Pumphrey & Prince
Tallahassee Criminal Defense Attorney
The criminal defense attorneys at Pumphrey & Prince fight to protect individuals charged with felony, misdemeanor and DUI criminal offenses. Our offices are located in Tallahassee, Leon County, Florida. We serve individuals charged with crimes in Leon County and in the surrounding areas throughout Florida's Second Judicial Circuit including Bristol in Liberty County, Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Monticello in Jefferson County, or Quincy in Gadsden County.
Contact our offices to schedule an initial consultation, either in the office or over the phone, so you can speak directly with an experienced criminal defense lawyer about the particular facts of your case. Obtaining representation as early in the process as possible helps ensure all avenues of attacking the criminal charges are available.
Find out more about how our dedicated attorneys fights for clients at every stage of the case, including before any arrest is made, prior to formal charges being filed, during any emergency bond hearing, during pre-trial status and motion hearings, and at a bench or jury trial. An aggressive approach based on thorough preparation makes a huge difference in obtaining the best results.
Protecting Your Future After You are Accused of a Crime
For individuals with no prior record, a criminal accusation can be devastating at many levels. Even if the accusation is false and all criminal charges are dropped, the arrest itself can lead to indirect consequences for the individual's education and career opportunities. Tallahassee criminal defense attorney, Don Pumphrey, Jr., has devoted his career to representing individuals charged with criminal offenses, including marijuana crimes.
Throughout more than 10 years in private practice, Mr. Pumphrey has represented members of the military and law enforcement, airline pilots, educators, school teachers and health care professionals. As a former Assistant State Attorney prosecuting criminal offenses in Florida, Don Pumphrey understands how to attack the prosecutor's case piece by piece.
College and graduate students at Tallahassee's area colleges, including Florida State University (FSU) and Florida A&M University (FAMU), can face severe consequences to their education during disciplinary hearings even if the criminal charges are dismissed. Even individuals who carry a firearm for their employment or have a concealed weapons permit may find the indirect consequences of a false accusation last a lifetime. For all of these reasons, Don Pumphrey strives to protect his clients against false accusations at every stage of the case.
An Aggressive Approach Based on Thorough Preparation
Don Pumphrey, Jr. believes that the best way to fight criminal charges often begins with litigating pre-file motions including:
- Motions to exclude physical evidence or statements;
- Motions to suppress evidence gained during an illegal stop or arrest; and
- Motions to dismiss the criminal charges for insufficient evidence.
As a dedicated Florida criminal lawyer, he continues to stay current on the most recent changes in Florida's criminal laws and innovate strategies that can most effectively win criminal cases.
Never Talk to Law Enforcement
Once you believe you are suspected of committing a crime, do not speak to any local or federal law enforcement officer until AFTER you obtain an experienced criminal defense attorney. You can invoke your right to remain silent by saying, "I will not make a statement until AFTER I have spoken to an attorney." Then remain silent. Even if you are innocent of any criminal wrongdoing, your attorney is often in the best position to talk to the law enforcement officer about what occurred.
Many people make the mistake of trying to protest their innocence and explain the situation. While well intentioned, in the heat of the moment people can make mistakes and give conflicting details, which can be used against them in court. Even more problematic, the officer can intentionally in inadvertently misconstrue the statements. Hiring an attorney before you make any statement can help ensure that your constitutional rights are protected during questioning and minimize the opportunity for self-incrimination. You should take full advantage of your right to remain silent.
When we represent a client at the beginning of a criminal investigation, we work hard to convince the officer not to make an arrest. Even if the law enforcement officer ultimately decides to make the arrest, your attorney can often negotiate the terms of your surrender and handle other details that will minimize the embarrassment, expense and inconvenience of an arrest. By discussing the bond conditions up front, your attorney can often save you money that might otherwise be required for an excessive bond and speed up your release.
