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Thomas Shawn Lupella

Thomas Shawn Lupella

Criminal Defense Attorney
  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Domestic Violence ...
  • Florida
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I have been practicing for over 10 years and over 5000 court cases, ranging from DUIs and Domestic Violence charges–to the most serious and complex felony cases. I have had many jury trials and have represented those charged with capital offenses. I attended law school at the University of North Dakota. While there I focused on trial advocacy and litigation and worked some excellent attorneys at Zimney, Foster, P.C. I worked in the areas of Insurance Defense, Commercial Law, and Federal Criminal Law. After moving to Florida with my family, I started working as a prosecutor for child abuse and neglect cases with the Florida Department of Children and Families. The next logical step was to move away from the prosecution side to the defense so I rounded out my experience by working as an Assistant Public Defender in Okaloosa County. Since then I have handled all types of cases in private practice, and in the process, have honed my skills as a technical and proficient criminal defense practitioner. And while some criminal attorneys focus only on the bare facts and elements of a case, I have found it essential to have a command of criminal procedure process and the methodological aspects of that representation, in order to be a successful criminal defense attorney. In addition, I have practiced law in front of every Judge in the area and I have also learned how the State’s Attorney Offices operates and how to negotiate with prosecutors. I offer my services to clients with the hope to bring them an aggressive defense while protecting them against powerful forces. I have learned to strike the right balance of smart, tactical, strategic aggressiveness in order to keep my clients out of harm’s way while seeking the best possible outcome for each and every client’s case.

University of North Dakota School of Law
J.D. (2003) | General Law, Criminal Law, Trial Advocacy
Activities: Moot Court, Trial Team
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Professional Experience
Department of Children and Families-Florida
Office of the Public Defender-Florida
Articles & Publications
Six Commandments for Dealing With Police
Professional Associations
Okaloosa County Bar Association
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Christian Legal Society
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Florida Association of DUI Attorneys
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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Federal Circuit
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  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
Juvenile Law
White Collar Crime
  • English: Spoken, Written
Websites & Blogs
Ft Walton Beach & Destin Criminal & DUI Defense Blog
Contact & Map
Thomas Shawn Lupella P.A.
891 South Ferdon Boulevard
Crestview, FL 32536
Telephone: (850) 423-0738
Thomas Shawn Lupella P.A.
2110 Lewis Turner Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Telephone: (850) 362-6655
Fax: (850) 362-7157
Thomas Shawn Lupella P.A.
3997 Commons Drive West, Suite I
Destin, FL 32541
Telephone: (850) 424-5240
Thomas Shawn Lupella P.A.
1614-B U.S. Highway 90 West
DeFuniak Springs, FL 32433
Telephone: (850) 951-1134