Tampa Criminal Lawyer
Tampa criminal lawyer Donald C. Barrett has 22 years experience in the practice of criminal law as both a prosecutor and defender of the rights of the accused. In his distinguished career he has encountered just about every type of criminal case there is, and in that time he has amassed an impressive string of victories in pre-arrest and pre-trial negotiations, plea bargaining, trials and appeals. No matter what type of charges or what level of penalties you are facing, count on Donald C. Barrett, P.A. to deliver professional, competent legal advice and representation to achieve a favorable outcome in your Tampa criminal case.
Defending yourself against criminal charges
Every person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. It is the prosecutor’s job to prove every element of the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury. If the prosecution cannot do so, justice requires a Not Guilty verdict. The prosecution has the full weight of the government behind them, and when the State takes a case to trial, they do so to win. However, you can level the playing field by vigorously defending your case in court.
You have the right to mount a defense against the charges brought against you and to challenge the prosecutor’s case. Additionally, you have a number of constitutional rights designed to help you in your defense and keep the government from going out of bounds in their attempt to convict you.
Some of the most important rights afforded to the accused are:
Right to an attorney– You have the right to be advised and represented by an attorney of your choosing at every critical stage of the proceedings, including the arraignment, preliminary hearing, motions and trial. Without a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer on your side, you would be at the mercy of the prosecutor with absolutely no one looking out for your best interests. Donald C. Barrett has handled numerous criminal cases, and he understands the value of being represented by an experienced criminal defense attorney. In addition to pre-trial and trial matters, Donald C. Barrett has helped convicted individuals with direct appeals and other forms of post-conviction relief.
Right to a speedy trial by jury – Donald Barrett keeps clients’ speedy trial rights in mind and uses the speedy trial rules to his clients’ advantage, when appropriate. He has had cases dismissed for violations of the speedy trial rules and has obtained favorable outcomes by demanding a speedy trial for his clients.
Right to appeal a guilty verdict – With abundant trial experience, Donald C. Barrett knows how to make appropriate objections and motions to preserve grounds for appeal. He is likewise proficient in reviewing trial transcripts for error and preparing and presenting briefs and oral arguments before appellate judges.
Other important constitutional rights of the accused include the right to compel witnesses to testify and to confront and cross-examine the witnesses against you. You cannot be compelled to be a witness against yourself (you cannot be forced to testify), and you are entitled to be advised of your Miranda warnings before being questioned by the police. You also have the constitutional right not to be subjected to an unreasonable search or seizure.
Talk to a defense attorney first
If you have been charged with a crime, or you are under investigation for a crime, it is critical that you speak to an attorney as soon as possible. Statements you make to the police or others, or actions you take without the advice or presence of an attorney, can irreparably harm your case and leave you much worse off than you otherwise might have been. Being represented by a lawyer at the earliest stages of an investigation, or after an arrest, will allow your attorney to make sure that important rights are protected while preparing your case for the best chance of success. Additionally, an experienced criminal defense attorney can intervene on your behalf and potentially prevent charges from being filed in the first place. On numerous occasions, Donald C. Barrett has demonstrated to police and prosecutors various factual and legal issues with their case and prevented formal charges from being filed.
Get Help Now to Challenge Your Tampa Arrest or Criminal Prosecution
If you are under investigation for a criminal offense, or if you have been arrested and charged with a crime in Tampa, call Donald C. Barrett, P.A. at 813-280-1201 for a free consultation with a highly experienced and dedicated Tampa criminal lawyer.