Criminal Law

          The necessity of hiring an experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer if you have been charged with a crime or are currently under investigation cannot be understated.  The conviction of even minor offenses can have a grave effect on your future.  The conviction of serious offenses may take your freedom or, in some cases, even your life.

          The Criminal Defense Attorney’s with The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet have extensive experience in both Sate and Federal Criminal Law.  They have handled a myriad of criminal offenses ranging from simple petit theft through first degree murder death penalty cases with excellent results.

          There are few criminal defense lawyers that can match the experience of the criminal defense attorneys with our Firm.  Chris Yeazell and Laurie Sweet have tried, to verdict, over 160 felony jury trials.  Chris Yeazell has the distinction of obtaining one of only a very few “Not Guilty” verdicts on a first degree murder case in Pinellas County over the last two decades.  Additionally, Chris Yeazell was voted “Attorney of the Year” (runner up) in 2001 with a follow up nomination for “Attorney of the Year” in 2002 by the Pinellas-Pasco County State Public Defender’s Office.  Laurie Sweet also had the honor of being nominated for “Attorney of the Year” in 2002, 2003, and 2005 by the Pinellas-Pasco County Public Defender’s Office.

          Both Chris Yeazell and Laurie Sweet have served as officers of the Pinellas Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, with Chris Yeazell serving as President in 2004 and Laurie Sweet serving as Treasurer in 2005-2006.  Finally, Chris Yeazell has shared his knowledge with aspiring attorneys and established professionals through lectures and published work.  Chris Yeazell has lectured at Stetson University College of Law and at various clinics in all areas of criminal law.  He has also appeared before the Supreme Court of Florida challenging the constitutionality of State Statutes and is the author of the Florida Criminal Case Law Trial Handbook: A Compilation of Case Law and Developing Trends in Trial Procedure.

          The Criminal Defense Attorney’s at The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet understand that sometimes good people find themselves in bad situations.  We also understand that you may be going through one of the most difficult times of  your life.  We are committed to aggressively defending your case while at the same time giving you and your case the personal attention needed to help you through a difficult time.

          The Criminal Defense Attorney’s  with The Law Offices of Yeazell and Sweet offer free consultations and can be reached if you are having an emergency 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at (813) 956-2224 or (727) 480-6211.

          EXPERIENCE MATTERS:  NEVER ASSUME YOU CANNOT WIN YOUR CASE!!! The knowledge, skill, and experience of your Criminal Defense Lawyer can make the difference.

The following are just a few of our criminal case results:

PINELLAS WOMAN ACCUSED OF FIRST DEGREE MURDER AND ARSON FOUND NOT GUILTY BY JURY

State V. D.H.
Judge: Robert Beach
Jurisdiction: Pinellas

FACTS:
The Defendant was accused of killing her boyfriend by burning down his apartment complex. Defense counsel produced testimony of numerous experts in various relevant fields including metallurgy, arson investigation, flame vector analysis, burn pattern analysis, material science, fire science, engineering, chemistry, and computer fire modeling. Counsel’s investigation revealed that the fire was in fact not arson.

RESULT:
Jury verdict – Not Guilty


TAMPA MAN FACING UP TO 15 YEARS IN STATE PRISON HAS SEXUALLY BASED LEWD AND LASCIVIOUS CHARGE DISMISSED

State v. H.M.
Judge: Walter Heinrich
Jurisdiction: Hillsborough

FACTS:
Defendant was charged with sexually fondling a 14 year old girl. The alleged victim was the daughter of the Defendant’s girlfriend. An extensive investigation revealed that the daughter had fabricated the allegations to prevent the Defendant and her Mother from continuing in their relationship. Evidence of this fact was presented to the state Attorney.

RESULT:
Charges Dismissed


TAMPA MAN FACING 3 YEARS MINIMUM MANDATORY PRISON ON AGGRAVATED ASSAULT WITH A FIREARM CHARGE, AS WELL AS POSSESSION OF COCAINE CHARGE RECEIVES DISMISSAL

State v. J.W.
Judge: Walter Heinrich
Jurisdiction: Hillsborough

FACTS:
The Defendant was arrested for threatening a man with a gun at a residence that was owned by the Defendant. A subsequent arrest on that charge and a search of the residence produced drug paraphernalia and cocaine. An investigation revealed that the tenant of the property fabricated the firearm allegation because he was angry with the Defendant for making him vacate the premises. Further, the drugs in the residence could not be attributed to the Defendant because the tenant had just vacated the premises. The aforementioned evidence was provided to the State Attorney for their consideration.

RESULT:
Dismissal on all charges


PINELLAS ENTREPRENEUR CHARGED WITH 35 COUNTS OF SECURITIES FRAUD AND FACING A MAXIMUM PENALTY OF 175 YEARS IS SENTENCED TO 1 YEAR DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS FOLLOWED BY 15 YEARS PROBATION.

State v. P.R.
Judge: Carr
Jurisdiction: Pinellas

FACTS:
The Defendant’s charges arose out of his attempt to build an amusement park in Manatee County at an estimated cost of $2.8 billion. The State alleged that the Defendant took much of the investors’ money and used it for his own personal use. Hundreds of thousands of dollars were lost when the project went bankrupt. The Defendant was facing up to 175 years in prison. Evidence was submitted to the State proving the validity of many of the transactions. Further, substantial mitigation was also provided to the prosecution for their review.

RESULT:
Plea deal to 1 year Department of Corrections followed by 15 year probation


INVESTIGATION LEADS TO DISMISSAL OF SEXUAL BATTERY CHARGE AGAINST TAMPA MAN

State v. M.F
Judge: Walter Heinrich
Jurisdiction: Hillsborough

FACTS:
The Defendant was accused of raping a woman known to him that lived in a nearby apartment complex. The Defendant insisted that the sexual activity was consensual between the two adults. Counsel’s investigation revealed that the alleged victim had fabricated the story because her boyfriend had found out that she had engaged in sexual intercourse with the Defendant. In an effort to keep her boyfriend, she reported that the sex had not been voluntary but was rape. These facts along with the polygraph examinations were provided to the State Attorney.

RESULT:
Charge Dismissed

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Areas of Practice    
Murder RICO All Felonies
Manslaughter Fraud All Misdemeanors
Sex Offenses Grand Theft Violation of Probation
Drug Offenses Burglary Expungments
Aggravated Battery Robbery Sealings
Aggravated Assault White Collar 3.850
Child Abuse/Neglect DUI Drivers License Hearings
Kidnapping Domestic Violence Conspiracy
False Imprisonment Firearm Offenses Computer Offenses
Arson Stalking Check Charges
  

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