Carrie L. Rentz

Top Rated Criminal Defense Lawyer

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After receiving her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida, attorney Carrie Rentz went on to earn her Juris Doctorate (law degree) and master’s degree in business administration (MBA) from Stetson University.


Ms. Rentz began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney for the 18th Judicial Circuit, serving Seminole and Brevard counties. She started as a misdemeanor prosecutor in Titusville, Fla., and was later transferred to Sanford, Fla., where she was ultimately promoted to a felony docket trial attorney position.


Her experience as a prosecutor spurred a desire to help people in bad situations, and care for those who’ve hit rock-bottom, helping them get them back on track to a better life. She left the State Attorney’s Office to join the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Council for the Fifth District, representing cases throughout Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Flagler, Lake and Osceola Counties.  As a former prosecutor, Ms. Rentz understood all aspects of building a strong offensive case, from gathering pertinent evidence to deciding the best convictions to seek – an advantage which has proven key to developing a strong defense.


In 2008, Ms. Rentz went into private practice, opening up her own firm and continuing to work part-time for the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Council for the Fifth District. She’s defended everything from murder and sex crimes, to driving on a suspended license.


She later transitioned to family law in 2014, working as co-counsel with a Central Florida attorney representing more than 40 years of experience and many high profile cases. In one extreme case, she managed a three-week divorce trial involving billions of dollars’ worth of assets.


Ms. Rentz has been able to negotiate better plea bargains (see article 1 and article 2 on how she lowered a $750,000 bond to $10,000 for niece of Markeith Lloyd), and obtain the better outcomes for those previously misrepresented or misunderstood (see article on Ms. Rentz achieving justice on behalf of a mentally disabled woman facing 15 years of prison). 


Carrie L. Rentz has a compassion and understanding for each of her clients to be fully invested in fighting for your best possible outcome. She’s seen enough good people find themselves in unfortunate situations, and will work hard on your behalf to get you back to your family as soon as possible.


I realize that your case is the most important thing in your life at this moment, and ensure I will do everything I can to get you through this situation with a successful resolution. If you’re coming to me with a need for criminal defense or family law needs, I look forward to answering any questions you may have, and walking you through the process step-by-step.


• Assistant state attorney for the 18th judicial circuit in and for Seminole and Brevard counties


• Misdemeanor prosecutor in Titusville


• Misdemeanor prosecutor in Sanford


• Misdemeanor prosecutor in Seminole County


•  Felony docket trial attorney


•  Office of criminal conflict and civil regional counsel for the fifth district (Volusia, Seminole, Orange, Flagler, Lake, & Osceola counties)


•  Private Criminal Defense Attorney


• The University of Florida - B.A. Business


• Stetson University - MBA


• Stetson University - Juris Doctorate

Professional Associations

• Florida Bar

• Member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

• Member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


• Member of the American Bar Association



Areas of Practice

1. Criminal Defense

2. Litigation & Appeals

3. Administrative Law (DHSMV)

4. State Trial Practice

5. State Appellate Practice

6. Computer Crimes

7. Internet

8. Ethics

9. Professional Responsibility

10. Mediation

11. Alternative Dispute Resolution

12. Licensing

13. Administrative Hearing & Adjudication

14. Search & seizure Protections

15. Criminal Fraud

16. Drug violations

17. Felonies

18. Sex Offenses

19. Traffic Violations

20. Grand Jury Proceedings

21. Juvenile Crimes

22. Misdemeanor

23. Parole & Probation

24. RICO Act





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"My savior, I thought i was doomed. No lawyer wanted to help and the ones that did had nothing good to say and wanted to charge me 3x what the wonderful Mrs. Carrie Rentz did. this is the only lawyer i will use for anything from now on. THANK YOU Carrie” 

- J. G.

"...yearlong effort [to right] a criminal-justice wrong..."

Excerpt from the April 22, 2015 article in the Orlando Sentinel by Rene Stutzman

"Baby sitter Mariah Berry is deaf, intellectually disabled and mentally ill. Last year, the 21-year-old was ordered to prison for 15 years because a 9-month-old Sanford baby had drowned in the bathtub while she was supposed to be watching him.


But in a sudden reversal Wednesday, a judge ordered Berry set free and threw out the criminal case against her, ruling that her IQ was so low — 65 — she was not competent to stand trial.


It was the end of a yearlong effort by four Central Florida attorneys to right what they saw as a criminal-justice wrong: a long prison term for a mentally disabled woman who was being punished for an accident.


'This is the highest peak of my career," said an emotional Carrie Rentz, the Winter Park attorney who convinced Circuit Judge Donna McIntosh to throw out the case."

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