Criminal Defense Attorney In The Greater Tampa Bay Area
If you or someone you care about is under suspicion or has been charged with a crime, whether a misdemeanor, felony, or traffic offense it is EXTREMELY important that you IMMEDIATELY seek the advice of an experienced Brandon criminal defense attorney before making any statement or responding to questions from police, investigators, or prosecutors.
As your criminal defense attorney, Michael C. McGinn prides himself on quickly becoming familiar with your case and investigating all issues thoroughly. With our rapid response we can often contact the prosecutor and prevent a more serious charges from being filed or prevent any case from being filed at all.
Whether you have just been arrested for the first time, are being charged with a serious crime, or are currently facing trial in Hillsborough, Polk, Pasco, or Manatee County, McGinn Law P.A. is here to help you through the many tough stages of the criminal process. Our criminal defense law firm handles many different types of criminal cases, including:
- Misdemeanor Charges
- Traffic Offenses
- DUI Charges
- Drug Charges
- Theft Charges
- Narcotic Trafficking Charges
- Felony Charges
- Violent Felony Charges
- Domestic Violence Charges
- Aggravated Assault Charges
- Aggravated Battery Charges
McGinn Law P.A. will guide you through every step of the criminal process, including the interrogation, arrest, indictment, preliminary hearings, pre-trial matters, trial, sentencing, and appeal in the Greater Tampa Bay Area. At each of these stages in the criminal law process, a skillful defense attorney can make a real difference to an individual who:
- is under investigation
- has been arrested
- has been charged
- is being arraigned
- is facing a bench or jury trial
- will be sentenced
- wants to appeal a conviction
Criminal Process: Stop vs Arrest
The criminal process begins with a stop or an arrest. A person has certain rights at every stage of the criminal process. The following is a brief explanation of each step from a stop through sentencing:
- You may be stopped for questioning by county sheriff or city police officer. A stop is not the same as an arrest. Each jurisdiction has different rules regarding when an individual can be placed under arrest.
- When you are placed under arrest, law enforcement must inform you of your constitutional rights. This includes your right to remain silent and your right to obtain the advice of an attorney.
- When you are arrested you should be given an opportunity to contact a criminal defense lawyer or anyone else you want to let know what has happened to you.
- After you are arrested and charged with a crime, you will be booked. You will remain in police custody until there is a court hearing on your release.
- During this hearing, you would be asked to enter a plea. You can enter a plea of “not guilty”, “no contest”, or “guilty”. You should speak to a criminal defense attorney prior to entering any plea.
McGinn Law P.A. represents clients facing criminal charges throughout the entire Tampa Bay Area, including Hillsborough County, Manatee County, Pinellas County, Pasco County, and Polk County. Contact your criminal defense attorney today, Mr. McGinn, at (813) 374-0353.
We are conveniently located less than 2 miles from the Falkenburg Road Jail.