Defending the Rights of the
Accused throughout the Florida Keys

An arrest, guilty verdict, or criminal conviction in Key West, triggers extremely serious, life-altering penalties.

Penalties in your case will vary depending upon the specific charge and circumstances, and in most cases will include monetary fines or even jail time. In addition to jail or prison time and fines, criminal convictions can lead to many collateral consequences that impact your day-to-day life and your future opportunities.

Unfortunately, criminal charges and consequently criminal convictions can impact your ability to find employment, and a place to live, and can limit your options in your professional and personal life. If you are currently facing a criminal charge in the Florida Keys, time is of the essence. The sooner you contact an attorney who can advocate for you and fight for your rights from day one, the better.

Key West criminal defense attorneys at Reed Palacios Law are standing by to meet with you to discuss the potential of a criminal defense, the circumstances surrounding your arrest, and where to go from here. We will work tirelessly to come up with every legal defense possible, formulate a strategy, and review all possible options.

Depending on your personal circumstances, the facts of the case, and the law applicable to your charges, this can include litigating your case to the fullest or negotiating with State Prosecutors to find a plea deal that works for you. 

Our criminal defense team takes the time to understand not only your case, but how this case will impact your life, family, and future. We take pride in communicating with you and helping you understand each step of the process. Our team will answer your questions and help you navigate this complicated and stressful time in your life.

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For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a
skilled Florida Keys criminal defense attorney, please call us at
305-563-7281 or contact us online for more information.

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Colleen and Victor are trial attorneys with a
wealth of experience in the Florida Keys. They
stand ready to represent you in any criminal
charge brought in Monroe County.

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    Colleen Reed
    Founding Partner
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    Victor Palacios
    Founding Partner
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Our Criminal Defense process

At Reed Palacios Law, there is not a one-size-fits-all approach. Rather, we treat each of our clients as individuals and develop a defense strategy that is particular to their specific case and needs.

First, we meet with you for a free case evaluation and legal consultation. At that consultation, based on the information you provide and what we can find out about your case at that time, we will discuss the defenses, strategies, and options that could be available. Options can include conducting depositions of witnesses, filing motions, negotiating with the State Attorney, or taking the case to trial, to name a few.

Once you’ve hired Reed Palacios Law, we will conduct a thorough review of the charges against you, communicate our opinions and strategy options with you, and determine what strategy is best for not only the case but for your life and your values. We continuously learn about the case and the circumstances of your arrest to find all defenses available to you. Depending on the circumstances, we determine whether the best next step is to litigate the case (file motions, depositions, etc.), negotiate with the State Attorney, or seek a diversion or dismissal outside of court. Either of these processes can result in a dismissal of your case, a plea deal, or a verdict that is the best option for you.

The lawyers at Reed Palacios Law will review your options every step of the way, and as many times as you need to make the decisions that are right for you. We represent you at any stage of the proceedings, whether it be a bench trial, jury trial, or sentencing hearing, and believe that communication is the key to a successful attorney-client relationship.

What You Get When You Retain Our
Team for Legal Representation

When you retain the experienced Florida Keys attorneys at Reed Palacios Law to represent you in your legal matter, you will get a skilled team ready to aggressively advocate for your legal and constitutional rights. Our goal is to help you develop a personalized defense strategy for your case, avoid court appearances if possible, and offer you thorough and judgment-free legal representation.

To read what our past clients have said about their experiences with our firm, please click here.

For a free case evaluation and legal consultation with a knowledgeable Florida Keys criminal defense lawyer, please call us at 305-563-7281 or contact us online right away.

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Criminal Defense
Lawyers in the
Florida Keys

Being charged with a crime is stressful and can be one of the most difficult times of your life. We are here to help.

We bring over 20 years of experience on both sides of the courtroom, and represent clients in all three courthouses in the Keys. With offices throughout the Keys, we are ready to fight your case no matter where it is being litigated.

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Let Our Experience Be Your Guide


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  • I was fortunate enough to have Mrs Reed represent me multiple times throughout my process. It had been a 9 year process and finally working with her, we got things taken care of. She was nothing short of amazing. She is very well respected in the court room and very intelligent. Communication with her was always easy and prompt. With Colleen, you have someone representing you who is genuine and really cares.
    People always say; “you get what you pay for.” Being in the system for 9 years I’ve seen it all. Colleen is the best investment I’ve made, leading to my freedom. No rock goes unturned. I could write pages about how satisfied my family and I are with her representing me. There is no question who is number one in Monroe county. Don’t think twice, call her firm and get it done correct the first time!!

  • Unfortunately, I got myself in some serious trouble for drunk driving. I was lucky to have Mrs. Reed handled my case for me. She got me the best outcome possible, when I was facing two DUI charges. Honestly, if it wasn’t for how good she is at her job, I’d probably would never be able to drive again and unemployed. She’s great! You came to the right place! Best of luck

  • You will not go wrong with Palacios/Reed law firm very caring and professional attorney’s at law. We’ve used her for all of our case work.

  • I had the pleasure of working with both Victor and Colleen, unfortunately not under the circumstances I’d wished to. Nonetheless, they were extremely professional and caring. They made this emotional and difficult matter as smooth as possible, they made sure I understood every aspect of the case and helped me reach the best outcome. I strongly recommend you give these two a chance to help you out of whatever trouble you’ve gotten yourself into.

  • Last year my son and I had a fishing issue and we were charged with a fine and six month probation and the probation officer decided to charge us with probation violation and my son got arrested and I turned to Mr. Palacios for help. He worked on our case extremely hard and he managed to get my son out of jail and to get dismissed all of our pending charges and probation. After that event Mr. Palacios is and will be our attorney and will recommend him to anyone that has any legal issues. Thank you once again.

  • Miss Reed represented me in a serious FWC case in Key West thanks to her attention to every detail and exceptional work ethic my charges were reduced. Thanks again for your professionalism. If the need ever arises for an excellent attorney, I would not hesitate to contact her or recommend Miss Reed to anyone I know.

  • Victor gracias por ser un buen abogado un excelente trabajo, ayudas mucho a las personas que se encuentran pasando por problemas legales estoy satisfecho con su trabajo gracias.


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