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Sarasota Criminal Defense Lawyer

Pallegar Law, P.A. is a full service law firm that specializes in personal injury, car accidents, criminal defense, and DUI defense cases in Tampa, Florida and its surrounding counties including Pinellas, Manatee, and Sarasota. Our Tampa personal injury attorneys handle all types of injury cases from slip and fall accidents to texting and driving accidents. Our Tampa criminal defense attorneys represent individuals charged with misdemeanor, felony and DUI offenses primarily throughout Hillsborough and Sarasota County.

We also represent individuals charged with crimes in state courts throughout Florida. We have an office located close to the Hillsborough County courthouse in Tampa and an office between the Sarasota and Manatee courthouse in Sarasota. We are available 24/7 to meet with you, a friend or a loved one to discuss representation. Call us at 813-444-3912 anytime to be connected directly to an experienced criminal defense or DUI Defense lawyer in Tampa. Call us at 941-893-5816 to be connected with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Sarasota and Bradenton. Unlike other firms that handle any and all types of legal cases, our firm focuses only on defending those charged with crimes. This allows us to keep up to date on the passage of new laws and changes to existing laws as well as access to various criminal law databases.

At Pallegar Law we represent individuals who have been wrongfully injured or those who have been charged with crimes in state courts throughout Florida. We have experience fighting for our clients and providing them with effective, personal legal representation. We are available 24/7 to meet with you, a friend, or a loved one to discuss representation. Call us at 813-444-3912 anytime to be connected directly to an experienced personal injury or criminal defense lawyer in Tampa.

Criminal Defense

One of our primary objectives is to make you feel as calm and stress free as possible given the serious nature of a criminal charge. We want you to focus on your family, work, and hobbies and forget about the pending criminal case. We have often found that this can be accomplished through successfully communicating with you and explaining the process. We will keep you informed of your case every step of the way. Once Pallegar Law, P.A. is hired to represent you, you will have access to your Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney at all times via his personal cell phone. Day or night, we pride ourselves on making sure our clients are kept up to date through every stage of their case and they understand how the criminal justice system works and the steps criminal cases go through from the initial arrest through pre-file investigation and all the way to the conclusion.

After an individual is arrested for committing a crime, the police officer forwards the investigation on to the State Attorneys Office for further review to determine whether the case can be proven beyond a reasonable doubt and formal charges should be filed. This is known as the pre-file investigation. Just like it sounds, a pre-file investigation is an investigation before the filing of actual criminal charges. After speaking to witnesses and reviewing the police report, if the Assistant State Attorney determines that the case can be proven he or she will recommend the filing of charges. The charging process in Florida in most criminal cases is usually done by the filing information (in most cases) or indictment.

If retained early on, our Tampa criminal defense lawyer will do everything within his control to make sure that after the arrest charges do not get filed. Once we are retained, we conduct our own pre-file investigation. We speak to witnesses, dissect the reports and then provide the prosecutor with a mitigation memo outlining the weaknesses and legal issues within the case. In many cases if this is done early on and done right the case is not filed on, charges are dropped and you will never see the inside of the courtroom.


Some things that may cross your mind during this process are how will this affect my future? My family? My job? Will I be fired from my job? What will your loved ones think when they find out? Who do I have to inform of the DUI or criminal charge? These are all common questions that concern most individuals charged with a crime.

As experienced DUI defense attorneys, we offer free-initial consultations to answer these questions and discuss many more. This can occur over the phone or in person. During this first meeting, we will answer all of the questions above and any other questions you may have. We will lay out a strategy to challenge or resolve your case depending on what is in your best interests and discuss all of the options available to obtain the best result possible in your case. As Tampa DUI Defense Lawyers we feel that communication is the key to a successful attorney/client relationship. The biggest complaint we hear from our clients is the failure of other lawyers to explain using a common sense approach the progress of their case.

As your premier Tampa DUI Defense Attorney and former prosecutor, Ajay Pallegar focuses on obtaining the best resolution possible in each and every case. In many instances this means a dismissal of all charges or resolving your case so we avoid a criminal conviction. If this is done, many clients qualify for sealing or expunging their record removing all evidence from public databases.

Personal Injury

Injuries present many challenges to your day-to-day life. You could potentially miss months of work and find difficulty performing every day tasks. Medical bills could cost you thousands of dollars. Slip and fall accidents and medical malpractice are among some of the most common cases of personal injury in Florida. If you were injured in a slip and fall accident because of another person’s negligence, you could file a claim under Florida law. If you believe you or a loved one has been a victim of medical malpractice, it is important that you retain an attorney as soon as possible. Under Florida law, an individual looking to file a claim for medical malpractice has just two years from the injury to file suit. At Pallegar Law, we know how important it is for you to recover from your injury. That is why we feel it is so important to defend those who have been wrongfully injured and provide them legal guidance through the complicated process of filing an insurance claim. If you retain a Tampa personal injury attorney from Pallegar Law for your injury, we will work to obtain the maximum financial compensation for your injury. We will do the worrying so you can recover.

Car Accidents

Car accidents are extremely common and often lead to severe injuries and damage. According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety, there have been 367,982 accidents in 2018 throughout the state. Sadly, many accidents involve careless, reckless behavior and result in catastrophic injury or in some cases death. Some accidents that commonly occur on Florida roads include distracted driving accidents, rear-end collisions, head on collisions, and aggressive driving accidents. If you believe that your loss of a loved one was caused by someone else’s recklessness, you could pursue a wrongful death claim. Compensation from a wrongful death claim could help family members with funeral expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. If you were injured in an accident due to another individual’s failure to take proper care, you could be eligible for compensation. The Tampa car accident attorneys at Pallegar Law are prepared to help you fight for your deserved compensation.

Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney/Personal Injury Lawyer at Pallegar Law

If you or a loved one needs legal representation for a criminal charge or personal injury claim, contact an attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A. 813-444-3912 today for your free consultation.

Meet the Attorney
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Ajay Pallegar is a criminal defense and personal injury attorney who has practiced law in the State of Florida for over ten years. He spent his first few years as a prosecutor in Pinellas County, and now runs his own private practice serving several localities on the Gulf Coast including Bradenton, Sarasota, Tampa, Clearwater, Englewood, and Venice. Mr. Pallegar focuses his practice on defending those who have been charged with crimes, recovering damages for those who have been wrongfully injured, and pursuing insurance companies who deny or undervalue claims. He believes that everyone is entitled to a reasonable defense and economic damages if injured due to another persons neglect or wrongdoing. As an attorney he prides himself on providing clients with an open line of communication and personalized attention. His experience paired with his passion for law makes him an ideal choice as your attorney.

Client Reviews
Pallegar Law, always put my family first, their team always explained things in full detail, and got the very best results possible. They genuinely care. Our family will forever be grateful. Thank you. Dennis
He took me on and from the word go communicated everything in a timely and professional fashion about how everything is going to be played it; and then delivered word for word. The best part about them apart from their professionalism and efficiency would have to be their honesty which lets you entrust them, which in today's day and age is a rare virtue. Hemant
Excellent communication skills between the staff and client. I always felt I was in the know as to what to expect next. Ajay was up front on possible outcomes of the case and did not promise unrealistic results. Hope to not need them again, but definitely would recommend them. Steve
Ajay made me feel like I was the only case he had, and that he put all of his time making sure I was properly defended. Thanks to Ajay professionalism and attention to detail all my charges were dropped. I one hundred percent recommend Ajay Pallegar as your next defense lawyer. Eric
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