Importance of a Tampa Criminal Attorney

Being charged with or accused of a crime can be seriously overwhelming and confusing. You may be wondering what you can do to protect your future or may even think that your innocence will simply be proved in the end. While this may very well be true, you certainly need an advocate who is ready to go to bat for you at every stage of the process.

The criminal justice system says that the criminally accused are innocent until proven guilty. Unfortunately, even the smallest pieces of evidence can be used to “prove” someone’s guilt in the courtroom. Regardless of whether you have the cleanest track record, great witnesses to back you up, and a solid story, without the skilled and precise representation of a legal professional, you expose yourself to serious risk of conviction.

I’m Just Facing Misdemeanor Charges. Do I Still Need a Lawyer?

The severity of your charges shouldn’t impact whether or not you retain legal counsel—you should always have legal counsel when up against criminal charges, no matter how light they may seem. While you may presume a misdemeanor won’t do much to your record, it could actually have a seriously negative impact on your life for years to come.

Penalties for a misdemeanor can include:

  • Up to $1,000 in fines
  • A maximum of 1 year in jail
  • Probation or community service

These repercussions may be lighter than a felony offense, but they can still bring severe consequences, such as loss of child custody or visitation rights, loss of a job, and other issues. More than that, a first offense on your record could result in harsher penalties for a second or subsequent offense. Protecting your record is important and a Tampa criminal lawyer can help you do that.

What to Expect at Trial

When you go to trial the prosecution against you will be fully prepared to seek the maximum criminal penalties for your conviction. Don’t expect them to take it easy on you simply because you have a clean record. Having a criminal defense team behind your case gives you the confidence you need to step into the courtroom and fight for your reputation and freedom.

Going to trial is serious, which is why you need an advocate who is:

  • Trial-tested and battle ready
  • Backed by decades of qualified experience
  • Skilled at handling your particular type of case
  • Prepared with thorough evidence and a defense strategy
  • Passionate about protecting your rights and future
  • Well-respected in the legal community

Whether you are facing charges for a theft crime, DUI, violent crime or sex crime, it is of the utmost importance that you speak with a Tampa criminal defense lawyer about your case. Don’t leave your future up to chance! Trust your case to the team at Thomas & Paulk today. We offer free case evaluations so do not hesitate to give us a call today to discuss your criminal charges. Our goal is to get your charges dropped, reduced, or dismissed.

It’s time to fight your charges. It’s time to call Thomas & Paulk.