The longer you wait to take action after having been arrested or charged with a crime in Tarpon Springs, the longer you give the prosecution to build momentum on your case and potentially formalize charges. By getting our criminal defense lawyers in Tarpon Springs, FL involved early, you can push back against the other side and make their case against you more difficult.
At Goldman Wetzel, our attorneys have a long track record of helping accused clients beat their charges. We want to meet you, learn about the situation you are facing, and draw up a plan to help you get through it with minimal long-term impact to your life. Our attorneys have experience on both sides of the courtroom, putting us in the unique position to anticipate the prosecution’s every move and respond in your best interest.
To learn more about our firm and how we can help you move past the charges you are facing, call us for a consultation at (727) 828-3900.
Our Practice Areas in Tarpon Springs
No matter what type of crime you have been arrested for or charged with, the criminal defense lawyers in Tarpon Springs at Goldman Wetzel are here to help. We have helped clients beat the following charges and more:
A DUI conviction as defined under the Florida laws for State Uniform Traffic Control (316.193) comes with a long list of potential penalties in Florida. You could lose your license, pay a fine, or even go to jail. Even after you have done your time or paid your fines, your insurance rates will remain sky-high for years to come. If it is not your first conviction, the penalties are much worse. We can help you beat your DUI charge or potentially plead it down to a lesser crime, such as reckless driving.
A drug offense as defined under the Florida laws for Drug Abuse and Prevention (893.13) can range from possession to trafficking and manufacturing. Depending on the alleged offense, you could be looking at tens of thousands of dollars in fines and decades behind bars.
We can fight to help you avoid a conviction and lengthy jail sentence for a drug crime. The sooner you get us involved, the sooner we can start gathering evidence on your behalf.
If you have been arrested or charged with sexual assault, child pornography, sexual battery, as defined by the Florida laws for Sexual Battery (794.011), or any other sex crime, you cannot afford to wait while the prosecution amasses a case against you. By getting a lawyer involved early, you can make the prosecution’s job more challenging and make it easier to establish reasonable doubt when the trial happens.
A conviction for a violent crime not only typically results in jail time, but it also can affect the rest of your life. Society in general and employers and landlord in particular, carves out a special niche into which they categorize those they consider violent criminals.
A theft conviction can also make your life difficult for years to come. Employers do not want to hire someone they believe will put the company or its property at risk, and landlords feel the same way when it comes to renting to new tenants. Goldman Wetzel can help you avoid having a theft conviction on your record for the rest of your life.
If your minor child has been arrested or charged with a crime, we can help them move past it and keep them from being tried as an adult. To learn more, call us for a consultation at (727) 828-3900.
Why Hire a Criminal Defense Lawyer From Goldman Wetzel?
The criminal defense lawyers in Tarpon Springs at Goldman Wetzel have a vast amount of experience on both sides of the courtroom. Summer Goldman worked as a state attorney and racked up a stellar record as a prosecutor. Maribeth Wetzel is a career defense attorney with a strong reputation for helping clients avoid convictions. When you hire our firm, you do not just get one of us on your side; you have both of us fighting for you, combining our skills and talents to outwit the other side and steer your case to the best outcome.
Our Defense Strategies
We have several strategies at our disposal to minimize the damage from the charges you are facing. Depending on the circumstances of your case, we can do one or more of the following:
Convince the Prosecution to Drop Charges or File None at All
When our clients get us involved early, we are sometimes able to persuade the prosecution against filing any charges at all.
Plead Not Guilty
To secure a “not guilty” verdict, we do not have to prove you are innocent. We simply must create enough doubt to prevent the prosecution from proving you are guilty. We have a long and successful track record of doing just that for our clients.
Offer a Plea Bargain
If the prosecution’s case against you is insurmountable, we can choose to offer a plea bargain, where we agree to plead guilty to a lesser charge that carries a lighter sentence and, potentially, the opportunity to have it wiped from your record in the future.
Deferred adjudication means the judge finds you guilty, but the charge is not added to your record until a set period of time has elapsed. If you stay out of trouble during that period, it is erased and never hits your record.
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Tarpon Springs, Goldman Wetzel is ready to get to work for you today. To speak with a member of our team, call us at (727) 828-3900.