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Whittel & Melton – Hillsborough County, FL
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The Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyers at Whittel & Melton are ready to work for you. Call Now 813-221-3200. If you have been accused of a crime in Tampa, or believe you may be under investigation for a crime in Tampa, your freedom, reputation and liberty may be at stake. You need an experienced Tampa Criminal Defense Law firm with aggressive criminal defense lawyers to assist you in defending your case. Our firm is comprised of former State Prosecutors, State Defenders and a retired Assistant Attorney General with collective experience of over 100 years in the State of Florida.

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Call us now and we would be more than happy to discuss your situation, advise you of the potential fees involved and provide you with practical advice on how best to get the representation and the results that you and your family need and deserve. All contacts are STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.

If you have been accused of a crime, or if you are under investigation for a crime, your freedom may be at stake. You need an experienced Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney to lead you in defense of your case and fight for your rights.

If you have been accused of a crime, your freedom may be at stake. Call the Tampa Criminal Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton Right Away at (813) 221-3200

How Much Does a Criminal Lawyer in Tampa Normally Cost?

Tampa, Brandon and Hillsborough County is one of the largest jurisdictions in Florida, and as you might expect all types of criminal defense lawyers advertise for and handle criminal matters in Tampa courtrooms. The fees associated with the various legal matters handled by these lawyers vary based on two main price variables – (1) The complexity or severity of the charge; and (2) the experience level and thus limitations of time placed on those very experienced lawyers. So, at the bottom end you may find some lawyer fresh out of law school with zero experience ready to handle matters for as low as $1000 or $1500 flat fee; and on the other end very experienced lawyers handling the most serious cases for anything from $100,000 to $1,000,000. On average most criminal retainers are in the $5,000 to $10,000 range, and are usually flat fee, with possibilities for extra expenses based on the agreement. It is very rare for an experienced criminal defense lawyer to charge hourly. An hourly quote should probably be considered a red flag for most consumers when discussing attorney fees on a Tampa criminal arrest.

Are Criminal Lawyers Different Than Just Any Lawyer?

Typically, any lawyer handling any criminal matter should almost always, as a matter of rule, be a former prosecutor (Assistant State Attorney), former public defender or former judge. It is very rare for lawyers without this experience to be able to offer competent and thoughtful legal advice in criminal matters. In short, they just haven’t spent enough time in the building to know how the sausage is made.

What Types of Questions Should I be Asking When Deciding on the Best Criminal Lawyer for My Tampa or Florida Arrest?

  • How long have you been practicing criminal law?
  • Have you ever handled a case with similar facts or criminal charges as mine?
  • Have you ever tried a criminal jury trial? How many? How recently have you been trial?
  • What is the most trouble I can get into for this charge? (maximum sentence)
  • What are possible great outcomes you could envision with what little you know so far?
  • Please explain my Pre-Trial Release conditions to me. What does it mean for me to be on Bond? Can I be taken back into custody? When is my next court date?

Representing Defendants Facing Criminal Charges in Tampa, Florida
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Our firm handles virtually any type of criminal case, all drug crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, theft crimes and driving related crimes in misdemeanor, felony and juvenile court the Tampa area, including:

DUI, DUI Manslaughter, Drunk Driving, Computer-related Crimes, Murder, All Violent Crimes, Battery, Assault, Kidnap, Child Abuse, Drug Possession, Drug Trafficking, Drug Sales, Robbery, Burglary, Grand Theft, Petit Theft, Retail Theft, Prescription Fraud, Internet Pornography, Sex Crimes, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Sex Sting, Computer Sex Sting, To Catch a Predator Sting Operation, Entrapment, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Battery, Domestic Violence, Racketeering, RICO, White-Collar Crimes, Violations of Probation, Sex Offender Violations, Child Pornography

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The Hillsborough County, Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton, LLC proudly represent clients for any misdemeanor, felony, juvenile, violation of probation or sex offender registration case throughout Hillsborough County including Tampa, Plant City, South Tampa, Apollo Beach, Adams Ville, Bahia Beach, Balm, Bealsville, Bloomingdale, Boyette, Brandon, Citrus Park, Cosme, Dover, Drew Park, Gibsonton, Gulf City, Keystone, Keysville, Knights, Lake Fern, Limona, Lithia, Lutz, Mango, Mooring of Manatee, Orient Park, Palm River, Port Tampa, Port Tampa City, Produce, Providence, Rattlesnake, Riverview, Ruskin, Seffner, Summerfield, Sun City, Sun City Center, Sydney, Temple Terrace, Thonotosassa, Turkey Creek, Valrico, Village of Cypress Creek, Wimauma.

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Great customer service. I was always kept updated on every new detail throughout my whole case. The staff made me feel very comfortable and confident in choosing their services. Highly recommend.


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