Seek the best outcome available in your Tampa criminal case with our help
Simply being arrested for a crime can have devastating effects on your life, and actually being convicted can be life-altering. At the law offices of Donald C. Barrett. P.A., our entire practice is devoted to the defense of people charged with serious criminal offenses in the Tampa Bay area.
Firm founder and principal attorney Donald C. Barrett is a former Chief Assistant State Attorney who for nearly ten years prosecuted serious crimes on behalf of the State of Florida. Following his tenure as a prosecutor, Mr. Barrett entered private practice, and for over ten years he has practiced exclusively in the area of criminal defense.
Your defense lawyer is the only person devoted exclusively to looking out for you
The law practice at Donald C. Barrett, P.A. is designed to provide personal attention to every client and every case. You will deal directly with Tampa criminal lawyer Donald Barrett in all matters regarding your case, and he will personally appear at all hearings, negotiations and other critical aspects of your case. When you hire Donald C. Barrett, P.A. for your Tampa criminal matter, you get practical legal advice and strong, effective representation designed to get you the best result possible for your unique situation.
Contact Donald C. Barrett, P.A. for immediate assistance with any Tampa criminal law matter, including any of the following:
Murder – First degree murder is a capital felony (life felony) in Florida, punishable by life in prison, or, in some cases, the death penalty. Second degree murder is a first degree felony, also punishable by up to life in prison. Let us investigate your case and determine which defenses may be available, so that we can advise you of your options and help you achieve the best outcome in your case.
Violent Crimes – Being charged with a violent felony may subject the accused to a lengthy prison sentence. And if you are convicted of a felony, you will lose certain civil rights, such as the right to possess firearms. Florida has enhanced penalties for many violent offenses if a firearm was used during the commission of the crime. We work hard to uncover all of the facts, and we will aggressively defend you while challenging all aspects of the State’s evidence.
Domestic Violence – A number of different crimes committed against a family or household member, ex-spouse or former boyfriend/girlfriend can lead to charges of domestic violence. We’ll defend you against criminal charges as well as civil restraining orders that could separate you from your home, your possessions and your family.
Weapons Offenses – Firearms and weapons offenses often come with mandatory minimum prison sentences – up to life in prison. If you are facing a mandatory minimum prison sentence, the judge has no discretion in sentencing, and you will be required to serve a mandatory minimum sentence “day-for-day” (no gain time). We have helped clients facing these serious penalties to resolve their cases with misdemeanor charges and no jail time.
Sex Crimes – There are a number of sex-related offenses that, upon conviction, require lifetime registration on the sex offender registry. Being a registered sex offender hinders your ability to find suitable employment and restricts where you can live. Being convicted of a sex offense may also subject you to involuntary and indefinite civil commitment after any prison sentence is served. We have helped clients facing such consequences to avoid charges altogether, avoid jail time and avoid sex offender registration.
Drug Crimes – Drug crimes can range from simple possession to drug trafficking charges. There are many potential defenses available in drug cases, both legal and factual. Even if you possessed drugs, there may be constitutional challenges you can make regarding the search and seizure that led to the drugs. We can evaluate your case to determine what arguments are available to you. We have helped many clients facing drug charges, whether by suppressing evidence, having charges dropped, negotiating a favorable resolution or defending them at trial.
Theft Offenses – Donald C. Barrett, P.A. defends people charged with property crimes in Florida, ranging from petit theft, retail theft, grand theft, forgery, fraud and dealing in stolen property, to name a few. Many theft-related charges are felonies, and some are first degree felonies, subjecting the accused to a lengthy prison sentence.
DUI – A drunk driving conviction can be very costly between the fines, costs and rise in insurance rates. Even an arrest without a conviction can cause your driving privilege to be suspended for six months, or longer. Donald C. Barrett has a long history of successfully defending clients against DUI charges, whether by having charges reduced or dismissed, or by obtaining Not Guilty verdicts at trial.
Juvenile Crimes – Juvenile delinquency charges, while not as serious as adult charges, can still have lasting effects on a child’s future. In some cases, the prosecution may elect to charge a juvenile as an adult and seek adult sanctions, including prison. We fight equally as hard for juveniles and work to see that their rights are fully protected while providing a strong defense.
Appeals – Convicted defendants have a right to appeal their conviction to a higher court. Our years of trial and appellate experience provide us with the ability to preserve the record at trial to pave the way for an appeal, if necessary. And we have the knowledge and skill to review your trial transcript to determine whether mistakes were made to provide the basis for an appeal.
Post-Conviction Relief – We bring motions on behalf of convicted defendants who had ineffective assistance of counsel during their trial or plea, who were subjected to an incorrect or illegal sentence, or when new evidence comes to light in the defendant’s favor after a conviction.
Violations of Probation – We help people facing a violation of probation, whether it’s based on a new law violation or a technical violation. We strive to avoid having probation revoked by demonstrating that the probationer is not guilty of a willful violation. We also assist clients in seeking the early termination or modification of their probation.
Sealing / Expunction of Records – We can help you avoid lingering negative consequences of an arrest by working to have criminal history records sealed or expunged under Florida law. Move forward with your life and face criminal background checks and employment interviews without worrying that an old arrest will continue to haunt you.
Call Donald C. Barrett for Immediate Assistance from an Experienced Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer
For help with any Florida misdemeanor or felony offense, including drug trafficking, sex crimes and the most serious felonies, contact Donald C. Barrett, P.A. for advice and representation from a skilled and experienced Tampa criminal lawyer devoted to getting the best result for his clients. We are available to assist you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Spanish language services are available, and your initial consultation is free, so make your first call to Donald C. Barrett, P.A. at 813-280-1201.