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Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer

Kerstin Wade focuses on criminal defense, traffic tickets and DUI cases. Kerstin Wade has helped thousands of clients charged with a crime and knows what it takes to help you or your loved one. If you are charged with a crime, you know that time is of the essence. Once you have been arrested the criminal justice system is already rolling and you will soon have a first court date. The state attorney’s office is already putting together their case against you. This means that the sooner you can hire a criminal defense attorney the better. You will want to make sure that your attorney has the same amount of time as the prosecutor to put together the case and develop a defense.

Why Hire Kerstin Wade - Criminal Defense Attorney, Tampa

If you are charged with a crime, the state will have a knowledgable prosecutor on their side. This prosecutor will have handled thousands of cases and is usually well-trained in criminal law. Obviously, it would be best to have an attorney on your side, defending you who is just as knowledgable if not more knowledgable and experienced than the prosecutor. This means you want to hire an attorney whose main focus is criminal defense. Kerstin Wade is the perfect fit for that and has dedicated her practice to defending clients against criminal charges.

Practice Areas

Kerstin Wade Focuses On Criminal Defense

DUI Defense

Kerstin Wade handles DUI (Driving under the Influence) and BUI (Boating under the Influence} cases. DUIs and even BUIs come with a variety of penalties and in the case of a DUI can lead to a suspension of your driver’s license, which in turn can affect your ability to work. Here are some of the areas we focus on when it comes to DUIs:

Traffic Ticket Defense

Kerstin Wade also handles various traffic ticket cases, including criminal traffic violations and civil traffic infractions. Criminal traffic tickets are those that typically require a court date and cannot be resolved by paying a fine. Those type of charges carry the risk of possible jail time. Some tickets can be either a criminal traffic charge or a civil infraction, such as driving while license suspended. Some civil infraction tickets can also require a mandatory court date and even a license suspension. It is best to speak to a traffic ticket lawyer before paying a ticket or just going to court yourself. You only get one chance and you don’t want to be surprised by some collateral consequences, such as a license suspension or higher insurance premiums.

We can help you with all kinds of traffic tickets.

Criminal Defense

Kerstin Wade also handles all kinds of criminal defense cases, ranging from misdemeanors to felonies. She has handled drug charges, violent offenses, theft charges, fraud charges, gun charges, violations of probation and others. Here is a list of the type of charges Kerstin Wade can help you with:

Criminal Defense Law - Type of Cases

Criminal offenses and the potential sentences vary depending on the severity of the charges. Criminal offenses are either a misdemeanor or a felony.


Misdemeanors are the lowest type of criminal charges. They are handled in county court and are punishable by a maximum of 1 year in jail. There are first and second degree misdemeanors.

Second Degree Misdemeanors

Second degree misdemeanors are the lowest type of criminal charge and are punishable by up to 6 months of probation, 60 days in the county jail and a $500 fine.

First Degree Misdemeanors

First degree misdemeanors are more serious than second degree misdemeanors and are punishable by up to 1 year in jail, 1 year on probation and a $1,000 fine.


Felonies are typically more serious crimes. They are handled in circuit court and are all punishable by more than 1 year in jail. The maximum prison time for felonies ranges from 5 years to life.

Third Degree Felonies

This degree felonies are the lowest level felony charges and are punishable by up to 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation and a $5,000 fine.

Second Degree Felonies

Second degree felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation and a $10,000 fine.

First Degree Felonies

First degree felonies are punishable by up to 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation and a $15,000 fine.

Capital/Life Felonies

Life/capital felonies are the most serious type of criminal charges and the maximum penalty can be life in prison or death.

Contact a Tampa Criminal Attorney Today for a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one is charged with a crime, do not waste time and contact a criminal lawyer in Tampa as soon as possible for a free consultation. You will want to look for one of the best criminal defense attorney in Tampa. Kerstin Wade has a client centered approach and has dedicated her entire practice to defending clients who are charged with a crime. Contact Kerstin Wade today at 813-401-0130 for a free consultation.