Escobar & Associates - Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer


Escobar and Associates Attorneys at Law remains open during the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic. Legal services are defined as “essential” within the Stay at Home Order executed by Florida Governor, Ron DeSantis. We remain committed to providing uninterrupted legal services to all clients. We also remain dedicated to the health and safety of our clients and staff. Within the office, our firm has already implemented protocols to keep clients and staff safe during this crisis. We understand as criminal defense attorneys how crucial it is for our attorneys and staff to remain available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide legal services for clients in need.

Your pursuit of justice starts here!

Escobar & Associates - Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer
Speak to an attorney 24 hours a day free consultations

Email Us & Get Help

Criminal defense challenges judge’s sentencing discretion

| Dec 13, 2014 | Criminal Defense

The reassignment of a judge at the courthouse in Hillsborough County illustrates how the work of a criminal defense attorney may continue long after the conclusion of a criminal trial and the imposition of penalties at sentencing.

A Florida appellate court cited the trial judge for an abuse of discretion when he sentenced a man to 22 years in prison after a guilty plea to viewing child pornography.

The appellate court decision agreed with defense arguments that the penalties imposed by the judge at sentencing were not in line with the facts of the case. According to the record from the trial court, there was no evidence proving conduct on the part of the accused to support the long prison sentence.

This was not the first incident in which the judge’s discretion had been called into question. Allegations have been made that he had also improperly intervened in the case of a man facing a criminal charge stemming from the shooting of a law enforcement officer. In that case, the judge revoked a bond that would have allowed the accused to be free pending his criminal trial.

Sex crimes, murder, drug cases and weapons charges are serious violations of criminal law that can result in severe penalties and long-term consequences in the event of a conviction. Developing a defense strategy in anticipation of the criminal trial and plea negotiation is only part of the responsibilities of the criminal defense attorney.

Sometimes a defense strategy might need to look beyond the trial court. When faced with an abuse of discretion on the part of a trial judge as occurred at Hillsborough County, taking the case to an appeals court may be the only remedy for an unjust criminal conviction or an excessive sentence.

Source: Fox 13 News, “Judge reassigned after appeals court overturns sentence,” Gloria Gomez, Dec. 2, 2014

  • Martindale-Hubbell | Top rated lawyer in Tampa | Richard Escobar | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability | Martindale-Hubbell Top rated lawyer
  • Top Lawyers 2016 | Richard Escobar
  • Top Lawyers 2016 | Dino Michaels
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards | AV |AV Preeminent | Richard Escobar | 2016
  • Judicial Education | AV | AV Preeminent | Richard Escobar | 2016
  • CLIENT | DISTINCTION AWARD | Dino mike Michaels, Esq. | Recognized for Excellence | Quality of Service | Overall Value | Responsiveness | Communication Ability
  • 15 | YEAR | Anniversary | Proudly Serving | the Community | Since 2001 | Dino Mike Michaels
  • 10 Best 2018 | Richard Escobar | Client Satisfaction | American Institute Of Criminal Law Attorneys


Email Us & Get Help

FindLaw Network