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Sandefer Law Firm
Larry Sandefer

711 South Belcher Road, Suite 202
Clearwater FL 33764
(800) 542-5384

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Sandefer Law Firm

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The goal and philosophy of Sandefer Law Firm is to provide aggressive, high quality criminal and DUI defense representation. Sandefer Law Firm strives to maintain the highest professional and personal ethics and to be known for knowledge, ability, preparedness, professionalism and concern for you, the client.

Honesty, integrity, and professionalism are not just words at Sandefer Law Firm. They are actions.

Experience, Reputation, and Commitment make the difference. We urge you to ask around. Ask attorneys, judges, court personnel, friends, and neighbors.

Attorney Profile for Larry Sandefer Board Certified Criminal Trial Attorney

Sandefer Law Firm - Criminal Defense Attorney & DUI Defense Attorney
Serving Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay and the State of Florida

Larry Sandefer has handled well over 5,000 criminal cases. Over 200 of these have resulted in jury trials of from one day to several weeks in length. These trials have included numerous first degree murder cases, multi-jurisdictional drug and homicide conspiracies, drug trafficking, sales and possessions, sexual battery, lewdness and exposure charges, arson, white collar crimes including trade secrets and fraud, robbery, theft, assault and battery, domestic violence, traffic deaths, DUI, resisting arrest, shoplifting, abuse allegations of children and the elderly, embezzlement, insurance fraud, burglary, kidnaping, and many other criminal charges.

After over 30 years in criminal law in Florida, Mr. Sandefer is familiar with and has worked very often with the Judges and prosecutors assigned to the criminal and civil courts. He is a former prosecutor of over eight years, with experience as both a Lead Trial Attorney and a Division Director in the State Attorney's Office. In those positions, he not only tried the most serious cases, he also over saw several trial divisions and trial attorneys. He was involved with the investigation and decision making aspects of these charges. As a member of the homicide investigation unit, he was often called out to the scene of homicides.

In 1986, Mr. Sandefer opened his own office and has continued in the defense of criminal cases since that time. He was one of the first attorney's in the State of Florida to become Board Certified in criminal trial law, that occurred in 1987. He has maintained that certification continually since that date. This vast background of experience gives him the knowledge of both sides of a criminal case from both a decision making perspective and a trial perspective, and the understanding of what affects those decisions by the prosecution and what goes into those decisions. What this means for you is the knowledge, the experience, and the court room skills to assist you in your defense.

Mr. Sandefer has continued his training through continuing education courses involving violent crime, organized crime, defending capital cases in Florida, narcotic investigation techniques, and various advanced education programs by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Florida and has attended Masters of DUI Courses of the Florida Bar and the DUI Defender Courses in Las Vegas, Nevada of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Sandefer has been honored with the national recognition of being named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America. This is a register which lists only the most distinguished law practices, those that signify the highest levels of legal ability and the adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.

Mr. Sandefer has achieved a prestigious rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is a result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and judges. Martindale-Hubbell has been recognized for over a century as the most respected source of authoritative information about members of the legal community. An AV rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest level of skill, integrity, and ethical standards.


Experience, Background, Honors, and Achievements

  • Professional Experience and Recognitions

  • Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Attorney by The Florida Bar since 1987. One of the first attorneys in the state to be awarded certification as a criminal trial lawyer.
     
  • Named to Who's Who in America 1997 - present
     
  • Named to Who's Who in American Law 1997 - present
     
    • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell, highest rating available in legal ability and ethics
       
  • Named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America 2009
     
  • Selected to Florida Super Lawyers 2009
     
  • Selected to Leadership Pinellas 1998
     
  • Past Chairman of Florida Bar Grievance Committee 6A, 2000
     
  • Former Assistant State Attorney 6th Judicial Circuit1978-1986
     
    • For Pinellas and Pasco Counties
    • Lead Trial Attorney
    • Division Director (one of three), supervised one third of the felony and misdemeanor trial divisions, responsible for filing and sentencing decisions, attorney training, trials of major cases including homicides, drug trafficking, sex crimes, and violent crimes.
    • On-call Homicide response attorney, responded to scenes of homicides to advise and assist in the on-scene investigation and meet with the medical examiner on scene
    • DUI/traffic court supervisor
       
  • Graduate of United States Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) school on Undercover Narcotics Enforcement Techniques (Miami)
     
  • Admitted to Practice before the following courts:

