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Best Attorney/Law Firm
2019, 2020 & 2021

~Tampa Bay Times Best of the Best
“Excellent Attorney,
I’d hire him.”
~Sitting Pinellas County Judge

“Hands down
the BEST

~Dan T.
“The Crème De La Crème Lawyer”
~Lucy B.

“A 10.0 Avvo rating
speaks for itself”

~Michael D.

Best Attorney/Law Firm
2019, 2020 & 2021

~Tampa Bay Times Best of the Best
“Excellent Attorney,
I’d hire him.”
~Sitting Pinellas County Judge

“Hands down
the BEST

~Dan T.
“The Crème De La Crème Lawyer”
~Lucy B.

“A 10.0 Avvo rating
speaks for itself”

~Michael D.
BREAKING NEWS
St Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney Sean McQuaid Awards
St Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney Sean McQuaid Awards

St Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney
Sean K McQuaid

A Division of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.

St Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney
Sean McQuaid

A Division of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.
5858 Central Ave suite d
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 381-2300

Thank you for considering me to handle your case. I understand how difficult a criminal charge can be and how it affects people and their families. My job is to develop a strategy that will provide a path to either getting the charges dismissed or a lenient result. I know what types of situations require fighting, which require hand-holding, and which require minimizing the penalties. I am not afraid to challenge the judge or the prosecutor if I believe they are wrong, but my personal philosophy is that if you have made a mistake, the best approach is to attempt to fix the problem first and then ask for leniency.

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future.

I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed.

I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through this difficult time. Thank you in advance for trusting me with this important responsibility.

~ Sean K. McQuaid

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St Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney Sean K McQuaid

A Division of Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.

Thank you for considering me to handle your case. I understand how difficult a criminal charge can be and how it affects people and their families. My job is to develop a strategy that will provide a path to either getting the charges dismissed or a lenient result. I know what types of situations require fighting, which require hand-holding, and which require minimizing the penalties. I am not afraid to challenge the judge or the prosecutor if I believe they are wrong, but my personal philosophy is that if you have made a mistake, the best approach is to attempt to fix the problem first and then ask for leniency.

Many of my clients are first time offenders or have minimal prior records. Some are young adults who are struggling to find their way. In these circumstances, protecting their record and keeping them out of jail are my main goals. I understand how damaging a criminal conviction can be on a young person and I am routinely trusted to be a positive influence and protector of my client’s future.

I have observed that some of my clients find themselves in bad situations influenced by drugs, alcohol, or by associating with people who are negative influences. Often, getting clean and sober and doing counseling is a good idea because while it does not admit guilt, the effort gives reassurance to the judge and the prosecutor that any problem is being addressed.

I have developed a successful defense practice and premier reputation by being honest with my clients and putting their interests first, which is rare. You will not find other attorneys with the reputation, experience, connections, and compassion that I bring to each case. I look forward to helping you and your family through this difficult time. Thank you in advance for trusting me with this important responsibility.

~ Sean K. McQuaid

St Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney Sean McQuaid
Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A.
5858 Central Ave suite d
St. Petersburg, FL 33707
(727) 381-2300
smcqu@brdwlaw.com

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Success Stories

  • Success Story

Domestic Battery Charge Reduced to Disorderly Conduct

August 8th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , |

Facts:

My client is Chinese and lives in St. Petersburg with his wife and daughter. He does not speak English, but his wife does. They work together at a local restaurant.

One evening after work, they got into an argument about how the wife was speaking with other male employees at the restaurant. The argument became physical and my client left the home. The wife called 911 and St. Petersburg Police responded. They took her statement about what happened. She told the police that he pushed her and then left the home. […]

  • Success Story

Stalking Injunction by Tenant Against Landlord Dismissed

August 5th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , |

Facts:

My client is a realtor and his parents own a duplex in Seminole. The front of the unit is rented to a woman with three children. In the back of the property, there is a garage/shed that was not part of the rental agreement. My client stored his tools in the shed and would regularly work back there. He also helped his parents manage the rental property.

The tenant was extremely demanding throughout her tenancy and stopped paying rent in July 2022. An eviction notice was posted on the door and the landlord […]

  • Success Story

Rehab and Probation for Armed Drug Trafficking Charges

July 29th, 2022|Categories: Success Stories|Tags: , , , , |

Facts:

My client was 29 and had been struggling for years with drug problems. He did not work and lived with his mother. He had a relatively minor prior record and had never been to jail or prison.

Eventually, his drug addiction got worse and he started working for his drug dealer. His job was to drive the dealer and hold the drugs and a gun in a bag. He was paid for his services with drugs. The whole reason the dealer used him was so that the dealer never had to actually possess […]

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Can I Get a DUI in Florida If I’m Not Actually Driving?

