Practice Areas

Domestic Battery

Being arrested for domestic battery in Pasco County, Florida is VERY common. Our defense attorneys have handled over 100 domestic battery cases in the last 10 years. Most do not end in a conviction. The domestic battery law in Florida suggests that i…
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Juvenile Criminal Defense

Defense of juveniles in criminal cases is very different than the defense of adults. Although the crime may be the same, the outcome can be very different. A good juvenile criminal defense attorney knows the differences in the law, and our experience…
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DUI Defense

If you have been arrested for Florida DUI you should be aware of some serious consequences that may not immediately be clear: If you want to keep your driver’s license while your case is pending, you must request a hearing with DMV within ten d…
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Prior DUI Conviction

What if you are arrested for DUI and have a prior conviction? What if the prior DUI conviction was 20 years ago? Prior Criminal Convictions for DUI will: Increase the length of your driver’s license suspension. Cause mandatory jail sentences Can tu…
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DUI Roadside Tests

If you were stopped for DUI, you were most likely asked by the police officer to do a series of physical tests by the side of the road. These DUI Roadside Tests are known as Field Sobriety Tests. You probably thought you passed them, but the officer…
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DUI Breath Tests

One of the most common questions our DUI lawyers are asked about DUI breath tests is: Should I or Shouldn’t I blow? It depends. If you don’t blow, even if you’ve had nothing to drink, you’ll automatically lose your Florida Driver’s License…
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Driver's License Suspension

We’ve handled hundreds of suspended driver’s license charges over the years. Usually they are simple to fix BUT TALK TO US BEFORE you pay outstanding traffic tickets.
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Old Warrants

A frequent question we’re asked is: I have a warrant from years ago - what should I do? The quick answer is, talk to a qualified attorney before you turn yourself in.
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Statute of Limitations

If you were charged with a crime in Florida, the Statute of Limitations law requires the State Attorney’s Office to prosecute you within a specific number of years or the case must be dismissed: Capital Felony, life felony or felony resulting in de…
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Violation of Probation

Violations of Probation happen quite often. In fact, if you look at the inmates in the Pasco County Jail, most of them are in for a VOP. Why? Because when you violate probation, you are arrested and there is NO BOND. While it may seem like a good ide…
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Expunge Criminal Record

If your criminal charge was Dismissed, No Filed, Nol Prosequi, Not Guilty – you should Seal or Expunge that criminal record and arrest.  However, you must meet certain requirements to do so: To Seal a Florida Criminal / Arrest Record To seal a…
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All Criminal Law Services

Bond Hearings Burglary Charges Drug Charges Domestic Violence / Battery Driver’s License Suspensions DUIs / Drunk Driving Felonies Juvenile Charges and Juvenile Crime Misdemeanors Probation Violation Sealing and Expunging Criminal Records Statute o…
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Arrested? How to Get Charges Dropped

Just because you were arrested, does not mean formal charges will be filed against you. So you were arrested for a crime. You went to jail and bonded out. What happens now? Do you wait for a court date? NO!!! After you are arrested, whether a misdeme…
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Felony

There are three main levels of felonies in the State of Florida other than Capital Felonies (death penalty) and Life Felonies (punishable by life in prison). If you are arrested for a felony, you should be aware that a conviction can be punished by p…
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Misdemeanor

If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor crime, like ones listed below, you could go to jail. Misdemeanors are either 1st Degree or 2nd Degree in Florida. A 1st Degree Misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in County Jail and up to $1,000.00 in…
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Drug Possession

Drug possession charges can occur when someone is caught with just a small amount of marijuana, or they can be life felony crimes such as drug trafficking. Don’t be fooled by anyone’s “advice.” Any drug charge is serious and can prevent you f…
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Burglary

Did you know that if you watched an individual punch someone through an open car window, that person committed a First Degree Felony Burglary Battery, punishable by life in prison? What if you were at a Super Bowl party and your host told you to get…
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Theft

Theft crimes range from simple petit theft punishable by up to 60 days in jail, to first degree felonies. If the value of the stolen item or items is over $300, it is a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison. If the value is ove…
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Traffic Stops & Searches

During a traffic stop can the police search your car? Here’s a common fact pattern we see. You are driving at night and the police pull you over for some bogus reason. (you allegedly ran a stop sign, your tag light was out, you changed lanes withou…
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Bond Reduction

Motions for Bond Reductions are filed in Court when a person can’t afford to get out of jail. Hiring a private criminal defense attorney may get you a court hearing quicker. It’s a hearing where your lawyer asks the judge for a lower bond amount.…
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Immigration Law

Dan Pawuk is an experienced immigration attorney licensed to handle U.S. immigration cases for immigrants present in the U.S. or still living abroad.
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Citizenship / Naturalization – N-400

In order to become a U.S. Citizen an individual must have been a Lawful Permanent Resident for five years or three years if your green card was obtained by marriage to a U.S. Citizen. In addition, you must have lived at your most current residence fo…
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Family Visas – I-130 & I 485

If you have an immediate family member who would like to enter the U.S. as a Lawful Permanent Resident (Green Card holder), there are several options depending on the relationship. In addition, if that immediate family member has already lawfully ent…
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Fiancé Visas – I-129f

U.S. Citizens who are in a romantic relationship with someone overseas and engaged to be married have the ability to file a K1 Visa on behalf of their soon to be spouse. Some of the requirements to be eligible for this visa are: You are engaged to be…
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