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FloridaCriminal Defense Lawyers in Hillsborough County, Florida

The United States Constitution grants important rights to any person accused of a crime including due process, the right to a fair and speedy trial, the right to representation by counsel, the right to remain silent and to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.


When choosing a criminal defense attorney in Hillsborough County, Florida, consider the lawyer's training, experience, ratings and reviews. Attorneys that practice within the criminal justice system tend to focus on certain types of cases in either state or federal court.


Most criminal defense attorneys provide a free consultation to discuss the facts of your case and defenses that might apply. Before you decide on which attorney to hire, meet with several different attorneys in their office to discuss the case and the attorney fees required for representation.


Once you decide which attorney to hire, make sure you and the attorney sign a written fee agreement or contract that describes the attorney fees required at each stage of the case including during pre-trial negotiations, motion hearings and a bench or jury trial.


A criminal defense lawyer in Hillsborough County, Florida should fight to protect the rights of his or her client in a criminal case against felony or misdemeanor charges... Read more »

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Leslie M. Sammis

Leslie M. Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N. Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Call 813-250-0500
Leslie Sammis is a criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm, P.A., with offices in downtown Tampa. The firm has a second office loca... read more >
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Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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National College for DUI Defense
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National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws
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National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
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DUI Defense Lawyers Association
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Benjamin Stechschulte

Benjamin Stechschulte
Law Offices of Stechschulte Nell
1105 W. Swann Ave
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 14 years, Benjamin Stechschulte is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Joseph Cameron Bodiford

Joseph Cameron Bodiford
Bodiford Law P.A.
284 Crystal Grove Blvd.
Lutz, FL 33548
Licensed for 23 years, Joseph Cameron Bodiford is a Criminal Defense and Firearm and Weapon Charges lawyer who attended Stetson University ... read more >

David Christopher Hardy

David Christopher Hardy
1710 N 19th St Suite 215
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 16 years, David Christopher Hardy is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Suffolk University Law School... read more >

Jason Daniel Sammis

Jason Daniel Sammis
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 18 years, Jason Daniel Sammis is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin... read more >

Lori Doganiero Palmieri

Lori Doganiero Palmieri
13055 W Linebaugh Ave Suite 102
Tampa, FL 33626
Licensed for 29 years, Lori Doganiero Palmieri is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

George Chester Bedell III

George Chester Bedell III
2525 Park City Way
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 36 years, George Chester Bedell III is a Civil Trial Law and Insurance Bad Faith lawyer who attended FSU College of Law... read more >

Jenny Marie Thomas

Jenny Marie Thomas
Thomas Law Group, P.A.
13014 N. Dale Mabry Hwy., Suite 261
Tampa, FL 33618
Licensed for 14 years, Jenny Marie Thomas is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Edward John Page

Edward John Page
Carlton Fields, P.A.
4221 W. Boy Scout Blvd Suite 1000
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 38 years, Edward John Page is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended The University of Tulsa College of La... read more >

Randall Carlton Grantham

Randall Carlton Grantham
1539 Dale Mabry Hwy Suite 101
Lutz, FL 33558
Licensed for 38 years, Randall Carlton Grantham is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida, Fredri... read more >

W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr.

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2102 W Cleveland St.
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 29 years, W F "Casey" Ebsary Jr. is a Criminal Defense and Marijuana Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of... read more >

John M Fitzgibbons

John M Fitzgibbons
707 N Franklin St Suite 700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 33 years, John M Fitzgibbons is a White Collar Crime and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The University of Iowa College o... read more >

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr.

Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr.
Caimano Law Firm
613 S Boulevard Suite B
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 18 years, Joseph Anthony Caimano Jr. is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

William Frederic Jung

William Frederic Jung
Jung & Sisco
101 E Kennedy Blvd Suite 3920
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 36 years, William Frederic Jung is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Illinois College of Law... read more >

Nicole Valdes Hardin

Nicole Valdes Hardin
400 N Tampa St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 13 years, Nicole Valdes Hardin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended The City University of New York School of Law... read more >

Irina Hughes

Irina Hughes
400 N Tampa St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 10 years, Irina Hughes is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Christopher David Watson

Christopher David Watson
P.O. Box 172910
Tampa, FL 33672
Licensed for 36 years, Christopher David Watson is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Lisa Baker McLean

Lisa Baker McLean
1115 E Cass St Suite 12
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 28 years, Lisa Baker McLean is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

