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Law Office of Victoria Holmberg
Victoria Holmberg

4500 140th Avenue North, Suite 101
Clearwater FL 33762
(727) 512-3601

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Law Office of Victoria Holmberg


At The Law Office Of Victoria A. Holmberg, we provide our clients quality legal counsel in a broad variety of legal matters, in the Tampa Bay Area. From straightforward issues to serious litigation, we can provide you the experience and confidential advice you need to maneuver through the laws of Florida.

Victoria A. Holmberg - Know what your legal rights are before it's too late!With The Law Office Of Victoria A. Holmberg, we are committed to assisting you in a timely manner, and communication is the key to serving our clients well. You will never be left in the dark about your case; we return calls, e-mails and faxes as promptly as possible, and we will never miss a legal deadline. Our goal is to provide you with exceptional, courteous service in your time of need.

Please Call: (727)512-3601

Our firm handles legal matters in the following practice areas: Criminal Law, Driving While Intoxicated, Drug Crimes, Felonies, Homicide, Juvenile Law, Misdemeanors, Parole and Probation, Sexual Assault, Traffic Violations.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (All Felonies and Misdemeanors); Juvenile Delinquency; Post Conviction Relief; Criminal Appeals

Admitted: 1998, Florida

Law School: St. Thomas University, J.D., 1998

College: University of South Florida, B.A., 1988; University of Central Florida, B.A., Legal Studies, 1989

Born: Miami, Florida

ISLN: 914591687

Please Call: (727)512-3601

Please Call: (727)512-3601

About Us

Victoria Ann Holmberg - Criminal Defense Attorney

Our firm handles legal matters in the following practice areas: Criminal Law, Driving While Intoxicated, Drug Crimes, Felonies, Homicide, Juvenile Law, Misdemeanors, Parole and Probation, Sexual Assault, Traffic Violations.

Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (All Felonies and Misdemeanors); Juvenile Delinquency; Post Conviction Relief; Criminal Appeals

Admitted: 1998, Florida

Law School: St. Thomas University, J.D., 1998

College: University of South Florida, B.A., 1988; University of Central Florida, B.A., Legal Studies, 1989

Born: Miami, Florida

ISLN: 914591687

What Should I Do?

CHOOSING A CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER

Choosing a criminal defense lawyer is an important decision. Criminal defense lawyers are not all the same; every one of them is different in the way they handle cases, be it their experience, ability, or style. A lawyer who would be the best in one type of case may not be in another. Also, depending on the magnitude of the charges and the case, the retainer quoted by a criminal defense lawyer may seem to the client to be extremely high; as much as an expensive car or even a moderately priced house. But remember what is at stake in a criminal case: the liberty of the person accused. When compared to trying to keep one's liberty, money is much less important.

Victoria A. Holmberg - Avoid Unecessary Court AppearancesThe amount of the retainer paid (whether high or not) is not necessarily indicative of expected quality. Be wary of lawyers who solicit your business make guarantees, or promise good results. The fact of the matter is that no attorney can guarantee the outcome of your case.  They make money off high turnover, and high turnover means that they must plead clients guilty to move on to the next case. No lawyer can ethically or realistically promise a good result.

Criminal defense lawyers often charge flat rate fees, plus expenses. The fee quoted is based on the lawyer's experience in what type of work will be required and how much time it will take. Some lawyers have payment plans. Keep in mind, however, that retaining a lawyer requires the lawyer to take time and devote his or her knowledge and expertise to your case, and, depending on the case, the work is performed in the near future.

IF I AM STOPPED OR ARRESTED?

If you are driving your car and you are stopped, you should treat the officer detaining you with respect, even if you feel you were stopped because of a racial or ethnic profile and you are about to be searched illegally. Stops are often videotaped. The tape can be your friend as well as your enemy. You may also be audio taped sitting in a police car.

You have a right to refuse consent to a search or to be interviewed, and exercising that right cannot be used against you. Officers will often search whether you give consent or not, so do not consent. You have a right to insist that a search only occur under authority of the law. You should insist on your rights but do not be confrontational.

Silence is golden. Make no statement without consulting a lawyer first. You have a right to remain silent, so use it. Many people are in prison solely because they gave the police enough to convict them by choosing to engage in a conversation with the police. Don't be tricked by being told that it will go better for you or you will get out of jail sooner if you talk. It is a lie, and police are legally permitted lie to you to get you to make a statement. The best thing to do is to politely tell the officer or detective that you want an attorney. Once you have made an clear and unambiguous request for an attorney, the officer must cease the interview.

If arrested, call your family or a friend so they can get you out of jail and hire a lawyer for you. If you do not get out of jail right away, the lawyer can help get bond reduced and remind the police not to talk to you.

While in jail, do not talk about your case with your cellmates, jailers, your family, or anyone except your criminal defense lawyer. You never know when a cellmate will become a snitch and even make up things you said to him or her.  Also, anyone you speak to about your case other than your attorney could be called by the State as a witness against you.

IF I HAVE A VIOLATION OF PROBATION OR COMMUNITY CONTROL WARRANT?

Once you have discovered you have a warrant, contact a criminal defense attorney immediately. The earlier you can retain the attorney, the earlier your matter may be resolved. Some people decide to stop reporting to their probation or community control officer once they discover that they have a warrant. This is the absolute worst thing a person can do, as most times, it just makes the situation worse, causing you to accumulate another violation and increasing the likelihood that you will have to serve jail or prison time.

Most judges do not set a bond when they sign warrants for violations of probation or community control.  Unlike substantive offenses, defendants are not constitutionally entitled to a bond. If a person stops reporting once they discover they have a warrant, the likelihood of obtaining a bond goes down significantly. This again illustrates why you should retain an attorney to assist you as soon as you discover you have a warrant. 

Once you hire an attorney to represent you, they can file a motion for bond on your behalf or possibly get you into court earlier. Another advantage of having a private attorney in place to assist you is that the attorney knows about your case from the beginning and can immediately act to obtain a bond hearing. While most public defenders are diligent and dedicated attorneys, the harsh reality is that most of the time a public defender will not know about your case until a few days before your arraignment, which can sometimes take up to 30 days from the time you=re arrested. In some instances, a private attorney can get you into court more quickly and get your matter fully resolved. 

Your attorney may advise you to turn yourself in on the warrant. There are several advantages to turning yourself in.  First, it allows you to get your day to day affairs in order before you go to jail. Second, it increases the likelihood that the Court will give you a bond, because you have shown that you are not a flight risk and that you can follow the instructions of the Court. Third, it may increase the likelihood of your being reinstated to probation or community control. Finally, while it is unpleasant to be in jail, turning yourself in avoids your being embarrassed and humiliated by being arrested on your job or somewhere else unexpectedly. The circumstances of each individual case varies, therefore, you should consult your attorney to discuss whether you need to turn yourself in.

Areas Of Practice

Our Areas Of Practice Include:

Felonies
Misdemeanors
DUI/Traffic
Juvenile Law
Drug Arrests
Sex Offenses 

Burglary/Robbery/Theft
Probation Violations
Domestic Violence
1st Appearances
Expunge/Seal Records
Bond Hearings
Outstanding Warrants
Appeals/Post Conviction Relief
All other felonies, misdemeanors and traffic matters
Extradition Matters


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