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Criminal defense
 Are you or a loved one being investigated or worried that an arrest likely? It is essential you act quickly and secure a criminal defense lawyer with knowledge and experience. Problems could begin the moment you are cuffed and arrested. Often they begin with a knock on the door or a casual phone call with a request to come down to the station to “just answer some questions.” 

 It may be tempting to “go it alone,” especially if you feel you haven’t done anything wrong. When you are facing criminal charges, it becomes quickly apparent that the other side has endless and unlimited resources. They can be quite ruthless in employing those resources, and often seem more interested in punishment than justice. 

Hiring a seasoned criminal attorney can help you even the odds.

You need to an attorney with enough savvy to navigate you through the local court system and begin to build a strategy for an effective defense. Much like a good medical diagnosis, good legal representation will always begin with a lawyer who knows enough to ask the right questions. These questions begin with a phone call.  

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Arrested for a DUI?
The police are behind you, lights flashing. After some document checks and questions, you are asked to step out of the car. You are asked to perform sobriety tests. You don’t pass the tests, are under arrest and put in cuffs. Were you read “implied consent”? Was your license suspended because you didn’t take a breath test? Were you given a bond after booking? 

This is when you need to call an experienced DUI attorney.
When you call a lawyer, the lawyer should ask you:  
• Where and when were you stopped, by what agency?  
• Were the roadside sobriety tests taped? 
• Did the arresting officer perform a gaze nystagmus test? 
• Did you blow? 
• If you did, what were the results?  
• Do you have prior DUI? Are they in Florida?  
• What is the status of your license?  
• Are there are charges besides the DUI including infractions?  
• Were you given a court date, or do you have to set one yourself?  

If the lawyer doesn’t ask you these questions, hang up and call another one, because information is the key to a successful defense. Perhaps all your questions can’t be precisely answered, but many can be, and it is never too early to plot a strategy for a successful defense. 

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Serving as lead criminal attorney in more than 6,000 criminal cases involving felonies and misdemeanors of all types. Mr. Panzica has also handled over 2000 dependency cases helping children who were court-ordered in foster or shelter care to reunite with their families.

About Us
With 30 years experience as a criminal defense  attorney, Edward M. Panzica is prepared to assist you.

Visit the Law Offices of Edward M. Panzica today for a FREE initial consultation .

 1601 East Bay Drive, Suite 2, Largo, FL 33771
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