Matthew A. Menendez

Matthew A. Menendez
Sammis Law Firm
1005 N. Marion St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 9 years, Matthew A. Menendez is a DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Loyola University College... read more >

Nicholas Gianni Matassini

Nicholas Gianni Matassini
2811 W Kennedy Blvd
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 15 years, Nicholas Gianni Matassini is a Civil Trial Law and Criminal Defense lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >

Michael P Maddux

Michael P Maddux
2102 W Cleveland St
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 27 years, Michael P Maddux is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Florida Levin College o... read more >

Daniel Patrick Fischetti

Daniel Patrick Fischetti
511 W Bay St Ste 359
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 17 years, Daniel Patrick Fischetti is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of... read more >

Anthony Michael Candela

Anthony Michael Candela
Law Office of Glenn G. Gomer
10312 Bloomingdale Ave Suite 1001
Riverview, FL 33578
Licensed for 19 years, Anthony Michael Candela is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Duquesne University School of Law... read more >

Timothy Roy Taylor

Timothy Roy Taylor
Timothy R Taylor, P.A.
100 Ashley Dr S Suite 890
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 26 years, Timothy Roy Taylor is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law... read more >

Joseph Augustine Spataro

Joseph Augustine Spataro
3507 E Frontage Rd Ste 350
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 14 years, Joseph Augustine Spataro is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Shepard Broad Law Center - Nova Southeastern Univ... read more >

Donna Lee Elm

Donna Lee Elm
Federal Defender's Office
400 N Tampa St Ste 2700
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 31 years, Donna Lee Elm is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law - Arizona State Univ... read more >

Bryant Raymond Camareno

Bryant Raymond Camareno
607 W M.L.K. Jr Blvd Suite A
Tampa, FL 33603
Licensed for 24 years, Bryant Raymond Camareno is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University Coll... read more >

Adam Leo Bantner II

Adam Leo Bantner II
1228 E 7th Ave Suite 100-3
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 13 years, Adam Leo Bantner II is a Criminal Defense and Civil Trial Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College o... read more >

Rick Terrana

Rick Terrana
Law Office of Terrana
3705 N Himes Ave
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 31 years, Rick Terrana is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Mike Benito

Mike Benito
Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law
4504 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
Licensed for 41 years, Mike Benito is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Kevin Molony

Kevin Molony
Darrigo, Diaz & Jimenez, Attorneys at Law
4504 N Armenia Ave
Tampa, FL 33603
Licensed for 7 years, Kevin Molony is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of Law... read more >

William Ashley Knight

William Ashley Knight
633 N Franklin St Suite 725
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 25 years, William Ashley Knight is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Stetson University College of La... read more >

Jo Ann Palchak

Jo Ann Palchak
1725 1/2 E 7th Ave Suite 6
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 13 years, Jo Ann Palchak is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended Stetson University College of La... read more >

Michael Celso Gonzalez

Michael Celso Gonzalez
Mike G Law
1005 North Marion Street Suite 118
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 28 years, Michael Celso Gonzalez is a Criminal Defense lawyer... read more >

Peter L. Tragos

Peter L. Tragos
Law Offices of Tragos, Sartes & Tragos
2203 N Lois Ave #944
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 6 years, Peter L. Tragos is a Criminal Defense and Motor Vehicle Accidents lawyer... read more >

Andrew Barrett Shein

Andrew Barrett Shein
The Law Offices of Andrew Shein Pa
3605 W Azeele St
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 21 years, Andrew Barrett Shein is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended Florida State University College of La... read more >

Kerstin Jana Wade

Kerstin Jana Wade
The Wade Law Firm
1003 S Alexander St Ste 10
Plant City, FL 33563
Licensed for 9 years, Kerstin Jana Wade is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Michigan State University College of Law... read more >

Mary Beth Corn

Mary Beth Corn
Mary Beth Corn, P.A.
156 E Bloomingdale Ave
Brandon, FL 33511
Licensed for 24 years, Mary Beth Corn is a DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving and Seal or Expunge Criminal Record lawyer who attended Stetson Univer... read more >

William Wooten Hanlon

William Wooten Hanlon
101 E Kennedy Blvd Suite 1485
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 25 years, William Wooten Hanlon is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended St. Thomas University School of Law... read more >

Nick M. Mattasisni

Nick M. Mattasisni
The Matassini Law Firm, P.A.
2811 W. Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33609
Licensed for 43 years, Nick M. Mattasisni is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Paul Marx Sisco

