A criminal conviction will affect the rest of your life.
That's why our St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Law firm treats every case as if it is the most serious case ever.
Every client is led by a criminal defense attorney who is a former prosecutor. And every case is reviewed by a team of attorneys to make sure the best possible theory of defense is used to maximize the chance of victory
We fight every criminal charge in Pinellas County, St. Petersburg Courthouses including:
Drug Charges: Sherriff Gualtieri and the Pinellas State Attorney continues to aggressively prosecute St. Petersburg citizens for drug-related offenses. A first-time misdemeanor charge carries a possible penalty of 12 months in jail or on probation. Our criminal defense lawyers in St. Petersburg are members of NORML and utilize cutting edge defenses to minimize penalties for drug-related offenses.
DUI Charges: The Pinellas County State Attorney refuses to allow any diversionary program for even a first time DUI arrest and charge. What is worse, the State Attorney does not like to reduce DUI charges to a reckless driving. Our St. Petersburg DUI lawyers know this. That's why we fight every DUI charge no matter how small from the very first moment of representation. We are able to greatly increase the chances of reducing the DUI to reckless driving or getting an outright dismissal because we outwork the State Attorney.
Robbery and Burglary Charges: Our St. Petersburg burglary Attorneys represent individuals throughout St. Petersburg with a particular emphasis on Southside residents and drug-related robbery and burglary charges. The St. Petersburg Police Department has been too aggressive in arresting its citizens for robbery and burglary charges in the community, resulting in false arrests and overcharged individuals.
Warrants With the Pinellas County Sherriff's Office: Our criminal defense team can help withdraw warrants for your arrest that are issued by the Pinellas County Sherriff's Office, the State Attorney, or St. Petersburg Police Department. This is usually accomplished with a Motion to Withdraw a Warrant or Capias filed at the Criminal Justice Center and heard in front of your assigned Judge.
Probation Violations: While probation can be an excellent alternative to jail for resolving an underlying charge, probation violations can lead to bigger jail sentences and tougher penalties than the original charge may warrant. St. Petersburg Court has its own probation violation court for misdemeanors and for technical violations of felony charges. For violation of felony probation with a new law, charge expects to have to appear in front of the Judge who put you on probation.
Domestic Violence Charges: St. Petersburg is so aggressive in prosecuting domestic violence charges that it has created its own division in Court to hear these cases. The prosecutors in the domestic violence division will file and prosecute domestic assault charges even when the victim does not want to prosecute. Like most criminal defense areas, aggressive tactical fighting immediately after the arrest is important to maximize the chances of a dismissal.
We also provide representation for all criminal charges from minor traffic offenses to arson to murder.
We have six former Pinellas County Prosecutors working on our team. So we know the State Attorneys office from the inside. Everything from your initial bond hearing to your arraignment to how the State Attorney decides what cases to file on, we know the game.
Knowing how to look at your criminal case from the eyes of the person trying to convict you makes all the difference in the word. And having six of us allows us to review your case from all angles when building a defense.
Of course, we don't just rely on our past history with the State Attorneys office or our knowledge of how the Judges operate. We continue to hone our craft and lead the criminal defense bar in Pinellas County. We are members of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Four of our lawyers are rated perfect by AVVO. Three of our St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyers are Superlawyers. We know how to do this.
Of course, you don't want your case to go to trial. You want this to be behind you. So why does it matter if you have a criminal trial lawyer?
Simply put, you want to be sure that if your case must go to trial you have the best in your corner. A trial is just like you see on TV, complete with a jury of your peers deciding your guilt or innocence. We do not hire lawyers without significant trial experience. Period. So if you have to fight your case in court you will get the best representation possible.
Of course, the unintended side effect is that we resolve more cases for better deals precisely because we know how to use the courtroom to make your case better for you. The more experience our St. Petersburg criminal lawyers have in court, the less likely your case will need to to see the courtroom.
Pinellas County's main criminal justice center is a location on 49th Street North, next to the Pinellas County Jail.
If you have been arrested and booked on anything from a misdemeanor to a felony, then you have been transported to the Pinellas County Jail and booked. Afterward, you were either released on your own recognizance or bonded out by a bondsman.
The Pinellas County Jail is attached to the criminal justice center. So when you go back to Court for any non-traffic related criminal charge you will go to the Criminal Justice Center.
However for certain traffic related offenses Pinellas provides more convenient traffic courts. The St. Petersburg traffic court is located on 66th Street by the Tyrone Mall. This is known as "South County" traffic court.
South County Traffic Court provides your criminal defense attorney potentially two forums to fight your charge. In most cases, our South County Traffic Court Criminal Defense Lawyers will fight your charge in the traffic court first either through plea negotiation or filing and argue motions to suppress or dismiss. If the lawyer can get a successful result in traffic court then the case is over. If our criminal lawyer is having a difficult time getting a favorable result in traffic court we can require the court to transfer the case to the criminal justice center and have another chance to fight the case at the Courthouse on 49th Street.
You can discuss your specific case with a member of our team in minutes. If would feel more comfortable chatting electronically, simply text the number above or fill out the contact form below. We will have a member of our criminal defense team get right back with you. Initial consultations with our criminal lawyers are always free. We offer consultations in our St. Petersburg office downtown, over the phone, over text, or even over skype.