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Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney

The criminal justice system is not perfect. While the presumption of innocence is the principle under which a court of law is supposed to operate, this is not always the case – too often, those who have been accused of a crime do not stand a fair chance against the prosecution. Sometimes the unfortunate perception is that just because a person gets arrested, they must be guilty.

While the system is what it is, there is one thing that you can do to improve your chances of your case being resolved in your favor, and ensuring that your rights are protected: hiring a Clearwater criminal defense attorney. At Roman & Roman, P.A., we are committed to providing our clients with the representation that they not only need, but that they deserve as well.

The Benefits of a Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney 

Fighting back against the system on your own can be difficult, if not impossible, to do. This is where an attorney comes in. Not only will an attorney help you to understand exactly what you have been accused of, but what the penalties for that crime are, and what to expect in court.

A good attorney can also gather and organize evidence on your behalf, and present this evidence in court in a compelling and efficient manner. In a criminal case, the right evidence or argument may be the difference between a conviction and walking away as a free person; a lawyer can make that difference.

When it may be in your best interest to do so, an attorney can also help negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecution. Plea bargains can be in the form of diversion programs, reduced charges, dismissed charges, or bargaining to keep you out of jail. Should a plea bargain not be a possibility, a good attorney can take your case to a jury trial and fight for a not guilty verdict.

One of the most important benefits of a criminal defense attorney is that a Clearwater criminal defense attorney is on your side. When it feels as though the whole world has turned against you, your lawyer will be advocating for you every step of the way. When you have been charged with a crime, having someone who believes in you, and whom you can trust, is essential.

Criminal Defense Cases We Handle 

No two crimes are alike. With every case that we take on, we provide a personalized approach that is tailored to your specific case.  At Roman & Roman, P.A., we have experience representing defendants in the following types of criminal matters: 

  • Assault and battery

Crimes involving violence or threats of violence are taken very seriously by the State of Florida. At Roman & Roman, P.A., we have been successful convincing the State to drop charges through the use of witness statements and other evidence. We have also been successful defeating assault and battery charges with a jury trial. 

  • Domestic violence

Being accused of the abuse of someone in your household whom you love can be challenging on an emotional and legal level.  Many times on domestic violence calls, the responding officer may arrest someone with no physical evidence at all. We point out the weakness in the State’s case and oftentimes are successful convincing the State not to prosecute at all. 

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

There are a number of defenses to a DUI charge, including whether the officer had lawful authority to investigate you for a DUI, incorrectly administered field sobriety tests, defective breathalyzer tests, and so on. 

  • Drug offenses

A drug crime conviction can have long-term consequences, including the loss of your driver’s license, probation, or even jail time. We challenge every aspect of the State’s case, from the lab test of the drug, to the weight of the drug, to whether the police had any lawful basis to stop and search you or your home or vehicle. 

  • Felony offenses

Third degree felonies are punishable by up to five (5) years in prison. Second degree felonies are punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in prison. First degree felonies are punishable by up to thirty (30) years in prison.  There are also those felony offenses punishable by life in prison. Aside from time in prison, a felony conviction can have permanent life altering consequences. For example, if you are convicted of a felony, you lose your civil rights, such as the right to vote or carry a gun. 

  • Juvenile offenses

Being charged with a crime when you are not even 18 years of age is not the best way to start your life. We work hard to make sure your child’s youthful indiscretions do not affect their future plans. 

  • Misdemeanor offenses

A misdemeanor offense is punishable by up to a year in jail or a year on probation and can have other consequences such as losing your driver’s license.  Additionally, a misdemeanor can have a large effect on your future, especially if you are a repeat offender as those charges can be upgraded to a felony.

  • Theft offenses

Some theft offenses are more serious than others. Common theft offenses include petty theft, grand theft, burglary, robbery, defrauding a pawnbroker, dealing in stolen property, and organized fraud. These offenses range from misdemeanors to felonies punishable by life, depending on the facts of each case. 

  • Traffic offenses

They may seem minor, but enough traffic citations or driving while license suspended/revoked charges on your record can result in a lengthy license suspension, a habitual traffic offender designation, or even jail time. Depending on the case, we are often able to look at your driver’s history and convince a judge to vacate prior convictions so you can get your license reinstated and stay out of jail. 

  • Probation violations

If you violate your probation orders, you may be arrested, held at a “no bond” status, and sentenced up to the maximum amount of time the original charge would carry. We have been successful having probation violations dismissed without our clients being arrested at all.

Why Choose Us

One of the things that we pride ourselves on at Roman & Roman, P.A., is the fact that all of the attorneys are related.  As such, we treat every client like an extended family member of our family We have helped thousands of people charged with crimes in Florida, and have been serving the community since 1985. If you are looking for a Clearwater criminal defense attorney who pays attention to detail, keeps you informed, and will fight for your rights, contact our legal team today.

Call Our Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorneys Now for a Free Case Consultation

When you have been charged with a crime, time is of the essence. Delaying can harm your case – we encourage all persons who have been accused with a crime of any type to call our law firm as soon as possible.  A consultation with our Clearwater criminal defense attorneys is always free. To learn more about your rights and how we can protect them, call us today at Roman & Roman, P.A.

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