right option for you, we can help chart a course to determine which chapter you should file. One of the first steps we can help you with in this process is the means test, which is used to establish whether or not you qualify for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. A
Chapter 7 bankruptcy - often referred to as a personal or liquidation bankruptcy - can permanently erase your debts, including medical bills, credit card balances and lawsuits.
Chapter 13 bankruptcy is different because it allows you to retain your assets while erasing all remaining debt. This form of bankruptcy is essentially a type of debt reorganization. It gives you a chance to get your financial affairs in order while also saving the most important parts of your estate, such as your house and vehicle. You can also use
lien stripping to remove junior liens from your real estate. If you are self-employed, a Chapter 13 bankruptcy can even help you retain your business.
For some people in danger of foreclosure, using a
deed in lieu of foreclosure is an option. Our attorneys can help you understand this process and what it entails. We also can answer your questions about
loan modification or
short sales. If you are experiencing
creditor harassment, you should know that there are laws in place to protect you. If you need
credit card-related defense, our attorneys can defend you against a lawsuit.
Call Kernan & Austin, LLC today!
Don't wait. With years of experience in the field, we can help you arrive at a case conclusion that will bring you renewed peace of mind and help you get your life back on track. Whether you are facing criminal charges or the possibility of bankruptcy, you need the legal counsel in your corner to help you every step of the way. Our attorneys at Kernan & Austin, LLC have the track record and commitment to excellence you are looking for in a legal representative. Contact Kernan & Austin, LLC today for a
free case evaluation.
Our office is located at:
315 Brevard Ave., Suite 5
Cocoa, FL 32922