criminal defense lawyers in Largo Florida

After being arrested for criminal activity, you will need legal representation and should be thoughtful about who you choose as it may impact your case outcome.


Assess value.

If you have been charged with a crime in Largo Florida that could land you in jail and cost you large amounts of money, with the continued threat of damaging your entire future, it is imperative that you research criminal defense attorneys to assess the value of their services based on 1) case load; 2) jury trial case – experience; 3) years practicing – experience; 4) success rate; 5) venue; and 6) case diversity.

Trevena, Pontrello & Associates versus public defender.

Trevena, Pontrello & Associates would be a favorable option over a public defender because they have a say in whether or not they represent you.  A public defender does not choose their clients and their case load often sways them toward plea deals for clients that may not be in client’s best interests.  Trevena, Pontrello & Associates have a proven track record supporting jury trial experience and years in practice.  Some public defenders are there to gain experience and are learning on the job.

Both Trevena, Pontrello & Associates and the public defender’s office are transparent with the outcomes of cases through public information portals.  Continuity can be a problem if a case lingers on when a public defender has to pass on client files due to job changes, causing the possibility of facts falling through the cracks that may threaten the strength of a case action where a private attorney will follow the case through from beginning to end.

The law office of Trevino, Pontrello & Associates has been practicing for over 30 years, and when it comes to a criminal proceeding where your freedom is at stake, you will want someone with experience: 1) navigating a trial, 2) negotiating with prosecuting attorneys, 3) researching and building on pertinent case law, and 4) cultivating professional relationships with all facets of the legal infrastructure that impact your unique criminal case.  The firm has represented a wide spectrum of criminal activities including white collar crimes such as embezzlement, drug charges, theft charges, vehicular manslaughter and DUI charges for example.  Efforts to reduce or eliminate a criminal record or jail time are sought after goals but even with a reduction in jail time, reduced fines and probation, a conviction and a record has lasting negative impacts to future livelihood pertaining to financial aid, public housing or the ability to find gainful employment or a place to live.

Legal fees a factor?

Sometimes legal fees for services are the reason why a client will keep the services of a public defender.  Keep in mind that the fines and fees that may be part of your case outcome can be reduced if you have a knowledgeable attorney working to reduce charges and fines.  In this case, payment for services would actually save money and the Firm does offer a payment plan when it is called for.  Since a private attorney has more time to spend on the case, it may give rise to a defense for an unlawful arrest based on a variety of factors that a public defender may miss.

Hire an attorney who can offer personalized attention, and has a long history of success in criminal litigation.  Contact Trevena, Pontrello & Associates for a free consultation to discuss possible legal strategies for your case based on the circumstances of the arrest and a past criminal record that could impact the outcome.

Law Offices of Trevena, Pontrello & Associates

801 W Bay Drive Suite 509, Largo, FL 33770
Proudly Serving West Central Florida, including Belleair Bluffs and Largo

Phone: (727) 581-5813