    • All Florida State Courts including Florida Supreme Court (1978)

    • The United States Supreme Court (1982)

    • The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (New Orleans) (1981)

    • The United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Atlanta) (1981)

    • The United States Middle District of Florida (1978)

       

  • Professional Organizations
     

    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America

    • Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association

    • Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association

    • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

    • National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys

    • Clearwater Bar Association

    • St. Petersburg Bar Association

    • Florida Bar

    • Colorado Bar

       

  • Pre-Legal Education and Background

    • Bachelors Degree BS in Management, Auburn University, 1972
  • Selected to National Leadership Honorary
  • President Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
  • Assistant Director of Auburn Free University
  • Treasurer of Business Fraternity
  • Varsity tennis team 4 years
  • U.S. Air Force ROTC
  • Masters studies in counseling at Northern Michigan University 1974
     
  • Post college and Graduate School
  • Active duty U.S. Air Force, K.I. Sawyer AF base, Marquette, Mi 1973 1975 (active), 1975-1979 (reserves).
  • Procurement Officer
  • Appointed by Base commander as special investigator regarding suspected irregularities in the
  • 410th Combat Support Group Transportation Squadron
  • Radio announcer at new cable radio station, Gwinn, Mi, 1973-1975
     
  • Law School

  • University of Florida, 1977, Juris Doctor (JD)
  • Chief Defense Counsel Honor Court, 1976
  • Student Supreme Court Justice, 1977
  • President Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, 1977
     
  • Continuing Education

    Larry Sandefer has maintained his continued legal education through courtroom experience, continued training, lecturing, courses, and seminars
     
    • Graduate Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute at University of Florida
       
    • Homicide Specific Continuing Education Schools/Seminars
    • Life over Death
    • Death is Different
    • DUI Continuing Education Schools/Seminars
       
      • DUI,- Defending with Ingenuity, Las Vegas, NV, 2003, by the National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys and the National College of DUI Attorneys
      • Winning with DUI, Las Vegas, NV, 2008, by NACDL and National College of DUI Attorneys
      • “Blood, Breath and Tears”, presented by the Florida Bar, 1998, 2000, 2005, 2007, 2010
      • Intoxilyzer 8000, Fl Bar 2005, 2010
      • “Masters of DUI”, Fl Bar, 1999, 2009
      • Strategies in DUI cases, Lorman 2000, 2005
      • DUI defense tactics 1997
         
    • Numerous Courses and schools regarding the following topics:
       
      • Polygraphs
      • Trial Tactics
      • Sentencing Guidelines
      • Domestic Violence
      • Search Warrants
      • Obscenity and Pornography
      • Use of experts in trial
      • Evidence
         
    • Top Gun Criminal Defense Attorneys Seminar 1992, 1993(staff), 1995
       
    • National college of district attorneys conference on organized crime, Chicago 1985
       
    • National college of district attorneys conference on violent crime 1984
       
    • Annual state prosecutors conventions and seminar 1978 through 1984

       
  • Miscellaneous Community Involvement

    • Co organizer and participant of mock trial presented annually for area high school students
       
    • Springtime City Kiwanis
       
      • Community Service Chair 1995
         
    • Indian Rocks Beach
       
      • City Commissioner 1994 2000
      • Board of Adjustment 1994
      • Parks & Recreation Board 1992 1993
      • Chair, Charter Review Committee, 2003
         
    • Paint Your Heart Out Clearwater
       
    • Close Up Foundation

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DUI

Sandefer Law Firm - Drunk Driving, BUI Defense & DUI Defense Attorney

Larry Sandefer - DUI Defense Attorney & BUI Defense Attorney
Serving Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Florida

Over 30 Years Courtroom Experience as a Lead Trial Lawyer
Over 5000 Criminal Cases Handled

IMPORTANT! If you have received a DUI and are looking for a lawyer contact us now. We have an attorney available or on call 24 hours a day to help you

  Arrested - In Florida, if you have been arrested for DUI and your breath test result was .08 or higher, or if you refused to take the breath test, the officer probably took your driver's license from you. You have only 10 days from the date of arrest to request a formal review hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles to contest your immediate license suspension and attempt to get your license back. If you fail to request the hearing with the 10-day period, your license will be suspended for either 6 months, 1 year, or 18 months depending on the circumstances. It is important to contact an attorney within that 10-day period to discuss what applies to your case. We can apply for the Formal Review Hearing in your behalf and obtain a hearing date. Also, in most cases we can obtain for you a temporary permit to drive until after the hearing. You have only 10 days to drive after you are arrested using your citation as a driving permit unless you request this hearing.
 
