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The Honorable: Charlie Crawford

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The Honorable:
Charlie Crawford


EDUCATION:

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
    • Juris Doctorate, May 1992
    • President –Sports & Entertainment Law Society; Law Week Board of Directors
  • Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida
    • Bachelor of Science – Sports Management, December 1987
    • Delta Phi Kappa Academic Honor Fraternity; Golden Key Honor Society

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

  • Licensed Texas Bar, May 1993
  • Licensed Florida Bar, September 1993
  • Licensed to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Southern and Eastern
  • Districts of Texas and the Middle District of Florida
  • Law Office of Charles G. Crawford, P.A., Melbourne, Fl, February 1999 – December 2006
  • Cianfrogna, Telfer, Reda, Faherty and Anderson, P.A., Titusville, fl, March 1998 – February 1999Private practice included all family law matters, criminal representation, civil litigation, guardianships and estate planning.
  • State Attorney’s Office, Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, Viera, Florida, August 1997 – March 1998
  • Orange County District Attorney, Orange, Texas, April 1994 – August 1997 – Previous government practice included prosecution of child abuse and sex crimes, all felonies, misdemeanors as well as the prosecution of child dependency cases.
JUDICIAL HISTORY:

Circuit Court Judge, 18th Circuit Court, Viera, Florida Elected November 2006 – present.

Judicial experience includes all family law matters, juvenile dependency and delinquency, civil litigation, domestic violence and currently serving on the felony criminal bench.
Since beginning his Judicial Career Judge Crawford has instituted several innovative and thoughtful programs in the 18th Circuit including:A Special Needs Docket for children in foster care with mental or physical disabilities allowing their case to be reviewed twice as often as previously set.Along with Brevard Family Partnership he instituted the county’s only supervised visitation program for parents seeking to reunite with their children while involved in a reunification case plan with the Department of Children and Families.With the help of his courtroom deputies and countless volunteers Judge Crawford maintained a playroom at the Courthouse for children forced to go to court along with a children’s clothing and toy/bicycle room making sure every child that came to court left with a much needed necessity and a toy.Setting of trials within 90 days of any request, litigants no longer wait a year for trial.Within the first 5 months of being assigned to the felony criminal division Judge Crawford has resolved all cases assigned to him where inmates have been in Brevard County Jail in excess of 2 years therefore reducing the jail population and unnecessary delays.

ORGANIZATIONS, COMMITTEES AND COMMISSIONS:

  • Friends of Brevard Lacrosse – Founding Board Member
  • Viera Suntree Little League – Challenger Coach; Former Board Member
  • Lacrosse Coach – Viera High School, West Shore High School (2010-2011)
  • Florida Bar Legal Needs of Children Committee – Member
  • Brevard County Bar Association – Member; Board of Directors, 2000-2002
  • Vassar B. Carlton American Inn of Court – 1999-2002
  • Children’s Justice Act – Former Protocol Taskforce Member
  • Southeast Texas Food Bank – Former Board Member
  • Mickey Mahaffey Children’s Advocacy Program – Former Board Member
  • Southeast Texas Women & Children’s Shelter – Advisory Board Past President
OTHER:

– SPEECHES/LECTURES:

  • Justice Teaching Instructor, Viera High School and Endeavor Elementary
  • Florida Department of Children and Families Statewide Convention
  • Space Coast Marine Institute
  • Orange County, Texas Sheriff’s Office
  • Brevard County Sheriff’s Office
  • Parent to Parent
  • Families Experiencing Down
  • Brevard County Legal Aid
  • Hidden Potentials
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Melbourne Alumni Panhellenic