Thousands Upon Thousands of Cases Successfully Handled

At Thomas & Paulk, both of our founding attorneys are former prosecutors. We have the experience necessary to defend your case from beginning to end.

Types of Crimes We Can Defend

No matter the circumstances that you find yourself facing, you can trust in the relentless and effective representation provided by the Tampa criminal defense team at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. With over two decades of aggregate experience, we've helped countless clients in a wide-variety of cases.

Avoid Severe Penalties

Every crime has the potential to put you in prison, depending on the nature and degree of the offense. These crimes will follow you through your entire life, making it harder to regain employment, housing, and the respect others once had for you. It is the prosecution's job to make this as hard on you as possible, and without our help, they will do precisely that. We can be there every step of the way to challenge the evidence against you and ensure that your rights are properly upheld.

Call us today at (813) 321-7323. You can schedule your initial case consultation with a member of our firm to learn more about our firm and the ways in which we can help.

Different Types of Crimes

  • DUI Defense
    One of the most common crimes in the state of Florida is drunken or impaired driving. DUI is defined under Florida Statutes §316.193 as the operating of a motor vehicle with a blood-alcohol level over 0.08 percent or when intoxicated to the point of regular faculties being impaired.
  • Drug Crimes
    Criminal offenses that involve illegal or controlled substances are taken extremely seriously by the law. Regardless of whether you are being arrested for possessing the drug, transporting or even manufacturing it, you can trust in the legal experience of our firm in helping defend you.
  • Federal Crimes
    While most cases are tried on the state level, several will fall under federal jurisdiction. These are often cases that are either large in scope or cause issues across state and national borders. If you have been charged with any federal offense, do not hesitate to get our defense team involved.
  • Felony Crimes
    Crimes that are considered felonies are more severe than misdemeanors. These will typically have harsher penalties and more extended consequences. For example, a first DUI is a misdemeanor; however, if that same DUI caused an accident which led to a death, it would be a felony.
  • Gang Crimes
    Criminal acts related to gangs carry serious consequences. If you have been criminally charged or if you have reason to believe that you are under investigation-no matter whether for vandalism, theft, or a violent crime, do not hesitate to consult with a criminal lawyer as soon as you can.
  • Internet Crimes
    In this day and age, many crimes are taking place online and with computers. These are highly technical and require an attorney who can help unravel the case. At our firm, we have an eye for details and can provide our clients with the strategic, effective defense that they truly deserve.
  • Juvenile Crimes
    Has your child been arrested? Facing the juvenile court system can be daunting, but it does not need to be an impossible task. By working with the knowledgeable criminal lawyers from our firm, you can rest assured knowing that we will fight for a dismissal of charges or reduction of penalties.
  • Military Crimes
    If you have been charged with a crime as a service member, you need an attorney who is well-versed in both criminal and martial law. At Thomas & Paulk, we know that the military must abide by a particular set of rules. You can trust us to help you comply with them and protect your rights.
  • Misdemeanors
    Although remarkably less severe than a felony, there is nothing that should be taken lightly about a misdemeanor. These can result in imprisonment as well as hefty monetary fines and therefore deserve to be handled by an experienced attorney who can help to protect your legal rights.
  • Sex Crimes
    Since they are so highly stigmatized, sex crimes are delicate. If you find yourself under arrest or facing pre-file investigation, you need a lawyer who can handle the case with the necessary amount of discretion and professionalism, allowing you to face as little damage as possible.
  • Theft Crimes
    If you have been found guilty of taking property that is not your own, you could be facing extreme penalties. From shoplifting to robbery, when facing such severe penalties, it is essential that no time be wasted in securing high-quality representation to ensure your future is protected.
  • Three Strikes Crimes
    In Florida, there is a three strikes law that operates by the baseball rules of "three strikes, and you're out!" If you a facing a "strikeable" offense, you need aggressive defense more than ever. At our firm, we can ensure that your rights are not violated, and the penalties are proportionate.
  • Violent Crimes
    Crimes that are violent in nature typically have some of the most difficult and life-altering penalties - including the death penalty. From murder to assault, if you are facing such a crime, contact us. We are dedicated to defending the rights of the accused.
  • White Collar Crimes
    Any crime that occurs in a business or financial setting is typically considered a "white collar" offense. These are usually non-violent; however, due to their massive financial implications, charges are taken seriously and can result in severe penalties.

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Criminal Defense Cases

Criminal defense cases can be highly stressful and complicated. We discuss in this video what you may expect in your case as we fight for the best possible outcome.

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Our Victories

  • All Charges Dismissed Aggravated Assault with a Firearm
  • All Charges Dropped DUI
  • All Charges Dropped DUI
  • All Charges Dropped Grand Theft
  • All Charges Dropped Battery
  • Probation Terminated Violation of Probation
  • Never Arrested Leaving the Scene
  • All Charges Dropped Failure to Return Leased Property
  • All Charges Dismissed Resisting Arrest with Violence
  • All Charges Dropped Battery Domestic Violence

4 Benefits of Hiring a Criminal Defense Attorney

  • Guidance

    You may know nothing about the criminal system and may be confused on what to do next. You need an attorney who can guide you through the entire process.

  • Knowledge

    You won't be able to look into all the possibilities alone. We're well-versed in criminal law and can provide you with a strong strategy to turn the odds in your favor.

  • Relationships

    We've been working in the courts for a long time and have developed positive relationships with all the people you may face, which can help improve your chances.

  • Building a Case

    Unlike a prosecutor, your criminal defense attorney can spend the time to build a strong case to help get your charges dismissed or your penalties reduced.

Real Clients Share Their Stores

  • “I was involved in a criminal offense that could have become a nightmare. Thanks to attorney Jeff C. Paulk I was able to get back to my loved ones and my community.”

    - Avvo Reviewer
  • “I was arrested and charged with a felony. Mr. Paulk had the charges reduced to a misdemeanor during bond court and eventually dismissed altogether...note, I did not say charges were dropped, case dismissed!”

    - Avvo Reviewer
  • “The attorneys and staff were extremely knowledgeable, courteous, and willing to go the extra mile. My case was knocked down from a DUI to reckless driving, and I couldn't be more pleased with the service that was provided to me.”

    - CitySearch Reviewer
  • “Jeff was able to get my case dismissed without me ever going to court. I highly recommend him!”

    - Brent
  • “When I was arrested for the first time in my life of 50 years, I was simply helpless and frightened. Jeff Paulk was very professional, serious and didn't mind answering all my questions.”

    - Google Reviewer