Criminal Defense Attorney in Pasco County, FL

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When you face criminal charges in Wesley Chapel or elsewhere in Pasco County, Florida, someone should stand up and fight for you. At Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A., that’s what we do. You can count on us to provide accurate information, compassionate guidance, and an aggressive defense.

Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A., has an office in Wesley Chapel, Florida, conveniently located between the west and east Pasco County courthouses in New Port Richey and Dade City.

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How Can We Help You?

Now’s the time to call a New Port Richey, Florida, criminal defense lawyer. Whether or not you’ve been arraigned, Brett Metcalf can help you with the next steps. He’ll get to know you and your case to figure out how to reach the best possible outcome.

Your First Court Appearance

Call us right away if your loved one is in the Pasco County Jail, Dade City Jail, or New Port Richey Jail. We’re available 24/7 and offer free consultations. We can help with the bail hearing and get your loved one home as soon as possible.

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If the police stop you, you have to give them your name, and if you’re driving, you have to show them your license and proof of insurance. If they ask you to get out of the vehicle, you must comply. But you never have to answer questions. You can and should say, “I’m choosing to remain silent.” If the police arrest you, call a Pasco County criminal defense lawyer right away.

Being pulled over and arrested for a DUI is scary. It might be your first encounter with the police and criminal courts. Call us right away to get started on your defense. You only have 10 days to fight a DUI license suspension.

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The stakes are high when you’re a licensed professional charged with a crime. Your governing board may have something to say about it. Call our New Port Richey, Florida, criminal defense lawyers to discuss fighting the charges and protecting your career.

Consequences of a Conviction

A criminal record opens you up to all sorts of discrimination. You may feel punished for years after your sentence. Call Brett Metcalf, Criminal Defense Attorney, P.A., to find out if you’re eligible to seal or expunge your record.

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Practice Areas

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

DUI:

A drunk driving conviction can have a profound impact on your life. Let us help you keep your license or get it back as soon as possible. We want you to be free to go to school, work, and take care of your family.

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Domestic Violence:

False allegations of domestic abuse can ruin your reputation. The best way to defend yourself is by remaining calm and calling a Pasco County criminal defense lawyer.

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Violent Crimes:

A violent crime conviction can lead to incarceration, high fines, and immense stigma. Let us defend you vigorously in court.

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Sex Crimes:

Don’t take any chances with your future. If someone accuses you of a sex offense, don’t say anything to the police or alleged victim. Remain silent and call a lawyer.

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Drug Crimes:

Florida law enforcement and courts take drugs seriously. They also harshly punish drug crimes. Hiring a lawyer right away is your best chance to avoid a conviction and imprisonment.

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Expungements:

Sometimes, the law gives you a second chance. You might be eligible to have your criminal record sealed or erased. Let us help you get a fresh start.

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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.

We’re Personal Injury Lawyers in Wesley Chapel

Brett also helps accident victims in Pasco County. If you or a loved one were hurt in an auto accident, reach out to our car accident lawyers in Wesley Chapel. We’ll get the insurance claim process started and help you recover compensation for your injuries.

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Pasco County
Courts

We recommend talking with our Dade City and New Port Richey, Florida, criminal defense lawyers before attending a hearing. Whether it’s your arraignment or further into your case, you should always be represented in court.

The Pasco County Clerk of the Court has two locations:

West Pasco Judicial Center
7530 Little Rd.
New Port Richey, FL 34656
Phone: 727-847-8031
Toll-Free: 800-368-2411, Ext. 8031

Robert D. Sumner Judicial Center
38053 Live Oak Ave.
Dade City, FL 33523
Phone: 352-521-4542
Toll-Free: 800-368-2411, Ext. 4542

If you’ve already gone through arraignment, it’s not too late. You can bring a lawyer onto your case at any time.

Pasco County Police Departments & Jails

Pasco Sheriff’s Office
Administration Office
8700 Citizens Dr.
New Port Richey, FL 34654
727-847-5878

The Pasco Sheriff has offices for District 1: New Port Richey, District 2: Dade City, and District 3: Trinity, Florida.

Pasco County Jail
20101 Central Blvd.
Land O Lakes, FL 34637
813-996-6982

Dade City Police Department
38030 Meridian Ave.
Dade City, FL 33525
Operations: 352-521-1493

Dade City Jail
38042 Pasco Ave.
Dade City, FL 33525
352-521-1493

New Port Richey Police Department & Jail
6739 Adams St.
New Port Richey, FL 34652
727-841-4550

If you believe the police arrested your loved one, but you aren’t sure where they’re held, give us a call. We can help locate your loved ones and ensure they have legal representation for their bail hearing and arraignment.

Our Results
Armed Robbery – Declined to File We negotiated with the prosecutor, and they ultimately declined to file formal charges based on having such limited information.
2nd DUI Dismissed We reviewed the evidence and uncovered several issues with the initial stop. Based on our presentation, the judge dismissed the DUI charge and our client was free to go.
Fentanyl Trafficking Dismissed The judge agreed to suppress the illegally obtained evidence, and the entire case was dismissed.
Woman Paralyzed by Tow Truck Driver Obtains Confidential Settlement Attorney Metcalf obtained a confidential settlement from both the tow truck company’s insurance and his client’s own insurance company.

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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