Defending your freedom, protecting your future.

We are not afraid to go to trial and will aggressively represent your rights.

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If you need a criminal defense attorney, contact us today.

We have flexible payment plans and accept all major credit cards. A consultation with one of our criminal defense lawyer is always free.

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The Law Offices of Cotrone & Cotrone, PA represents those who are charged with all types of criminal cases.

Cotrone & Cotrone has represented literally thousands of clients over the years for everything from DUI to murder.

We have handled hundreds of jury and non-jury trials and you can use our criminal defense experience to your advantage. Whether you are guilty or innocent, our criminal defense team will do everything within the law to protect your constitutional rights.



A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, Sebastian has over 20 years of criminal defense experience. He also holds a Masters Degree from Florida International University in Criminology. He has lived in Florida over thirty years and currently resides in South Florida.



A graduate of Nova Southeastern University, John has over 30 years of criminal defense experience. He has lived in Florida over thirty years and currently resides in South Florida.


Hear from our clients


“I have been using Sebastian Cotrone and John Cotrone. Not only have they been affordable, friendly/firm, and knowledgeable. They have exceeded my expectations in every way. Thank you very much! Also, note they referred me to another attorney for a civil case which has been handled professionally as well.”

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“John has worked with my family for a while now, and I must say he is the first and only Lawyer not to give up on my Family. I just want to say thank you to him, I cannot say anything about the cases he has helped my family with, but he does an awesome job making sure we are up to date on everything, he fights for his Clients and helps the familes as good as he can! Thank you John!!”

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Federal Crimes

In the United States a federal crime or federal offense is a crime that is either made illegal by U.S. federal law or a crime that occurs on U.S. federal property.


Federal criminal law and procedure differ from Florida’s state court system.

First, the U.S. Attorney (not the State Attorney) prosecutes federal crimes. These crimes are investigated by any of the federal law enforcement agencies such as the FBI, DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), the Secret Service, the IRS Criminal Investigation Division, and others. Additionally, if convicted, a defendant will be sentenced pursuant to the federal sentencing guidelines and put in custody of the U.S. Bureau of Prisons (not the state Department of Corrections).

In contrast to state criminal cases, most federal cases begin with a federal agent contacting the defendant to conduct a voluntary interview. Unfortunately, either through fear or ignorance, most defendants proceed to speak with the agent without consulting with an attorney.

This is almost always a mistake.

State Crimes

If you have been arrested or are under investigation by a local police department, you will most likely be prosecuted in a Florida state court.

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State crimes are violations of state and local statutes or ordinances.

They are prosecuted in either county or circuit courts in the county in which the charges are filed, by the state attorney. In some cases, early intervention by an experienced criminal defense attorney can even prevent an arrest and/or prosecution.

When things don’t go well, we are old hands in the courts of appeal. In the rare instance that the result doesn’t fall in our favor, we can launch our counter attack immediately with an appeal.

Check the list for State Crimes

Our Practice Areas

As specialists in criminal services, the combined decades of experience of our solicitors are your protection and security. Confidence in our own ability is your shield in the fight.

We also offer a guiding hand and a sympathetic understanding at your hearing, but our face to the opposition is unequivocally confrontational, and never-take-a-backward-step

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509 SE 9th St, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33316, United States


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