Criminal Defense



What is Burglary? The unauthorized entry into a building, vehicle, home or enclosed area of a home with any intent to commit a crime inside. The alleged crime inside is usually theft, but not always.

Accused of burglarizing or breaking into a car, business, or home? The consequences can be severe. 

What are the penalties for burglary? Depending on the severity of the allegations, burglary can be punishable by 5 years, 15 years, or even life in prison if the use of a weapon or a battery is alleged. 

Talk to an experienced attorney like Steve or Alison Kerestes to discuss your case and any defenses you have. 

Theft and Diversion

What is theft? What is petit theft? Theft is when someone intentionally takes away the property rights of someone else, without permission. It doesn't necessarily have to be someone actually taking another's property. 

What are the penalties for theft? Theft can be either a misdemeanor or a felony, depending on the value of the items taken. Petit theft is the most common charge for theft. Petit theft is a misdemeanor. 

What is pre-trial diversion? If you have little or no criminal history, you may be eligible for a diversion program. Diversion is when you are allowed to accept some minor punishment and then the charges are dropped. Afterwards, you should be eligible to seal or expunge your criminal record. Call us, we can help with that too.

Already referred to pre-trial diversion? Call diversion at 407-245-0701 to check on the status of your referral.

Talk to an experienced criminal defense attorney, like Steve or Alison Kerestes. 

Violent Crime

Violent crime ranges widely in severity and consequence. If you have been accused of assault, battery, aggravated assault, or aggravated battery, you need to know your options and defenses. You may be able to allege self defense, defense of others, or stand your ground. Don't go down without a fight! Get an experienced criminal defense lawyer, like Steve or Alison Kerestes.. 

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Violation of Probation

What is a violation of probation? A violation of probation is when a probation officer accuses someone on probation of violating their probation. The accusations can vary. They can range from minor or petty accusations or something more serious like a new crime.

Violating your probation can have severe consequences. If you or a loved one is accused of a technical violation or a new law offense, jail or prison could be imposed. 

How a violation of probation is proven? The prosecutor must prove that you made a knowing and voluntary violation of your probation. Be sure to discuss your violation with an experienced defense lawyer, like Steve or Alison Kerestes. 


Have you or your child been accused of a juvenile offense? Not all criminal defense lawyers are familiar with the juvenile procedure, which is vastly different than adult court. 

Steve and Alison Kerestes worked in the juvenile courts as prosecutors and are well versed in the process. Don't go to court with an amateur! Hire an experienced juvenile attorney, like Steve or Alison Kerestes. 

Drug Crime

Drug offenses can be treated seriously in Florida, with severe consequences. Minimum mandatory sentences may apply, even if the amount of drugs seems relatively small. There are many ways to defend a drug offense or mitigate the sentence, including a motion to suppress, providing substantial assistance, an entrapment defense, and more. Contact an experienced defense attorney, like Steve or Alison Kerestes. 

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Kerestes Law Firm

4767 New Broad Street, Orlando, Florida 32814, United States

(407) 459-8415


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