  The Formal Review Hearing - The Formal Review Hearing is important because it gives us an opportunity to try to get your driving privileges back. It also provides an opportunity for us to get sworn testimony from the law enforcement officer who arrested you or others involved in the case. This will give us critical information about your case and may help us in the defense. If you do not request a DMV hearing, you will be subject after the 10-day permit to a "hard" suspension for a period of either 30 or 90 days in which you will not be able to obtain a hardship license. You should discuss the different suspension possibilities with an attorney.
 
  General Information about a DUI Charge - There are substantial rules and regulations which govern breath test machines, their maintenance, and the certification of the operator. Most agencies in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay area including Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County of Florida area are now using the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath machine from CMI. Failure to comply with any of these regulations, could result in the breath test reading not being allowed in court. Whether you have taken a breath test or declined to take a breath test, you may still be able to retain your driving privilege.

Can blood be drawn instead of, or even in addition to, a breath test? When is it not an option?

Penalties for DUI

Penalties for DUI can increase if a person has any prior convictions for driving under the influence. The number of convictions, when they occurred, and even whether you were represented can have dramatic affects on your license and penalties.

Penalties may also be different for persons under the age of 21. A breath alcohol limit of only .02 could be applicable in some of those cases.

If a person is seriously injured or killed, a DUI can result in the increased charge of Felony DUI or Manslaughter, each of which can carry a potential prison sentence if convicted. These cases must be addressed as soon as possible, and we urge you to act promptly.

We are often asked if a lawyer is necessary for a DUI charge. A conviction for DUI remains on a person's record for 75 years in the State of Florida. Almost all states in the United States are connected by computer and honor other State's suspensions. Because of the strict legal requirements on proof if a DUI case, it is extremely beneficial to at least consult with an attorney about your case. There is no fee to meet with us for a comprehensive consultation. The time is well spent talking about the particular aspects of your case, the different alternatives, and defenses which may be available to you. DUI is a large part of our practice and we have a great deal of experience in motions, negotiation, and trial of these cases.

We will be glad to speak with you about your particular case and what defenses and options may be available to you. Contact us. We can help.

DUI Interlock

The State of Florida has passed a law which requires an interlock device be placed on vehicles of certain people convicted of DUI. The program began July 1, 2003 and may affect you. If an interlock device is required, there are additional costs of purchasing the device and monthly monitoring costs which may be involved should someone be convicted of DUI. A Judge may always order an interlock device. It is not presently required on a first conviction with a breath test reading of under a .15. An interlock device may be required on any other type of DUI conviction. It is important to discuss these possibilities in evaluation and defending your case. Please call us to discuss the interlock program.

DUI Developments

Larry Sandefer attends valuable programs locally and nationally such as "Masters of DUI", "Blood, Breath and Tears", as well as the National DUI Conference put on by the National College of DUI Defense and The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys in Las Vegas. Larry Sandefer keeps up on the latest developments regarding DUI defense and networks and interacts with DUI practitioners from across the nation and the state of Florida. He has access to and has used many state and national experts. He is a member of several state and national DUI defense attorney organizations.

Other Types of DUI Accusations

Many DUI cases involve the accusation of impairment due to drug ingestion. Not only are we experienced in this area, we have access to experts to review your case and offer testimony if necessary. Well known experts we have utilized in DUI defenses have included medical doctors, former police officers and instructors, engineers, toxicologists, and biologists. We can discuss whether experts can help in your case.

Did you know that a person can be charged with DUI on a bicycle, a moped, a scooter, or a boat? We have represented people in all of those situations. Each situation is different and unique aspects of the law and defense may apply.

A DUI can become a felony under several circumstances. Serious bodily injury is one of those circumstances. What many or may not constitute a "serious" injury is often not black and white. A third or subsequent DUI can be a felony. Penalties and suspensions are multiplied as the charge is enhanced. It is important to discuss these matters with an experienced DUI attorney. Out of state prior DUI charges MUST be discussed even if you do not believe they will appear and even if you believe they were dropped or reduced. They may still have a dramatic impact on your case or the defense.

