Ms. Smith graduated from the University of Florida, Levin College of Law in 2007. After graduating from law school, Ms. Smith began her legal career at the Eighth Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office. Initially, Ms. Smith worked at the Public Defender’s Office defending individuals charged with misdemeanor crimes, such as driving under the influence (DUI) and domestic violence cases. Ms. Smith was then promoted to the felony division. In the felony division, Ms. Smith defended individuals charged with serious crimes, including attempted murder and drug trafficking.
In 2011, Ms. Smith joined the firm and continued as a defense attorney in criminal court. Ms. Smith continues to practice exclusively criminal law and has represented thousands of individuals in criminal cases. Regardless of the charge, Ms. Smith gives each case her personal attention for the best possible result. Ms. Smith thoroughly prepares every case for plea negotiations and when the plea negotiation is unsuccessful, Ms. Smith is prepared to take the case before a jury.
When asked what Ms. Smith enjoys most about practicing criminal law, she states that she believes in the constitutional mandate that each client is innocent until proven guilty. As such, Ms. Smith enjoys looking at the nuances to each case to find the weakness of the case presented by the state which allows her to effectively prepare the case for jury trial.
In her free time, Ms. Smith enjoys spending time with her family, reading historical non-fiction and going to the beach.