What is Criminal Law

C riminal law pertains to the adjudication of individuals who are charged with committing a criminal offense.  Criminal law is the “body of the law that deals with conduct considered so harmful to society as a whole that it is prohibited by statute, prosecuted and punished by the government.”  This covers a wide range of practice areas, which require experienced attorneys who can assist you with your individual circumstances.



Areas of Criminal Law Practice

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Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
A Florida DUI can be based on either .08 blood alcohol content (BAC) or impaired driving ability.

Boating Under the Influence
Boating under the influence (BUI) is similar to a DUI.

Traffic Offenses and Infractions
An experienced criminal defense attorney from our firm can help you fight traffic offense charges that can result in fines, points, license suspension, and higher insurance rates.

Battery
In Florida, the State Attorney’s office determines if charges will be filed against you. The victim’s input is considered, however, the victim does not decide to “press charges” or “drop charges.” Based on the circumstances of the case, you may be charged with battery, aggravated battery, felony battery, or domestic battery.

Child Abuse
Under Florida statutes, child abuse covers a broad scope of actions including neglect, physical abuse, sexual abuse, contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Domestic Violence
Penalties you face for domestic violence charges may include a mandatory five-day jail sentence along with probation, community control, and additional days in jail.

Violations of Probation
Record Sealing and Expunging
Drugs
The federal and state justice systems both prosecute drug offenses in Florida.

Weapons Offenses
Florida has some of the strictest gun laws in the country that can result in very serious consequences if you are charged with a weapons crime.

Burglary
As former Pinellas County prosecutors, we know exactly how the prosecution builds a case for property crimes, burglary, theft, and robbery—and how to counter those cases with a strong criminal defense.

Theft
Penalties for theft vary based on the value of property stolen (petit or grand theft) and other aggravating circumstances, such as use of a firearm and property damage.

Robbery
Property crimes involve the taking of money or property with or without force or the threat of force against a victim.

Dealing in Stolen Property
If you are accused of committing a property crime in the Tampa Bay area, contact us for a free initial consultation.

Juvenile Delinquency
Most juvenile offenses are heard by a judge in the juvenile justice system. However, when a crime is serious or a juvenile is a repeat offender the case may be heard in an adult criminal court.