If you have recently received charges for a crime or believe you are about to have criminal charges brought against you in New Port Richey or the surrounding Tampa area, you may be unsure what steps to take next. The criminal justice system can be uncertain, and the consequences are potentially harsh depending on your charges. After all, you want to protect yourself and your future however you can.
It can be risky to go it alone or await the assistance of a busy public defender.
A criminal defense attorney can fight for you and your rights fiercely and pursue the best possible outcome in your case with as little impact on your life as possible. At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer, we can help you understand what is happening in your case and what steps you can take moving forward. We can assist you with the criminal justice process and represent your interests along each step of the way.
Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer Stand Ready to Defend Your Rights
Our team of criminal defense attorneys at Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer have decades of experience representing clients and their rights in the New Port Richey community.
We work hard to help our clients fight for justice in their criminal cases. Whether you are an individual facing first-time criminal charges or have been through the criminal justice system before, we understand what it takes to represent our clients and work towards the most reasonable solution in your case.
Hiring a New Port Richey criminal defense attorney is critical to your case. The quicker you get the help you need, the faster we can begin working towards a resolution and mitigate the consequences of criminal charges.
We have four convenient office locations throughout the Tampa Bay area. Our home base, and original office location, is right here in New Port Richey, adjacent to the New Port Richey Courthouse and Pasco County Clerk of Circuit Court. For your convenience, we have additional office locations in Spring Hill, Wesley Chapel, and Inverness. Our offices offer free consultations and meetings with our clients, virtually or in person.
Criminal Defense Services Provided by Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer
The role of a criminal defense attorney revolves around protecting their client’s rights established under the law. When you hire your criminal defense attorney, they will take the reigns of your legal defense. Following an arrest, charges, or the threat of charges, your attorney will help you understand what you may be up against in your case.
Once you clearly understand the charges, if any, and potential charges, your attorney can begin to work to set up a strategy for defending you through the process.
Steps an attorney may take when defending you in a criminal matter include:
- Case evaluation and assessment – At the beginning of your representation, an attorney will carefully review your case’s details and discuss the facts surrounding the matter. They will assess what has occurred and consider the impending actions that the arresting agency or prosecutor may take in your case.
- Investigation and collection of evidence – Your lawyer will work to build your case and defense. They will launch an investigation into the matter and try to acquire any supporting evidence that may influence the outcome of your case.
- Discussions with opposing counsel – Part of your attorney’s duties is maintaining up-to-date information regarding your case’s circumstances. They may discuss your case with opposing counsel about the dropping of charges, reduction of charges, plea discussions, and other matters relevant to your criminal matter.
- Keeping you apprised of developments – Your lawyer will keep open communications with you to keep you informed of changes, updates, and developments that require your attention. Our team of attorneys and legal staff will remain up to date on your case and communicate with you all the necessary information.
- Represent you in all proceedings – A criminal defense attorney will represent you in court at all hearings, status updates, and trials.
Criminal Charges in New Port Richey
There are several crimes you may become a person of interest or subject by police in the New Port Richey area. For example, recent crime rates indicate that the area experiences violence, property, and other crimes. The highest frequency crimes in the area are assault, burglary, theft, vandalism, and drug crimes.
You could face charges related to:
- Automobile Theft
- Drug Crimes
- Identity Theft
- Gun charges
- Animal Cruelty
- Sex crimes
What Consequences Could You Face in Your Case?
The potential punishment and penalties for a crime in New Port Richey can vary depending on the severity of the crime, statutory requirements, and whether you have prior convictions or arrests against you. Where the crime takes place and what other parties are involved also influence the gravity of consequences you can face if convicted of a criminal charge.
Potential criminal penalties in New Port Richey criminal cases include:
When you face criminal charges, you are facing the possibility of restrictions on your freedom, hefty financial fines, and the social and day-to-day consequences of those charges. You could lose your job, have difficulty finding a place to live, risk your professional licenses or even face interference in custody arrangements.
The impacts of criminal charges can be significant and invasive. You can work to protect your rights, freedom, and reputation. At Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer, we can help defend those rights. We understand the severity of criminal charges and will fight vigorously on your behalf to seek the best possible outcome for you.
What Types of Criminal Cases Do We Handle at Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer?