August 1st, 2022|Categories: DUI Driving Under the Influence|Tags: , , , , , , |

Yes, you can still face arrest for a DUI in Florida even if you're not actually driving. Most people do not know that you can arrested and charged with DUI for simply being in the driver's seat while impaired. Many of my clients are shocked when they get arrested for simply being in the vehicle. Some don’t even have the car running. This is called an APC case, or Actual Physical Control. Yes, it counts just the same as if you were driving. We welcome you to contact our Florida DUI defense attorneys today for a free consultation. Can I Be Arrested for a DUI in Florida If I'm Not Driving? Yes, you can get a DUI if you're not actually driving the vehicle. First, let's look at the law: Florida Statute Section 316.193(1) states: “A person is guilty of the offense of driving under the influence and is subject to punishment as provided in subsection (2) if the person is driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle within this state.” Read Related: What Happens During a DUI Traffic Stop in Florida? What Is the Florida ‘DUI’ Limit? If you have a blood alcohol content (BAC) or breath alcohol content of 0.08% or higher, you are considered under the influence and should not have been driving. You may also be considered under the influence if your ‘normal faculties’ are impaired – even if your BAC is under the limit. For under 21 drivers, the BAC limit is just 0.02%. Commercial drivers of any age have a 0.04% BAC limit. What is 'Actual Physical Control'? Actual physical control means the individual has the ability to drive the vehicle at any moment. If you're found to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs while sitting in the driver's seat, then you may be arrested for a DUI. This is also true even if the car was turned off but the keys were in your pocket or within reach. The charges and penalties for a DUI in Florida where you're not actually driving the vehicle are the same as they are if you were. Arrest for Having Keys in the Ignition If law enforcement finds you under the influence of alcohol or drugs while sitting in the vehicle with the car in the ignition, you can be charged for a DUI - even if you had no intention of driving the vehicle. For example, you may put the keys in the ignition to turn the AC on, law enforcement could still arrest you. DUI Arrest for Sitting in a Vehicle You can also get a DUI if you're sitting in the vehicle with the keys not in the ignition. For example, an officer could arrest you for sitting in your car with the keys within reach. The theory is that you could start the car up and drive at any moment. Can I Get a DUI if I’m Sleeping in My Car? Yes. You can also get a DUI for [...]

Practice Areas

Assault
& Battery

If you’re facing allegations of Assault and Battery, whether innocent or guilty, then you need an attorney who can fight for your defense. Sean McQuaid can fight to clear your name or minimize penalties, in a period of your life that is likely chaotic and impossible to deal with alone.

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Boating Under
the Influence

If you’ve been arrested for Boating Under the Influence or BUI in Pinellas County, Florida, then you need the support of an experienced Boating Under the Influence Defense Attorney to help minimize the penalties and save your future.

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Burglary
and Trespass

Burglary and Trespass cases are common in Florida. In 2017, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) documented that over 500,000 property crimes were reported. A burglary and trespassing criminal defense lawyer will fight to minimize penalties and potentially clear your name.

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Child Neglect
and Abuse

Child neglect and abuse can be heartbreaking. However, false or exaggerated allegations are sometimes made and that’s when you need a child neglect and abuse attorney. A criminal defense attorney can defend people that have been accused regardless of the situation.

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Domestic
Battery

Police in Florida can make arrests based on accusations alone. Often these allegations are exaggerated or unfounded. Fortunately, a domestic battery attorney will fight to reduce penalties and prevent the consequences of a criminal conviction.

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Drug
Possession

If you are facing charges of drug possession or possession of a controlled substance in Pinellas County, the penalties can be particularly severe even for a trace amount. It is highly recommended to get support from an experienced drug possession attorney for a realistic shot at defending your future.

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Drug Sales
& Manufacturing

Drugs sales and drug manufacturing in Florida are felonies that are vigorously prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office and United States Attorney’s Office. A Drugs sales and drug manufacturing defense attorney can fight for your rights and prepare a defense strategy that can significantly reduce your penalties.

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Drug
Trafficking

In Florida, drug trafficking crimes are treated with harsh penalties in an attempt to stop the source of our state’s drug problems. Minimize penalties for drug trafficking crimes by hiring an aggressive drug trafficking attorney.

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Driving Under
the Influence

A Driving Under the Influence (DUI) arrest is a complicated situation to be in and carries an unwanted stigma, but is much more common than one would expect. In Pinellas County alone, there are over 3,000 DUI arrests per year and the Office of the State Attorney has a zero-tolerance policy of prosecution.

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Gun & Weapon
Charges

Gun and weapon offenses in Florida are typically felonies that carry severe penalties for those convicted. Florida is supportive of the Second Amendment with more concealed carry permits than any other state in the country, but prosecutors take gun crimes seriously.

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Juvenile
Crimes

When a parent discovers that their child has been arrested for a juvenile crime, there is understandably a lot of stress and confusion for the entire family. We know that the number one priority will be protecting your child’s future.
Don’t leave your child’s future to chance. Get the help of a reputable juvenile defense attorney today.

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Traffic
Offenses

Traffic offenses in Pinellas County tend to be underestimated and seen as only minor violations of the law. But it’s often overlooked that a traffic violation can significantly increase the penalties for future violations, balloon insurance premiums and add points to your driving record.

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Violations
of Probation

Violations of Probation (VOP) carry severe consequences because the court considers defendants to have disregarded the second chance they were given. A probation violation attorney can reduce incarceration, assist in the completion of outstanding conditions, and minimize the consequences.

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White Collar
Crimes

A White Collar Crime is a catch-all term for an offense that is considered more sophisticated, planned and done without violence. White Collar Crimes are normally serious felonies and most people accused have little to no prior record. Thus, the consequences of lengthy incarceration, steep fines and restitution can be daunting.

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Consultation

We’re aware of how difficult it can be for you and your family if you’re facing charges, but Sean McQuaid can protect your future through an aggressive, well-prepared defense. Contact us today for a free intial consultation.

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    Pinellas County Criminal Defense Resources

    We have compiled a valuable list of helpful resources for you or your loved one’s Pinellas County Criminal Defense case. If you are an existing client, any information or conversations you have should take place with our office first. BE VERY CAREFUL if and when you contact any state or government agency as any conversations you have may be recorded and/or transcribed for law enforcement to use against you.