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Jay Patel

Jay Patel

  • Criminal Law, DUI & DWI, Business Law ...
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Jay Patel is a Former Prosecutor and a Former Law Enforcement Officer with the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office. After Jay was admitted to the Florida Bar, he served as a prosecutor in Okaloosa and Walton Counties from 2013 to 2017. As an Assistant State Attorney, he spent years prosecuting thousands of crimes ranging from misdemeanors to felonies, some punishable by life in prison.

Jay achieved success in prosecuting criminal cases that were before a jury, a judge, and the appellate court. Despite his success as a Florida Prosecutor, Jay decided it was time for a change. Thus, in 2017, Jay went from Florida Prosecutor to Florida Criminal Defense Attorney.

Since becoming a Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer, Jay works tirelessly to protect his client’s Constitutional rights, ensuring that each of his clients understand the process, as well as making sure they are not abused by the Florida Criminal and Court Systems.

If a case must go to trial, Jay is ready. His success as a Criminal Defense Attorney is validated by his record of “Not Guilty” verdicts in criminal jury trials, as well as complete charge and case dismissals.

Jay’s practice is devoted to solving problems, with a keen focus on Criminal Defense. If you have found yourself on the wrong side of the law, you are not in this alone. The first step is to contact Jay Patel, schedule a free consultation, and let him fight for you.

Practice Areas
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders
White Collar Crime
Traffic Tickets
Suspended License
  • Free Consultation
    We will spend up to an hour discussing your issues and determining what direction we will go in your case.
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Assistant State Attorney
State Attorney's Office, 1st Judicial Circuit, Florida
Prosecution of criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to felonies punishable by life in prison.
Florida Coastal School of Law
J.D. (2013) | Law
Honors: Pro Bono Award
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University of Florida
B.A. (2008) | Criminology
Honors: Cum Laude
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Best Civil Trial Team - Trial Competition Course
Florida Coastal School of Law
Book Award in Business Development
Florida Coastal School of Law
A "book award" recognizes the student who achieved the highest score in a particular law school course.
Professional Associations
The Florida Bar  # 0105458
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Okaloosa Bar Association
- Current
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Okaloosa Young Lawyer's Division
- Current
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Law Enforcement Certificate (Not Active)
Florida Department of Law Enforcement
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Contact & Map
909 Mar Walt Drive Ste. 1011B
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
Telephone: (850) 665-3244
Monday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 5 PM
Friday: 8 AM - 12 PM (Today)
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed