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Very knowledgeable, experienced, and personable attorneys.

"Very knowledgeable, experienced, and personable attorneys.  Always professional and handled my legal matters quickly and efficiently.  They were widely available, promptly returned my phone calls, and always kept me well informed.  Their past experience definitely shows.  I am very satisfied with this firm’s services, and will use Denmon & Denmon again for all my legal needs.  I highly recommend this firm." - S.B.

Our Criminal Defense Attorneys Can Help You

Florida lawmakers continue to pass increasingly harsh penalties and sentencing guidelines for those accused of criminal activity. As a result, the array of crimes that are considered serious are ever increasing. If you or a loved one is charged with a serious crime, your life and liberty can be on the line. The criminal defense attorneys of Denmon & Denmon have handled numerous cases that have involved the most serious of crimes. See what our former clients have to say about our work.

For your convenience, we have included a list of our practice areas for criminal defense in the Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties.

Denmon & Denmon Criminal Defense Practice Areas

Serious Crimes - Crimes such as murder, attempted murder,  and rape can land someone in jail for life or worse.
Domestic Violence Crimes - Charges for abusing a spouse or family member can be detrimental to your career and your reputation if they are not addressed properly.
Drug Crimes - From dealing to possession, crimes involving drugs carry some of the most brutal ramifications with them, including multi-decade prison sentences.
Theft Charges - Sentences for stealing from a person or business entity has the possibility of jail time, fines, and community service.
Traffic Offenses - Traffic violations can result in increased insurance rates and, in some cases, a suspended license.
Juvenile Crimes - Crimes committed by juveniles can have consequences that stay with them for many years — sometimes life.
Assault and Battery - A victim of this crime could be awarded compensation at your expense. You may also be facing fines, imprisonment, or both. In some cases, this can be a felony crime.

Our Tampa criminal defense lawyers at Denmon & Denmon have handled cases in every area that we practice and have received a great deal of not guilty verdicts and sentence reductions. We aim to keep you out of jail and enable you to continue living your life.


1. I don’t want my case to go to trial. How can an attorney help me?
While pleading not guilty and going to trial may exonerate you of your charges, it could do more damage than good. Attorney Nicole Denmon is a former prosecutor with the 6th Judicial Circuit in Pinellas and Pasco Counties and she has established strong relationships with local prosecutors.

She can often negotiate to reach a successful resolution or an outright dismissal of your case before it reaches trial.

2. What happens in pre-trial negotiations?
A criminal defense attorney will work diligently in pre-trial negotiations to suppress evidence or dismiss the case completely. Violating the statute of limitations, insufficient evidence, constitutional grounds, speedy trial violations, and stand-your-ground laws are all grounds for an outright dismissal of the case.

An unlawful stop, search, or seizure and statutory privilege are both reasons for evidence to be dismissed before the trial begins.

3. What defenses are there during the trial?
Trial defenses generally fall into two categories: sufficiency of evidence and affirmative. A criminal attorney can use a sufficiency of evidence defense in cases involving mistaken identity, or to illustrate that the prosecutor has not proven his case beyond a reasonable doubt.

In an affirmative defense, the criminal attorney will acknowledge the act alleged by the prosecutor, but will argue that the act was legally justifiable.

4. What are the steps in a criminal trial?
If you don’t bond out of a Tampa, St. Petersburg, Clearwater, or New Port Richey jail within the first 24 hours following your arrest, you will make an appearance in front of a local judge. This is also referred to as the advisory stage. The judge will describe the charges against you and set a bond amount. You can enter a plea on misdemeanor charges during this time.

An arraignment will occur 4-6 weeks after your arrest. You can enter a guilty or not guilty plea on the criminal charges against you. The state can then choose to file the charges against you, add more, or remove the charges altogether. An attorney can attend this hearing in your stead and speak on your behalf.

If the prosecution determines that they have a case, the pretrial proceedings will continue over the next few weeks. This step will determine whether or not the case will go to trial.

5. I’m a first time offender. How can a criminal attorney help?
If this is your first arrest, we will seek to have the charges dismissed or adjudication withheld to prevent job loss, future trouble with employment, loss of your voting rights and your right to bear arms.

6. I want to remove the criminal charge from my record. Can an attorney help?
An attorney can do a preliminary analysis to determine if you can seal and/or expunge your charges. Some charges, such as a DUI conviction, cannot be expunged or sealed.