Criminal Defense Information
Providing You with What You Need to Know
At Thomas & Paulk, P.A., we know just how difficult it can be to deal
with the complications surrounding
criminal defense cases. For this reason, we remain dedicated to providing accessible and
effective legal representation to our clients throughout the Tampa Bay
area. On this website, we have provided helpful pages that we hope will
assist in allowing our clients to understand exactly what it is that they're facing.
Some of the topics that we discuss on our website include the following:
Aiding / Abetting - It is considered a criminal offense to help a person in the commission
of a crime. This act of aiding another person is explained under Florida
Statutes §220.905 (2011). Should you be found guilty you could be
facing the same criminal charges as the person as the person who actually
committed the offense.
Conspiracy - The criminal act of conspiracy does not actually refer to any particular
offense, but rather to the act of planning to commit a crime in the future.
When two or more people discuss breaking the law in the future, they may
be found guilty of conspiracy. This is tried one level below the crime itself.
Expungements - Having a criminal history on their record can be completely life-altering.
Ever wanted to say "no" when someone asks if you've been
charged with a crime? By clearing your criminal record, you may be able
to. At our firm, we can help you determine if you are eligible for expungement
and walk you through the process.
Extradition - The process of extradition refers to when a state or nation submits a request
to have a suspected or convicted criminal returned. When this occurs between
states in the United States, the dealing of a fugitive of justice is handled
on the federal level. This is explained under 18 U.S.C. §3182.
Notice to Appear - Have questions about what to do if you have been served with a notice to
appear? Our firm can help answer your questions and provide you with a
roadmap of actions that need to be taken. The first thing to remember
is that this is not a traffic ticket and you
do need to actually appear in court.
Obstruction of Justice - The state of Florida considers it a crime to in any way interfere with
the carrying out of justice. This can include bribing witnesses, failing
to report crimes, resisting arrest and even threatening jurors on a case.
It can also refer to interfering with the work of law enforcement, prosecutors,
judges, and more.
Perjury - When you are placed under oath, it is expected that you will always act
truthfully. Lying when under oath is considered a criminal offense known
as perjury. Should you be found guilty of perjuring yourself, you will
be facing serious criminal charges - it is important that you get aggressive
defense on your side.
Pre-File Investigations - In some cases, before charges are ever formally pressed, the prosecution
will partake in what is known as pre-file investigations. These are completed
when prosecution and law enforcement are attempting to determine whether
or not there is enough evidence to build a sufficient case.
Probation Violation - One penalty common in criminal cases is that of probation; this penalty
is typically served in lieu of prison time. One major factor of this penalty
are the terms that you must abide by - such as curfew, meetings with probation
officers, keeping a clean record, etc. If accused of violating these terms,
we can help.
Warrants - Have you had a warrant issued in your name? Bench and arrest warrants are
legal orders that required you to appear in court at a specific date and
time. If one has been issued for you, our firm can help you to understand
what you need to do.
Tampa Criminal Lawyers: Thomas & Paulk, P.A.
Have you been arrested? Are you under investigation? When facing circumstances
such as this, it is extremely important that no time is wasted in getting
the involvement of a high-quality attorney that you can trust to help
provide you with legal assistance that you can count on. Our firm has
over 20 years' aggregate experience; you can rest assured knowing
that should you work with our team that we will go above and beyond in
our efforts to helping you protect your rights. Want to schedule your
initial case consultation? Simply pick up the phone and call us today
at 813-321-7323. We look forward to helping you soon.