Criminal Defense Attorneys Tampa


A criminal charge has the potential to turn your life upside down. If you have been accused of a crime like driving under the influence or possession of a controlled substance, you need a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney to guide you through the overwhelming legal process and help you secure the best outcome possible. Catania and Catania Attorneys at Law have been serving the Tampa Bay area for 25 years and are dedicated to delivering the criminal defense support you need during such a stressful and frightening time.

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DUI Defense

A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrest can lead to serious ramifications. Not only do you risk loss of driving privileges, vehicle impoundment, large fines, and incarceration, but if convicted you also face higher insurance rates, ignition interlock requirements, and lost educational and employment opportunities.

It is vital that you hire an attorney who will address your DUI charge immediately and ensure that your rights are protected from all angles. At Catania & Catania, our Tampa DUI attorneys are ready to defend your driving privileges and protect your legal rights as we assist in the navigation of an unfamiliar and difficult situation.

Possession of Marijuana/Controlled Substances

Drug offenses can range from misdemeanor to felony charges based upon the type and amount of the substance being charged. Many drug charges are fought with a motion to suppress evidence based upon an illegal or warrantless search having been conducted on the accused party. If you find yourself charged with possession of any controlled substance, it is critical that you have an experienced lawyer from Catania & Catania review your case for any possible defenses and motions that could result in a reduction or dismissal of your case.

Juvenile Delinquency

Technology has changed the nature of juvenile offenses. In the past, juvenile offenses were unable to be discovered once the minor hit the age of maturity, but technology has made it significantly easier for juvenile offenses to be identified. Since an adult can lose housing, education, employment, and armed forces opportunities due to a juvenile offense, it is critical for a minor to fight any charge with a skilled and proven attorney from Catania & Catania by his side.


Misdemeanor crimes are subcategorized as First or Second Degree, with the largest difference between the two being the maximum possible sentence. Crimes charged as misdemeanors include domestic violence, petit theft, and possession of drug paraphernalia. A misdemeanor conviction can carry serious consequences regarding your employment, driver’s license status, and immigration status. Many misdemeanor charges are also “enhanceable,” which means they can be upgraded to felony status if committed multiple times. It is essential that you speak to a qualified attorney if you find yourself facing a misdemeanor charge. The team at Catania & Catania will help you fully understand the consequences of your plea both now and in the future so that you can make informed and constructive decisions.


A felony is any charge that may be punishable by more than one year of incarceration. This makes felonies the most threatening and complicated charges in the state of Florida. Crimes charged as felonies range from grand theft, aggravated battery, and sale of a controlled substance to kidnapping and murder. In addition to the felony charge itself, your prior record may be used by the State Attorney’s Office in order to increase your potential sentence. If you do have a prior record, you are at risk of having your sentence enhanced to “Prison Release Reoffender,” “Habitual Felony Offender,” or “Violent Career Criminal.” When facing a felony charge, don’t wait to have an attorney from Catania & Catania review your case for defenses and motions, evaluate your prior record, and take other essential steps that will help procure the best possible outcome for your situation.

Criminal defense charges should only be handled by a legal team that has the experience, knowledge, and dedication to vigorously defend the accused. If you find yourself facing any type of criminal charge in the Tampa, Florida area, call Catania & Catania at 1(800) 253-5523 to obtain the very best defense. You can also click here to submit a form.