Committed To Helping You Through A Criminal Charge
If you are looking for a Tampa Bay criminal defense attorney who will stand up aggressively for your best interests, you will find one at my law firm, George C. Kezemides, P.A.. I represent clients throughout the Gulf Coast. In more than two decades practicing criminal law as a Florida criminal defense lawyer and former prosecutor, I have handled charges including:
- Drug possession, manufacture and trafficking
- Drunk driving
- Assault and battery
- Domestic abuse
- White collar crime
- Theft and robbery
I care deeply about not just your case results but also you as a person. You receive my full attention and outstanding communication throughout the duration of your case. Whenever I take on a client, I commit to doing whatever it takes to help them succeed.
Experience Is Of Utmost Importance
When hiring a Florida criminal defense attorney, experience is one of the most important traits to look for. There is no substitute for the wisdom, skill and results that experience provides. I have more than 24 years of experience practicing criminal law in Florida. My case results are demonstrable, from dismissed charges to acquittals. Having litigated more than 50 trials, I know what it takes to put together a persuasive defense.
Answers To Your Criminal Defense Questions
You will probably feel overwhelmed by the many questions you have about your criminal case. I can answer these questions. To get you started with a few answers, here are a few of my prospective clients’ most common inquiries.
What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?
Misdemeanor offenses are less serious. They can result in up to one year in county jail. Felonies are severe. They can result in one or more years in state prison.
What are the potential consequences of a conviction?
The state of Florida penalizes criminal convictions very harshly. Depending on your charges, you could face penalties such as:
- Expensive fines
- Community service
- Revocation or suspension of driving privileges
A criminal offense on your record can affect you in many other ways. These include:
- Loss of housing options
- Suspension or expulsion from school
- Lack of career options
- Lack of educational options
- Damaged personal reputation
It is not enough to accept your charges and hope for the best. You and your attorney must take a proactive approach to your defense.
What if this is my first criminal charge?
Fortunately, the court tends to go lighter on first-time offenders. However, this does not mean that you will get off scot-free. Although being a first offender usually gives you more leeway to negotiate diverted sentencing or a plea bargain, you must still take the charges against you very seriously.
Do I really need a Florida criminal defense lawyer?
Think about your future. Are you willing to risk it by defending yourself in court? If not, then you absolutely need the counsel of a Tampa Bay criminal defense attorney. Work with someone who understands the court system, has relationships with district attorneys and judges, and draws from a range of successful strategies to protect your rights.