Tampa Criminal Lawyer
When you’re facing criminal charges in Tampa, you need a criminal lawyer on your side to explain and protect your rights. Being convicted of a crime can have serious consequences, including prison time, large fines and fees, and a loss of future opportunities. At Trombley & Hanes, our Tampa criminal lawyers are here to advocate for you and protect your best interests throughout the process. Reach out to us directly today to learn more about how we can help.
Trombley & Hanes is equally qualified and committed to representing clients in response to state criminal investigations by local law enforcement agencies and prosecutorial offices including agencies in Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk and the surrounding communities. The Tampa criminal lawyers at Trombley & Hanes defend against criminal DUI investigations, including administrative matters before the Department of Motor Vehicles, drug offenses, theft, and fraud matters as well as other investigations and charges brought by State Wide Prosecutor Offices, the Department of Revenue and Finance, Department of Insurance, City Police Departments, and County Sheriff Offices.
Types of Criminal Cases Our Tampa Criminal Lawyers Work On
Our criminal lawyers are highly skilled and experienced in defending against a wide range of criminal charges, including:
- Drug Crimes
- Forfeiture Proceedings
- Juvenile Crimes
- Maritime Offenses
Representing You Throughout the Criminal Process in Tampa
Our Tampa criminal defense lawyers will provide you with superior legal representation throughout the entirety of your criminal case. This includes:
- If you are arrested or receive a notice to appear in court from a Tampa law enforcement officer, the first thing that you should do is contact an attorney who can advise you of your rights and make sure that your rights are not violated.
- First appearance. After being arrested, you will have your first appearance in court within 48 hours. During this time, the charges against you will be read, the court will set bail, and the court will see if you have legal counsel.
- Preliminary hearing. The preliminary hearing is one of the most important in the criminal defense process. During this time, prosecutors will need to present the evidence that they have; there must be sufficient evidence for probable cause. As your lawyer, our job will be to dispute the evidence and argue that it does not show probable cause, and therefore that the charges against you should be dropped.
- Plea bargaining. If the case moves forward, the next step will be plea bargaining. The goal here is for the parties to work together to reach a plea deal—a bargain where the defendant pleads guilty to the crime in exchange for some concession from the prosecution, such as a reduction in charges.
- During this time, formal charges against the defendant will be read and the defendant will enter their plea of guilty or not guilty. If you plead guilty, the case will commence to sentencing.
- Trial and sentencing. If you have pled “not guilty” to the charges against you, you have the right to a trial. While having an attorney at all steps in the process is important, this is the time where it is perhaps the most critical.
Call Our Tampa Criminal Lawyers Today
When you are facing criminal charges and the potential consequences of a conviction, you need a skilled Tampa criminal lawyer on your side. At the law office of Trombley & Haynes, our experienced lawyers know what you’re going through and will aggressively advocate for you. Call us directly to schedule a consultation and learn more.