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Fort Myers criminal defense

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You’ll need a Criminal Defense Attorney in Fort Myers, Lee County, Florida and Charlotte County, Florida that has experience, knows the law and defenses, who understands the local legal system, is accessible, will protect your rights and won’t charge an outrageous fee.

I have been a licensed attorney for over 24 years. I am a former State Prosecutor. I am a retired FBI Agent with experience as a complex criminal investigator and as an attorney in the FBI’s Office of Legal Counsel. I am local. I have an office in Fort Myers and Punta Gorda and I practice in both Courts regularly. I also practice in Federal Court.

Facing criminal charges is a battlefor your rights, your freedom, and your dignity. As in any battle, you’ll need an effective strategy, tailored to your specific circumstances. I will build a strong case on your facts and the law, study the evidence against you, seek out and present evidence that favors you, apply all available defenses and represent you forcefully in all phases of litigation.

Attorney Robert Foley is a Retired FBI Agent and Former State Prosecutor

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If you’re facing criminal charges in Southwest Florida, or have been subpoenaed to appear before a Federal Grand Jury, you should seek the advice of a knowledgeable and skilled legal representative.

With criminal charges, most likely, your objectives will be to either avoid jail time, reduce or dismiss your charges, and/or keeping your record clean.

Robert Foley shares these objectives and understands the devastating effect a criminal conviction can have on your career, your future, your family, and even your freedom.

As a retired FBI Agent and former State Prosecutor, Robert Foley has the legal experience you’ll need to accomplish your objectives and protect your rights.


One of the first thoughts considered by someone arrested in Lee County concerns finding the best criminal defense attorneys in Fort Myers.

A very important piece of advice that can be offered is that the best criminal defense lawyers are often the ones that are the best fit for you and your situation. Certainly, it is critical to retain legal counsel who has the training, background and experience necessary to get you the best possible resolution for your case. Do they know the law? For example, if you have been arrested for driving under the influence (DUI) in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Lehigh or Estero, you will want to hire a local counselor who has a significant amount of success litigating DUIs in a Courtroom, and who understand the law.

Local experience is important too. If you are facing state charges in Lee County, you’ll want an advocate who practices regularly in the 20th Judicial Circuit. If you are facing Federal charges, attorneys with experience in Federal Court, in particular, the Middle District of Florida, are the type of lawyers you want. Practice in Federal Court is quite different than practice in State Court. The use of a Grand Jury is just one example. Also, importantly, if you are facing criminal charges, you need a good criminal defense attorney who specializes in criminal defense only. You would not go to a foot doctor for a heart issue. When your liberty is at stake, using a legal generalist may not be the best approach. Rules of evidence, and procedure are particular in a criminal law courtroom and it is important that your lawyer understand them very well.

Another major consideration in finding the best criminal defense lawyers in Lee County is the type of legal charges you face. Does the attorney have experience with your type of charge? For example, certain cases are classified by the Courts as complex. There are many types of complex cases including drug sales or trafficking cases, Scheme to Defraud, white collar crimes, and racketeering cases. If your attorney has the ability to unwind the investigation against you, by reverse engineering it, the attorney is likely to find legal issues to attack during his representation of you. This can lead to a motion to suppress, lesser charges, or a successful result in your trial.

Each case has its own characteristics and distinct set of facts. Whether the case involves child pornography, sexual battery, grand theft, domestic violence, a violation of probation or any other State or Federal Crime, the most important consideration in finding the best criminal defense lawyers in Fort Myers is their skill, ability, training and experience.

If you are facing any State or Federal charges in Fort Myers, contact Attorney Robert Foley for a free evaluation of your case.

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"We hired Mr. Foley after our first lawyer failed us through and through. We needed a miracle and Mr. Foley was up for the challenge. Although the odds were against us every step of the way he stood by my brothers side no matter what!! He gave us his advice and was extremely professional. My brother ultimately made his decision to go to trial. Mr. Foley put his best foot forward and fought for my brothers freedom. He was thorough, clear, and very intelligent. I am proud to say my brother won his trial and is a free man. I will forever be thankful for Mr. Foley and his team. I would also say I would use him again in the future, just hope I never have too!"
"Spouse was erroneously charged with battery on a person over 65, which is a felony charge. Mr. Foley expertly advised us how to handle the situation, and represented us, which led to the dropping of the charge and case was closed. I would recommend his legal services to anyone. He did an excellent job in ascertaining the circumstances of the arrest, and followed up with precise, timely, and correct advice in order to have the charge dropped. Very happy with everything he did to get the proper result."
"Choosing the right lawyer is a difficult decision. I wanted to find a lawyer, who won’t be promising me things just to get my money, but who would actually fight for my son. I chose Mr. Foley after learning that he is a former FBI agent and prosecutor, and after talking to him about my son’s case. He was very knowledgeable, straight-forward honest and very professional. He developed a good strategy and quickly identified weaknesses in the prosecution’s case that I would have never known or thought about. He was able to use them as a leverage while defending my son. His experience and professionalism resulted in a positive outcome, and I thank Mr. Foley for all he did for my son and our family. I believe he is an awesome lawyer and will help in any way he can."

Robert Foley Criminal Defense Lawyer

Criminal Trial Attorney in Fort Myers, Florida who specializes in DUI, domestic violence, probation violation, juvenile crimes, sex crimes, and more.

My representation includes effective damage control and risk mitigation, and protection against heavy-handed charges, sentences and penalties. In criminal cases, waiting can have a high negative impact on results. The sooner you take legal action in defense against your charges, and to protect your rights under the law, the higher the likelihood of success. 

I will get in front of your case, communicate with prosecutors immediately, and attack problems aggressively. If necessary, we may use investigators to develop unreported facts and seek out witnesses, employ experts to explore alternate theories, and conduct depositions to clarify allegations.

With me you’ll also get sound guidance, my availability, and honest and frequent communication. I will stand by you throughout the process and manage the issues to reduce your anxiety.

You’ll also face financial challenges as the result of the criminal charges. Fines, fees, and costs can be extremely high. Knowing this, my fee is reasonable and I am always mindful that the legal issue you now face was not a planned expense.

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