DUI School Information

We can answer questions for you frankly and honestly and discuss options for you. Our consultation is confidential. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. Please Contact us today for your free initial consultation. Florida DUI Attorney Service.

DUI Defense

1. Arrested. In Florida, if you have been arrested for DUI and your breath test result was .08 or higher, or if you refused to take the breath test, the officer probably took your driver's license from you. You have only 10 days from the date of arrest to request a formal review hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles to contest your immediate license suspension and attempt to get your license back. If you fail to request the hearing with the 10-day period, your license will be suspended for either 6 months, 1 year, or 18 months depending on the circumstances. It is important to contact an attorney within that 10-day period to discuss what applies to your case. We can apply for the Formal Review Hearing in your behalf and obtain a hearing date and a temporary permit to drive until after the hearing. You have only 10 days to drive after you are arrested using your citation as a driving permit unless you request this hearing.

2. The Formal Review Hearing. The Formal Review Hearing is important because it gives us an opportunity to try to get your driving privileges back. It also provides an opportunity for us to get sworn testimony from the law enforcement officer who arrested you or others involved in the case. This will give us critical information about your case and may help us in the defense. If you do not request a DMV hearing, you will be subject after the 10-day permit to a "hard" suspension for a period of either 30 or 90 days in which you will not be able to obtain a hardship license. You should discuss the different suspension possibilities with an attorney.

3. General Information about a DUI Charge. There are substantial rules and regulations which govern breath test machines, their maintenance, and the certification of the operator. Failure to comply with any of these regulations, could result in the breath test reading not being allowed in court. Whether you have taken a breath test or declined to take a breath test, you may still be able to retain your driving privilege.

Penalties for DUI can increase if a person has any prior convictions for driving under the influence. The number of convictions and when they occurred can have dramatic affects on your license and penalties.

Penalties may also be different for persons under the age of 21. A breath alcohol limit of only .02 could be applicable in some of those cases.

If a person is seriously injured or killed, a DUI can result in the increased charge of felony DUI or manslaughter, each of which can carry a potential prison sentence if convicted. These cases must be addressed as soon as possible, and we urge you to act promptly.

We are often asked if a lawyer is necessary for a DUI charge. A conviction for DUI stays on a person's record for 75 years in the State of Florida. Almost all states in the United States are connected by computer and honor other State's suspensions. Because of the strict legal requirements on proof if a DUI case, it is extremely beneficial to at least consult with an attorney about your case. There is no fee for an office consultation and the time is well spent talking about the particular aspects of your case, the different alternatives, and defenses which may be available to you. DUI is a large part of our practice and we have a great deal of experience in motions, negotiation, and trial of these cases.

We will be glad to speak with you about your particular case and what defenses and options may be available to you. Contact us. We can help.

DUI INTERLOCK

The State of Florida has recently passed a law which requires an interlock device be placed on vehicles of certain people convicted of DUI. The program began July 1, 2003 and may affect you. If an interlock device is required, there are additional costs of purchasing the device and monthly monitoring costs which may be involved should someone be convicted of DUI. A Judge may always order an interlock device. It is not required on a first conviction with a breath test reading of under a .20. An interlock device may be required on any other type of DUI conviction. It is important to discuss these possibilities in evaluation and defending your case. Please call us to discuss the interlock program.

Attorneys

 
The firm was established in 1991 after Mr. Sandefer's eight years as a prosecutor and five years in private practice with a well established alw firm and solo practice. Mr. murtha joined the firm in 2001 after leaving the State Attorney's Office in the 6th Circuit and he became a partner in 2003.

The Law Offices of Sandefer & Murtha, P.A. concentrate on criminal defense matters and DUI defense. We also represent people injured by negligence and auto accidents. Criminal matters include Driving Under the Influence, DUI, homicide and manslaughter charges, drug charges, drug trafficking, sexual allegations, burglary, theft, conspiracy, sexual abuse, elderly and child abuse, and all other felony and misdemeanor criminal matters, including juvenile criminal charges.

 
Larry Sandefer has handled well over 5,000 criminal cases. Over 200 of these have resulted in jury trials of from one day to several weeks in length. These trials have included in excess of 15 first degree murder cases, multi-jurisdictional drug and homicide conspiracies, drug trafficking, sales and possessions, sexual battery, exposure charges, arson, white collar crimes including trade secrets and fraud, robbery, theft, assault and battery, domestic violence, traffic deaths, DUI, resisting arrest, shoplifting, abuse allegations of children and the elderly, embezzlement, insurance fraud, burglary, kidnaping, and many other criminal charges.

