Florida Criminal Defense Services

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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Meet Our Attorneys

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Former State Prosecutor — Clearwater, FL 15+ Years Experience
Stephanie's clients come from all walks of life and are usually the type of people who would never be considered “criminals.” Her main goal is not to let one mistake ruin the rest of their lives. Read More
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Former State Prosecutor — Tampa & Clearwater, FL 15+ Years Experience
Dan is a hands-on advocate who will keep you informed about your case and educated about your options. Despite the number of cases he has handled, no case is ever a number to Dan. Read More

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