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When you are dealing with criminal charges, you know what is at stake and so do we. At Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A., we represent good people throughout the Tampa Bay area who have been accused of crimes. We provide straightforward, quality guidance in complicated legal situations and use our considerable courtroom experience to find solutions quickly.

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How Can We Help You?

After an arrest, you should immediately contact an experienced criminal defense lawyer. As a former prosecutor, Brett Metcalf can examine your case, explain what comes next, and work towards the best possible resolution.

Your First Court Appearance

If someone you care about is in custody and you’re seeking help on their behalf, we’re happy to speak with you. We’re available 24/7, offer free consultations, and can assist with your loved one’s bail hearing. We will fight to get them home.

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Living with a criminal conviction comes with a lot of strain. It could be embarrassing or holding you back professionally. Let us determine if you are eligible to have your record sealed and handle the process of wiping your slate clean.

Expungements in Florida

A DUI is most people’s first encounter with the law, and the punishments are harsh. To properly deal with a DUI, you’ll have to act fast. You only have 10 days to fight a DUI license suspension, and a lawyer can help your case end favorably.

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Many licensing boards have a duty to report any criminal charge, and even being accused can raise the stakes considerably. We’ll ensure you understand the long and short-term implications involved, fight to have the case dismissed, and defend your livelihood.

Consequences of a Conviction

Never speak to the police without a lawyer. There’s a reason you have the right to remain silent. When you’re accused of a crime, the police will use everything you say against you. And, despite your best intentions, you could be making your situation worse.

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Why Hire Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A?

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What Our Clients Are Saying

Brett is the best attorney I’ve ever had. I would recommend his services to anyone in need.
Pink Taylor

09.18.2019

“Brett is the best attorney I’ve ever had. I would recommend his services to anyone in need. Most lawyers just want the money, ignore your calls, and settle for deals. Not Brett! He answered and returned every call! Every penny…

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Pink Taylor

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08.14.2019

“He did an amazing job for me in Polk County! When I got involved in a situation that needed a criminal lawyer, I was terrified. Having only lived in Florida a few years, I was not prepared for the complexity…

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Lisa Welsh

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01.11.2019

“Mr. Metcalf is very knowledgeable, friendly, and on top of things. In the midst of my confusion and thoughts of the worst possible outcome, Mr. Metcalf took charge and handled the situation with professionalism and tact. I am very pleased…

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Sherry Violet

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08.06.2018

“Brett is an extremely knowledgeable attorney who is a straight shooter, hard worker, and always willing to go the extra mile to fight for his clients. I’ve had to use him two separate times and was more than pleased with…

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Ryan Belden

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06.19.2017

“Brett went far out of his way for my multiple cases and managed to keep me a free man even with all the charges that were put on me. 100% behind him from Plant City.”

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Issac Thomas

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04.10.2017

“If you’ve decided to scroll past all the other positive reviews and find yourself reading mine, I’ll start out by saying Brett’s the man. He handles business efficiently and professionally, with the clients’ best interests in mind at all times….

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Evin O

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04.09.2017

“Mr. Metcalf was there for me at the most difficult and life-changing time in my life. I was treated respectfully the whole entire process, despite my embarrassing and shameful mistake. He extended honesty and professional courtesy throughout my case, guiding…

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Sharley Lanigan

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04.08.2017

“Brett Metcalf is the best lawyer in the Tampa Bay area. He puts 100% into his work and goes far and beyond what you would expect out of a lawyer. If it wasn’t for Brett, my husband and I would…

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Janice Luke

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04.06.2017

“Wonderful experience with Brett Metcalf. If I had to do it again, I would not change a thing. It’s a good feeling when you know you’re in good hands and your attorney is genuinely concerned about the outcome of your…

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Gerald

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12.02.2017

“I have consulted with Brett on various issues and have found him to be excellent. He is very practical in potential outcomes on legal issues and very reasonable.”

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Albert Piccolo

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04.05.2017

“Brett helped me win full custody of my kids. Any and every question I had, he was right there to answer and explain the process. He was open and honest about the whole process. Extremely good price… and even better…

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James Woodson

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08.13.2016

“Brett Metcalf was the best experience that I’ve ever had with any legal professional! He was understanding, honest, and worked diligently throughout my entire DUI case I had several years back. Even with the odds stacked against me, he was…

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Nathan Hester

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08.12.2016

“Very knowledgeable and compassionate. I always felt like I could contact him with questions at any time. He was extremely thorough with information – I can’t stress that enough! I would definitely hire him again and recommend him to anyone,…

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Christa Murray

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08.10.2016

“Brett Metcalf provides forward-thinking and effective legal counsel. I highly recommend Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A.”

