Criminal Defense Attorney in Tampa

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys The Wade Law Firm provides aggressive and passionate legal representation for people charged with DUI and other criminal charges, ranging from misdemeanors to serious felony offenses in the Tampa Bay area. Kerstin Wade is a top rated criminal defense lawyer and has represented people charged with all kinds of theft crimes, violent crimes, domestic violence, felony battery charges, DUI, Violation of probation, drug possession and drug trafficking, as well as criminal traffic tickets including driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident. The Wade Law Firm handles criminal cases in Tampa, Plant City, Brandon and other cities in Hillsborough County. We also handle cases in the surrounding counties, including Polk County, Manatee County, Sarasota and Pinellas County.

We understand that being charged with a crime is a scary time in your life and can cost you not only your job but also your freedom. The power of the criminal justice system can be overwhelming and it might make you feel powerless. However, you are never powerless, you always have options. A good criminal defense attorney will investigate your case and develop a defense based on your witnesses and supporting documentation that you have. If you hire the Wade Law Firm, we don’t just take the evidence from the state but we leave no stone unturned to build a strong defense for you. We will investigate all of the weaknesses of the state’s case and then use those weaknesses along with the defense we have built to fight the charges. Like any other Tampa criminal defense lawyer we will tell you the strength and weaknesses of your case, the risks associated with taking the case to trial and explain the possible punishment to you. However, we don’t stop there. We go the extra mile to fight for your freedom, protect your rights and try to keep your criminal record clean by looking into additional options, such as diversion, treatment programs and other alternative ways to resolve your case. Kerstin Wade never settles for the first offer the prosecutor makes in a case.

Why Hire The Wade Law Firm? Individual, Personalized Representation

Kerstin Wade will handle every case personally. When you hire the Wade Law Firm, we don’t just pass your case off to an associate attorney – Kerstin Wade will be there for you at every step of the way, she will be with you at every court appearance and you will always know who to contact. If you hire us, you will always have a knowledgeable, experienced criminal defense attorney on your side.

Attorney Contact 24/7

The police officers don't wait to arrest you for regular office hours. If you are accused of a crime, you need your questions answered right away and can't wait for Monday morning or the next day. We recognize that at the Wade Law Firm and you can speak to a knowledgeable Tampa criminal defense lawyer 24/7. No call centers.

Experienced DUI and Criminal Defense Attorney with a Proven Track Record

Kerstin Wade has successfully represented thousands of clients for DUI and other criminal charges and knows how to protect your rights and your freedom and get the best result.

Specialized Training in Trying DUI Cases and Field Sobriety Exercises

Attorney Kerstin Wade has received specialized training in how to successfully defend DUI cases and the use of field sobriety exercises and the chemical test results by the state and police.

Contact an Experienced Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer Today

No matter what the stage of your criminal case, it is always important to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney who is familiar with the prosecutors and the police officers in the Tampa Bay area. Even if you have not been arrested yet, but police is still doing their initial investigation, a good Tampa criminal defense lawyer can help you protect your rights, may be able to avoid a future arrest altogether, or at least negotiate a turn in time for you and help arrange for your speedy release from jail if an arrest is necessary. Also, if you have been given a ticket or been arrested in the Tampa area or another city in Hillsborough County, police will often times tell you that you only have 10 days to schedule a court date. If you hire us, we will do that for you and take over your defense so that you can worry about your job and other things in your life.

We Work with You and Offer Flexible Payment Options

We realize that being charged with a crime is not anything that you planned and therefore it may be hard for you to come up with the money to pay for the help of the criminal defense lawyer that you need and are entitled to. This is why we take many forms of payment including Visa, Master, Discover and American Express credit cards. We also offer flexible payment plans. Do don’t delay and contact and experienced Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney at The Wade Law Firm today to schedule your free consultation with Kerstin Wade.

Kerstin J. Wade

Kerstin Wade has dedicated her entire career to fighting for the rights of criminal defendants. She is among the top 10 criminal defense attorneys in the Tampa Bay area. For her, the most important aspect of criminal defense is to fight for your freedom, protect your rights and help you be able to achieve what is most important for you in life – one mistake should not ruin your future.

American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys


    Client was arrested for DUI 3rd offense within 10 years, a felony charge which requires a minimum mandatory jail time of 30 days. Client was slurring his words to the extent that he was hard to understand and was obviously extremely intoxicated on the video police provided. After successfully calling the legitimacy of the prior DUI convictions into questions, the state agreed to reduce the DUI to a misdemeanor and agreed to no jail and straight probation.


    After being stopped for her bad driving pattern and failing the roadside exercises, client was arrested for DUI, she admitted to driving and blew above 0.08. I successfully challenged the validity of the breath test and forced the state to dismiss the DUI and all criminal charges.


    Police came to client's house with a search warrant and found marijuana plants, pots, lights, fans in the garage as well as more marijuana in the house. Police also observed client try to get throw away some marijuana over the fence before searching the house. Client was arrested for various drug charges, including cultivation of marijuana, possession of marijuana as well as tampering with evidence. After extensive negotiations with the state attorney's office, I was able to negotiate an outcome that resulted in NO CONVICTION and a possibility of all charges being dismissed.

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