Criminal Defense Attorney Tampa

Tampa Criminal Attorney

When you are facing criminal charges, you need a lawyer who is completely in your corner. A lawyer who has always placed more value on the rights of people facing criminal charges than the rights of the government. And you will need that attorney to be knowledgeable, aggressive, and savvy, with the ability to defend your rights. Criminal charges are always serious and frightening, and the legal system is complicated. You need an advocate that can navigate this system, fight for your individual rights, and give you the best chance of beating the charges and avoiding jail time.

Marc A. Joseph, P.A., is a highly acclaimed criminal defense attorney based in Tampa with over 18 years of experience. And unlike many criminal defense attorneys who are former prosecutors, Marc A. Joseph has never worked a day in his life to put someone in jail or prison. He fully understands that the right of individuals to defend themselves against criminal charges is one of the most important rights in our society. With his vast experience in virtually every area of criminal law, as well as his familiarity with the local court systems in the Tampa area, Marc A. Joseph could make the crucial difference for you in your criminal case.

Stages of a Criminal Case in Florida

Until you have a highly qualified criminal defense attorney to represent you, the criminal court system will be confusing and risky for those facing criminal charges. The first step in dealing with this system is to know what is coming. The following are the common stages of criminal cases in Florida.

Arrest and Booking

The criminal process typically begins when a person is arrested for an alleged crime and taken into police custody. The person is then taken to jail for the booking process, where they are photographed, fingerprinted, and asked to provide identifying information. In some cases, a person may be served with a “notice to appear” instead of being physically arrested, stating they must appear in court on a given date to answer for their criminal charges.

First Appearance

Once a person is booked into jail, they must appear before a judge within 24 hours. The arrestee now becomes a criminal defendant, and the judge will set the amount of bail and set conditions for pre-trial release.

Preliminary Hearing

At the preliminary hearing, the prosecution must present their evidence of probable cause for the defendant’s arrest. If the defendant can show the government does not have sufficient evidence for the arrest, or if key evidence is thrown out because the police obtained it improperly, the case could potentially be dismissed.


The arraignment is the court hearing where the defendant must formally enter a plea – not guilty, guilty, or no contest. For a guilty or no contest plea, the next step is sentencing. For a not guilty plea, the case will move into the discovery phase, where evidence is uncovered before trial.

Discovery Phase

After you have pleaded not guilty, your attorney will likely serve the prosecution with a Notice of Discovery, which obligates the prosecution to provide your attorney with every piece of evidence against you. Your attorney may also file a motion to suppress certain evidence that was obtained illegally, which can sometimes result in dismissal of the case.

Pre-Trial Hearing

At the pretrial hearing, your attorney and the prosecutor discuss the case, including any plea offers. They may discuss the status of the pre-trial discovery process and any problems with discovery.


If the trial is by judge, the judge will hear the evidence and render the verdict. If the trial is by jury, the jury selection process will have to be completed first. The trial generally proceeds as follows:

1. Opening statements
2. Prosecution presents case (defense attorney can cross-examine witnesses)
3. Defense presents case (prosecution can cross-examine defense witnesses)
4. Closing arguments
5. Verdict


If the trial results in a guilty verdict, there will be a later sentencing hearing. The prosecution and defense will both make arguments, the defendant can present a statement, and the judge will pronounce a sentence, which can include fines, jail or prison time, probation, or community service.

Marc A. Joseph is Your Best Choice for a Criminal Attorney in the Tampa Area

Along with his extensive experience and success as a Tampa criminal attorney, Marc A. Joseph has another advantage over other Florida criminal attorneys. Mr. Joseph is familiar with the local court system in the Tampa Bay area, including Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Polk, Manatee and Sarasota counties. This familiarity includes experience and working relationships with the judges and prosecutors that will be handling your case. Marc A. Joseph knows Florida criminal law as well as any defense attorney in the state, but that legal knowledge is of limited value without knowing the local court system inside and out. Marc A. Joseph, P.A. delivers on both of these important needs for people facing criminal charges in the Tampa area: (1) expertise in Florida criminal law and (2) extensive experience with the local criminal courts in the Tampa area.

Overview of Expertise

Marc A. Joseph has experience with almost every area of Florida criminal law, including the following: carrying concealed weapons, driving with a suspended license, drug possession, drug trafficking, felon in possession of a firearm, felonies, guns and weapons charges, juvenile cases, misdemeanors, seal and expungement, stand your ground, and violation of probation. If you want an attorney with the knowledge and expertise to handle any type of Florida criminal case in the Tampa area, Marc A. Joseph is the lawyer for you.

Contact Marc A. Joseph, P.A. Today for Your Free Consultation

If you have been arrested or are facing criminal charges in the Tampa area, you must contact Marc A. Joseph immediately. Mr. Joseph will provide you with a free consultation, where he will analyze the facts, analyze your case, and answer any questions you have about the criminal process. In addition to excellent legal service, Marc A. Joseph can also provide affordable fees and payment plans. Call the office of Marc A. Joseph, P.A. today at (813) 234-6374 to schedule your free consultation.

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