John Andreopoulos handles all misdemeanor and felony crimes for Pinellas & Pasco County Florida.
The State Attorney’s Office has prosecutors investigating your case. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney. We offer a FREE initial criminal law consultation and provide you with a straightforward evaluation of your case. We advise you of the possibility of dismissal or reduction of the charge against you as well as the possibility of suppressing the evidence against you.
As a former State Prosecutor in the Pinellas / Pasco Office of the State Attorney, John Andreopoulos has handled both Misdemeanor and Felony Prosecutions from the investigative stage through Jury Trial. His experience as a Former Prosecutor has enabled him to become familiar with the practices, procedures and strategies of the Prosecution.
(Depending upon the facts and circumstances of your case)
Immediate Communication with the Prosecutor
The Prosecutor has discretion to file a lesser charge or file nothing at all. Often times, an experienced Attorney is able to contact the Prosecutor prior to a filing decision being made and present the prosecutor with your side of the story, names of witnesses, and/or other evidence which support your position. Therefore, time is of the essence in every criminal case and hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney early may be critical to the outcome of the case.
These programs postpone prosecution while you complete counseling and/or community service. Upon successful completion of the program, the criminal charges are dismissed by the Judge.
Negotiating a Plea Bargain
This negotiation between your Attorney, the Prosecutor, and the Judge, outlines the final disposition or outcome of your case. A Plea Bargain may be structured to help you:
- Avoid a formal Conviction of Guilt on your record
- Provide for an outcome that does not affect your employment
- Extend time to pay court-ordered financial obligations.
Withholding of Adjudication
This type of negotiated final outcome between your Attorney, the Prosecutor, and the Judge, may result in a sentence and/or probation, but prevents a formal conviction from appearing on your record. This allows you to truthfully answer “NO”, with limited exceptions, when asked if you have ever been convicted of a crime.
Pleas in Absentia
If you live out of state or travel frequently in your job, by filing this plea, we may be able to resolve your case without the need for a trial or even your appearance in court.
Sealing Your Criminal Record
In certain circumstances, all records of an arrest and ensuing criminal case proceedings can be sealed from the public or potential employers. In most cases, this allows you to truthfully state that you were never arrested or charged with a criminal offense.