Bradenton Criminal Defense Attorneys
Criminal Defense Attorney in Bradenton, FL Put an Experienced Former Prosecutor on Your Side

For more than 27 years, our criminal lawyer has been fighting for the rights and freedom of the criminally charged in Sarasota, Bradenton, and the surrounding areas. If you have been arrested, accused, or charged with a criminal offense, it is essential you put the experienced representation offered at The Miller Law Firm, P.A. on your side as soon as possible. Protect your future and your freedom by speaking to our attorney before talking to the police, as anything you say can later by used against you. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for a free case consultation!

Call (941) 877-5587 or request your free consultation online now!

Cases We Handle

Criminal cases are varied and nuanced, and our firm handles a variety of changes affecting local individuals and their loved ones. From drug offenses and theft crimes, to violent crimes like domestic violence and sex crimes, we understand the profound impact these matters can have on our clients' lives. We can also handle complex white collar and fraud charges, helping protect the reputation of individuals and professionals.

In these cases, potential penalties for a conviction can be much worse than jail time and heavy fines and restitution. A permanent criminal record can have a profound impact on your future, as it will show up on background searches. This can restrict you from finding employment, housing, or obtaining loans. In addition, it can restrict you from obtaining certain professional licenses or restrict where you are able to live in the case of certain sex crime convictions.

If you have been convicted, The Miller Law Firm, P.A. can assist you with expunging your record, when possible. Not everyone, however, is eligible for expungement in Florida, and it is important you speak with a qualified attorney to learn more about your rights and legal options after a conviction. This is especially true if you have been sentenced to probation and then arrested for a violation of its terms. Probation requirements are ironclad and often involve strict check in times with your assigned officer, drug testing requirements, and travel restrictions. If you have been found in violation of any of the terms, even accidentally, you may be put back in jail or face other harsh penalties.

Why Choose Our Criminal Defense Lawyer in Florida?

As a former prosecutor with insider knowledge and decades of legal experience, Attorney Miller has successfully handled hundreds of cases. We understand how important efficient, effective, and aggressive representation is when it comes to protecting your future, your freedom, and your reputation. We work hard to use our knowledge and experience to benefit every one of our clients, building strong defense strategies that address and fight the specific evidence in each unique case.

Contact our criminal attorney serving Bradenton and Sarasota immediately if you or a loved one has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense, or if you are under investigation for a crime.

Aggressive & Tireless Advocacy

  • Thousands of Cases Handled
  • Nearly 30 Years of Experience
  • Free Consultations
  • Flexible Payment Plans Available
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Former Prosecutor on Your Side
  • Dedicated to Community Involvement

Understanding Your Rights

It is important to remember that every U.S. citizen has rights granted by the Constitution when it comes to an arrest. Known as your Miranda rights, or the Miranda warning, anyone who has seen a movie or show dealing with the criminal justice system will have already heard these basic tenants.

The Miranda warning includes:

  • The right to remain silent
  • Anything you say can and will be later used against you in court
  • You have the right to retain a lawyer

Criminal charges should be addressed at once to protect yourself from self-incrimination. It is therefore important that you exercise your right to remain silent and politely decline to answer police questions until your attorney is present. It is also important that you comply with police requests, even if you do not make any statements regarding your circumstances. Do not fight back, argue, or do anything that may jeopardize your freedom or add additional penalties to your potential sentence. Instead, remain calm and quiet until you get in touch with your lawyer.

Frequently Asked Criminal Defense Questions

  • How can an attorney help you after an arrest?

    Your attorney is your advocate, protecting your rights when in police custody, giving you a voice in court, and helping you fight the charges against you. Lawyers have also spent years learning complex laws and previous cases and understand how to use these to build a strong case on your behalf. Defense attorneys have specific training and experience and understand that everyone deserves their day in court, no matter what the case or the evidence against the defendant may be. As a former prosecutor, Attorney Miller understands cases from both sides of the courtroom and can use these insights to address the specific tactics the other side may use against you.

