Criminal Defense Lawyer in Okaloosa County
Accomplished Defense Attorneys To Defend Your Rights

Attorney Ashley Smith Herndon

Former Prosecutor with an Understanding of Both Sides

Criminal Defense Lawyer, Ashley HerndonAs a previous Assistant State Attorney prosecuting both in the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit as well as the First Judicial Circuit in Florida, Ashley Smith Herndon knows the ins and outs of criminal law.

As a former prosecutor and now as a defense attorney, she has tried approximately 80 trials to verdict. Having returned to her hometown to practice law, she aggressively defends the Constitutional Rights of the accused.

Cases Attorney Ashley Herndon Handles

Ms. Herndon has an AV Preeminent Attorney rating with Martindale-Hubbell®. She handles an array of criminal law cases including:

  • DUI
  • BUI
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Drug possession
  • Drug sale
  • Drug trafficking
  • Domestic violence
  • Assault and battery
  • Homicide
  • Manslaughter
  • Vehicular homicide
  • Misdemeanors
  • Felonies
  • Expungements and sealings
  • Probation violations

To discuss your case with the Okaloosa County criminal defense attorney, contact us at (850) 629-7163 and schedule a free initial consultation.

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 2001


  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida
    • J.D. - 2000
    • Honors: Phi Delta Phi
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama - 1998
    • Major: Master of Education
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1996

Representative Cases

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association, President, 2006 - 2007
  • Okaloosa Walton Bar Association, Vice President, 2005 - 2006
  • The Florida Bar, 2001 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Okaloosa County Chapter)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Golden Key International Honour Society
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • The Florida Bar Grievance Committee First Indicial Circuit, Member, 2009 - 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • 1st Judicial Circuit & Thirteenth Judicial Circuit, Assistant State Attorney, 2001 - 2005

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member Founders & Justice, Established Walter J. Smith Justice Fund, Legal Services Northwest Florida, 2005 - Present


  • Martindale-Hubbell, Peer Rated 2020
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent 2012 Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent - Highest Possible Rating - Dewrell
  • Dewrell 35 Years Martindale Hubbell
  • Ashley Smith Herndon - AV Preeminent for 5 Years