After over 25 years in criminal law in Florida, Mr. Sandefer is familiar with and has worked very often with the Judges and prosecutors assigned to the criminal and civil courts. He is a former prosecutor of over eight years, with experience as both a Lead Trial Attorney and a Division Director in the State Attorney's Office. In those positions, he not only tried the most serious cases, he also over saw several trial divisions and trial attorneys. He was involved with the investigation and decision making aspects of these charges. As a member of the homicide investigation unit, he was often called out to the scene of homicides.

In 1986, Mr. Sandefer opened his own office and has continued in the defense of criminal cases since that time. He was one of the first attorney's in the State of Florida to become Board Certified in criminal trial law, that occurred in 1987. He has maintained that certification continually since that date. This vast background of experience gives him the knowledge of both sides of a criminal case from both a decision making perspective and a trial perspective, and the understanding of what affects those decisions by the prosecution and what goes into those decisions. What this means for you is the knowledge, the experience, and the court room skills to assist you in your defense.

Mr. Sandefer has continued his training through continuing education courses involving violent crime, organized crime, defending capital cases in Florida, narcotic investigation techniques, and various advanced education programs by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. He is a graduate of the Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Florida and has attended the Masters of DUI Course of the Florida Bar and the DUI Defender Course in Las Vegas, Nevada of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Mr. Sandefer has been honored with the national recognition of being named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in America. This is a register which lists only the most distinguished law practices, those that signify the highest levels of legal ability and the adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability, and diligence.

Mr. Sandefer has achieved a prestigious rating of AV by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is a result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and judges. Martindale-Hubbell has been recognized for over a century as the most respected source of authoritative information about members of the legal community. An AV rating reflects an attorney who has reached the heights of professional excellence and is recognized for the highest level of skill, integrity, and ethical standards.

Achievements, Experience, and Background
Assistant State Attorney, 1978 - 1986
Lead Trial Attorney
Division Director
Elite Homicide Response Unit
DUI/Traffic Court Supervisor
Admitted to Practice before:
All Florida State Courts including Florida Supreme Court (1978)
The United States Supreme Court (1982)
The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (New Orleans) (1981)
The United States Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals (Atlanta) (1981)
The United States Middle District of Florida (1978)
Education and Awards:
Bachelors Degree Auburn University, 1972
Selected to National Leadership Honorary
President Phi Delta Theta Fraternity
Assistant Director of Auburn Free University
Dean's List
Masters studies in counseling at Northern Michigan University 1974
Juris Doctor, University of Florida, 1977
Chief Defense Counsel Honor Court, 1976
Student Supreme Court Justice, 1977
President Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, 1977
United States Air Force Officer 1972 - 1975 (active)
Appointed Special Investigator regarding irregularities in the 410th Combat Support Group Transport Squadron
Achieved Board Certification as a Criminal Trial Attorney by The Florida Bar in 1987. One of the first attorneys in the state to be awarded certification as a criminal trial lawyer.

Named to Who's Who in America 1997 - present
Named to Who's Who in American Law 1997 - present
Named toLeadership Pinellas 1998
Graduate of United States Drug Enforcement
Administration (DEA) School in Undercover Narcotics Enforcement Techniques
Graduate Criminal Trial Advocacy Institute at University of Florida (1979)
Former Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Civil Law at St. Petersburg Junior College
Guest lecturer:
University of Florida School of Law
Pinellas Police Academy
Pasco Police Academy
Chairman of Florida Bar Attorney Grievance Committee 6D, 1991
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, highest rating
Named to the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
Professional Organizations
Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
Clearwater Bar Association
St. Petersburg Bar Association
Florida Bar
Colorado Bar
Community Involvement
Co-organizer and participant of mock trial presented annually for area high school students
Kiwanis
Community Service Chair 1995
Indian Rocks Beach
City Commissioner 1994 - 2000
Board of Adjustment 1994
Parks & Recreation Board 1992-1993
Paint Your Heart Out Clearwater
Close Up Foundation
 
 

 
Curtis Murtha joined the firm in 2001. He received his Bachelor's Degree from the University of South Florida where he majored in Criminal Justice. From there, he attended Stetson University College of Law where he graduated Cum Laude in 1998.

