Criminal Defense Attorney The Villages

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Criminal Lawyer in The Villages

If you’re looking for a criminal attorney in The Villages of Sumter County, FL, our firm has been specializing in criminal law for over a decade. With experience in both the prosecution and defense side of the courtroom, we’re uniquely equipped to defend clients facing criminal charges. The Washo Law Firm, P.A. has a criminal law office conveniently located right next to the Sumter County courthouse and jail.

The stigma of a criminal charge presents a threat to one’s future, making ordinary life tasks such as getting a job or renting a home more challenging. Having an experienced and compassionate lawyer on your side can help you win the fight for your future.


If a police officer suspects someone is driving drunk, the officer will assess the individual’s blood alcohol content using a breathalyzer. If the blood alcohol content is 0.08% or higher, that individual is likely arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The severity of the charges depends on the individual’s blood alcohol content, if there are other passengers in the car, whether there was an accident with any injuries or fatalities, and whether or not this is the individual’s first offense. Punishment can involve hefty fines, a suspended or revoked driver’s license, probation, an ignition interlock device, vehicle impoundment, imprisonment, and community service. Our DUI attorney is here to help guide you through this challenging process.

Drug Possession

An individual can be charged with a felony or misdemeanor for drug possession depending on the amount of drugs the individual has in their possession. Examples of drugs that fall under this charge include marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, methamphetamine or any other illegal drugs. An individual can also be charged with possession of drug paraphernalia. Drug paraphernalia can include items such as syringes, pipes, water pipes, bongs, spoons, rolling papers, scales, and bags.

Domestic Violence

Violence that occurs between family and/or household members is referred to as domestic violence. Punishment can include fines, restraining orders, probation and imprisonment. The penalty assigned is dependent upon the specific charge. Potential charges include assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, stalking and kidnapping. Our battery and domestic violence attorney provides expert representation and counsel to those facing these types of charges.


Battery refers to physically attacking another person. Simple battery is the unwanted touching of another person. Aggravated battery is the more severe of the two and considered a felony. It occurs when great bodily harm or permanent damage is caused to another individual, the use of a deadly weapon was involved or if the defendant could gather that the individual harmed was pregnant. Both charges can be punishable by hefty fines and imprisonment depending on whether the defendant is charged with simple battery or aggravated battery.


Assault refers to the threat or infliction of physical harm against another person. A simple assault is considered a misdemeanor offense and can be punishable by fines, imprisonment, and probation. Aggravated assault is much more serious and considered a felony.

Sex Crimes

Sex crimes are divided into three categories: lewd and lascivious acts, sexual battery or rape, and illegal sexual activity with a minor (statutory rape). Lewd and lascivious acts refer to sexual activity with a minor under the age of 16. Under this category, sex crimes can include lewd and lascivious battery, molestation and exhibition. Sexual battery, or rape, refers to non-consensual sex with another person through coercion, force or incapacitation. The third category, statutory rape, occurs when an individual of the age 24 or older has sexual relations with a 16- or 17-year-old minor.

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Local Defense Attorneys

A defense lawyer specializes in defending clients charged with a crime. All defendants are considered innocent until proven guilty and it’s our job to protect this right to the best of our ability. A public defender is an attorney provided by the government to represent individuals who cannot afford to hire their own public attorney.

Public defenders may often be overworked and underpaid, which could potentially affect the outcome of your case. Are you located outside of The Villages and in need of criminal law services? Review our criminal defense attorney Tavares service page to learn more about our second office.

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Contact the attorneys at Washo Law Firm, P.A. to get started on your defense case today. Our legal expertise and commitment to our clients remain unparalleled by any other criminal defense attorney in The Villages, FL. We provide comprehensive legal services to help clients reach a resolution and move past this difficult time.

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