Sammis Law Firm

Criminal Defense and DUI Attorneys in Tampa

The criminal defense lawyers at Sammis Law Firm in Tampa, Florida, aggressively defend clients charged with a felony, misdemeanor, and DUI charges. Located in downtown Tampa, our firm is located just a few blocks from the courthouse.

Many clients are referred to us from other attorneys throughout the State of Florida. We also rely on referrals from previous clients. We work hard to earn our reputation as passionate, experienced, and aggressive criminal defense lawyers. Our attorneys take a scholarly approach to litigating pre-trial motions while fighting for the best result. We also pride ourselves on being thoroughly prepared for motion hearings and jury trials.

Call to schedule a free and confidential consultation either over the phone or in the office. During the initial consultation, we can discuss the facts of the case and what you might need to do right now to protect your rights. Learn more about potential defenses and the attorney fees required for legal representation.

Our office hours are 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Monday through Friday. If you need assistance after normal business hours, on a weekend or holiday, our phones are answered 24/7. We are also available for consultations in the office after normal business hours when needed.

Attorneys Focused Exclusively on Criminal Defense

The four attorneys at the Sammis Law Firm, Jason D. Sammis, Leslie M. Sammis, Matt A. Menendez and Amanda F. Brunson, focus exclusively on criminal defense. That focus allows us to stay up to date on innovative defenses that win cases and recent changes in criminal laws and procedures.

We work with our clients to address all aspects of the case including the direct and indirect consequences of a criminal accusation. If you have been wrongly accused of a crime, then the best result is getting all charges dropped by the prosecutor or dismissed by the trial court. Depending on how the case is resolved, you may be able to seal or expunge the criminal record and mug shot so that it disappears from the public view.

Extraordinary results require extraordinary efforts at each stage of the case. We work with seasoned private investigators and the most highly qualified expert witnesses while still maintaining reasonable attorney fees. Many of our clients have no prior criminal record and never imagined being on the wrong side of the law. The stakes are even higher for certain professionals who are charged with a crime including:

  • teachers and certified educators;
  • attorneys and law school students;
  • health-care professionals including physicians and nurses;
  • members of the military; and
  • law enforcement officers.

For many professionals in the private sector, their employment contract requires them to notify their employer of the arrest or prosecution. Other professions have reporting requirements to professional boards. Any public employee of a city, county or state employer participating in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) can face an action to forfeit their retirement benefits after a conviction for a specified criminal act.

Even college students can face immediate collateral consequences after an arrest including a possible disciplinary hearing that could lead to expulsion from college. We represent college students at the University of South Florida (USF), the University of Tampa (UT), and other area colleges after an allegation of a student conduct violation that occurred either on campus or off campus. In juvenile court, we also represent middle school and high school students during an expulsion or “change of placement” hearing.

For people with a Commercial Driver License (CDL), concealed weapon permit or who require special security clearances for their employment, the consequences of the arrest can impact their current job and future career opportunities.

When the stakes are high, seek out the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm who takes a full-service approach. We are focused on fighting criminal accusations in the Tampa Bay area.

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