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Whittel & Melton, LLC

Florida Personal Injury, Criminal Defense and Family Lawyers

Whittel & Melton, LLC

2909 West Bay to Bay Boulevard
Suite 300

Tampa, Florida 33606

Phone(813) 221-3200 or(866) 608-5529
Fax (352) 556-4839

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Other Offices: Gainesville (FL)  Inverness (FL)  New Port Richey (FL)  Ocala (FL)  Spring Hill (FL)  St. Petersburg (FL)  Summerfield (FL)  

Law Firm Overview

Whittel & Melton, LLC is a Tampa, Florida full service law firm with a focus on cases involving personal injury, wrongful death, and serious criminal & DUI defense. It is our pride to assist individuals with what matters most to them, their recovery after an accident and protecting their freedom after an arrest.

We are proud of the dedication and one-on-one attention we give our clients. We get to know clients and their families, we understand how critical our representation is to their well-being and their future. We fight passionately and zealously on behalf of our clients. We are a law firm made up of effective and efficient individuals who believe we can help you make a stand.

Our firm works hard to put our clients at ease, understand the specifics of their situation and build a legal strategy that will work for them regardless of the size or scale of their case. We are client-centered in everything we do, which means our clients get personal involvement from an attorney who is diligent and hard working. We bring professionalism and a long line of success to handling each and every case.

Year this Office was Established: 2009

Languages: Spanish, English

Areas of Law

Additional Areas of Law: Custody / Time-Sharing; Enforcement; Property Division; Gifts; Misdemeanor; DUI Manslaughter; DUI Serious Bodily Injury; Violent Crimes; Lewd & Lascivious; Indecent Exposure; Grand Theft; Home Invasion; Carjacking; Probation Violations; False Imprisonment; Trespassing; ATV Accidents; Swimming Pool Accidents; Negligent Security; Electrocution And Electrical Contact; Tractor-Trailer Accidents; Construction Defect Injury; Amusement Park Injury; Loss of Limb and Disfigurement.

Areas of Law Description

Whittel & Melton, LLC provides legal representation and services in the following areas of law:

- Personal Injury

In Florida, personal injury law encompasses any harmful act, intentional or accidental, for which the law can provide a solution. The state of Florida allows up to four years for a personal injury claim to be made except for medical malpractice, the state of Florida recognizes two years. The Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, LLC can assist if you have been in an accident branching off of negligence or illegal behavior. Carelessness can lead to unfortunate injury that our lawyers witness every day in Florida.

* Car Accidents

Car accidents can be caused by various reasons, including speed, alcohol, defective brakes and numerous other causes. However, distracted drivers on Florida’s roadways are by far the most dangerous, causing 16 percent of all fatal collisions in the U.S. in 2009. The lawyers at Whittel & Melton can effectively evaluate the circumstances of your case and use certain discovery and litigation techniques to prove fault in an inattentive driver when distractions occurred.

* Premises Liability

Slip, trip and fall injuries can occur anywhere. These accidents fall under the area of law called premises liability, which allows victims of negligent property conditions to claim reimbursement from property owners for lost wages, medical bills, pain and suffering and other costs associated with injuries from the accident. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to a negligent property condition, the premises liability lawyers at Whittel & Melton can help recover losses.

* Motorcycle Accidents

Riding a motorcycle in Hernando County and throughout the country has proved to be very dangerous. From 2001 to 2008, it was reported by the federal government that over 34,000 people died and more than 1,222,000 were injured and treated in an emergency room in the United States. These statistics are serious and injuries to you and your loved ones deserve to be compensated. Motorcycle accidents can cause broken bones, brain injury, loss of limb and even death.

* Swimming Pool Accidents

Swimming pool accidents can arise from various factors and injuries can range in their severity. At Whittel & Melton, we know how devastating these injuries or deaths to your loved ones can be. Near-drowning accidents can leave your loved one with permanent brain damage because of a lack of oxygen to the brain. If someone's careless action resulted in the death or injury of your loved ones, the reckless party could be held liable for the costs and suffering you have been burdened with.

* Negligent Security

While there is no such thing as a risk-free environment, property owners, retail stores and residential housing managers are fully expected to anticipate any possible dangers associated with their property. Property owners have a responsibility to avoid foreseeable dangers in security that could threaten or harm others. This duty is breached when property owners fail to provide reasonable measures of security to prevent crimes from happening to guests on the property.

* Nursing Home Neglect and Abuse

Many families assign the care of their loved ones into the hands of nursing home staff and medical professionals. Families trust that these facilities will supply quality care and a safe environment to the senior community. Unfortunately, sometimes these facilities fail in their duties and instead cause serious harm, neglect and even death to vulnerable adults. Our firm serves individuals and their families who have suffered injuries or even wrongful death because of nursing home neglect and abuse.

* Head/Brain Injury

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) injuries can be life-altering injuries for victims and their families. Unfortunately, TBIs are usually caused by some type of human intervention and/or reckless behavior. A skilled brain and head injury attorney is completely indispensable when it comes to recovering costs for brain and head injuries. The TBI lawyers and head injury attorneys at Whittel & Melton help victims of mild, moderate and severe TBI get the compensation they deserve.

