DUI and Criminal Defense Lawyers in Florida
Other Offices: Clearwater (FL) Orlando (FL) Sarasota (FL)
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Law Firm OverviewFinebloom & Haenel, P.A. is one of Florida's Leading Criminal Defense law firms. Our Aggressive Criminal Defense Attorneys serve clients in Sarasota throughout the state of Florida in all Criminal Cases including DUI, Drug Charges and Traffic Tickets.
Our Sarasota firm brings together some of the brightest and most diligent legal minds to handle your DUI or criminal case. Some of our attorneys are former prosecutors while others worked for the public defenders office. This unique combination allows us to understand your case from both sides of the courtroom. David Haenel, the 2004 State of Florida DUI Prosecutor of the Year, brings a thorough understanding of the Florida Criminal Laws and Procedures.
The criminal process is a difficult and frustrating experience for anyone charged with a crime. Our attorneys understand what you are going through and will be with you every step of the way to provide the best representation possible. Because our lawyers dedicate themselves to practicing DUI and criminal defense exclusively in Sarasota and Tampa, we have in depth knowledge of the local court system, the prosecutors, and judges. Combined with our many years of trial experience, expert witnesses, and professional office staff, we are able to provide our clients with the finest DUI and criminal defense services throughout Tampa, Orlando, and Sarasota, Florida.
Several members of our firm speak Spanish in order to accommodate all of our clients.
Year this Office was Established: 2005
Languages: Spanish, English
Areas of Law
Additional Areas of Law: Driver’s License Suspension; Underage Drinking; Violent Crimes; Vandalism; Misdemeanors; Kidnapping; Receipt of Stolen Property; Child Molestation; Sexual Battery; Sexual Assault; Indecent Exposure; Failure to Register; Internet Sex Offenses; Bench Warrants; Petty/Grand Theft; Hit & Run/Leaving the Scene; Suspended License; Habitual Traffic Offenders; Probation Violations; Worthless Checks; Vehicular Manslaughter.
Areas of Law Description
Finebloom and Haenel, P.A. offers legal representation in the following practice areas:
- DUI Defense
A DUI arrest is a frightening and daunting experience. You, like many of our clients, may never have been involved with the law before, much less charged with a crime. At Finebloom & Haenel, we pride ourselves in catering to your needs and easing your anxiety, by providing premier legal representation and guiding you through the complexities of your DUI case to reach a desirable result. We firmly believe that every client is an asset to our firm. Once we have spoken with you and explained the DUI process and the method of our defense, you will be confidently reassured that we are on your side, every step of the way. A DUI conviction can have long lasting effects on your life - and it is our job, our passion, to fight every element of your case to reach a desirable result.
- Traffic Violations
If you are looking for a traffic attorney to handle your speeding, careless driving or suspended license citation, look no further than our firm. Many people don’t realize the serious consequences that can result from just paying your citation. Aside from points on your license and possible insurance increases, you risk serious and long license suspensions as you get more convictions.
- Juvenile Cases
Juvenile crimes are illegal activities that are committed by people who are below the legal age of 17. Adolescents are prone to make a variety of mistakes as they near adulthood. In an effort to limit juvenile crime, Florida Law Enforcement has become stricter on juvenile crime matters. Common Florida Juvenile Crimes include, but are not limited to: Driving under the influence (DUI); Underage drinking; Traffic Violations (speeding and reckless driving); Drug crimes (possession, selling, or distribution of narcotics); Violent crimes (such as theft, battery, or vandalism).
- Drug Crimes
Drug charges range from possession of a controlled substance, distribution of narcotics, sale of marijuana or possession of paraphernalia. A drug charge could be prosecuted as a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the drug, the amount and other circumstances. The consequences of a drug conviction are serious and life changing. Our firm has handled drug charges ranging from misdemeanor possession charges to serious trafficking cases. We have defended clients in Federal Court as well as County Court. We are well versed in the drug laws and closely analyze your particular case to determine whether the State Attorney can prove your guilt.
- Felonies and Misdemeanors
When you are charged with a criminal offense, it is usually categorized as a felony or a misdemeanor. A felony offense is considered more serious than a misdemeanor offense and usually involves harsher and lengthier legal consequences. The decision to prosecute an offense as a felony or misdemeanor is made by the Florida District Attorneys. Both felonies and misdemeanors can appear on your criminal record and place limits on future career, education, and housing opportunities. If you are being charged with a felony or misdemeanor offense, it is in your best interest to speak with a reputable Florida criminal defense attorney Our law offices can evaluate your case and inform you of your options.
- Sex Crimes
A sex crime allegation can damage your life and lead to serious legal ramifications. Even false allegations can place restrictions on your way of living and ruin your reputation among your family, friends, and peers. Common sex crimes include, but are not limited to: Child Molestation, Rape, Sexual Battery, Sexual Assault, Indecent Exposure, Failure to Register, Internet Sex Offenses, and Prostitution. While these sex crimes vary in nature, they are all considered very serious offenses, and are prosecuted severely by Florida District Attorneys. Most sex crimes are prosecuted as felonies, which mean that a conviction can result in maximum legal penalties.
The process of clearing an arrest from your criminal record is called expungement. When you expunge a criminal arrest from your record, you remove the arrest so that it is no longer a public record. This means that future employers and landlords cannot find out about your arrest through a background check. If you are considering expungement, it may be beneficial to speak with an experience Florida attorney. At Finebloom & Haenel, P.A., we can evaluate your case to determine if you meet the basic requirements for expungement, help you with complicated paperwork, and ensure that your expungement petition is completed successfully.
