Francisco A. Cruz, II

Managing Partner

A graduate of Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, and practicing law since 2014, Mr. Cruz spent time as a criminal defense attorney before switching sides and becoming a state prosecutor.

As a prosecutor, Mr. Cruz handled a diverse variety of cases from suspended licenses, DUIs, drug possessions, prostitution, and domestic violence. He evaluated hundreds of case for filing decisions and participated in hundreds of plea negotiations and violation of probation hearings. Mr. Cruz is experienced in handling all aspects of criminal defense including jury trials, bond motions, diversion and pretrial motions. As the prosecutor assigned to mental health Court, he gained experience dealing with mental health issues such as competency. Many of his cases were tried all the way to a jury verdict.

As an “Army Brat,” Mr. Cruz moved a lot as a child, but his family finally settled down in Kissimmee after his father retired. He is a proud graduate and supporter of Osceola High School. Later, he graduated with a degree in Finance from the University of Central Florida, where he met his wife. Post college he worked in banking, raising to the position of manager of operations. After a few years in banking he decided he enjoyed helping his community more than his position allowed, so after some soul searching he decided to rearrange his life and pursue law. Now, as a criminal defense attorney, his focus on helping his community continues.

Offices

  • Orlando
  • Kissimmee
  • Tampa
  • Lake Mary

Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury

Education

  • Barry University, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Orlando, Florida
    • Juris Doctor
  • University of Central Florida, College of Business, Orlando, Florida
    • Bachelor of Science – Finance

Past Employment Positions

  • Ted L. Hollander & Associates, PA - Associate
  • Ninth Judicial Circuit - Assistant State Attorney
  • Melendez Carmona, PA - Associate
  • Neal P. Pitts, PA - Legal Clerk
  • Fairwinds Credit Union - Manager of Operations

Community Activities

  • Osceola County Bar Association
    • Former Executive Board Member
  • Orange County Bar Association
    • Member
  • Lambda Theta Phi, Latin Fraternity Inc.
    • Alumni

E-mail: cruz@melendezlawoffices.com

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