What Our Clients Say About Us…

Criminal Justice Attorney With Over 40 Years of Combined Criminal Defense Experience

  • As one of the best law firms in West Palm Beach, we are proud to defend the rights of the accused.
  • Clients turn to our award-winning law firm for honest advice and aggressive legal representation.
  • Our lawyers have handled thousands of cases and have successfully represented clients against everything from DUI to murder charges.
  • Attorney Rick Hutchinson has a 9.4/10 rating on Avvo, a website where clients and colleagues can write reviews about legal professionals.
  • With a top criminal defense lawyer by your side, you can fight the charges that have been filed against you.

Facing the criminal justice system can be a frightening and life-changing experience, whether it’s your first time in trouble with the law or a subsequent arrest. At The Law Offices of Hutchinson and Huffman, our criminal defense lawyers believe that each and every client deserves a strong defense, coordinated by an experienced legal team.

A conviction in the criminal courts can lead to lifelong consequences that may interfere with your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, enroll in university classes and live a fulfilling, happy life. Our West Palm Beach lawyers represent clients facing misdemeanor and felony charges. Our goal is to help you find justice, while minimizing any penalties that you may face, including fines, probation and jail time.


A DUI arrest can happen to virtually anyone. One moment you’re enjoying dinner with friends and the next, you’re in handcuffs, being booked for and accused of drunk driving. What’s more, you don’t need to drink to get arrested for driving under the influence. A driving under influence may also involve illicit drugs and even prescription medications, taken just as the doctor ordered. Seniors are often targeted for this type of arrest, causing extreme distress to an honest, law abiding citizen.

A DUI conviction can result in the loss of your driving privileges, making it impossible to earn an income and care for your family. You could also face steep fines and even jail time, particularly if someone was seriously injured or killed in a traffic accident. And this says nothing of the embarrassment you may experience. But there is help. Trust an experienced DUI defense lawyer who will offer sound legal advice, while fighting for your interests and protecting your rights.

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Drug Crimes

The State of Florida has some of the strictest drug laws in the United States, making a narcotic arrest all the more frightening. Good, hardworking people can struggle with the perils of addiction, while others may find themselves involved in a bad situation that rapidly spirals out of control.

Regardless of what circumstances led to your arrest, our experienced West Palm Beach drug lawyers are committed to defending your case and offering world-class representation as we strive to defend those accused of drug offenses, while working to minimize any adverse effects. An experienced criminal defense lawyer can handle both misdemeanor criminal cases and felony narcotic crimes, from simple possession, to possession with intent to distribute, trafficking and beyond.

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Theft Crimes

A theft crime arrest can lead to intense embarrassment and shame. A conviction can result in a fine, probation or jail time. You could also face challenges when renting a home, enrolling in a university or even applying for a job – especially one that places you in a position of trust. A theft conviction can haunt you for decades to come.

A diverse array of people are arrested for theft crimes. Many have never been involved with the law before, making the situation even more distressing. A top West Palm Beach defense attorney will defend your case in a strategic, aggressive manner, working to bring about the best possible outcome.

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Sex Crimes

Few things can be more harmful to ones reputation and stigmatizing than an unlawful intercourse offense arrest and conviction. Sexual misconduct spans a broad spectrum from sexual battery and rape, to lewd and lascivious conduct or unlawful sex with a minor. A sexual misconduct conviction can result in serious challenges when trying to get a job, rent a home and living a fulfilling, productive life. And in addition to a very troublesome “black mark” on your record, you could find yourself required to register as a sex offender.

A sex crime conviction can have extreme consequences, particularly for offenses that are also considered a violent crime. This only highlights the importance of trusting your defense to an experienced criminal defense lawyer who can devise a strategic approach to defend your case and fight for your freedom.

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White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes are non-violent crimes, typically with a financial motivation. White collar crimes often involve individuals in a position of power or authority, including business professionals and government officials, amongst others. There are even cases where a business or political opponent may conspire to make another person appear guilty of a crime.

A conviction on a white collar crime can destroy your career and your reputation within the community, causing tremendous embarrassment. And that says nothing of the criminal penalties, which can include fines, restitution, probation and even jail time. One thing is certain: you need an experienced defense lawyer who can work hard to protect your interests. That’s precisely what we provide here at The Law Offices of Hutchinson and Huffman.

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Domestic Violence

A domestic violence arrest involving family members can be a very trying experience for all involved. Many domestic violence cases lack an objective, third party witness, resulting in a he said-she said situation. Many who are arrested for an act of household brutality have never been in trouble with the law before, so it’s not uncommon for our clients to be not only embarrassed, but also frightened and uncertain of what to expect.

