Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer
It can be absolutely terrifying to find yourself the subject of a law enforcement investigation; even worse to find yourself in handcuffs, arrested for a crime. You may be worried about your reputation, your career, your freedom and your future.
The ultimate outcome of your case is dramatically impacted by your choice in attorney. An experienced, aggressive and strategic Tampa criminal defense lawyer can mean the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. This is precisely where former prosecutor-turned-defense lawyer can assist! Quite simply, we love to win and go the extra mile to ensure clients see a favorable case resolution.
Legal problems can arise at any hour of the day or night, so we provide 24-hour access to clients and are available by phone whenever the need arises. We maintain contacts with a range of experts and professionals who can contribute to your case.
If you’ve been arrested or are the subject of a police investigation, you need an experienced attorney who’s ready to aggressively defend your case. Contact us today to schedule a confidential case consultation session. Call 813-933-6807.
Common Questions When Facing Criminal Charges FAQ
It can be stressful and nerve-wracking to find yourself under investigation or charged with a crime. But it’s a reality that many Americans face each and every day. The right lawyer can help to allay your fears and concerns by developing an aggressive, strategic defense, in addition to answering your questions.
We have compiled an overview of some common questions on this topic.
What Types of Cases Do You Handle as a Tampa Defense Lawyer?
The firm defends a wide variety of criminal cases, including, but not limited to:
- Driving under the influence (DUI);
- Boating under the influence (BUI);
- Drug crimes, including possession and trafficking;
- Larceny and grand theft;
- Violation of probation or parole (VOP);
- Domestic violence cases;
- Assault and battery;
- Prostitution and solicitation; and
- Juvenile crimes.
As an experienced criminal defense attorney and a former prosecutor, we have been involved with court proceedings on a vast array of criminal offenses.
Will I Have to Go to Jail?
[Image: Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer] One of the most common questions concerns serving time in jail or prison. It’s an understandable fear, particularly for those who are facing a serious criminal offense.
First and foremost, you must be convicted and your attorney will do everything within his power to avoid conviction. If you are convicted or opt to plead guilty, there are many factors that will impact your sentence, including the nature of the crime and the circumstances surrounding that crime.
Your criminal record also plays a major role, as first-time offenders are far less likely to see jail time. Conversely, individuals who have prior convictions – particularly convictions for the same offense (or a similar type of offense) – are more likely to be sentenced to jail or prison time.
Your defense lawyer will work hard to present mitigating factors that may result in greater leniency. The judge typically has a fair amount of flexibility in terms of what type of sentence is handed down. Alternatives may include probation, house arrest or electronic monitoring, community service, fines, restitution or mandatory enrollment in a treatment program.
It is not uncommon for a criminal defense attorney to work with the courts and prosecutors to arrange a plea bargain or a reduction in charges.
How Do I Know if I Need to Hire an Attorney?
It is generally best to hire an attorney immediately upon learning that you are under investigation for a crime. It is typically beneficial to have your attorney present while performing an interview with the authorities, even if you’re innocent of the allegations. Words can be misconstrued and the wrong remark can and will be used against you. If you have an attorney present to help guide you through the interview process, the chances of experiencing problems in this regard are lessened.
How Much Will It Cost to Hire a Defense Lawyer?
The cost to hire a defense attorney varies quite dramatically depending upon the nature of your case. There are many variables that impact the cost of hiring a lawyer, including the quantity and severity of the charges and the specifics in your case.
Some cases can be promptly resolved after just a couple court hearings or other proceedings, while other cases span months, ultimately proceeding into the trial phase, requiring many hours of work and numerous court hearings.
To get an accurate idea of cost, it’s best to call for a no-cost case consultation session.
Why are Tampa defense attorneys important and what do they do?
Defense attorneys ensure that all of your constitutional rights are protected as well as having access to direct communication with the prosecutors. We ensure that no stone is left unturned as we apply our expertise to your case. Things that a defense attorney say to law enforcement on your behalf cannot be used against you in a court of law. We are able to negotiate dispositions and ferret information and facts, which a defendant cannot do.
When should I hire a Tampa criminal defense lawyer?
Usually, as soon as you become the suspect of a criminal investigation. This rule is not hard and fast, but if you believe people are trying to build a case against you, it is better to have an attorney to help get out in front of the situation.
How can I find the best Tampa criminal defense attorney for me?
Speak to several attorneys, find out their experience in the area of your situation as well as their experience in the jurisdiction of your problem. A local attorney who has been on both the defense and the prosecution and has an adequate number of years of experience is a good start. You must feel comfortable with the person who is going to represent you.
When can a Tampa defense attorney ask for an acquittal?
An acquittal can only be asked for during a trial; either at the end of the State’s case, and again at the conclusion of the entire trial.
What do Tampa criminal defense attorneys charge?
The price of a case varies according to many circumstances. The seriousness of offense, complexity of the case, prior record or lack thereof, just to name a few. Remember this though, would you want the cheapest heart surgeon to perform heart surgery on you or a loved one? You can always find some cheap attorney which will cost you more in the long run by your loss of freedom and money to hire an appellate attorney.
Do Tampa criminal defense attorneys offer payment plans?
Most do, and we certainly do.
How to choose a Tampa criminal defense attorney?
See above “Best criminal defense attorney.”
What questions should I ask a Tampa criminal defense attorney before hiring?
Please see above answers.
Contact an Experienced Tampa Defense Lawyer to Handle Your Criminal Case
[Image: Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer] Finding the right Tampa defense attorney is the first step toward seeing a positive outcome to your criminal case. Finding yourself accused of a crime can be very stressful, but an experienced legal professional can work with you to answer your questions, address your concerns and build a strong, highly strategic defense that will maximize your chances of seeing a favorable conclusion.
We have handled thousands of cases and hundreds of trials. As a former prosecutor and a defense attorney for over 15 years, we have experience on both sides of the coin, which means we are well-equipped to provide more effective defense services to clients. Your attorney has served as a former DUI prosecutor and narcotics prosecutor for the State Attorney’s Office in Hillsborough County, including the city of Tampa.
If you’re facing legal troubles, trust your defense to a qualified, strategic lawyer who will work hard to bring about favorable results. Contact us to arrange a one-on-one confidential case consultation session. Call 813-933-6807.