Effective Pre-File Negotiations in Tallahassee and Leon County
After a felony arrest, the prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office in the Second Judicial Circuit often takes 21 days to decide whether to file any formal charges. Your Tallahassee criminal defense attorney can often present certain favorable evidence or show that the accusation is false or exaggerated. In many cases, the prosecutor may decide not to file any formal charges or notably reduce the charges filed.
By obtaining legal counsel as early in the case as possible, your criminal defense lawyer can begin gathering favorable evidence that might be lost with the passage of time. Preserving evidence before it is lost and memories begin to fade often leads to better results.
Drunk Driving Defense in Tallahassee
After an arrest for driving under the influence (DUI) your attorney must file a demand for a formal review hearing. If you are eligible, your attorney can help you obtain a 42 day driving permit so you can continue to drive to school and work while your attorney fights the case.
Warning: You only have 10 days after your DUI arrest to request a formal review hearing to protect your driver's license. .
Don Pumphrey Jr., a dedicated Tallahassee DUI attorney from our law firm is dedicated to defending against charges involving refusal to submit to a chemical test of your breath, blood or urine. We are also experienced in fighting DUI cases involving a breath test reading over the legal limit of 0.08 and even blows higher than a 0.15 that might otherwise require the dreaded ignition interlock device. This may include individuals facing their first, second, third or other charge for DUI. Our website also provides important information about DUI with property damage cases, and more serious felony charges for DUI causing serious bodily injury.
Aggressive and Experienced Criminal Defense in Tallahassee
For clients charged with serious driving offenses such as DUI, driving while license suspended or revoked, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding or leaving the scene of an accident, our attorneys take an aggressive approach to fight the criminal charge and protect your driving privileges. We also represent clients on a wide range of criminal charges prosecuted in state court, including domestic violence, drug crimes (from simple misdemeanor possession of marijuana to felony drug trafficking), shoplifting or theft, aggravated assault with a firearm, and violation of probation.
Many people contact us after finding out the court issued a warrant or writ of capias for their arrest after a failure to appear in court or as a result of a direct file prosecution. Additionally, we are experienced in helping clients avoid the expensive and time-consuming extradition process when they are arrested in another state and await being transferred to Leon County or the surrounding counties in North Florida's Big Bend region.
Take Charge of Your Future Today
At Pumphrey & Prince, we understand that every case is unique. While our attorneys have nearly 50 years of combined experience and have collectively represented thousands of individuals in a variety of criminal offenses, they make it a priority to give each client the utmost attention.
Certain criminal charges are common; however, our law firm believes that using the same approach for each case does a disservice to the client. Finding the smallest details and discrepancies can make all of the difference in the world to our clients. This is why, no matter the charge you face, you can rest assured that your unique case is receiving the highest levels of attention by a qualified Leon County criminal lawyer.
With what you have at stake, it's important have a strong defense and dedicated legal counsel at your side. The initial consultation is free and confidential. Whether over the phone or in our convenient Tallahassee office location, our experienced attorneys will provide you with all of the information that you need to make a positive move for your future. Call 850-681-7777 or send an online message to discuss the facts of your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee, FL.
Pumphrey & Prince Proudly Serves the Following Counties:
- Lafayette County
- Madison County
- Liberty County
- Franklin County
- Wakulla County
- Taylor County
- Leon County
- Bay County
- Jefferson County
- Gadsden County
- Okaloosa County
- Walton County
- Holmes County
- Washington County
- Jackson County
- Calhoun County
- Gulf County
- Suwannee County
As a former prosecutor in Pinellas County, Tampa Bay Buccaneer, and a law enforcement officer, Don Pumphrey, Jr., has especially close ties to the Sunshine State. He is proud to uphold the rights and defend the futures of all residents and visitors to the state. Don Pumphrey, Jr. prides himself and his law firm on possessing more than just a keen understanding of Florida law. He knows that it is equally crucial to understand the geographical and social conditions that his clients come from. This can help make the difference in clearing their names, while forming a positive, productive, and compassionate relationship with each client.