Domestic Violence cases tend to carry harsher penalties than a comparable assault and battery incident involving a stranger. This underscores the importance of hiring an experienced assault and battery lawyer who is familiar with the challenges that this type of case can involve. That’s precisely why clients turn to the experienced legal team at The Law Offices of Hutchinson and Huffman.

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The Hutchinson & Huffman Scholarship – $500

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The attorneys of Hutchinson & Huffman, P.A. are among the most highly respected attorneys in the nation and firm believers in working hard to achieve your goals. Most college students need financial assistance to help pay for their degrees. However, many students are not eligible for federal student aid and must apply for private student loans. These student loans are costly to pay back and often leave recent graduates in overwhelming debt while they are looking for a job. Our law firm is proud to support college students by offering them a scholarship to help pay for their education.

The lawyers of Hutchinson & Huffman, P.A. established the 2017 Hutchinson & Huffman Scholarship to reduce the financial burden students experience while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degrees. Our law firm feels privileged to provide a $500 scholarship to any student who cannot afford the price of a college education. There is no fee to apply, and if you are selected, you have no obligation to pay the scholarship award back. This scholarship is our gift to students who are seeking college degrees and need help with the high cost of an education.

Every student deserves the opportunity to focus on their studies, rather than stress about ways to pay for their tuition or living expenses. These young professionals will one day lead our country. Hutchinson & Huffman, P.A. presents this scholarship as an investment in their education and future career. To apply for the 2017 Hutchinson & Huffman Scholarship, you must meet all of the submission requirements. Students from any bachelor’s or master’s program are eligible to apply.

Eligibility Requirments

Every applicant must follow the criteria below to be considered for the scholarship:

  1. Applicants must either be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States.
  2. Applicants must have earned an annual income of less than $35,000 in 2016.
  3. Applicants must provide an email address and Facebook account.
  4. Applicants must be enrolled part-time or full-time in either an undergraduate or graduate program.

Essay Topics & Submission Types

Every applicant is required to submit an essay about one of the topics listed below. This college-level essay must be written in your own words and should be free of any typos and grammatical errors.

  1. What are you studying and where do you see yourself in 10 years?
  2. Who has been integral in your educational career and how have they inspired you?
  3. Why is a college degree important to you and your community?
  4. Describe your college experience? How has your life changed since starting your postsecondary education?
  5. What is the most challenging obstacle you have overcome in your life?

Essay Directions

Essays will only be reviewed if they are typed using single-spacing with a 12-point font. All essays must be original and submitted via email as a PDF or Microsoft Word Document (.PDF, .DOC, .DOCX).

Video Options

Instead of an essay, applicants have the option to submit a video with their application. The video submission should last approximately 3-10 minutes and must be uploaded or linked to the host website. This video is optional, but if the applicant submits one they must include a link or URL to the original video.

Video format: (.MP4 OR .FLX OR .AVI OR .WMV OR .MOV)

Winner Selection & Recognition

The winner of the 2017 Hutchinson & Huffman Scholarship will be selected one week after the application deadline. The $500 scholarship will be awarded to the student in the form of a check sent by the United States Postal Service.

Application Deadline

Deadline for submission: June 1, 2017.

How To Apply

  1. Applicants can choose to write an essay or film a video.
  2. Email your completed application to the following email address: [email protected]
  3. Include your name, age, contact information, high school or college GPA, and the URL for your Facebook account using the subject line “Scholarship Submission.”
  4. If you submit a video, please provide us with the link or URL to the video hosting site.
  5. The winner will be announced via email and sent instructions on how they can claim their $500 scholarship. The winner must provide a primary form of identification (driver’s license, ID, or passport) before receiving the award.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I submit my application?

We can only receive an applicant’s essay or video by email. Please send all submissions to [email protected].

How many times can I apply?

An applicant can only apply once. If you have a revised copy of your essay or video, it will be accepted if corrections are sent before the deadline. Applicants must follow the same submission guidelines and use the subject line “Scholarship Submission Edited.”

Does your scholarship have any GPA requirements?

Although there are no specific GPA requirements to apply, students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are typically preferred.

How will I know if I won?

The scholarship winner will be notified by email one week after the deadline. All application inquiries should be sent via email. No calls or letters will receive an update.  

Can I still apply even if I don’t have an email or Facebook account?

Every applicant must provide an email address and the URL to their Facebook profile. These are two requirements for the scholarship, and the applicant is encouraged to create an email and Facebook account before submitting their application.

If I receive federal student loans, am I still eligible to apply?

Any student that meets the eligibility requirements can apply. However, this scholarship is intended to help students who do not have the financial means to pay for college.

Can I still apply after the deadline?

Unfortunately, no late submissions will be accepted. All applications must be received before the deadline.