The attorneys at Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer represent clients in various criminal cases. If you are the subject of a criminal investigation or arrest, we may be able to help with your case. When individuals learn of accusations against them for a crime, they may feel alone or like the world is against them.
Everyone has rights, and just because there are charges against you for a crime does not mean you do not deserve a defense or are guilty. The parties that bring the charges against you must prove it in court. Your case is only just beginning, and hope is not lost. You must fight through the criminal law process with the help of our team of attorneys.
The offices of Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer handle cases involving:
- Drug crimes
- Property theft
- Identity theft
- Domestic violence
- Drug possession
- Other drug crimes
- Firearm crimes or charges
- Probation violations
- Sex-related crimes
- White-collar crimes
Protect Your Future
You may feel stressed, confused, and frightened following an arrest or when you discover charges against you. You may believe the accusations against you are false, the charges against you are too harsh, or there is more to the story not yet considered or known.
It is not your job to tell that story to those accusing you or defend yourself personally; your attorney will assume that role. If you face charges, you must act quickly to protect yourself under the law. Hire a New Port Richey criminal defense attorney as quickly as possible and begin fighting to protect your rights.
Can There Be Charges Filed Against You Without an Arrest?
It is possible you were in an incident or have some insight that charges are possible against you. Get help before an arrest happens and, if possible, before the authorities file charges against you with a court.
The police do not always feel an arrest is appropriate or possible at a crime scene. If a police investigation points in a particular direction, they may forward the evidence to a prosecutor to assess the case and take action if they so choose. For some crimes, an individual may only get a citation with a notice to appear in court at a future date.
You should take all criminal charges seriously, whether or not accompanied or preceded by an arrest. Just as a prosecutor can file charges without an arrest, they can also choose not to file charges even if an arrest occurred. Having an attorney as soon as you become aware of a criminal matter against you can help your attorney identify and work towards a favorable outcome.
What Should You Do When Arrested for a Crime in New Port Richey?
Arrests are often chaotic and confusing, particularly for the individual under arrest. Law enforcement may not tell you why they arrested you. You may do everything right to resolve the matter calmly with the police, only to find yourself still under arrest. What you do during and after your arrest is essential to your case. Your actions can have a bearing on the charges brought against you and the outcome of your case.
Stay Calm, Avoid Confronting the Police
Try to keep your composure throughout the ordeal. Do not give the officers or other parties involved any additional ammunition to use against you. Cooperate, do not resist, and know that there are procedures and laws that the authorities and agencies involved must follow.
Cooperation does not mean talking or giving up information. Beyond giving your name, you are under no obligation and should not under any circumstance say anything else during your arrest. Instead, invoke your right to remain silent. State you are exercising your right under the law to remain silent at this time.
Do Not Agree to Anything
Officers may ask you to submit to an optional search of your vehicle, home, bags, or questioning. Refuse anything verbally or in writing. If you agree, the police can use anything they discover against you as part of your case or levy further charges against you.
Do Not Sign Anything
During interrogations or at the arrest scene, law enforcement officers may present you with a document to sign. You may not fully understand what you are signing, and there may be repercussions to your case if you agree. Do not sign anything without first consulting with your attorney.
Contact an Attorney as Quickly as You Can
Every moment matters following an arrest. The quicker a lawyer can get ahead of the charges you may be facing, the better they can prepare your case and defense on your behalf. Ask for an attorney immediately and state that you wish to contact your attorney’s office.
Contact Lucas, Macyszyn, & Dyer for Your New Port Richey Criminal Case
If you find yourself under arrest for a crime, have charges filed against you, or believe that changes may occur soon, contact our office online or at (727) 849-5353 for a consultation to discuss your case. We understand this is a stressful time and want to help to defend your rights in New Port Richey. We have the experience and care to handle your case, no matter the crime.
New Port Richey Office
8606 Government Dr, New Port
Richey, FL 3465
“Lucas and Macyszyn was instrumental in accomplishing the mission at hand. We had to do absolutely nothing once the ball was set in motion. Weekly reports were the norm as the process progressed. The staff were all courteous and very easy to work with. I would recommend this law firm if you don’t already have one on retainer.”
Review by: Les M.
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