Curt began his legal career by being selected as law clerk for the present Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida. He also was later honored to serve as law clerk for the current Chief Judge for the United States Court for the Middle District of Florida in Tampa. This experience led him to be appointed as an Assistant State Attorney in Pinellas County where he served in that position from 1998 until 2001. As an Assistant State Attorney, he acquired significant trial experience, handling numerous felony and misdemeanor cases. He has tried cases involving homicide, sexual battery, drug possession and trafficking, abuse cases, theft, fraud, robbery, assault and battery, domestic violence, DUI, resisting arrest, prostitution, burglary, kidnaping, and many other criminal charges. He rose to the position of Lead Trial Attorney. He has continued his legal training and education since leaving the State Attorney's Office. He has continued his education and completed courses throughout the State of Florida including training on advanced DUI trial techniques and domestic violence cases. Curt is a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. His trial skills and experience will be an asset to your case.

Achievements Experience and Background
Additional Information
Assistant State Attorney, 1998-2001
Misdemeanor Lead Trial Attorney
Admitted to Practice Before
All Florida Courts including the Florida Supreme Court (1998)
The U.S. Middle District of Florida (2000)
Education & Awards
Bachelor's Degree in Criminal Justice from University of South Florida
Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law
Graduated Cum Laude, Stetson University College of Law (1998)
Served as Legal Intern to the Chief District Judge for the United States Middle District of Florida, Federal Court
Served as Legal Intern to the Chief Judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit, State Court
Professional Organizations
St. Petersburg Bar Association
Clearwater Bar Association
Pinellas County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
Pinellas County Trial Lawyers Association
Florida Bar
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys 

 

Criminal Defense

Law Firm - Board Certified Criminal Defense Attorney

Larry Sandefer - Criminal Defense Attorney
Serving Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Florida

Over 30 Years Courtroom Experience as a Lead Trial Lawyer
Over 5000 Criminal Cases Handled

Larry Sandefer is a former prosecutor and lead trial attorney, with extensive experience in criminal law. He can assist you in obtaining release from jail and ROR, with outstanding warrants, record sealing or expungement, criminal appeals and other juvenile cases and all criminal law matters including:

  • DUI / BUI / Traffic
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Possession / Sale
  • Outstanding Warrants / Accusations
  • Sex Offenses / Lewdness
  • Domestic Violence
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Theft / Burglary
  • Aggravated Assault/Battery
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Pornography / Internet Crimes
  • Weapons Offenses / 10-20-Life
  • Homicide / Manslaughter
  • White Collar Crime
  • Record Sealing
  • Probation Violation
  • Felonies / Misdemeanors

Bail / Warrants

If you have been arrested and bail has not been posted, Sandefer Law Firm can assist you in reducing the bail, being released on your own recognizance, or working with a bondsman. On cases in which a warrant has been issued or may be issued, it may be possible to delay execution of the warrant and/or to appear before a Judge before arrest to have the bond reduced or to secure your release. These are all matters which should be discussed with us as soon as possible.

Drug Courts

Pinellas, Pasco, and Hillsborough Counties as well as most counties in the state of Florida now have drug courts. Certain cases may qualify for entry in to drug court which focuses on recovery and treatment instead of punishment. You may qualify or be able to be qualified if that is a good option in your case. Not all cases are best served in drug court, but if yours is, completion of court could result in no conviction of the charge or charges. Sandefer Law Firm can assist you in obtaining an assessment and with entry in to drug court as well as helping you proceed through the drug court process and completion.

Often for cases that are not appropriate for or qualified for drug court we may still direct you to an appropriate counselor or evaluator that can assist you by assisting us in resolving your case in the best possible manner.

Diversion or Dismissal of Charges

Please talk with us about Diversion Programs which may be available to you and can result in the dismissal of charges without trial.

Also ask us:

  • If a Withholding of Adjunction is possible which may allow a plea but no conviction. Is that something we many want to pursue?
     
  • Can you get your arrest sealed or expunged?

These are only some of the questions we can answer for you.

Mental Health, Drug, and Rehabilitation Referral

It may also be advisable for you to enroll in certain types of classes such as anger management or family violence before going to court. We can direct you to the person and program best suited for your needs and your case. Sandefer Law Firm can also match your needs with specific outpatient or residential drug program referrals as may be suggested for your particular situation or needs.

