1st Time Criminal Defense

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First Time Theft Charges – First Time Juvenile Offenders – First Time Offenses

Our Law Firm understands the fear and anxiety that individuals charged with a first time criminal offense experience; the prospect of losing your freedom and the fear of the unknown. These feelings are intensified for first-time offenders.

At The Denson Firm, our goal is to alleviate as many of these fears as possible. We can provide you with information about the criminal process, so you will know what to expect. And, although we cannot guarantee any particular results, our attorney can provide you with information and legal advice based upon his more than 14 years of experience in criminal law. For further information about our qualifications and the benefits of retaining an experienced criminal defense lawyer at The Denson Firm, please visit our Firm Overview and Attorney Profile.

In addition to our knowledge of Florida criminal procedure, we are well versed in the many diversion programs that may be available to first time offenders, which could possibly defer prosecution and avoid a permanent criminal record.

Whether you are charged with a first time theft crime, first time DUI, or a fist time juvenile offense , we can help you understand your options and provide you with sound advice on your best course of action. Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at The Denson Firm today for a free confidential consultation to discuss whether you may qualify for a diversion program.

Phones Answered 24-Hours a Day. Please call (727) 896-7000 for a free initial confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. We return all calls promptly.

 First Time Offender Program

If it is your first time arrest, you certainly have many questions about the process and how to resolve the charges against you. If your goal is to have the charges against you dismissed and your record sealed, you may want to consider a Pre-Trial Intervention Program or Pre-Trial Diversion. However, you should not enter into one of these agreements without first consulting with an attorney.

Pre-Trial Intervention, sometimes called Pre-Trial Diversion, PTI, First Time Offender Program or State Attorney Probation, can be a great way to have the charges against you resolved. These diversion programs guarantee the charges against you will be dismissed if you successfully complete the program. Terms of the programs vary based upon the type of offense. They generally work like probation with a required monthly meeting with a PTI officer. You must stay out of trouble, make restitution–if owed, complete drug counseling–if necessary, or other sanctions tailored to the offense. Some of these programs last 6 months, some last 18 months or more. Once completed, the charge against you is dismissed and as long as you are otherwise eligible, it may be sealed and in some counties, expunged.

Before entering into one of these programs, you should consult with an attorney. Because of the binding nature of the agreement and the conditions of any program, it is good to consult with an attorney to make sure your legal rights are protected. Some cases can be dismissed without the necessity of entering into an agreement. And, sometimes the terms and conditions can be negotiated. Also, it is possible to get early termination of these programs in some circumstances.

If it is your first time in court and you are looking at resolving the charges against you with an eye toward the future, you should consult with an attorney to know your options. If you are a first time offender and have a question, please give me a call. I will be glad to discuss Pre-Trial Intervention and other options you may have.

Types of First Time Criminal Offenses We Handle
We defend clients charged with virtually any criminal offense, including first time offenders. Our representation includes defending the following first time offenders:

  • First time DUI / DWI charges : including underage drinking and driving and DUI / DWI charges against commercial drivers and truckers with commercial driver’s licenses (CDLs).
  • First time theft crime charges : including shoplifting, petty theft, and grand theft
  • First time juvenile offenses : including juvenile crime charges of assault, theft, DUI, drugs, and other crimes
  • First time drug offenses : including drug possession and distribution of drugs charges
  • First time sex offenses : including sexual assault, date rape, statutory rape, and other sex crimes
  • First time violent crime offenses: including weapons charges, assault and battery, domestic violence, fighting, and other violent crimes

Schedule a free initial confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney at The Denson Firm. Bruce Denson has extensive experience successfully defending those charged with first time criminal offenses. Call us at (727) 896-7000 or fill out our intake form

To learn more about criminal law and read answers to frequently asked questions about criminal proceedings, please visit Criminal Defense FAQs.

The Florida first time criminal offense lawyer at the Denson Firm provides experienced representation to individuals charged with a first offense in the Tampa / St. Petersburg, Florida, area of Pinellas County and Hillsborough County, including the communities of Clearwater, Largo, Pinellas Park, St. Pete Beach, Gulfport, Indian Rocks Beach, Kenneth City, Madeira Beach, and Seminole.

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I was involved in a traffic altercation and this resulted in a 1st-time arrest at the age of 70. My experience with Mr Denson was excellent, he gave me good advice from my first consultation thru my court appearance several months later. His assistant Betty was very professional and was available thru phone or email whenever I needed advice or information. I would highly recommend this law firm to anyone seeking a criminal defense attorney.
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