Facing criminal charges is a stressful and confusing ordeal. You might not know what to expect, what penalties you face, or what types of options and defenses you have available. You do not want to get caught up in the criminal justice system without legal representation. Having a lawyer’s advice and guidance during the process will give you the best possible chance of a good outcome.
If you have been arrested for a crime, regardless of whether it is a minor misdemeanor or a serious felony, you need an aggressive lawyer to look out for your best interests. That is where Goldman Wetzel comes in. Our dynamic team of criminal defense lawyers has the experience and skills to handle any criminal case. Call our firm today at 727-828-3900 for a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer in Pinellas County.
What kinds of criminal cases does Goldman Wetzel accept?
Our trial lawyers, Summer Goldman and Maribeth Wetzel, have over three decades of combined legal experience. We can assist with all kinds of cases in state or federal court, from DUIs and white-collar crimes to assault and capital felonies. Below are just a few examples of the types of cases we have handled:
- Sex crimes
- Domestic violence and injunction violations
- Possession and trafficking
- Theft and fraud
- Sealing and expungement
- BUIs and DUIs
- Juvenile charges
- Weapons charges
- Violent crimes like assault, kidnapping, and murder
Why should I choose Goldman Wetzel to help with my case?
Summer Goldman, a former prosecutor, and Maribeth Wetzel, a career criminal defense lawyer, are well versed in the ins and outs of criminal law. They know how to uncover the right evidence, what to leverage when negotiating with the prosecutor, and how to prepare a strong defense for trial. And with their unique team approach, they strategize together on all their cases to make sure their clients have the strongest and punchiest defense possible.
They can assist with every aspect of your case, from the time of your arrest until your case closes:
- Step 1: Contact our office. We will ask a few questions, go over the charges you are facing, and then explain if and how we can help.
- Step 2: During the call, we will share our fee schedule with you and how to go about retaining us.
- Step 3: Summer and Maribeth will discuss your case together, brainstorm strategies, and hash out a plan of action.
- Step 4: We will spring into action and take appropriate steps, such as collecting evidence, meeting with the prosecutor, filing motions, etc.
- Step 5: We will contact you regularly to share any updates in your case, help prepare for hearings, and answer any questions you may have, and see your case through to the end.
I was arrested in Pinellas County. What happens next?
One of the first things you should do immediately following an arrest is to invoke your right to counsel. You have the right to have an attorney present when investigators question you. Do not provide more than basic information without getting legal advice first. Little things you say could be extremely detrimental to your case. Politely tell the officer that you want to speak to your attorney and then call our office at 727-828-3900 at your first opportunity.
There are a couple of steps you can expect after any Pinellas County arrest:
- Go through booking at the local detention facility
- Attend your “First Appearance” where the judge will decide if there is probable cause to detain you. If you retained us right after your arrest, we can attend this hearing with you. If the judge decides there is a lack of probable cause, the state will release you. If there is probable cause, the judge will decide on bond terms (if any).
- Attend your arraignment to enter a plea. In many cases, we can do this for you without you having to attend.
- Cooperate with us during the next phase: pretrial. This is where we explore defense options, collect evidence, order mental health evaluations, speak to witnesses, file motions, manage depositions, etc.
- Go to trial, if necessary. If your case has not settled before trial, we will make all the necessary preparations for the hearing, from collecting a plethora of evidence and preparing to argue against the prosecutor’s case to helping you prepare for testimony.
Is it possible to reduce the penalties I am facing?
There are various methods we can use to try to get your penalties reduced. Much depends on the severity of your charges, your record, the state’s evidence against you, and how accessible the available defenses are in your situation.
You might not know what to do on your own to defend against the charges and escape jail time, but we do. We will give you a no-nonsense rundown of what might be possible for your case and the best way to go about it.
Our tough defense attorneys will stand with you and fight your case.
The sooner you retain Goldman Wetzel, the better off your case will be because we can step in early on and try to dissuade the state from filing charges altogether. Under other circumstances, we can work to get the charges reduced or dropped or perhaps agree to a plea bargain. If your case has not settled before trial, we will stand next to you in court, fully prepared to share the facts of your case in the best possible light.
You are more than a case file to us. We take the time to get to know your situation and to explain exactly what you are up against. We also ensure the prosecution knows you so it does not view you as “just another defendant.” Our staff will give your case — and you — the attention it deserves and give 100 percent effort to advocating for your interests.
Call our criminal defense attorneys at Goldman Wetzel today at 727-828-3900 for the legal defense you need.