Paul Marx Sisco
Jung & Sisco
101 E Kennedy Blvd Suite 3920
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 27 years, Paul Marx Sisco is a Criminal Defense and Criminal Appellate Law lawyer who attended James E. Rogers College of Law ... read more >

Ellis R Faught Jr

Ellis R Faught Jr
Faught and Faught, P.A.
206 Mason Street
Brandon, FL 33511
Licensed for 41 years, Ellis R Faught Jr is a Criminal Defense and Family Law lawyer who attended South Texas College of Law... read more >

Eduardo A Suarez

Eduardo A Suarez
Law Offices of Ed Suarez, P.A.
1011 W Cleveland St
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 31 years, Eduardo A Suarez is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended Florida State University College of Law... read more >

Christopher Hersem

Christopher Hersem
Hersem Law
1550 W. Cleveland St, Suite 9
Tampa, FL 33606
Licensed for 14 years, Christopher Hersem is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer... read more >

Amanda Frances Brunson

Amanda Frances Brunson
Sammis Law Firm, P.A.
1005 N Marion St
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 7 years, Amanda Frances Brunson is a Criminal Defense and Probation Violations lawyer who attended Florida Coastal School of L... read more >

Barry A Cohen

Barry A Cohen
201 E Kennedy Blvd Suite 1000
Tampa, FL 33602
Licensed for 53 years, Barry A Cohen is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended Mercer University Walter F. George Schoo... read more >

Kerstin Wade

Kerstin Wade
The Wade Law Firm
1003 S Alexander St Suite #10a
Plant City, FL 33563
Kerstin Wade is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended Michigan State University College of Law... read more >

Mark P Rankin

Mark P Rankin
4301 W Boy Scout Blvd Suite 300
Tampa, FL 33607
Licensed for 20 years, Mark P Rankin is a Criminal Defense lawyer who attended University of Virginia School of Law... read more >

Brett Metcalf

Brett Metcalf
Hillsborough Defense, P.A.
1710 N 19th St
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 39 years, Brett Metcalf is a Criminal Defense and DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving lawyer who attended The Florida State University C... read more >

Vincent Roderick Pawlowski

Vincent Roderick Pawlowski
The Pawlowski // Mastrilli Law Group, P.A.
1718 E 7th Ave
Tampa, FL 33605
Licensed for 31 years, Vincent Roderick Pawlowski is a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury lawyer who attended University of Mississippi S... read more >
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Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

Certified Specialist in Criminal Law

Florida Bar Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law - The criminal trial law specialty certification field was established in 1987 in Florida. Under Rule 6-8.2 the term "criminal law" is defined as the practice of law dealing with "the defense and prosecution of misdemeanor and felony crimes in state and federal trial and appellate courts."


Attorneys certified by the Florida Bar in criminal trial law have meet minimum standards provided in Rule 6-8.3, including: at least 5 years of practicing law; substantial involvement in the specialty of criminal trial law (30% or more during the 3 years immediately preceding application); handling at least 25 contested criminal cases (with 20 jury trials, tried to a verdict, 15 which involved a felony, and 10 as lead counsel).


The Florida attorneys certified as specialist in criminal trial law have also submitted to peer review, passed a rigorous written examination and completed a specified number of continuing legal education (CLE) courses in the specialty area of the law.


In the State of Florida, only certified attorneys are allowed to identify themselves as "specialists" or "experts" or to use the letters "B.C.S." to indicate Board Certified Specialist. Depending on the designation earned, the attorney is allowed to use the phrase "Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law" or "Board Certified in Criminal Appellate Law."


Criminal Defense Specialty Areas

NBLSC Certification in Criminal Trial Advocacy - The National Board of Legal Specialty Certification is accredited by the American Bar Association (ABA) to certify attorneys as specialists in criminal trial advocacy.



Nonprofit Legal Associations

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1958, NACDL is the largest organization for criminal defense lawyers fighting to preserve fairness within America's criminal justice system. The organization has more than 10,000 direct members including criminal defense attorneys in private practice, public defenders in state or federal court, U.S. military defense counsel, law professors and judges.


Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Founded in 1988, FACDL promotes excellence in the practice of criminal law while protecting the rights of the accused. Many of the top criminal defense attorneys in the State of Florida are active in this trusted organization. FACDL unites and educates attorneys in the criminal justice system in Florida.




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