CARMICHAEL & RICKERSON

Your North Florida Trial Attorneys

OVER 20 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
FIGHTING FOR YOU!

CRIMINAL
DEFENSE

Carmichael & Rickerson provides legal representation to those under investigation or charged with crimes in State or Federal Court...

FAMILY
LAW

Carmichael & Rickerson provides legal representation to those individuals involved in a dissolution of marriage, a separation, paternity...

ESTATE
PLANNING

Benjamin Franklin once said that “in this world, nothing is certain except death and taxes.” When death comes, it is important to make sure your...

Who we are

So, what makes Carmichael & Rickerson different than other firms? The most important thing for every client is to be informed. It goes beyond just answering questions. It is providing each and every client with a focused strategy and plan to minimize the risk and disruption of their everyday life. Regardless of what some may say, there is no one-size-fits-all, cookie cutter approach to a case. Each case is different. Each client is different. Each set of facts is different. What works for one client may not work for another. Each case has different issues, variables and influences. In criminal cases, these things affect what the State is seeking as punishment. Political pressure, demands and expectations of victims, current status of the case law and statutes, and cooperation with law enforcement are just a few of the many factors that can influence the outcome of a case.

board-certified criminal defense attorney

So, what makes Carmichael & Rickerson different than other firms? The most important thing for every client is to be informed. It goes beyond just answering questions. It is providing each and every client with a focused strategy and plan to minimize the risk and disruption of their everyday life. Regardless of what some may say, there is no one-size-fits-all, cookie cutter approach to a case. Each case is different. Each client is different. Each set of facts is different. What works for one client may not work for another. Each case has different issues, variables and influences. In criminal cases, these things affect what the State is seeking as punishment. Political pressure, demands and expectations of victims, current status of the case law and statutes, and cooperation with law enforcement are just a few of the many factors that can influence the outcome of a case. Carey D. Carmichael, Jr. has worked exclusively in criminal law for the last 15 years. Carey is the only private board-certified criminal trial attorney in the Third Judicial Circuit, covering Columbia, Suwannee, Hamilton, Madison, Taylor, Lafayette, and Dixie Counties. Florida Bar board certified attorneys are considered legal experts dedicated to professional excellence. Being a board-certified lawyer means that Carey’s experience and competency have been rigorously evaluated. Carey maintains the Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills, and proficiency in criminal law. In addition, Carey has demonstrated the highest levels of professionalism and ethics in practice. Carey’s extensive experience litigating and trying cases from both sides has provided him with the insight into how to analyze and handle a case from start to finish and the approach necessary to obtain the best possible outcome for his clients. Sheena Rickerson worked as a law clerk and family law paralegal from high school all the way through law school. During this time, she worked for many solo practitioners and boutique firms who handled family law, criminal law, workers compensation, social security disability, personal injury and insurance defense. As a family law paralegal, Sheena specialized in Divorce Power Analyzer software to assist clients with child support and alimony calculations as well as financial discovery. Prior to becoming a prosecutor, Sheena was an intern with the Eighth Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office working in the Macclenny branch during her third year of law school where she assisted felony prosecutors with trying cases. After law school, she accepted a position as a prosecutor and has served in that role ever since. During those 6 years as a prosecutor, Sheena tried 40+ jury trials with an outstanding success rate. Sheena has even helped to create case law in regard to “Stand Your Ground” and self-defense cases. With her experience in both family and criminal law, she is truly an asset to her clients. As former prosecutors, Carey D. Carmichael, Jr. and Sheena H. Rickerson are aware of these factors. They have handled virtually every type of case imaginable; including capital felonies, fraud, DUI manslaughter, home invasion robbery, crimes against law enforcement officers, drug trafficking, crimes against children, and many more. The know how to navigate the pitfalls of each type of case. They know how to manage expectations. They will keep you fully informed of each and every potential outcome so you can make the decision that is best for YOU. Remember, this is YOUR case! It is YOUR life! Give us a call at 386-269-0440. We are available to you 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

WHY RETAIN A BOARD-CERTIFIED LAWYER?

Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise

Board-certified lawyers have dedicated themselves to achieving a heightened level of excellence through character, professionalism, ethics, and credibility in the practice of law.

WHY RETAIN A BOARD-CERTIFIED LAWYER?

Evaluated for Professionalism, Tested for Expertise

Board-certified lawyers have dedicated themselves to achieving a heightened level of excellence through character, professionalism, ethics, and credibility in the practice of law.

EXPERTISE

Certification requires lawyers to pass a comprehensive examination that evaluates a high level of knowledge, skills, and expertise in a specialty field.

PROFESSIONALISM AND ETHICS

Each board-certified lawyer undergoes a rigorous peer-review process that assesses competence in a specialty field, as well as professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.

CREDIBILITY

Established by the Florida Supreme Court, board certification is conferred upon lawyers by the most credible and highest authority over the state’s legal community, The Florida Bar.

CAREY CARMICHAEL

BOARD CERTIFIED EXPERT IN CRIMINAL TRIAL LAW

Carey D. Carmichael, Jr. is a partner at Carmichael & Rickerson. As a former prosecutor, a former Assistant Attorney General, and a former assistant public defender, Carey’s primary focus has been criminal law for the last 14 years. Having handled over 6000 criminal cases throughout his career, Carey has the experience to handle any case imaginable.  Carey is board-certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Criminal Trial Law…

SHEENA RICKERSON

Sheena Rickerson is a partner at Carmichael & Rickerson who handles criminal law and family. She brings to the table six years of experience as a prosecutor and prior to that over an estimated ten to fifteen years of experience the areas of family law and criminal law. She is a former prosecutor with the Third Judicial Circuit State Attorney’s Office who served as a felony line assistant state attorney for five out of her six years of state service…

What our clients say

Melissa L.
I highly recommend Carey Carmichael and his firm
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One of the worse feelings ever is not knowing what is happening with a case. As soon as our family met and chose Carey it was a relief. Carey was very professional and knowledgeable about our case. He made us feel like our case was his only case, he was always available for calls and e-mails. His firm was very courteous during our time of need and concluded our matter with a great result. I highly recommend Carey Carmichael and his firm.
Pete M.
Highly Recommended
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I needed some help with my DUI case and They were amazing! I felt like all hope was lost and that I had no where to turn, but they started by calming me by explaining my rights in detail. Mrs. Rickerson let’s you know upfront that she will fight for you! It was like having a legal bodyguard! I couldn’t put a dollar amount on peace of mind I received after just my consultation. If you ever find your back up against the wall and feel like you have no where to turn I would highly recommend the attorneys at Carmichael and Rickerson!
Skip C.
An attorney well versed
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On very short notice I retained Mr. Carmichael to handle a case regarding “ repeat violence “ injunction. After meeting with me he assured me he could and would be willing to represent me in this case. He went the extra mile to dig into evidence and the law in representing my case. The way he handled the case in front of the Judge was outstanding. Mr. Carmichael is well equipped to represent his clients.
Melissa W.
Positive: Professionalism, Responsiveness
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Mrs. Rickerson represented our family with the utmost respect and care. She listened to our problems and advised us on our options, and carried through on her promise to help us successfully solve our issues. I am very grateful for all of her help and will use her again if I am ever in need of a family attorney. I would recommend her to anyone with family law needs.
Cody J.
Excellent
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Mr. Carmichael did a great job with my case. Being out of state he made it very easy for me and help me resolve my situation without even going to court. He kept me up to date daily with information.
Josh W.
Positive: Professionalism
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Sheena is very professional, responsive to your matter, and handles your issue promptly. I would highly recommend her for any of your needs.
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