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Reasons Why You Need a Criminal Defense Attorney

Posted by Powers Sellers & Finkelstein | Apr 18, 2022 | 0 Comments

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Reasons Why You Need A Criminal Defense Attorney

Reasons Why You Need A Criminal Defense Attorney

Whether you are charged as a perpetrator of a crime, or as an accessory to a crime, we advise that you obtain legal counsel as soon as possible.

Because of the complexities of our legal system, the best defense starts immediately after you are arrested. This is the time when we can assess the charges you face and can begin building a case in your defense.

In doing so, you will not only improve the overall impact the charges will have on your life, but you will also have someone making sure your rights are protected.

If this is your first offense, you may not realize that being charged with a crime can have a negative impact on your future. Including finding employment, your social and business reputation, and even financial ruin.

Powers-Sellers & Finkelstein specialize in representation for individuals and businesses who have been charged with a criminal defense. We have over 30 years of litigation experience and understand the legal system in Florida, as well as the laws pertaining to criminal matters. We handle cases in the counties of Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Sarasota.

Let's look at the benefits of hiring a criminal defense attorney.


When you contact PSF Firm, our attorneys will not judge you. We will meet you with respect and fight for your right to due process.

What is due process? The Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments guarantee due process when someone is denied “life, liberty, or property.”

Due process is the state's legal requirement to respect all legal rights owed to a person. Due process balances the power of law and the land and protects the person from it.

When arrested, law enforcement must advise you of legal rights—also known as Miranda rights. This customary practice is not just something they do on television or in the movies.

These rights are your initial window into silence and your opportunity to obtain representation by a criminal defense attorney.

In the United States, we enjoy the legal right to refuse to answer any questions or provide information to authorities after being read our Miranda rights. U.S. Citizen enjoys legal rights meant to protect us and the conduct of others in the legal system.

Our defense attorney will review the conduct of others in the legal system that had direct contact with you and your arrest. We examine their processes to ensure your rights are protected. And we continue to ensure this protection while fighting for you in court.


From the moment you're criminally charged, there are legal processes that law enforcement must follow. Then there are court proceedings, including an initial presentation in front of a judge to enter a plea and to set a bond.

Following the initial proceedings are additional appearances, discovery, and more filings. There's a lot of reviewing evidence that an experienced criminal attorney will do to build you the strongest case possible in your defense.

Once we have obtained your account of the events, which we have sworn to confidentiality, we will begin to look for inconsistencies. We search for errors.

We review statements from witnesses and interview your witnesses or anyone that can strengthen your case, and most importantly, we correspond with the prosecutor if needed and draft formal responses known as “answers” to the court pertaining to your case.

Our clients benefit from the relationships we've developed with local prosecutors, and we have worked on cases like yours for more than 30 years. You are in excellent hands at PSF Firm.

Some of the ways we help our clients:

  • Advising your plea and attending initial court proceedings to enter your plea
  • Explaining your criminal charge to you
  • Explain the legal proceedings to you
  • Anticipate fines and fees, and provide a timeline when these could be due
  • Reviewing confessions to spot any potential errors (i.e., false confessions)
  • Examining the evidence for errors
  • Strengthening your case with additional evidence, including obtaining witness statements
  • Negotiating to lower fines
  • Negotiating the duration of a jail sentence
  • And more…


Legal terms and meanings are not common knowledge—it's not like the subject of law is taught throughout our high school years or even in college. Most people do not know what to do when they are arrested.

To complicate matters, the terminology is specific for each offense and can be easily misinterpreted if you're unfamiliar with legal language.

We explain to our clients what they are being charged with and what a possible conviction could mean for their future. We cover how much jail time is associated with certain crimes if found guilty.

We discuss what the court will expect from them, and us, while we're working on their case. Additionally, we lay out for you how much you can expect to pay regarding court fees, fines, and any ongoing restitution that is not associated with the cost of representation.


PSF Firm is the top-rate legal team serving the Florida counties of Manatee, Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, and Sarasota. We are managed by Amanda Powers-Sellers and Jenna Finkelstein. They are both highly experienced and respected criminal defense attorneys in Florida. They have over 30 years of litigation experience and know their way around a courtroom.

PSF Firm is fully capable of seeing your case to trial to get results. Contact us now to set up your consultation by calling 727-531-2926. We are here for you anytime, 24/7.

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