Steve has been an attorney since November of 1985. He grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio. After serving three years in the Marine Corps, Steve enrolled in the University of Cincinnati McMicken College where he completed his Political Science degree in three years while working full-time. He then enrolled in the University of Cincinnati Law School, and, while continuing to work twenty-four hours a week, he completed his Law Degree.
Mr. Knittle passed the Bar Exams in both Ohio and Florida. He engaged in private practice in Cincinnati from 1985 to 2000, and handled various types of legal cases, including Family, Criminal, Bankruptcy, Small Business start-ups and transfers, Contracts, Wills, and some Immigration Law. Steve was named The Volunteer Lawyer for the Poor lawyer of the year for 1999 due to the quantity and quality of service he performed for that organization in Cincinnati. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Camp Washington Housing Rehabilitation Corporation, a non-profit organization dedicated to rehabilitating the housing stock in that neighborhood in which he lived.
In May of 2000, Steve moved to Sebring, Florida and took a position with the 10th Circuit Public Defender's office. He started out in the Misdemeanor division, and due to his great success at trials, he was promoted to the supervising Attorney of the Wauchula, Florida office. In Wauchula, he handled all the cases in Hardee County, including serious felonies, misdemeanors, and juvenile. His trial success continued and in 2004 he was promoted to the Supervising Attorney position in the Sebring, Florida Office. In Sebring, Steve supervised a staff of ten people, including six attorneys. Steve's trial success continued and he and his staff had an outstanding acquittal rate in their trials. He remained there until February of 2008 when he moved to Atlanta, Georgia.
Steve was admitted to the Bar in Georgia in February, 2008 and he engaged in private practice in the areas of Criminal, Family, and Immigration Law. He also took a position for 28 months with State of Georgia Public Defender's office and worked in the Cordele Circuit in South Georgia. His trial success continued as he won five acquittals and had one hung jury in seven trials during that period.
Steve has tried approximately forty cases to juries with a very good success rate. He is knowledgeable in the Criminal Laws and Criminal Procedure in Florida and seems to have a knack for connecting with jury panels and getting them to see the defendant's side of the case.
Steve has the experience, knowledge, personality, and talent you are looking for when you are hiring a lawyer to defend you when you are facing criminal charges.