St. Petersburg CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYERS

St. Petersburg Criminal Lawyers

Whether you have been stopped and arrested for DUI or you learn you are the target of an investigation involving a financial crime, skilled and experienced St. Petersburg criminal defense attorneys can protect your rights against overzealous law enforcement and prosecutors. Although a misdemeanor or felony conviction often results in significant formal penalties and longterm informal consequences, individuals accused of a crime can significantly improve their prospect for a positive outcome by asserting the constitutional right not to talk to law enforcement and to assist on legal representation. While a police officer, investigator, or detective might claim you can improve your situation by “telling your side of the story,” law enforcement personnel are probing for evidence to support your prosecution.

St. Petersburg Drunk Driving Defense – DUI Offenses

If you are pulled over by law enforcement in St. Petersburg, the basis of the stop will usually be the officer’s observation of a traffic violation or so-called “erratic driving.” The officer will then use the stop to ask you questions and observe your responses. Depending on this interaction, the officer frequently will ask you to perform standardized field sobriety tests (SFSTs). Although a longer driver’s license suspension can be imposed if a person refuses to submit to chemical testing of blood alcohol level (BAL) under the Florida implied consent law (See Florida Statutes, Section 316.1932), you cannot be penalized for refusing participation in SFSTs. The purpose of SFSTs and officer questions during a stop is to gather the evidence needed to create probable cause for an arrest and to force you to submit to chemical testing. Because you have nothing to gain by participating, you should politely decline to answer any questions without legal counsel (besides providing your driver’s license and registration) or to participate in SFSTs. This approach can minimize the amount of evidence available to the prosecutor, but an experienced attorney can use other defenses, such as:
  • Exposing officer errors in conducting SFSTs
  • Providing explanations for failing the tests unrelated to intoxication
  • Failure to calibrate the breath testing machine
  • Contamination of blood or urine samples
  • False positive breath tests from a low carb diet, GERD, vomiting, or acid reflux
An experienced St. Petersburg DUI lawyer can protect your rights and defend your driving privileges, freedom, reputation, and future if you are charged with alcohol-related offenses like the following:

Domestic Violence Charges in St. Petersburg

“Domestic violence” under St. Petersburg and Florida law refers to engaging in acts like battery, assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment, stalking or other criminal acts that cause physical injury to a family or household member. See Florida Statutes, Section 741.28. Although the precise penalties for a domestic violence offense will depend on the circumstances of the offense, penalties might include loss of gun rights, incarceration, substantial fines, completion of a Batterers Intervention Program, probation, and other consequences. Experienced St. Petersburg criminal attorneys tenaciously advocate for the rights of those accused of these offenses. We might employ strategies like investigating motivations for false allegations, seeking the exclusion of impermissible evidence, and challenging the sufficiency of the prosecutor’s evidence regarding the elements of the charged offense.

Defense of Individuals Charged with Sex Crimes in St. Petersburg

Sex crimes often carry a stigma and consequences that linger long after you have fully served your jail time and satisfied all the terms of your probation. The impact of a conviction of a sex crime often includes the requirement that you register as a sex offender. This registration requirement means that anyone can learn about your past crime even after you have fully satisfied the terms of your sentence. You also must comply with restrictions about your occupation, the place you reside, and even locations you visit. Feel free to contact us if you have questions about a St. Petersburg sex crime charge or investigation, such as:

Our Defense Lawyers in St. Petersburg Handle a Variety of Different Cases

Although these are the types of crimes that we see most often, our St. Petersburg criminal defense attorneys have decades of collective experience. Our background defending individuals charged with a diverse range of state and federal charges has equipped us to also handle the full range of criminal cases, including but not limited to the following:

Narcotics Offenses

Motor Vehicle Violations

Financial Crimes/White Collar Offenses

Organized Crime

Other Areas of Criminal Defense in St. Petersburg

Our St. Petersburg defense lawyers share a commitment to defending individuals facing the enormous power of the state and federal government. Call us today to learn how we can help!

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