- Bench Warrants
Bench warrants can be issued for several reasons such as failure to appear, violations of probation or failure to comply. Warrants are taken very seriously in Florida. The court system, as well as law enforcement, perceives individuals with outstanding warrants as a “flight risk”. Our lawyers are experienced in fighting bench warrants for both felony and misdemeanor cases. We are aware of the channels to navigate to expedite a violation of probation hearing or request a new court date for the one you missed.
- Theft Crimes
Did you know that you will lose your driver’s license if you get convicted of a theft related offense? Nothing can have more of an effect on your future than a conviction for a theft related crime. Most employers conduct pre-employment background checks and a conviction for a theft related crime can be devastating. Theft crimes can cover a wide array of crimes ranging from burglary to petit theft. Whether you are under investigation, or have been charged with any of the following theft related crimes, we can help. We handle burglary, grand theft, petit theft and all types of white collar crimes.
- Petty Theft & Grand Theft
There’s not a single crime that affects one's ability to survive more than a theft crime. This is one of the first things an employer will look for when evaluating job applicants. Theft in the State of Florida is taken seriously. Not only are you facing jail time, but if convicted, you will lose your privilege to drive. At Finebloom and Haenel, P.A., we will thoroughly investigate your case and provide you with the legal advice you need. In order to get you the desired result in your case, evidence needs to be collected quickly, or else it could be lost. Many times there are video tapes that are only preserved for 60 days. These records may help with your defense.
- Hit and Run / Leaving the Scene
One of the most common criminal traffic violations is leaving the scene of an accident. Also referred to as hit and run, the charge is a criminal traffic offense in Florida punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail, $500 fine, and 6 months of probation. If you get convicted for leaving the scene of an accident the DHSMV will assess 6 points on your driving record. Under the law, and based up the facts and your criminal history, the prosecutor can exercise discretion and offer a withhold of adjudication. That means that you will not be formally convicted of the offense and the DHSMV will not put points on your license.
- Suspended License
The most commonly committed crime in the State of Florida is Driving While License Suspended, Canceled, Revoked, or Disqualified. There are over 4.5 million Florida drivers whose licenses are suspended for one reason or another. Referred to by most lawyers as DWLS, there are two types: with or without knowledge. Driving on a Suspended License with knowledge is a criminal infraction and your appearance in court is required. And Driving While License Suspended without Knowledge is a civil infraction.
- Habitual Traffic Offenders
Once you become a habitual traffic offender, your license will be suspended for 5 years. You will not be allowed to drive for 1 full year. That is referred to as “Hard Time”ť. At the conclusion of the 1 year, you may apply for a hardship license through the Bureau of Administrative Review field office. A hearing officer will determine your hardship eligibility. Please remember that if you are caught driving on a habitual traffic offender suspension, you will be taken to jail and charged with a third degree felony. A third degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.
- Probation Violations
Many people refer to probation as a trap. If you are on probation you know just what we are talking about. Late night searches of your home, drug testing, community service, restricted curfew, and other state handcuff. These conditions are just a few of the restrictions you have dealt with if you have been placed on probation. On the other hand, it may prevent you from going to jail. In many instances our office is able to convince the state attorney that jail is not appropriate for you. If you have violated your probation, don’t quit. Keep working on your conditions.
- Domestic Violence
If someone you know has been arrested for a domestic violence crime, it is very likely they are being held in custody with no bond. To be released, the person will appear before a First Appearance Judge within 24 hours of being arrested. The First Appearance Judge has the discretion to issue a bond amount, set any conditions of release (such as no contact with the victim) or deny a bond. If you, or someone you know, are released on bond, it is imperative that you comply with the Judge’s Order. A violation of the Judge’s Order could result in further incarceration and an additional criminal charge.
- Assault & Battery
The attorneys at Finebloom & Haenel have years of experience handling assault & battery charges. These crimes are very serious in nature and carry heavy sentences if they are not defended properly. Your livelihood and future depend on retaining the best defense for your case. Our firm has dedicated its practice to exclusively criminal defense and has a long standing track record of successfully defending assault and battery cases throughout South West Florida.
In Florida, a person may face criminal charges for writing a worthless check. It is important that you work with a Florida criminal defense attorney if you have been accused of issuing a bad check. Whether you have received a notice demanding payment in the mail or if there is already a lawsuit pending against you, an attorney can step in and ensure that your rights and interests are protected. At Finebloom & Haenel, our legal team is dedicated to providing people just like you with the experienced and dedicated representation they need in the face of all types of serious criminal charges, including those involving worthless checks.
Vehicular manslaughter is a serious criminal charge. In Florida, the maximum penalties for this offense may include up to 15 or even 30 years in prison, depending upon the particular circumstances of the crime. At Finebloom & Haenel, our skilled Florida criminal defense attorneys are standing by to see how we can help you in the face of your vehicular manslaughter, DUI manslaughter or vehicular homicide charges. Let us evaluate the circumstances of your charges and the accident itself in order to determine how we can best approach your defense and help you avoid a conviction.
Causing the unlawful death of another person is a crime. This act is categorized into two separate criminal offenses: murder and manslaughter. Murder generally involves a premeditated or preplanned act, and manslaughter generally involves accidental deaths or those which occur due to negligence. The penalties for murder and manslaughter may vary greatly, ranging in penalties from up to 12 months in county jail all the way to life imprisonment in state prison or even the death penalty. Murder and manslaughter are not criminal charges to be taken at all lightly, and immediate representation will be necessary if you are to have a chance of reaching a positive outcome.
- National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
- Florida Bar
- National College of DUI Defense
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