Over thirty years of trial and courtroom experience gives us the ability to assess your case and provide you with access to the resources we need to help you.
Out of State or Residents Charged in Florida

Sandefer Law Firm often represents clients who have visited Florida and had the unfortunate experience of being arrested or charged with an offense while here. Also, many people have moved from the area before their case has been disposed of. Very often we are able to represent those people "long distance." Many times can be handled the case without the person having to come back to Florida. This can be through motions, or negotiations, getting a charge dismissed, or convincing the state to reduce a charge to a misdemeanor and allowing a plea by mail. Call or email the firm about your particular situation.

If you have been questioned (or are a suspect) and have not been arrested, it is important to consult with an attorney about your rights and the best course of conduct in your particular circumstances. Do not guess or assume what you believe may be the correct action to take. A mistake can be difficult to undo. You should always consult with an attorney before deciding whether to make any statements to the police or to any other persons. Your rights and your future could be at stake.

It is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. Please Contact us today for your FREE initial consultation.

Sentencing Alternatives

 
CRIMINAL CHARGES AND SENTENCING ALTERNATIVES
In the State of Florida, there are various degrees of crimes. Most are generally classified as felonies or misdemeanors. Felony charges are of varying degrees with differing consequences.

A third degree felony carries a maximum of 5 years in prison. It may carry a lesser sentence or probation.

A second degree felony carries a maximum of 15 years in prison and may also carry a lesser sentence or probation.

A first degree felony carries a maximum of 30 years in prison but may also carry a lesser sentence of even probation. A first degree felony punishable by life carries up to a life sentence but may carry a lesser sentence and may also carry probation. A life sentence carries a sentence of life imprisonment with no parole and no other possibility. A capital felony carries either a life sentence or the penalty of death. This would be in the case of a first degree murder or a capital sexual battery. We have handled over 20 first degree murder cases or sexual battery cases which have resulted in jury trials and numerous others that did not result in jury trials. We have been able to obtain reductions in numerous charges or dismissals.

Florida has also passed laws regarding the use of firearms and sentencing. The 10-20-life law calls for minimum mandatory sentences when firearms are used in certain crimes. The PRR (Recent Prison Releasee) sentencing also calls for mandatory prison sentences as does the Habitual Felony Offender Statute. Trafficking laws also carry certain minimum mandatory sentences from 3 to 25 years. Other sentencing is subject to Florida sentencing guidelines. Guideline sentencing is a scoring mechanism where certain types of past and present charges are assigned scores and certain minimum sentences may apply. Even if a minimum sentence applies, it may be possible to request a Judge to "depart" from the guideline sentence and give a lesser sentence if certain statutory or non-statutory mitigating factors may apply. Also, other sentencing options may apply to your case such as drug court or even a diversion program which can result in your case not proceeding to court and ultimately in a dismissal of a charge without having to proceed to trial.

It is important for you to consult with an experienced attorney to discuss ways in which your case may be handled and whether it is possible to have your record later sealed or expunged and defenses or what sentencing alternatives may apply to your particular situation. Other sentencing alternatives may also apply for youthful offenders and also for juveniles, those persons under 18. 

Drunk Driving & DUI

Sandefer Law Firm - Drunk Driving, BUI Defense & DUI Defense Attorney

Larry Sandefer - DUI Defense Attorney & BUI Defense Attorney
Serving Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa Bay Florida

Criminal Defense AttorneyOver 30 Years Courtroom Experience as a Lead Trial Lawyer
Over 5000 Criminal Cases Handled

IMPORTANT! If you have received a DUI and are looking for a lawyer contact us now. We have an attorney available or on call 24 hours a day to help you

  Arrested - In Florida, if you have been arrested for DUI and your breath test result was .08 or higher, or if you refused to take the breath test, the officer probably took your driver's license from you. You have only 10 days from the date of arrest to request a formal review hearing with the Department of Motor Vehicles to contest your immediate license suspension and attempt to get your license back. If you fail to request the hearing with the 10-day period, your license will be suspended for either 6 months, 1 year, or 18 months depending on the circumstances. It is important to contact an attorney within that 10-day period to discuss what applies to your case. We can apply for the Formal Review Hearing in your behalf and obtain a hearing date. Also, in most cases we can obtain for you a temporary permit to drive until after the hearing. You have only 10 days to drive after you are arrested using your citation as a driving permit unless you request this hearing.
 
