Areas We Serve

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Tampa, FL

The six attorneys at Sammis Law Firm focus exclusively on criminal defense in the greater Tampa Bay area. Our main office in downtown Tampa, FL, is just a few blocks from the courthouse.

Additional offices are conveniently located in New Port Richey in Pasco County and Clearwater in Pinellas County, FL.

Past case results

Many of our clients ask the same question – “What kinds of cases have you taken in the past, and what was the outcome in those cases?” If you would like to view our past case results for the felony and misdemeanor cases listed here, please understand each of the following:

  • The Florida Bar does not approve or routinely review case results posted by attorneys.
  • The facts and circumstances of your case may differ from  the facts and circumstances discussed here.
  • Not all case results are listed here or provided.
  • The case results discussed here do not necessarily represent the results obtained in all cases.
  • Each case is different and must be evaluated and handled on its own merit.

Not Guilty Verdict

Improper Exhibition of a Firearm

Our client was charged with Improper Exhibition of a Firearm. We took this case to jury trial and successfully held the State of Florida to its burden when the jury returned a Not Guilty Verdict in favor of our client .

No Filed

False Imprisonment and Domestic Violence Battery

Our client was arrested for False Imprisonment and Domestic Violence Battery in Hillsborough County, FL. After the arrest, we spoke to the alleged victim and presented favorable evidence to the Assistant State Attorney in Hillsborough County, FL. As a result, the prosecutor filed a... read more »

Not Guilty Verdict

Lewd and Lascivious Molestation

A jury returned a “NOT GUILTY” verdict on the charge of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation. The charge was pending before the Honorable Susan L. Barthle in Dade City, FL. That version of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation is punishable by life in prison with a... read more »

Not Guilty Verdict

Felony Battery

Our client received a “NOT GUILTY” jury verdict in Polk County at the courthouse in Bartow, FL. The defense involved extensive impeachment of the State’s only witness in addition to Justifiable Use of Nondeadly Force and Stand Your Ground in a Felony Battery case.


Sexual Violence Injunction

Our firm won a hearing on a sexual violence injunction in Division G in Hillsborough County. The court dismissed the injunction finding there was no competent substantial evidence to award an injunction. The Petitioner failed to present substantial evidence of any sexual violence committed... read more »
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Client testimonials

“The experience I had with Sammis Law firm in May 2022 was exceptional. I was contacted by Joshua M and he was the absolute best at his job and very professional. He kept me informed every step of the way with my case, and he worked hard in getting my charges of domestic assault dismissed. Thank you Joshua and Sammis Law Firm. Their paralegal Danielle was also very amazing.”


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“Working with Sammis Law Firm was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Their professionalism, attention to detail, and dedication to their clients is unparalleled. The outcome of my case was extremely satisfactory, and I attribute that success to the hard work and dedication of the team at Sammis Law Firm. I am so grateful to have had them by my side, and I cannot recommend them highly enough. If you are in need of legal assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to Sammis Law Firm. They will fight for you every step of the way, just as they did for me.”


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“I would highly recommend Leslie to anyone in need of legal services. I couldn’t have done it without you!”

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“Her knowledge of the law, and her exceptional communication skills, made it easy to navigate the complex legal system. I would highly recommend Leslie to anyone in need of legal services. I couldn’t have done it without you!”

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Welcome to Sammis Law Firm

Innovative Defenses Win Cases

We take a scholarly approach to litigating pre-trial motions at Sammis Law Firm.

Good things happen when criminal defense attorneys file pre-file motions, including:

  • motions to suppress evidence illegally obtained;
  • motions to exclude irrelevant or prejudicial evidence; or
  • motions to dismiss because of insufficient evidence.

Even if the court doesn’t grant the pre-trial motion, the attorney often gains valuable information during the motion hearing. That information can be used to negotiate a better pre-trial settlement offer before trial or fight the case at trial.

Depending on how the case is resolved, you may be eligible to seal or expunge the criminal record history and mug shot so that it disappears from public view.

Extraordinary results require extraordinary efforts at each stage of the case. We work with seasoned private investigators and top experts when needed while maintaining affordable attorney fees and costs.

Active in the legal community, the attorneys at Sammis Law Firm are members of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (HCACDL), and Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar.

Begin your defense today by calling 813-250-0500

Begin your defense today. Call: 813-250-0500

Representing Professionals Accused of a Crime

The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm take a full-service approach to criminal defense while addressing the collateral consequences that might occur because of the accusation. As a result, we also represent clients during disciplinary actions or civil asset forfeiture proceedings.

Many of our clients have no prior criminal record and never imagined being on the wrong side of the law. The stakes are even higher for anyone holding a professional license, including:

  • healthcare professionals (nurses and physicians);
  • teachers and certified educators;
  • attorneys and law school students;
  • members of the military; and
  • law enforcement officers.

Some professionals’ employment contracts require them to report any arrest to their employer. If your employment requires a top-level security clearance, you might be placed on administrative leave and subjected to a separate investigation.

Even high school and college students face additional consequences. The educational institution might take disciplinary action to expel the student or change their placement, even if the incident occurred off-campus.

Finding the Right Attorney in Tampa, FL

Being accused of a crime can be an overwhelming experience. Most people feel lost, confused, and scared. When dealing with criminal accusations, stress is inevitable.

A skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney will help you develop the best possible defense.

When the stakes are high, an experienced criminal justice attorney at Sammis Law Firm can help you fight the charges. We understand that your livelihood, liberty, and good name are on the line after an accusation of criminal wrongdoing.

Whether you are charged with a felony, misdemeanor, DUI, or violation of probation, we can help. We also represent clients if their money or property is seized for a civil asset forfeiture proceeding in state or federal court.

We provide a free phone consultation to discuss the case, using a remote video conferencing service like Zoom, or during a face-to-face consultation in our office. Same-day consultations are available upon request.

During the consultation, we can discuss the facts of the case, the best defenses, and how to protect your legal rights at each stage.

Our normal business hours are Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. If you need help on the weekend or after business hours, leave a message with our answering service so that we can call you back.

Begin your defense today. Call: 813-250-0500

This article was last updated on Friday, February 9, 2024.