Tampa Criminal Defense & Federal Defense Attorney
Tampa, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney David C. Hardy
If you’ve been charged with a crime in Tampa, Florida, there’s a lot at stake. Your reputation, financial security, and liberty could all be in jeopardy. Who you choose as your criminal defense attorney may well be one of the most important decisions you ever make.
Attorney David C. Hardy is a Tampa, Florida criminal defense attorney that is Florida Board Certified and Nationally Board Certified as an Expert in Criminal Trial Law. Attorney Hardy is a former prosecutor that has handled thousands of criminal cases, and he is dedicated to working with each of his clients to get the best possible result in every case he accepts. Attorney Hardy practices in the areas of Federal Criminal Defense, Florida Criminal Defense, and Florida DUI Defense.
Tampa Florida Federal Criminal Lawyer
Federal criminal cases are extremely serious matters. The federal agencies that investigate and prosecute alleged violations of federal law are well trained and highly professional. For all practical purposes, the federal government has unlimited resources to use against an accused, so who you choose as your federal criminal defense attorney is extremely important. Attorney Hardy is highly experienced in handling federal criminal cases. In the federal courts, he has handled a wide variety of cases including international extradition, drug trafficking, bank fraud, healthcare fraud, immigration offenses, identity theft, the misbranding of drugs, and firearms offenses. Attorney Hardy has represented clients in Federal Trial and Appellate Courts in Florida, Texas, and Georgia. Click here to learn more about federal criminal cases in Tampa, Florida.
Tampa Florida State Criminal Lawyer
State of Florida criminal cases can lead to serious penalties and consequences. Florida law enforcement officers and state prosecutors deal with an extremely large number of cases, and this high volume can lead to mistakes in which the State of Florida charges persons with crimes that they did not commit. Attorney Hardy is highly experienced in handling Florida criminal cases. In the Florida courts, he has handled a wide variety of cases, including assault, battery, domestic violence, drug offenses, theft, and weapons offenses. For more than 5 years Attorney Hardy worked as a Florida State Prosecutor in Tampa, Florida, where he learned how the Florida criminal justice system works. He now uses that experience to provide his clients the highest quality legal representation.
Tampa Florida DUI Lawyer
A DUI arrest is traumatic. Most people arrested for DUI have never been exposed to the criminal justice system, let alone handcuffed and taken to jail. DUI arrests can bring significant consequences, including driver license suspensions, fines, probation, and incarceration. Attorney Hardy is highly experienced in handling Florida DUI cases. As a Florida State Prosecutor in Tampa, Florida, he learned how DUI cases are charged and prosecuted. He now uses that experience to provide his DUI clients the highest quality legal representation. Click here to learn more about DUI cases in Tampa, Florida.
Frequently Asked Questions
What Is A Board Certified Attorney?
Board Certification is the Florida Bar’s highest level of evaluation of the competency and experience of attorneys. To become Florida Bar Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law, a lawyer must:
- Have at least 5 years of experience practicing law.
- Have substantial experience practicing criminal law.
- Handled at least 20 criminal jury trials.
- Taken at least 45 hours of continuing legal education in criminal law.
- Been evaluated by judges and attorneys for competency and professionalism.
- Passed a written examination.
Less than 1 percent of Florida attorneys have reached the distinction of Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law. In 2010, The Florida Bar designated Tampa, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney David C. Hardy a Board Certified Specialist in Criminal Trial Law.
In 2014, The National Board of Trial Advocacy also awarded Attorney Hardy National Board Certification in Criminal Trial Law. Of the approximately 80,000 Florida attorneys, there are fewer than 20 criminal defense attorneys that are both Florida Board Certified and Nationally Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law.
How Much Does It Cost To Hire A Tampa, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney?
It depends. Every case is different, so an attorney should carefully evaluate the facts of each case when proposing a fee to a potential client. Generally, the more serious or complicated the case, the higher the fee. In many cases, The Hardy Law Firm, P.A. can set up a monthly payment plan for clients.
Be careful if an attorney proposes a fee that seems too good to be true – remember that old saying: “you get what you pay for.”
What Questions Should You Ask When You Hire A Tampa, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney?
If you are looking for a Tampa, Florida criminal defense attorney for yourself or a loved one, chances are you’re under a lot of stress. Hiring a highly qualified, diligent, and dedicated attorney is one way to relieve that stress. There is no perfect formula for choosing the best criminal defense attorney for your criminal case, but asking the attorney the questions below can help guide your decision.
- Are you Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law by the Florida Bar?
The Florida Bar has recognized Florida Board Certified attorneys as experts in their field. Therefore, you can trust that these attorneys have the education, experience, knowledge, professionalism, and skills to handle your criminal case.
- Did you work as a prosecutor for at least several years?
Criminal defense attorneys that have worked as prosecutors for at least several years have the advantage of having worked on both sides of the courtroom. That experience can provide a defense attorney with valuable insights, which may be useful as he or she handles your case.
- Are you rated AV-Preeminent by the Martindale-Hubbell Attorney Rating Service?
There are a lot of attorney rating services, but the most prestigious among attorneys and judges is Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is so highly respected because it based on secret reviews of the attorney by other attorneys and judges in the legal community. The AV-Preeminent rating is the highest possible rating a lawyer can achieve.
- Do you only handle criminal cases?
Some attorneys are generalists. That is, they handle a lot of different types of legal matters like personal injury, family law, estate planning, and business law.
Perhaps a generalist would be fine if you needed a new estate plan, or if you had a minor car accident and needed help dealing with an insurance company. However, criminal cases are different because even the most minor of criminal cases can have long lasting consequences on a person’s life.
Let’s put it this way – if you had to have open-heart surgery, would you want your family’s general practice physician to perform the operation, or would you prefer a highly experienced heart surgeon?
If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, hire an attorney that only handles criminal cases. If the attorney is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in Criminal Trial law, all the better to give you peace of mind that your attorney is qualified to handle your case.
Are you looking for the best criminal defense lawyer in Tampa Florida? Contact Attorney David C. Hardy
Tampa, Florida Attorney David C. Hardy is a former prosecutor that now represents persons accused of crimes. He is Board Certified by the Florida Bar and the National Board of Trial Advocacy as an Expert in Criminal Trial Law. In the course of his career as a prosecutor and defense attorney, he has handled thousands of criminal cases.
If you or a loved one has been arrested in Hillsborough County Florida, Pinellas County Florida, or Pasco County Florida, Attorney David C. Hardy has the knowledge, skills, and experience to guide you through this process and obtain the best possible results.