Criminal Defense Attorneys in Tampa, FL
The attorneys at Sammis Law Firm focus exclusively on criminal defense in the greater Tampa Bay area. For the past ten years, our main office has been located in the same building in downtown Tampa, FL, just a few blocks from the courthouse. Our second office is located in New Port Richey in Pasco County, FL.
We provide a free consultation to discuss the case over the phone, using a remote video conferencing service like Zoom, or during a face-to-face consultation in our office. Same-day consultations are available.
During the consultation, we can discuss the facts of the case, the best defenses, and how to protect your legal rights at each stage of the case.
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. One of our attorneys is on call after hours. If you leave a message, the on-call attorney will call you back.
Begin your defense today by calling 813-250-0500.
Innovative Defenses Win Cases
We represent individuals accused of a crime. When it comes to corporate criminal liability, we also represent operating employees, managers, and corporations.
We can help you decide on the best way to resolve your case. Our attorneys take a scholarly approach to litigating pre-trial motions. We know that 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, your attorney often gains valuable information during the motion hearing. Information from the motion hearing can be used to win the case at trial or negotiate a better pre-trial settlement offer before trial.
If you were falsely accused, then the best result is getting the charges dropped by the prosecutor or dismissed by the trial court. Depending on how the case is resolved, you might be eligible to seal or expunge the criminal record history and mug shot so that it disappears from the public view.
Extraordinary results require extraordinary efforts at each stage of the case. When needed, we work with seasoned private investigators and the top experts while still maintaining affordable attorney fees and costs.
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. For this reason, we 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:
- health-care professionals (nurses and physicians);
- teachers and certified educators;
- attorneys and law school students;
- members of the military; and
- law enforcement officers.
For some professionals, their employment contract requires them to report any arrest to their employer. If your employment requires a top-level security clearance, then you might be placed on administrative leave and subjected to a separate investigation.
For example, Florida Statute 893.11 requires that a person convicted of certain types of drug crimes will be subject to the emergency suspension of any professional license issued by the State of Florida that authorizes the practicing of a trade or profession.
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, scared, and stressed out. When dealing with criminal accusations, stress is inevitable. Knowing that you have a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney at your side can help reduce those feelings of stress.
When the stakes are high, find an experienced criminal justice attorney at Sammis Law Firm to 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.
Active in the legal community, the attorneys at Sammis Law Firm are members of the National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL), the Hillsborough County Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (HCACDL), and the Criminal Law Section of the Florida Bar.
Contact the attorneys at Sammis Law Firm for a free immediate consultation over the phone or in the office.
Call 813-250-0500 today.