  • What is the difference between being accused, charged, and convicted?

    Anyone can accuse one of committing a crime, including a police officer, an alleged victim, or even a family member, a criminal charge is the formal complaint made by state or federal prosecutors against an individual, company, or organization after the accusation. The charge declares the prosecution's belief that the defendant committed a wrongful act that violated the law. If charges are not dropped, the case will proceed to trial where the accused and their attorney has the chance to plead their case and introduce evidence that counters the prosecution. Should the defendant be found guilty, they will be convicted of the criminal charge and the case will move to sentencing and punishment.

  • Will you go to jail?

    Possible penalties for a conviction depend on the nature of the crime and an mitigating factors or enhancements in the case. Some first time or misdemeanor convictions do not carry jail sentences, while felony violent or white collar criminal convictions, especially if it was a second or subsequent conviction, carry the potential for many years in prison. To better understand what you may be facing, talk to your attorney about the specifics of your case and your legal options.

  • What other penalties can you face after a conviction?

    In addition to jail or prison time, a defendant may face fines, fees, court costs, and restitution to victims; mandatory drug, alcohol, or anger counseling; a permanent criminal record; the restriction of their rights to own a firearm or vote; and community service.

Attentive Focus on Clients & Their Defense Needs

Each case taken on is given the full focus and attention that it deserves. A complete review of the circumstances, the evidence, witness statements, police reports, and any other evidence is a vital first step when defending a criminal charge.

In many cases your attorney can uncover flaws in the case can then be expanded upon in developing a defense case. These errors may have taken place in:

  • Police procedure
  • Violations of rights
  • Faulty handling of evidence
  • Lab errors
  • False witness statements

We understand that the above issues can lead to serious consequences, especially when your freedom is on the line. We also know that good people can get caught up in bad situations, including cases of mistaken identity, "he said/she said" situations when accusations are made to get the upper hand in a domestic situation, and when illegal searches were made in order to gather evidence against you. It is vital to take a thorough approach in analyzing the evidence against you. When necessary to support the case for the defense, The Miller Law Firm, P.A. can call upon powerful resources in expert witnesses to refute the evidence the prosecutor has against you.

  • Not only did he get the outcome I wanted, but he also did it quickly and efficiently.

    “He is well respected and will fight to see justice served.”

    - Lyle T.
  • Scott Miller and Holly are the best!

    “Five-Star service from start to finish.”

    - Marlene V.
  • I'm very pleased with the outcome!

    “Scott was quick and settled the case in an unbelievable amount of time.”

    - Julie K.
  • Mr. Miller was extremely knowledgeable, able, and professional.

    “He was a nice guy and a pleasure to work with!!!”

    - Vincent G.
  • Scott was kind and straightforward.

    “This is the place to come for help.”

    - Andrea C.

What Defense Can Be Used in Your Case?

Every case has defense possibilities. The abilities and quality of your defense attorney is an important factor in how your case will be handled; a talented defender can make the difference between a conviction and an acquittal. Our Bradenton criminal defense lawyer can take on your case to aggressively defend your position. The earlier our firm gets involved in your matter, the more likely that a favorable outcome can be achieved.

At The Miller Law Firm, P.A., Attorney Scott Miller can immediately take steps to help you avoid the serious penalties that are part of any conviction. There are few attorneys who take such an individual interest in their clients, and our firm is proud of our personal commitment to clients' cases. We are dedicated to protecting the rights of those accused of criminal offenses, from first-time DUI charges to the most serious felony crimes.

  • Domestic Battery Not Guilty
  • Battery Charges Dropped
  • Domestic Battery Charges Dropped
  • Battery and Trespassing Case Dropped
  • Domestic Battery Not Guilty
  • DUI Causing Personal Injury Charges Dropped
  • Filing a False Police Report Charges Dropped
  • Domestic Battery Charges Dropped
  • Battery Charges Dropped
  • Domestic Battery Charges Dropped

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