Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer

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If you are charged with a crime, your family, your job, and your future all depend on the outcome. The prosecution is represented by lawyers who are trying to prove that you are guilty of a crime.

James Dirmann - Criminal Trial Lawyer

Who do you want to represent you in such an important time in your life?

You want a lawyer who has experience, skill, and knowledge in defending people accused of crimes.  Mr. Dirmann was admitted to the Florida Bar on November 13, 1970. Mr. Dirmann began his career in 1971 as a felony prosecutor for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida which includes Sarasota, Manatee, and DeSoto Counties.  As a felony prosecutor Mr. Dirmann represented the State of Florida in hundreds of felony cases including sexual battery, robbery, burglary, grand theft, forgery, and drug cases.  Mr. Dirmann went into private law practice in Sarasota, Florida, in 1973 and has been continuously engaged in a criminal defense practice which has served thousands of clients and in which Mr. Dirmann has defended clients charged with murder, manslaughter, vehicular homicide, sexual battery, robbery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, aggravated battery, burglary, fraud, drug crimes, DUI, and many other criminal charges.

In 1987 Mr. Dirmann was in the first group of Florida lawyers to be certified by The Florida Bar as possessing special skill and competence to qualify as a Florida Bar Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer. Mr. Dirmann has been a Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyer for more than 25 years.

You also want a lawyer who is highly respected among his colleagues and members of the Bar and Judiciary. Mr. Dirmann has been given the A.V. rating, the highest rating by the highly regarded peer review publisher Martindale-Hubbell. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the “V” denotes “very high” adherence to the “professional code of responsibility” in conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence. This rating is the result of a structured peer review and is based upon confidential opinions of practicing lawyers and members of the judiciary. Mr. Dirmann is listed in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers from 1993-2013. Martindale-Hubbell has been the premier lawyer peer review publisher for over 90 years.

In 2007 the Sarasota County Bar Association selected Mr. Dirmann to receive the prestigious “James Slater Professionalism Award” which recognizes attorneys concentrating in the practice of criminal law who exemplify the qualities that made James Slater one of the most respected attorneys in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit of Florida.

Mr. Dirmann received the 2009 Professionalism Award from the John M. Scheb American Inn of Court. This award recognized Mr. Dirmann as “a lawyer whose life and practice display sterling character and unquestioned integrity.”

Mr. Dirmann was a lieutenant serving as a battalion communication officer with Fourth Battalion 11th Marine Regiment at Chu Lai, Vietnam. Mr. Dirmann was also selected to head a special detachment of U.S. Marines who were assigned to work with and support the Second Republic of Korea Marine Brigade at Quang Ngai, Vietnam. During his tour of duty in Vietnam Mr. Dirmann participated in 16 combat operations.

Who do you want to represent you when your life, family, job or reputation is on the line?