  The Formal Review Hearing - The Formal Review Hearing is important because it gives us an opportunity to try to get your driving privileges back. It also provides an opportunity for us to get sworn testimony from the law enforcement officer who arrested you or others involved in the case. This will give us critical information about your case and may help us in the defense. If you do not request a DMV hearing, you will be subject after the 10-day permit to a "hard" suspension for a period of either 30 or 90 days in which you will not be able to obtain a hardship license. You should discuss the different suspension possibilities with an attorney.
 
  General Information about a DUI Charge - There are substantial rules and regulations which govern breath test machines, their maintenance, and the certification of the operator. Most agencies in the Clearwater, St. Petersburg, Tampa Bay area including Pinellas County, Hillsborough County, Pasco County of Florida area are now using the Intoxilyzer 8000 breath machine from CMI. Failure to comply with any of these regulations, could result in the breath test reading not being allowed in court. Whether you have taken a breath test or declined to take a breath test, you may still be able to retain your driving privilege.

Can blood be drawn instead of, or even in addition to, a breath test? When is it not an option?

Penalties for DUI

Penalties for DUI can increase if a person has any prior convictions for driving under the influence. The number of convictions, when they occurred, and even whether you were represented can have dramatic affects on your license and penalties.

Penalties may also be different for persons under the age of 21. A breath alcohol limit of only .02 could be applicable in some of those cases.

If a person is seriously injured or killed, a DUI can result in the increased charge of Felony DUI or Manslaughter, each of which can carry a potential prison sentence if convicted. These cases must be addressed as soon as possible, and we urge you to act promptly.

We are often asked if a lawyer is necessary for a DUI charge. A conviction for DUI remains on a person's record for 75 years in the State of Florida. Almost all states in the United States are connected by computer and honor other State's suspensions. Because of the strict legal requirements on proof if a DUI case, it is extremely beneficial to at least consult with an attorney about your case. There is no fee to meet with us for a comprehensive consultation. The time is well spent talking about the particular aspects of your case, the different alternatives, and defenses which may be available to you. DUI is a large part of our practice and we have a great deal of experience in motions, negotiation, and trial of these cases.

We will be glad to speak with you about your particular case and what defenses and options may be available to you. Contact us. We can help.

DUI Interlock

The State of Florida has passed a law which requires an interlock device be placed on vehicles of certain people convicted of DUI. The program began July 1, 2003 and may affect you. If an interlock device is required, there are additional costs of purchasing the device and monthly monitoring costs which may be involved should someone be convicted of DUI. A Judge may always order an interlock device. It is not presently required on a first conviction with a breath test reading of under a .15. An interlock device may be required on any other type of DUI conviction. It is important to discuss these possibilities in evaluation and defending your case. Please call us to discuss the interlock program.

DUI Developments

Larry Sandefer attends valuable programs locally and nationally such as "Masters of DUI", "Blood, Breath and Tears", as well as the National DUI Conference put on by the National College of DUI Defense and The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys in Las Vegas. Larry Sandefer keeps up on the latest developments regarding DUI defense and networks and interacts with DUI practitioners from across the nation and the state of Florida. He has access to and has used many state and national experts. He is a member of several state and national DUI defense attorney organizations.

Other Types of DUI Accusations

Many DUI cases involve the accusation of impairment due to drug ingestion. Not only are we experienced in this area, we have access to experts to review your case and offer testimony if necessary. Well known experts we have utilized in DUI defenses have included medical doctors, former police officers and instructors, engineers, toxicologists, and biologists. We can discuss whether experts can help in your case.

Did you know that a person can be charged with DUI on a bicycle, a moped, a scooter, or a boat? We have represented people in all of those situations. Each situation is different and unique aspects of the law and defense may apply.

A DUI can become a felony under several circumstances. Serious bodily injury is one of those circumstances. What many or may not constitute a "serious" injury is often not black and white. A third or subsequent DUI can be a felony. Penalties and suspensions are multiplied as the charge is enhanced. It is important to discuss these matters with an experienced DUI attorney. Out of state prior DUI charges MUST be discussed even if you do not believe they will appear and even if you believe they were dropped or reduced. They may still have a dramatic impact on your case or the defense.

DUI School Information

We can answer questions for you frankly and honestly and discuss options for you. Our consultation is confidential. It is important to discuss your case with an experienced attorney. Please Contact us today for your free initial consultation. Florida DUI Attorney Service.


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