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Being charged with a crime is a terrifying experience. You can lose not only your job and your civil rights but you can lose your freedom. Because the stakes are so high, it is extremely important to hire an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney. You want someone who is familiar with the judges and the prosecutors. At the Wade Law Firm that is exactly what we do. We focus primarily on criminal and DUI defense. For us protecting your freedom and your rights is not a side business. This means that we work on a daily basis with the judges and prosecutors and handle your case and are always up to date on the newest developments in criminal and DUI law.

Types of Cases We Handle

Kerstin Wade handles all kinds of criminal and traffic cases from traffic infractions, criminal traffic tickets, DUIs, misdemeanors to major felonies.

Driving Offenses

DUI / BUI

When arrested for DUI or BUI you face consequences from two entities: the DMV and the court. The DMV will suspend your driver's license. They will actually do that before you are found guilty in court and they will do that even if the court should find you not guilty. They will do so almost immediately. Once arrested, you have 10 days to file the appropriate paperwork to challenge the suspension or request a hardship license. If you don't do anything, your license will be suspended. Among the consequences the court will impose is again a license suspension and possibly jail time. However, the worst part of a DUI conviction, can be the effects that conviction can have on your life. That is because if found guilty of DUI, the court has no choice but to convict you of a crime. This means that for the rest of your life you will have a DUI on your permanent criminal history which will come up again and again if you apply for jobs for example. So if you have been arrested for DUI or BUI, don't delay and hire an experienced criminal defense attorney right away. There are many defenses that can be explored that could potentially keep this blemish off your record.

Driving While License Suspended
  • Driving While License Suspended With Knowledge
  • Driving While License Suspended Without Knowledge
  • No Valid Driver’s License
  • Habitual Traffic Offender
  • Overturning Driver’s License Suspensions

There are two types of Driving While License Suspended: a civil infraction ticket without knowledge and a criminal charge of Driving While License Suspended With Knowledge. Both of those can have very serious consequences for you. And while the civil infraction ticket cannot land you in jail, it can cost you to lose your license for 5 years and be classified as a Habitual Traffic Offender under certain circumstances. That is because if you just pay that ticket as may be your first intuition, the Florida DMV will count this as a "qualifying conviction." Don't risk losing your license or go to jail and contact us today to see how we can help you.

Traffic Tickets
  • Speeding tickets
  • Red light violations
  • Careless driving/reckless driving
  • No proof of insurance
  • Failure to register
  • No valid driver's license

Many people get what seem to be simple traffic tickets, such as speeding tickets, running a red light, careless driving, reckless driving, failure to register or no proof of insurance or other moving and non-moving violations. While these tickets may seem like just a standard traffic ticket for which driver's only have to pay a "small" fine, many drivers don't realize that these tickets can have more far reaching consequences that can be very costly. These consequences include: higher insurance premiums that can cost thousands over several years, points on your license and the possible loss of your driver's license if you accumulated too many points in any given period of time. However, despite those consequences over 95% of people who receive a speeding ticket will just pay the ticket.

Don't be one of those people. You could potentially save yourself thousands of dollars by not paying the ticket and hiring an attorney instead. Hiring an attorney can make the difference and avoid points, higher insurance premiums and under some circumstances even preserve your privilege to drive.

Drug Crimes

Florida illegalizes various drug crimes: including the simple possession of even a small amount of marijuana. While some crimes, such as possession of marijuana under 20 grams is a misdemeanor others, such as the possession of a "trafficking amount" of a controlled substance provides for mandatory minimum prison sentences. In some cases, such as oxycodone the "trafficking amount" is relatively small. possessing only 7 grams of oxycodone can land you in prison for a minimum of 3 years and a maximum of 30 years. What is even worth is that the state will not only weigh the amount of the illegal substance that is contained in a pill but rather the entire pill, including any inactive and filler materials. So let’s take for example Percoset.

Per rxlist.com a 2.5 miligram Percoset pill contains about 2.5 miligrams of active oxycodone and 325 mg of Acetaminophen plus other filler ingredients that the site does not provide a weight for. So if we only add up the weight of the inactive and active ingredients (not even including the filler), it would take about 21 pills to possess the 7 grams of oxycodone that could constitute the basis for a trafficking charge. However, if Florida would only weigh the active illegal ingredient (as it is under federal law), then it would take 2800 of the 2.5 mg pills to possess the 7 grams that constitute a trafficking charge. If you are charged with any type of drug charge, contact us today to see how we can help you.

Violent Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Battery
  • Assault
  • Felony Battery
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
  • Battery on a Pregnant Female
  • Battery by Strangulation
  • Stalking
  • Aggravated Stalking

There are various violent crimes in Florida, ranging from misdemeanors such as Domestic Violence and battery to serious felonies, such as battery on a law enforcement officer, battery by strangulation and stalking. Some of these can have serious consequences and require a minimum mandatory prison sentence even if this is your first offense. Some of these crimes are enumerated crimes in the Florida Anti Murder Act and would make someone a violent felony offender of special concern. That basically means that if you are convicted of an enumerated offense and are considered a violent felony offender of special concern and face a violation of probation, you cannot be released on bond until the violation is resolved and depending on the result of the hearing, the court may have to sentence you to the maximum possible prison time if you are found in violation of probation or community control. So if you are charged with a violent crime, contact an experienced Tampa violent crimes attorney at 813-401-0130.

Theft Crimes
  • Petit Theft
  • Grand Theft
  • Shoplifting or Retail Theft
  • Embezzlement or Employee Theft
  • Dealing in Stolen Property
  • Scheme to Defraud
  • False Information to a Pawn Broker

If you or a loved one is charged with a crime of dishonesty or a theft crime, even if it’s just a minor charge such as petit theft, it is important to hire a Tampa criminal defense lawyer. A theft crime conviction even if it’s only for retail theft or petit theft can haunt you for years. Under some circumstances it can cause your driver’s license to be suspended, or it can make it extremely hard to find a job or get a loan to buy a house or rent an apartment. That is because a conviction for a theft crime makes people question your credibility and reliability. That’s why it’s important that these types of crimes are handled the right way from the start. Kerstin Wade has handled thousands of theft charges. Contact the Wade Law Firm today at 813-401-0130 to see how we can help you.

Violation of Probation or Community Control

If you are facing a violation of probation or community control, Florida law allows the court to hold you without bond – this means you may sit in jail until the violation is resolved. A criminal defense attorney can help you get a bond hearing or a hearing date to resolve the violation quickly. If you have a warrant for violation of probation or community control outstanding, a lawyer may be able to get a hearing and negotiate a resolution before you are arrested and thereby avoiding any jail time altogether. Contact an experienced Tampa violation of probation attorney at the Wade Law Firm today at 813-401-0130 to see how we can help you.