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Common Questions for Your Criminal Law Firm in Tampa, Florida

Let’s face it: most people have many questions when it comes to selecting a criminal law attorney in Tampa, Florida, or elsewhere. I understand that this can be a daunting time for most, and that’s why I’ve dedicated my career to providing quality criminal defense appeals services to those who need them most.

Throughout my 20 years of practice, I’ve taken part in cases ranging from homicide and manslaughter to various drug and traffic offenses at both the state and federal levels. In 2014, I began Candela Law Firm, P.A. because I believe my experience can make a difference for those facing criminal trials.

During this time, I’ve answered countless questions from concerned parties, and I’d like to take the time to answer some of the most common questions to give you a better understanding of how I can help in your criminal case.

The Most Common Criminal Law Questions I Am Asked

While no two trials are exactly alike, many share similarities. If you have specific questions, don’t hesitate to reach out to us today.

I’ve been accused of a crime. Do I really need an attorney?

It is strongly advised that you seek quality representation. I firmly believe that all people are innocent until proven guilty, and I will take this stand with each client. I will protect your constitutional and legal rights during your trial, and ensure you are represented well.

What criminal law services do you provide?

I offer a range of criminal law firm services in Tampa, Florida, including consultations, document preparation assistance, and legal defense—meaning there’s a good chance Candela Law, P.A. can help you. I am qualified to handle all major types of state and federal trials, including:

  • Sex offenses
  • Homicides
  • Manslaughter
  • DUI manslaughter
  • Lewd or lascivious behavior
  • Capital sex battery
  • Various drug offenses
  • Misdemeanors
  • and other serious felony offenses.

During my time at the Public Defender’s Office in Tampa, I tried more than 100 jury cases within seven years. Additionally, I am qualified to offer both state and federal criminal appeals, including post-conviction.

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What’s the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?

A felony is the most severe type of crime and carries significant weight. There are different classes of felonies, and I can represent you in each. In felony cases, your rights are under strict scrutiny to ensure they remain protected.

Misdemeanors, while serious, are not as severe as felonies, and carry shorter jail terms. Like felonies, misdemeanors fall under different classes.

What sets Candela Law Firm, P.A. apart from other firms?

I’m proud to be a three-time, board-certified criminal trial attorney. I earned my first Board Certification in Criminal Trial from the Florida Bar in 2008, and again in 2013 and 2018. It will be difficult to find other board-certified attorneys in the Tampa Bay area, as there are fewer than 40 or so criminal law firms in Tampa, Florida with lawyers holding the same distinction.

Beyond receiving a license to practice and certification from the State of Florida, I am admitted to practice law in the Middle District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Appellate court, both at the federal level.

Trust Our Criminal Law Firm to Represent You

When you are accused of a crime, you need the most-qualified criminal law firm in Tampa, Florida, available to ensure you are given a fair trial that your rights are protected. Candela Law Firm, P.A. promises both, whether you are facing a state or federal trial. I understand that you likely have many other questions that pertain to your case. Don’t hesitate to reach out to me today to learn more about how I can help with your unique case.

Learn how our criminal law firm in Tampa, Florida, can help you