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Annie Shipherd

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08.08.2016

“Brett Metcalf is a top-notch attorney. He also understands that preparation and hard work are keys to success. He possesses the knowledge, the insights, and the advocacy skills to put your legal woes in the past. Equally important, he follows…

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Charles Goddard

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08.08.2016

“In late 2015, I was in need of a lawyer who could help me. Looking on the internet and asking friends if they knew any great ones was looking pretty bad. Then my younger brother told me about a lawyer…

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Elijah Turner

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08.06.2016

“I could not be any happier with my experience with Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A. I would advise anyone who needs legal action to choose wisely and choose him for multiple reasons.”

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Marty McPhly

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08.06.2016

“Brett made the process as easy as possible for me on my end, letting me know all options and possible outcomes based on my choices. He was also very attentive and quick to respond to my questions.”

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Clay

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02.27.2019

“Extremely professional and clearly the sharpest tool in any toolbox. Set the tone in the courtroom. This has to be one of the best law offices in Tampa. Thanks, Brett.”

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Daniel Turner

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Average 5 out of 5 rating based on 44 Reviews
Practice Areas

As a former prosecutor, Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A. knows what it takes to defend against:

DUI

From jail time to the impact on your license, a DUI in Tampa has harsh penalties. With our skill and experience, we can make all the difference. Learn more about your options after a DUI and get a free DUI case review today.

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Expungements

Living with a criminal record is tough. Having your criminal record sealed or expunged can give you the clean slate you’ve been looking for. Learn if your eligible, what steps to take, and how we can help you get a fresh start.

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Domestic Violence

Don’t let an allegation impact your reputation or life. Sometimes situations get out of hand, people make false claims, and arrests are often made with little evidence. Learn what to expect and how to deal with domestic violence charges.

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Violent Crimes

Aside from possible time behind bars, a violent conviction will follow you forever. You deserve the chance to explain and protect yourself. We’ll ensure your side of the story is told.

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Sex Crimes

A sex crime accusation can shatter your life, career, and reputation. A conviction can result in prison and being labeled as a sex offender. Don’t take these charges lightly or try to explain things without a lawyer. Know your rights and defend yourself from the beginning.

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Drug Crimes

The drug laws in Florida are outdated and harsh. A conviction can mean years in prison, and life-long hurdles to overcome. However, your case is not hopeless. There is a lot we can do to improve your situation.

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Personal Injury

You shouldn’t be held responsible if you or a loved one is hurt because of someone else. You deserve the chance to recover and we can help. Get the facts, know the value, and claim what’s right.

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Criminal Defense Law

Criminal law covers violations of public law. In Florida, offenses are divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies.

Felonies are handled in Circuit Court and punishable by potentially more than one-year in prison. Felonies are further classified into degrees based on their severity.

Third-Degree Felony

Examples include aggravated assault, felony DUI, and carrying a firearm without a permit. Punishable by up to five years in prison, five years’ probation, and a $5,000 fine.

Second-Degree Felony

Examples are DUI manslaughter, aggravated battery, and leaving an accident involving death. Penalties include up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine.

First-Degree Felony

Examples are drug trafficking, robbery with a weapon, and aggravated child abuse. They are punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

Capital and Life Felonies

Capital felonies, like murder, are punishable by death. Life felonies are punishable by a life sentence and a $15,000 fine. Examples include sexual battery and kidnapping.

Misdemeanors are less serious and punishable by up to one year in county jail. Misdemeanors are handled in County Court and classified as first or second-degree. Some misdemeanor penalties can be heightened based on a second or subsequent conviction.

Second-Degree Misdemeanor

These are punishable by up to 60 days in jail, six months of probation, and a fine of up to $5,000. Common examples are disorderly conduct and leaving the scene of an accident.

First-Degree Misdemeanor

Punishable by up to one year in jail, one year of probation, and a $1,000 fine. Other penalties are community service, diversion classes, counseling, and/or drug and alcohol treatment. Examples include domestic violence, marijuana possession, and simple battery.

Our Results
Fentanyl Trafficking Dismissed The judge agreed to suppress the illegally obtained evidence, and the entire case was dismissed.
Not Guilty Verdict for 4th DUI As a result, the man saw no jail time, saved his license, and preserved his record and livelihood.
Woman Not Guilty of 1st DUI Based on the advocacy she received, the jury found her not guilty, and she was free to move on with no sanctions with her record intact.
Self Defense in Battery Trial We argued that he was actually defending himself at trial and the jury agreed to a not guilty verdict..

The possible consequences might be harsh, but working with an experienced criminal defense attorney will greatly improve your situation. Our goal will always be to have your charges dismissed, either through negotiation or pre-trial motions. If the charges cannot be completely dismissed, we will work to have them reduced or mitigated because a single incident should not define your life.

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