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Criminal Defense


Freedom, Justice and Respect are the core pillars guiding every legal representation handled by the attorneys at the Akbar Law Firm. Combined the firm has over two decades of experience providing strategic, focused and multifaceted legal representation to clients across the State of Florida with keen and nuanced experience of the Second Judicial Circuit (Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty and Wakulla) in particular.

Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or multiple felonies, we understand the overwhelming nature of this experience and its countless negative consequences. Therefore, our approach is threefold, our team: 1) thoroughly reviews every fact of the case from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution; 2) we collectively design a tailored, all-encompassing legal strategy and 3) we prepare for trial while exploring and negotiating reasonable alternatives.

Our clients can rest assure knowing that our team is singularly focused on their best interest. Our Managing Partner has almost exclusively dedicated his entire career to understanding Florida’s criminal justice system from all sides. Attorney Mutaqee Akbar is an award-winning attorney who continues to be motivated by the over-representation of minorities in the criminal justice system. It is his passion to be at the forefront of change that has made us a ‘go-to firm’ for clients seeking an experienced, compassionate and thorough criminal defense team.

Our criminal defense team is further strengthened by Attorney Matthew Williams. Attorney Williams previously served as an Assistant Public Defender for Leon County. During this time he sharpened his negotiating and trial experience while expanding his core understanding of criminal law. He has a firm grasps on the inner-workings and political dynamics of the Court and successfully merges that knowledge with undeniable instincts resulting in meticulous client representation.

Together, our team navigates the legal system on behalf of our clients while keeping them abreast at every step. We are also involved politically, investing time and financial resources on political candidates who exemplify our core values. And we live, play and work within the very same communities we represent.

In a nutshell, our attorneys treat each criminal defense case as a new opportunity to ensure that constitutional rights are acknowledged, protected and actually granted to everyone without limitation. This principle is so deeply engrained in our culture; that we pride ourselves on how it extends beyond the courtroom.

We host quarterly workshops educating our local community on “How to Seal & Expunge Criminal Records.” Our attorneys are routinely asked to speak on panels, radio and TV shows on topics ranging in legal complexity. And oftentimes we challenge the status quo through op-ed pieces and articles.

As such, you can see that our approach is truly multi-faceted. Through our commitment to community, we are preemptive. Through our zealous legal representation, we aim to ensure outcomes in line with our clients’ best interests. And through our relentless pursuit of justice, we do our part to ensure Freedom, Justice and Respect for all.

Criminal matters routinely handled by our Criminal Defense Team include:

  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Manslaughter & Murder
  • Assault & Domestic Violence
  • Rape & Sex Crimes
  • Theft, Burglary & Robbery
  • DUI Defense
  • Traffic Crime Defense
  • Drug Possession Charges
  • Drug Trafficking Charges

Criminal Defense


Freedom, Justice and Respect are the core pillars guiding every legal representation handled by the attorneys at the Akbar Law Firm. Combined the firm has over two decades of experience providing strategic, focused and multifaceted legal representation to clients across the State of Florida with keen and nuanced experience of the Second Judicial Circuit (Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty and Wakulla) in particular.

Whether you are charged with a misdemeanor or multiple felonies, we understand the overwhelming nature of this experience and its countless negative consequences. Therefore, our approach is threefold, our team: 1) thoroughly reviews every fact of the case from the perspective of both the defense and prosecution; 2) we collectively design a tailored, all-encompassing legal strategy and 3) we prepare for trial while exploring and negotiating reasonable alternatives.

Our clients can rest assure knowing that our team is singularly focused on their best interest. Our Managing Partner has almost exclusively dedicated his entire career to understanding Florida’s criminal justice system from all sides. Attorney Mutaqee Akbar is an award-winning attorney who continues to be motivated by the over-representation of minorities in the criminal justice system. It is his passion to be at the forefront of change that has made us a ‘go-to firm’ for clients seeking an experienced, compassionate and thorough criminal defense team.

Our criminal defense team is further strengthened by Attorney Matthew Williams. Attorney Williams previously served as an Assistant Public Defender for Leon County. During this time he sharpened his negotiating and trial experience while expanding his core understanding of criminal law. He has a firm grasps on the inner-workings and political dynamics of the Court and successfully merges that knowledge with undeniable instincts resulting in meticulous client representation.

Together, our team navigates the legal system on behalf of our clients while keeping them abreast at every step. We are also involved politically, investing time and financial resources on political candidates who exemplify our core values. And we live, play and work within the very same communities we represent.

In a nutshell, our attorneys treat each criminal defense case as a new opportunity to ensure that constitutional rights are acknowledged, protected and actually granted to everyone without limitation. This principle is so deeply engrained in our culture; that we pride ourselves on how it extends beyond the courtroom.

We host quarterly workshops educating our local community on “How to Seal & Expunge Criminal Records.” Our attorneys are routinely asked to speak on panels, radio and TV shows on topics ranging in legal complexity. And oftentimes we challenge the status quo through op-ed pieces and articles.

As such, you can see that our approach is truly multi-faceted. Through our commitment to community, we are preemptive. Through our zealous legal representation, we aim to ensure outcomes in line with our clients’ best interests. And through our relentless pursuit of justice, we do our part to ensure Freedom, Justice and Respect for all.

Criminal matters routinely handled by our Criminal Defense Team include:

  • Felonies & Misdemeanors
  • Manslaughter & Murder
  • Assault & Domestic Violence
  • Rape & Sex Crimes
  • Theft, Burglary & Robbery
  • DUI Defense
  • Traffic Crime Defense
  • Drug Possession Charges
  • Drug Trafficking Charges

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