Practice Areas

Criminal Defense Cases in Pinellas County

There are many areas of specialization when speaking about criminal defense. Our main practice areas are:

DUI/DWI Defense in Pinellas, Florida

As driving under the influence/driving while intoxicated laws become stricter, a DUI/DWI conviction can affect various aspects of your life: from showing up on background checks to having your driving freedoms compromised. It’s important to have dependable representation when facing these charges, as offenses can lead to heavy fines and imprisonment.

Under Florida Statutes, DUI/DWI convictions are based on intoxication levels from alcohol, illicit drugs, medications, and even prescription drugs. While conviction punishments are a possibility, you may qualify for a DUI diversion program that may dismiss the charge from your record.

Drug Crime Defense in Pinellas County

Florida is notorious for it’s strict handling of drug law enforcement. Given it’s location, many local, state, and federal law enforcement resources are used to track down this state’s illicit drug trade. This encompasses all aspects of illicit drug importation, manufacture, distribution, and possession.

A narcotics crime conviction, depending on the specific drug involved and quantity, can range from being a first degree misdemeanor all the way to first degree felony. This can mean the difference between a $1,000 fine and 1 year in prison for the former and a $10,000 fine and/or 30 years to life imprisonment for the latter.

With these stakes, it’s important to weigh your options. With the right qualifications, you can participate in Florida Department of Correction’s Felony Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) that may get your charge dismissed.

Sexual Assault Defense in Pinellas County, Florida

If you are facing conviction of a sexual crime in Florida, it is of pivotal importance that you have experienced representation for your case. When a conviction can rely on a witness’ testimony, the need for a dependable defense attorney is all the more necessary.

While sexual assault is a serious allegation, it is not uncommon for someone to be wrongly accused. The conviction of a sexual assault crime, depending on the case, can be substantially damaging to your record and freedom. Sexual battery under Florida Statute 794.011 is considered a second degree felony if committed on an individual over the age of 12, and is punishable by imprisonment of up to 15 years in prison. If committed to an individual under the age of 12, it’s considered a capitol felony and can result in life in prison or the death penalty.

Probation Violation Defense in Pinellas County

Our experienced attorneys understand that the conditions of probation can sometimes be quite strict and difficult to adhere to. However, violating your probation can land you in even more legal than what got you there in the first place. Some common probation conditions include:

  • Reporting to a parole officer periodically
  • Abstaining from breaking any laws
  • Paying restitution to the aggravated party
  • Submitting to random drug or alcohol testing
  • Not possessing, carrying, or owning firearms

Violation of these terms can result in being arrested without a warrant, or having a trial judge issue a warrant for your arrest to be returned to the court where your probation was granted. However, probationers are still given the opportunity to be represented by defense counsel at a hearing. This is where Pinellas Criminal Defense Attorneys step in! Contact us today for your probation violation defense case.

Conspiracy Defense in Pinellas County

Under Florida Statute 777.04, conspiracy is defined as an instance where a person agrees or conspires with another individual to commit an offense. Typically, the charges for conspiracy are one level below the charges for the offense in question. As you can imagine, conspiracy cases are difficult to maneuver and require definitive evidence in a defense case. It is important to have an experienced an knowledgeable attorney on your side.

ID Theft Defense in Pinellas County, Florida

Identity theft in the state of Florida is considered a second-degree felony. A second degree felony is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison, fifteen years probation, and a fine of up to $10,000. Under Florida State Statute §817.568, identity theft is defined as an attempt to access an individual’s financial and personal data using their name, date of birth, address, phone number, social security number, etc., without their permission. If federal or public records are used to commit identity theft, the charge elevates to the next-highest degree.

Embezzlement Defense in Pinellas, Florida

Under Florida law, embezzlement falls under the state’s definition of theft and under the conditions of Florida’s theft laws. Under Florida State Statute § 812.012, embezzlement occurs when an individual uses another’s entrusted property without their consent. Depending on the circumstances and the amount the theft accrued, the charges can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. Embezzlement between $300 and $20,000 would be considered grand theft in the third degree. Theft between $20,000 and $100,000 is grand theft in the second degree. Theft exceeding $100,000 is considered grand theft in the first degree. If a theft does not meet these felony conditions, it will be considered a misdemeanor.

Racketeering Defense in Pinellas County

Racketeering refers to the act of committing or conspiring to unlawful business practices and deals. Under Florida Statute § 895.03, racketeering must be considered and fall under the legal definition under the federal RICO (Racketeer-Influenced and Corrupt Organization) Act.  These conditions are wide and far-reaching, but more specifically refer to practices that receive or accrue unlawful debt. This can be in the form of receiving or accruing property or investments, being employed by enterprises participating in racketeering activity, or conspiring to racket. In order to establish a pattern of racketeering, at least two instances of  unrelated racketeering events within five years of each other. Racketeering can be considered a first-degree felony, punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000 or pay restitution.

If you currently have a criminal case regarding any of the aforementioned criminal defense cases, contact our team of experienced attorneys at Pinellas Criminal Law today.