Jacob has an extensive background in criminal law. Before joining North Florida Lawyers, Jacob was an Assistant State Attorney for nearly ten years. He served all across the State in a variety of circuits and in front of a variety of judges. Having tried over 50 jury trials and conducting countless motion hearings, he has handled almost any issue that could present itself in criminal litigation. As a former prosecutor, Jacob has tried cases ranging from Driving Under the Influence (DUI) to attempted murder and murder. Jacob also has an extensive background in white collar crime, organized crime, and complex narcotics investigations. He participated in investigating and prosecuting such cases while serving in the Duval County State Attorney’s Office Special Prosecution Unit for over three years. 

 

Currently, Jacob also serves as an Assistant Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the Air Force reserves. He quickly obtained the rank of Captain and completes his annual trainings, and duty at his base in Little Rock Arkansas. As a reservist, Jacob had to complete the challenging Officer Training School (OTS) and Judge Advocate General Staff Officer Courses (JASOC). As an Assistant Staff Judge Advocate, Jacob has gained extensive knowledge of Trust and Estates. Jacob has helped many service members in this field of law. 

 

Before beginning his career as an Assistant State Attorney, Jacob attended law school at the Stetson University College of Law. While a Stetson, Jacob completed a two-year clerkship with a local private attorney where he worked on all facets of different civil and criminal law cases. Jacob also partook in Stetson’s nationally renowned Trial Advocacy program and had one of the highest rated mock trials among his peers. Jacob also partook in the school’s certified legal internship program, where he became a de facto prosecutor with the Pinellas County State Attorney’s Office. He tried multiple cases even before becoming an attorney and also argued motions to suppress. Upon graduation, he received the Pro Bono Award for his community service.  

 

As an undergraduate, Jacob attended the University of Florida in his hometown of Gainesville. Jacob obtained a B.S. in Journalism. While in college, Jacob was the editor of the Independent Florida Alligator’s entertainment section, a staff writer for the Gator Times, and interned for the Gainesville Sun. After the internship at the Gainesville Sun, Jacob’s editor allowed him to stay on as a freelance writer where he wrote several feature articles.  

 

Jacob currently lives in Jacksonville, Florida with his four-year old daughter. Currently, his interests include working out, community growth, and trying to keep up with his daughter’s constantly changing fascinations. 

 

 

Jacob McCrea, Esq.

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