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There will be changes to how THC products and hemp cases will be handled as Florida law evolves relating to marijuana.
If you have been arrested or been given a citation for reckless driving in Pinellas County, then you may already be aware that this is a serious charge that must be taken seriously.
St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Attorney Sean McQuaid specializes in representing people charged with felony drug charges in Pinellas County, Florida.
If you have been arrested for domestic battery in Pinellas County, you most likely have been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, have been forced to move out of your home, and even ordered to stay away from your children.
After being arrested for DUI, you will certainly have many questions about what next steps to take and your options.
If you are in a position where you are under investigation or have already been arrested for criminal mischief in Pinellas County, I am happy to speak to you about the situation. There are many ways to avoid convictions, jail, and repercussions to your record. I have had vast success in handling these types of cases before. Consultations are always free of charge, so there is no risk to reach out.
Concentrated marijuana, or THC oil, is still considered to be a felony possession of a controlled substance in Florida. At my law practice in St. Petersburg, I have witnessed an influx of THC oil cases over the last few years. Most of these cases involve young people who were unaware that marijuana oil is a serious crime. Likewise, most involve a single cartridge of THC oil and a vape pen. The fact that even a trace amount of THC oil left in the vape pen will result in a felony arrest demonstrates how far behind Florida’s marijuana laws are compared to the rest of the country.
Misdemeanor domestic battery charges the most common charges we see for first-time offenders. With the appropriate steps toward rectifying the situation, we are often successful in getting the charges dismissed. If you have been arrested for domestic battery or any other domestic related charge, you should speak to a domestic batter lawyer immediately. Domestic charges are heavily reliant on the victim and the showing of remorse. If you have implemented a sound defense strategy, your goal will be to get leniency. The faster you start addressing the charges, the better your chances at getting a favorable resolution.
Battaglia, Ross, Dicus & McQuaid, P.A. is proud to announce that it won the gold for “Best Attorney/Law Firm” from The Tampa Bay Times for 2019!The Best of the Best Awards was created by The Tampa Bay Times to recognize businesses that had supportive clients and customers in the community. The Firm is proud to have received this award, grateful to its clients, and is committed to continuing its service to its clients and the community.
On June 6, 2019 at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club, Sean McQuaid was sworn in as President-Elect of the St. Petersburg Bar Association. He will begin his term as President in June, 2020. Mr. McQuaid takes over as President-Elect after serving four years on the Executive Committee. The St. Petersburg Bar Association is a professional organization consisting of approximately 1,200 lawyers and judges in the area. The mission of the St. Petersburg Bar Association is to serve the legal community, to strengthen the noble calling of the practice of law, and to foster excellence in the profession.
Domestic battery charges in Pinellas County are very common but often misunderstood. Domestic battery arrests happen to both men and women across all economic and social backgrounds. They usually involve people who have never had contact with law enforcement before and have no idea what to expect. In Pinellas County, all misdemeanor domestic battery charges are heard in Division R located in Courtroom 19 on the 3rd floor of the Pinellas County Justice Center. All domestic related felony charges are spread among the felony divisions located on the 4th floor of the Pinellas County Justice Center. Unlike other types of charges, there is common confusion about how the process works, the penalties and the consequences of the domestic battery.
Our firm has been successfully representing students at Stetson College of Law for decades. Since 1958, our firm’s founder, Anthony Battaglia, and our partners have handled scores of legal issues for Stetson students. Since I graduated from Stetson in 2000, I have carried on the tradition. I recall when I was a student at Stetson, the professors all talked about Battaglia, Ross as having the premier lawyers in town. I recall that at least two of my classmates actually hired one of my current partners for cases- one was for a car accident injury and one was for a DUI. When I was about to graduate, I applied to many firms in the Tampa Bay area and received a lot of offers. I chose Battaglia, Ross because I recognized that not only were the lawyers politically connected, they were experienced in the types of litigation that I was drawn to. Since August 2000, I have worked at the firm and been trained by well respected and fair lawyers. Almost immediately after accepting the job, I noticed that students at Stetson would contact our [...]
Our firm has been successfully representing St. Petersburg College (SPC) students for decades. Since 1958, our firm’s founder, Anthony Battaglia, handled scores of legal issues on behalf of both St. Petersburg College and its students. Our lawyers have carried on the tradition. SPC has grown over the years, but despite its numerous campus locations, our firm has repeatedly been chosen by SPC students because of our superior legal recognition, skills, and close proximity to the school. In fact, our office is only about a mile from the nearest location on 66th St. in St. Petersburg. Over the decades, we have found that many SPC students are not familiar with the legal system in Pinellas County. When the students encounter problems, their parents call upon our firm to help. Like any other college students, SPC students occasionally encounter legal issues. Whether a student is injured in a car accident, having problems with disciplinary matters, or even criminal charges, our firm is equipped to help. By being a local and experienced law firm, we are familiar with the resources available to St. Petersburg College students [...]
Our firm has been successfully representing Eckerd College students with their legal needs for decades. Our firm’s founder, Anthony Battaglia, handled scores of legal issues on behalf of both Eckerd College and its students. Our lawyers have carried on the tradition. Eckerd College is a relatively small private school in St. Petersburg, Florida. Our firm has been chosen by Eckerd College students over the years because of our superior legal recognition, skills, and close proximity to the school. In fact, our office is only a 6 mile drive away from the school. Over the decades, we have found that many Eckerd College students are from out of state or even another country. When the students encounter problems, they often do not have their parents or families readily available and our firm is called upon to help. Like any other college students, Eckerd students occasionally encounter legal issues. Whether a student is injured in a car accident, having problems with disciplinary matters, or even criminal charges, our firm is equipped to help. By being a local and experienced law firm, we are familiar with [...]
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