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Defense for the Criminally Accused by Former Prosecutors

Have you been charged with a crime in the Tampa Bay area? If so, it is imperative that you act immediately and retain an experienced criminal defense lawyer to protect your name, reputation, freedom and rights. It is important to understand that not every criminal defense attorney has the same degree of skill in the courtroom – which is likely where your case will be addressed. Courtroom talent is a completely different skill than legal knowledge, and your criminal defense attorney must have both.

With over 50 years of combined experience, the legal team at Taracks Rickman & Associates has extensive courtroom experience and an impressive record of positive case results. With four former state prosecutors from across Tampa Bay on staff, we are familiar with both sides of the courtroom and how to create the most strategic defense for your case. Our strength in the courtroom gives us an advantage in plea negotiations, which may also mean a lesser or reduced charge in your case.

If you fear that you have an investigation surrounding your recent activity or you have already been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, it is important for you to call our Tampa criminal defense law firm immediately. We can help protect your rights and fight for your freedom. When working with a seasoned Tampa criminal defense lawyer from our firm, you can be assured that your rights are being advocated by an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

State and Federal Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Our entire legal team is licensed in both State and Federal Court and can assist you with any charge you are facing. Our firm handles every criminal charge, from misdemeanor offenses like DUI and Domestic Violence Battery all the way up to Sexual Battery ( rape), Trafficking, and Murder.

Our firm dedicates a significant amount of resources to fighting sex crimes, including rape, sexual battery, possession of child pornography, and failure to register as a sex offender. A Tampa sex crimes lawyer from our firm can provide you with a free, confidential consultation to help you understand the penalties you are facing. Our legal team knows that when you are charged with a sex crime, you are facing the fight of your life. Your job, reputation, and freedom are on the line. A conviction will likely mean lifetime sex offender status, fines, and possibly a lengthy prison sentence. We will act swiftly in an attempt to have the charges against you dismissed or reduced as soon as possible.

We also deal with a wide array of federal crimes. As Tampa federal criminal defense lawyers, we are licensed to practice in both State and Federal Court. We represent clients in every stage of their federal criminal case, from the grand jury stage and indictment up through trial and sentencing. Our criminal defense lawyers are well versed in the federal sentencing guidelines and are able to help you understand the penalties you are facing if convicted on these charges. Some of the major crimes we handle include RICO violations, mortgage fraud, child pornography, tax fraud, wire fraud, embezzlement and more.

Drug crimes also make up a significant portion of our practice. If you have been charged with trafficking in marijuana, cocaine, heroin, Oxycontin, MDMA (ecstasy) or any other illegal substance, you need an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney on your side. It is important to know that depending on the weight of the substance you were caught with, there may be a minimum-mandatory prison sentence involved of anywhere from three years to a life sentence. Because of this, it is important to have a skilled Tampa trafficking attorney on your side.

The bottom line is, if you have been charged with any crime in Tampa Bay, a criminal defense attorney from our firm is able to help. With four former prosecutors on staff, we have experience on both sides of the courtroom – which means we know what arguments the state will make, and how to counter those arguments. With over 50 years of combined experience, our firm will be able to help you evaluate your case and build a defense. Remember, as a criminal defendant, you have rights. We believe in protecting those rights, and while each case is different, we believe that our case results speak for themselves. Our firm also has offices in Brandon and Pinellas in addition to our Tampa office for the convenience of our clients. To find more information on your charges and how you can retain the services of our firm, contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney from our office today.

Why You Need an Experienced Tampa DUI Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI (Driving Under the Influence) in Tampa or the surrounding areas, it is important that you act immediately to protect your rights. In Florida, you only have ten (10) days from the date of your DUI arrest to challenge the suspension of your license! A lawyer from our firm can challenge your DUI license suspension and obtain you a temporary permit to drive to work, church, school or the doctor in most instances while your DUI is pending. Our Tampa DUI lawyers can also can set your initial court date and will make court appearances on your behalf where possible so that you don’t have to take time off from work.

A Tampa DUI lawyer from our firm will provide you with a free, confidential consultation the moment you are released from jail. We will help you to understand both the civil and criminal penalties associated with a DUI, from the suspension of your license to any possible jail or prison sentence. We will attempt to have the charges against you reduced or dismissed prior to your arraignment so that you can protect your reputation and get back to your everyday life and routine as soon as possible. Further, by avoiding a DUI conviction you can avoid high risk (SR-44) insurance requirements that come with a DUI conviction. We will also fight to help you have your "mugshot" removed from the internet to save you embarrassment and protect your reputation.

As a firm founded by former prosecutors, we know the law and how to attack the charges against you. Our firm has over fifty years of combined experience fighting everything from first-time DUI’s to felony DUI, BUI, underage / college DUI, and more serious offenses such as DUI Manslaughter. Our goal is to keep you driving and avoid a conviction on a DUI offense, either through a reduction to Reckless Driving or through a complete dismissal of the DUI charges.

Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa: Experienced and Aggressive Defense Team

If you or a loved one has recently been charged with a State or Federal crime of any kind, then you are already well aware of the stress that a situation such as this can cause in your life. This is simply not the time to treat your future lightly. You need to be proactive in your efforts against criminal charges, and take an aggressive stance against them. That's where we come in.

By hiring an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney, you can begin to fight the charges, defend your rights and protect your future. Our firm will come on your case as early as possible and will attempt to have all charges dismissed or reduced prior to your first court date where possible. The attorney you decide to work with may have a huge impact on the result in your case. We know that having your case reduced to a lesser charge prior trial can be advantageous and save you time and trouble. Therefore, it is important that you have a skilled, aggressive criminal defense attorney in your corner.

Our criminal defense team is known for its aggressive and professional approach to criminal charges of all types. The first most critical action that must take place is a full analysis of the accusations against you and all the evidence that has been obtained in the case. There are frequently serious errors in procedure that are identified that will be exploited for your defense. Whether your rights were violated through failure to follow the legal procedures in the arrest, search and seizure or if there has been failures to maintain the correct standards in the chain of custody of the evidence, our firm is prepared to challenge the State's position and witnesses on your behalf.

Whether your case is your first DUI offense or if you have been charged with a serious felony offense, the legal team at Taracks Rickman & Associates will make your case a priority and will energetically set your defense into action. Never answer questions if under investigation for a criminal offense without contacting our firm and having your attorney present. Protecting your rights and having the support of a skilled criminal defense attorney cannot be underestimated. Our firm has the knowledge, experience, and resources to take an aggressive stance against your charges.

Contact a Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Today

When you retain the services of our criminal defense law firm, we begin working day one to protect your name, rights and freedom both in and out of court. We will fight the State or Federal Government in an attempt to have your charges reduced or dismissed prior to trial. Although each case is different, we believe that our past results speak for themselves and encourage you to visit our case results page. Call us today for your free, confidential consultation with a Tampa criminal defense attorney from our firm.

Contact a Tampa criminal defense lawyer from our firm as soon as possible for a free, confidential consultation.