Criminal Defense in Pinellas County 

Each year, prosecutors with the Office of the State Attorney in Pinellas County, FL, handle more than 130,000 criminal prosecution referrals in misdemeanor cases, felony cases, and juvenile delinquency cases.

In Florida, felony offenses have a possible sentence of more than one year in prison. Most misdemeanors are classified as either a first degree misdemeanor or a second degree misdemeanor. A first degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A second degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Felony and misdemeanor criminal cases are prosecuted at the Pinellas County Justice Center (CJC) Courthouse on 49th Street in Clearwater.

Criminal Defense Attorneys in Pinellas County, FL

If you are being prosecuted for a crime in Pinellas County, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm, P.A. Our criminal justice attorneys represent clients charged with misdemeanor and felony offenses during each stage of their criminal case, including:

  • the first appearance advisory hearing within 24 hours of their arrest;
  • emergency bond hearings;
  • pre-file investigations;
  • arraignment after formal charges are filed;
  • pre-trial conferences;
  • motion hearings to dismiss the charges or suppress or exclude evidence; and
  • the bench or jury trial.

We can help you decide how to fight the accusation or resolve the case before trial.

We fight cases throughout Pinellas County after an arrest in any of the 24 incorporated municipalities, including St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Pinellas Park, Clearwater, Safety Harbor, Dunedin, Seminole, Tarpon Springs, St. Pete Beach, or Largo, FL.

Contact us for an initial consultation to discuss the criminal charges pending against you, the typical penalties imposed, and the best way to aggressively fight the criminal charges.

Visit the Pinellas office of Sammis Law Firm at 14010 Roosevelt Blvd Suite 701, Clearwater, FL 33762-3820.

Don’t face the judge alone. Contact our experienced criminal defense lawyers in Pinellas County, FL.

Call 727-210-7004. 

Types of Criminal Justice Cases in Pinellas County

We created our website to provide general information about particular criminal charges in the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pinellas County. At Sammis Law Firm, our attorneys represent men and women charged with both felony and misdemeanor offenses, including:

The Pinellas County Criminal Justice Center handles cases differently than in other counties, particularly pre-file felony investigations, violation of probation cases, and emergency bond hearings.

Contact us to discuss what you might need to do to protect your rights and increase your chances of finding the best resolution to your case.

Fighting a DUI Case in Pinellas County, FL

After an arrest for DUI, you will typically have two cases pending against you.

  • First, you must answer the criminal charge of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs (DUI) at the Pinellas County Justice Center Courthouse in Clearwater, FL.
  • Second, if you have a civil case against you related to the administrative suspension of your driver’s license (regardless of the outcome of your criminal case), you only have 10 days to request a formal review hearing to fight the administrative suspension of your Florida driver’s license.

We represent clients charged with the following types of DUI offenses:

  1. Refusal to submit to a chemical test;
  2. Breath test on the Intoxilyzer 8000;
  3. Blood test; or
  4. Urine Test.

Read more about the punishments and penalties that result after a DUI conviction depending on the way in which the crime is charged, including:

  1. First, Second, Third, or Fourth DUI conviction;
  2. DUI with a BAC of over .15 or a child passenger;
  3. DUI with property damage after a vehicle crash;
  4. DUI with non-serious personal injury; and
  5. Felony DUI with serious personal injury.

Track Your Felony, Misdemeanor, or Traffic Case in Pinellas County, FL

Pinellas County Criminal Cases and Traffic Infractions – Search here to research your case on the Clerk of Court Website to find information about your next court date, the judge assigned to your case, motions, and other legal pleadings filed in your case, or the disposition of an old case.

Clerk’s Office for Criminal Cases in Pinellas County
Criminal Justice Center
14250 49th Street North
Clearwater, FL 33762

Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Jail Inquiry – Research your case here to find the information available immediately after an arrest, including the bond and booking number for any person arrested. Major Alexis Davis commands the Detention and Corrections Bureau of the Sheriff’s Office for Pinellas County through six major divisions, including Inmate Healthcare, Central, South, North, Corrections Special Operations, and Support. The inmate population typically exceeds 3,000 inmates at any given time.

Office of Justice Coordination in Pinellas County – The Office of Justice Coordination provides research and development services focused on securing grants. The office also monitors and evaluates the effectiveness of justice programs within Pinellas County. Yashira Gonzalez currently serves as the Justice Coordination Manager.

This article was last updated on Friday, April 26, 2024.