Attorney Brett Metcalf, lead attorney of Hillsborough Defense, P.A. is  a native of Tampa, returned home after completing law school to serve the community he loves. He began his career as a prosecutor at the Tampa State Attorney’s Office. There, he prosecuted in excess of 5,000 cases, including RICO cases, gun charges, drug trafficking, drug possession, domestic violence, and DUIs. The important part is that he, during his time as a prosecutor, tried over 100 cases to verdict.

Brett, armed with an intimate knowledge of the criminal system and litigation experience, started his private practice in July 2012. Since then, he has stretched his areas of practice to include family law and personal injury, in addition to criminal and DUI defense. According to Brett, the success of his practice is due to his focus on excellent client service and his extensive litigation experience… evidenced by 70+ 5-star client reviews.

Attorney Metcalf has received numerous awards and recognition’s, which includes “Top 40 Under 40,” “Top 100 Trial Lawyers,” “The National Trial Lawyers,” as well as a perfect 10.0 score on Avvo.com. He was also proclaimed the 2018 SuperLawyers Rising Star. When Tampa Magazine conducted a survey of 11,000 Tampa Bay lawyers in 2018, Brett’s peers voted him as Tampa’s number 1 DUI Defense lawyer.

Through his service with the Young Lawyer’s Division of Hillsborough’s County Bar Association’s, Brett still remains active in the legal community. In 2016, his peers elected him as a Director of the Board for a term of 2 years, and he was recently elected again to another term of two years in 2018.

Best Tampa LawyersWe, at Hillsborough Defense, P.A. represent good people, accused of crimes in the entire Tampa Bay area. We pursue wrongful death claims and injury on behalf of our clients as well as their families, impacted due to the negligence of others. Our firm defends the parental rights and assets of people undergoing the emotional divorce process. Our intention is to ensure that each client we represent gets the best result possible.

Our top priority is helping you avoid a criminal conviction. Nobody wants to be convicted of a crime. Many people hardly realize the long term negative impact a criminal conviction can have on their career prospects. Such a conviction can hurt your professional license and career. When representing a client, our Tampa criminal defense lawyers ensure that they realize the outcomes of a criminal conviction on both their long as well as short term careers.

As a Tampa based criminal defense firm, we inform our clients not to admit to a conviction unless no other options are available. If defenses to your criminal charge are there, we will present the best case possible, and work hard to get the case dismissed.

 

Some tips to keep in mind if you have been accused of a crime:

Do not talk to the Police

There are reasons to which you have the right to remain silent. The law enforcing agencies will utilize everything you say against you. You risk being misquoted or misunderstood when you talk. Inform the police that you will only talk in the presence of your attorney, which is your fundamental right.

Do not agree to optional searches

If the police request for permission to search your property or you, they possibly need it. They would not have asked in case they had a warrant. It is best to always protect your right to privacy against intrusion by the government, and review it with an attorney.

Get a lawyer you have faith in

It is crucial that you trust your instinct when selecting your lawyer. Proven skills and experience are important ,but the most important factor is whether you trust your lawyer. Contact Brett Metcalf of Hillsborough Defense to see if we are suitable for you.

Protect your career

Nowadays, many job applications need a background check. Certain employers even require background checks of the past two years as nobody desires a convicted criminal to follow them for the rest of their careers. That is why the top priority of our criminal lawyers in Tampa is avoiding a conviction in your case.

Protect your professional license

A criminal conviction can impact individuals who are already licensed plus people who are applying for a professional license.

Applying for a license

Background clearances are an integral part of almost all applications to procure a professional license in Florida. You know the importance of protecting your record when applying for a professional license. Specific types of criminal convictions can totally block you from getting a license or delay the approval process.

Already have a license

Many licensing agencies and boards require that you reveal a criminal conviction even if you possess a license. Remember, a conviction may lead to a license suspension, a board investigation, or even the revocation of your license by the board. We are aware the importance of keeping a clean license record.

Every Florida licensing agency and board treats criminal convictions differently. When hiring a Tampa criminal defense lawyer to handle a criminal charge, make sure that the professional knows the impact the case can have on your professional license. We can defend your profession as we know the rules.

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