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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Metcalf Falls, Criminal Defense Attorneys, P.A. know what it takes to defend against:
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.Visit DUI Page
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.Visit Expungements Page
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.Visit Domestic Violence Page
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.Visit Violent Crimes Page
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.Visit Sex Crimes Page
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.Visit Drug Crimes Page
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.Visit Personal Injury Page
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.