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Criminal Defense Attorneys

The legal experience you need when you are arrested or charged with a crime.

Aggressive Defense Attorneys

Proven Results

 

When the stakes are high, experience matters. You need a tenacious, accessible, and experienced team of Criminal Defense Lawyers who know how to protect your rights and your future. Early attorney involvement in your case can affect its ultimate outcome. If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Florida, talk to our seasoned criminal defense attorneys who were former prosecutors or public defenders. We know how to play hardball—and we play to win.

When we meet with a client for the first time, it’s not uncommon for us to hand them a business card with our personal cell phone number on it. It can be shocking for a client to have that kind of access to us, but that’s the type of relationship they need. Accessibility is the best way to give them personal attention and straightforward solutions.

-Kevin Hayslett, Esq.

We’re on your side 

 

Our office utilizes an experienced investigator who, in conjunction with our experienced criminal defense attorneys, coordinates, and provides prompt, economical and thorough investigative services. We thoroughly and efficiently gather all evidence on your behalf and present it to the prosecutor to mitigate the charges against you and determine if you are eligible to participate in a pre-trial diversion program. Many times your criminal record can be sealed to the public or potential employers. 

Our firm defends clients charged in Florida’s state and federal courts with all kinds of crimes, including:

If you live out of state or travel extensively, we determine if a plea in absentia may be entered, allowing settlement of your case without a court appearance.

Client Testimonials

I was arrested at a bar and charged with drunk and disorderly and resisting arrest. A lot of my friends were there and we were all in shock at what had happened. The following day I had a consultation with Mr. Rivera and hired him for my case. He got started on the case the very next day stayed in contact about the case. Within a week he acquired the video surveillance from the establishment. Shortly after that I received a phone call from him letting me know that all of my charges were dropped. I would strongly recommend Mr. Rivera to anyone in a similar situation or worse. I am very grateful for your hard work on my case. I couldn't have had a better outcome.

Justin

My case was over last week and I’m still feeling the relief. It’s hard to imagine the emotional toll it takes on you both physically and mentally. I could have never gotten through it without you (attorney Hayslett). You talked me off the ledge too many times to mention. And as you predicted when we first met I wouldn’t be convicted or do one minute in jail. Thanks from the bottom of my heart.

TH

Kevin was such a blessing, during my time of need. He was very kind, patient, and thorough in explaining the entire process.
I am extremely satisfied with the end result, and I highly recommend Kevin Hayslett to anyone in the Tampa Bay area!

Jon

I was referred to Carlson and Meissner MeissnerLaw Office by my former Chiropractor. I have never dealt with anything like this before. Jennifer made it easy on me and we settled my case fairly quick. I am pleased with the services I received from Jennifer.

Sonya

Our Attorneys have a Reputation for Excellence

Carlson Messiner Defense Lawyers Tampa Bay

AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®

Several of our attorneys have been awarded this gold standard in attorney ratings. This recognition affirms their strong legal abilities and high ethical standards. Our firm was also named one of Florida's Top Ranked Law Firms based on AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings, pursuant to the Wall Street Journal.

Carlson Messiner Defense Lawyers Tampa Bay

FL Board Certified Attorney

Two of our attorneys are Board Certified Criminal Trial Lawyers. Board Certification is the highest level of recognition an attorney can receive by The Florida Bar for the competency and education of attorneys in the areas of practice approved by the Florida Supreme Court.

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