- Wrongful Death

Wrongful Death can occur when the actions of a person, persons or company are determined to be negligent and they cause or are determined to be the legal cause of an injury which leads to a death that otherwise was avoidable. The Law Offices of Whittel & Melton are poised and ready to defend your family during the most trying of times. We are prepared to help you recover the most financially when a loved one has been taken needlessly due to the negligence of someone else.

- Criminal Defense

The lawyers at Whittel & Melton handle all felony and misdemeanor charges. Our firm handles crimes such as DUI, drug crimes, violent crimes, sex crimes, theft crimes and probation violations. Our firm provides experienced and focused representation to statewide clientele charged with all criminal offenses. We can offer service to the entire State of Florida, however have spent years working in certain jurisdictions and offer our best service in those counties.

- DUI Defense

DUI cases, unlike other criminal charges, are extremely unique under Florida law. You need experienced and trained Florida DUI lawyers who formerly prosecuted the very same charges in the busiest jurisdiction in the State of Florida. Whittel & Melton handle all Florida DUI charges in both Circuit and County Court. If you have hired an attorney who is either incapable or unwilling to try your DUI case, we will defend you and enforce your right to trial by a jury of your peers.

- Traffic Offenses

Our trained Florida traffic ticket defense lawyers will work to see that you resolve the matter with no points. When applicable, we work towards a dismissal of all charges. If you have been suspended for driving on a suspended license ticket, we may be able to help you get off of Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) Status and get back on the road. If you are looking for a serious traffic ticket legal defense, talk to a skilled DUI lawyer at Whittel & Melton, LLC.

- Criminal Appeals

Because our lawyers have extensive experience representing those charged with crimes at the trial level, we have a unique perspective with respect to our criminal appeal work in Florida. The focus of our appeals is commonly on errors during jury selection, trial, sentencing, plea negotiations or pre-trial dispositive motion hearings. It's our job to go through all of the evidence, transcripts, witness testimony and facts of the case. We will do our best to breathe life into the record for the Appellate Court to read.

- Divorce

Whittel & Melton, LLC is a central Florida law firm dedicated to offering family & marital legal services to clients throughout Florida during a divorce. Our divorce attorneys will lead you through the Florida dissolution of marriage process, hopefully empowering you to relinquish control of your situation. By educating you on your rights and your options, our attorneys will make it easy for you to have the confidence to move beyond the divorce litigation.

- Family Law

* Custody / Time-Sharing

In the event parties are unable to agree on a parenting plan, the judge will order that a court-created parenting plan be followed. The goal is to keep both parents involved in a child's life including being directly involved in decisions on education and medical issues, child care facilities, religious observances and travel. If you have questions about your time-sharing case, we can help you navigate the process and ensure that children's best interests are protected.

* Paternity

Sometimes, when a child is born outside of a marriage there can be uncertainty or a disagreement regarding the identity of the child's father. It is in these situations when paternity suits arise. Mothers can use a paternity action to establish parentage and to establish child support obligations or to establish custody or visitation rights. Fathers can file a paternity action to establish a parent-child relationship and obtain orders for custody, visitation and support.

* Mediation

Generally speaking, mediation is an informal, voluntary process where a mediator assists the parties to reach a consensus. Mediation is different from litigation in that the mediator does not impose a solution, but rather guides the parties to find common ground. The benefit of mediated agreements in divorce cases is that since divorces often involve unique solutions involving families and children, mediation can address these specific issues and yield unique solutions.

* Child Support

Generally speaking, Florida child support laws are based on the “Income Share Mode” which is a means used to calculate the amount of child support due by one parent to another. This system takes the number of children in the household and the net income of each parent into account before determining the amount of monthly support. If you have questions about your child support case, the Hernando County child support attorneys at Whittel & Melton, LLC have answers.

* Enforcement

Unfortunately, enforcing a divorce decree can be an ongoing battle for some families. From having to take an ex-spouse back to court for contempt proceedings, to enlisting the help of child support services--sometimes it may seem like the conflict will never end. Our Divorce Enforcement Attorneys can help you. If you are having difficulty enforcing your divorce decree, you do not have to suffer. We represent clients throughout Hernando County in divorces and divorce decree enforcement.

* Domestic Violence Injunctions

Domestic violence is when of one family member physically or emotionally abuses their spouse or partner or another family member. Domestic violence can take many forms including sexual battery, sexual assault stalking, assault, kidnapping, false imprisonment and in some unfortunate situations, murder. The domestic violence lawyers at Whittel & Melton represent those charged with domestic violence crimes and also represent victims of domestic violence in divorce and other family law matters.

- Employment Law

* Unpaid Overtime

Overtime violations are unfortunately rampant throughout businesses in the United States. Florida and federal law is quite clear that hourly workers who put in over 40 hours a week are permitted overtime pay. Some common tricks employers use to avoid paying employees for well-earned overtime pay include having you work off the clock or misclassifying your position as exempt from overtime laws. The Law Offices of Whittel & Melton can help you fight for the unpaid overtime you deserve.


  • Florida Justice Association
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers

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