Criminal Defense: Overview
Fighting Criminal Charges in St. Petersburg, FL
If you have been arrested for a crime, you owe it to yourself to find a hard hitting St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney with the experience and skill necessary to fight the charges you face. The courts in our area are tough on crime, and if you are convicted you can be subjected to harsh penalties. Not only could you be sent to jail or prison, fined and placed on probation, but you would also end up with a criminal record that would follow you into every job interview in the future. You simply cannot afford to take any chances with the outcome of your case. Contact us at Taracks & Associates now for a free, initial consultation with an attorney form our firm. We have over forty years of combined experience, a team that includes a former prosecutor and a background of representing thousands of clients from all walks of life. No matter how serious the charges you face may be, we are prepared to take on your case and fight tirelessly to help you avoid a conviction.
Even if you are found guilty of the alleged offense, an attorney from our firm may be able to represent you in an appeal to have the conviction overturned. The appellate judge will not conduct a new trial, but will review the evidence and the court procedure for errors that may have prejudiced the case against you.
Assault & Battery
When the police arrive at the scene of an alleged assault or battery offense, they often arrest the wrong person, either due to false allegations or because the aggressor has sustained worse wounds. It is frequently possible to resolve such charges by demonstrating that the suspect was acting in self-defense or has been wrongfully accused.
If you have failed to appear in court while you are out of jail on bail, after a probation violation or when you have been given a traffic ticket, the judge may issue a bench warrant which authorizes your immediate arrest at home on the roadside or at work. Let an attorney from our firm help you address the warrant as early as possible.
When you have been arrested for domestic violence, the state will carry forward in prosecuting you regardless of whether the alleged victim wants to press charges. An attorney from our firm can help you petition to have the restraining order removed, as well as fighting to clear your name.
The courts in our area are tough on drug crimes such as possession, cultivation and trafficking, and if you have been arrested, you could easily end up as another casualty in the War on Drugs. Whether you face state or federal charges, we are ready to begin work on your case today.
Countless people who are arrested for drinking and driving make the mistake of pleading guilty without fighting the charges, due to the fact that there is evidence that they were under the influence of alcohol. It is nearly always possible to challenge DUI charges, but you must take action now.
If you have been found guilty of a crime, it may be possible to petition the court for an expungement of your criminal record. This would essentially give you a fresh start, as you would no longer be required to disclose the fact of your prior conviction on an application for housing or employment.
Are you under investigation by the FBI, SEC, DEA or another federal agency? You cannot afford to take any chances with the situation, as federal prosecutors have enormous resources at their disposal, and if you are charged with a crime, it may be highly difficult to avoid a conviction. We are licensed to practice in federal court, and are ready to begin work on your case.
Any criminal arrest is a serious matter, but this is especially true if you have been charged with a felony offense. You can be sent to state prison for anywhere from one year to life, and you would be force to live as a convicted felon, which carries a severe social stigma and could ruin your future.
Internet Computer Crimes
Criminal activity is becoming increasingly widespread on the internet, and law enforcement agencies on the state and federal levels are cracking down on all types of computer crimes. Contact an attorney from our firm as early as possible for guidance on how to avoid further incriminating yourself.
When you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, you face a sentence that could include up to a year in county jail, steep fines and a lengthy probation. A conviction would also leave you with a criminal record which would follow you for years. Don't take any risks with the situation-hire an attorney now.
A sex crime conviction can be especially serious, as it not only carries harsh criminal penalties such as jail or prison, fines and probation, but it can also lead to mandatory sex offender registration. Your photograph and personal information would be made available, along with details about your conviction, to the public in an on-line database.
Don't let a conviction for a theft offense ruin your future. Whether you are accused of shoplifting, larceny, embezzlement, robbery or burglary, we can help you fight the charges. The penalty you face depends on the value of stolen goods, whether you were carrying a weapon and whether you have any previous convictions on your record.
Traffic tickets are common in St. Petersburg, and for many drivers they are a fact of life. What many fail to realize is that it is possible to fight any ticket, and it is often possible to win. Paying the ticket amounts to a guilty plea, and leads to higher insurance rates and a possible driver's license suspension.
Violation of Probation
When you have been convicted of a crime and placed on probation, the court has essentially given you a second chance to prove yourself. Even the slightest violation of the terms of your probation can result in you being sent to jail or prison to serve the full terms of your sentence.
Charged with a violent crime? We know how frightened you may be for your future, and will fight to clear your name. It may be possible to prove that you were acting in self-defense or have been wrongfully accused, or to negotiate to have the charges reduced, such as from murder to
The Second Amendment states that citizens of our country have a right to bear arms, but if you have been caught in violation of the laws regulating the possession, sale and use of guns and other weapons, you can be subjected to harsh criminal penalties and given a criminal record that could cause you serious problems in the future.
White Collar Crimes
If you are under investigation for a white collar crime such as embezzlement, fraud or identity theft, it is important to retain legal representation as early as possible to protect yourself against self-incrimination and to begin work on your defense.