Criminal Defense Attorney in U.S. Federal & Florida and Illinois Courts

Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer & Federal Attorney

Tampa’s Best Defense Attorney

Michael J. Petro

Top Notch Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa and Chicago

Michael J. Petro is a federal criminal defense attorney that gets top results in defending individuals or entities accused of violating federal criminal laws for over 34 years. Attorney Petro’s main responsibility is to protect the legal rights of his client throughout the criminal justice process, including the investigation, grand jury, trial, sentencing, and appeal phases.

Here are the key duties and responsibilities of a federal criminal defense attorney Michael J. Petro:

  • Case assessment: Attorney Petro will carefully review your case details, including the charges, evidence, and potential witnesses, to determine the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecution’s case and identify any possible defenses.
  • Legal strategy: Based on his assessment, Attorney Petro will develop a legal strategy that is tailored to the unique circumstances of your case, with the goal of achieving the best possible outcome for you the client.
  • Plea negotiations: If appropriate, Michael J. Petro may negotiate with the prosecution to reach a plea bargain that minimizes the potential consequences of a conviction.
  • Trial representation: If the case goes to trial, Attorney Michael J. Petro will represent you in court, presenting evidence, cross-examining witnesses, and arguing on your behalf.
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  • Sentencing advocacy: If the client is convicted, Attorney Petro will advocate for a fair and just sentence, taking into account mitigating factors that may reduce the severity of the punishment.
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  • Appeal:  If you are convicted and the Trial Judge made serious mistakes that denied you a fair trial or a fair sentence, Attorney Petro will Appeal your case to the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals.

Overall, federal criminal defense attorney Michael J. Petro will use his smarts and experience to protect your legal rights and ensure that you receive a fair and just outcome in the criminal justice system.

Attorney Petro Can Defend You Against These Federal Crimes

There are numerous federal crimes listed in the United States Code, but here are some of the most frequently charged federal crimes that Federal Criminal Defense Attorney Michael J. Petro defends:

  • Drug crimes: These include drug trafficking, possession with intent to distribute, and conspiracy to distribute drugs.
  • Political Corruption:  Taking Bribes and Embezzlement.
  • Fraud: This can include wire fraud, mail fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud, and securities fraud.
  • Immigration offenses: These include illegal entry, smuggling, and visa fraud.
  • Firearms offenses: This can include possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during a crime, and illegal sale of firearms.
  • White-collar crimes: This can include embezzlement, insider trading, money laundering, and tax evasion.
  • Cybercrimes: This can include computer hacking, identity theft, and cyberterrorism.
  • Terrorism: This can include acts of terrorism, providing material support to terrorists, and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism.
  • Espionage Act and Top-Secret Documents Cases.
  • Securities fraud, insider trading, and other violations of antitrust laws.
  • Government fraud, including Medicare fraud and tax evasion.
  • Organized crime, including money laundering and extortion.
  • Police Officer Defense.  Attorney Petro has successfully represented many police and law enforcement officers.

Attorney Petro’s 34 years of experience shows that the frequency of these charges can change depending on various factors, including changes in law enforcement priorities and the overall crime rate. Additionally, the severity of the charges and the potential consequences can also vary widely depending on the specific circumstances of each case.

As a federal defense attorney, Petro has significant experience with grand jury proceedings and responding to Subpoenase for Testimony and Business Records.

Federal Criminal Defense Lawyer has significant experience and knowledge of the Federal Asset Forfeiture laws and the DOJ’s Asset Forfeiture policies.

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Tampa defense lawyer, Michael J. Petro’s Areas of practice include:

Defense Attorney For Federal Charges & Defense Lawyer For Florida State Charges

  • Immigration and Unlawful Re-entry
  • Public Corruption and Embezzlement
  • Money Laundering
  • Software and Copyright Piracy
  • Internet Solicitation
  • Pornography Possession and Distribution
  • Supervised Release Violations
  • 7th Circuit Appeals
  • Possession and Distribution of Controlled Substances
  • Murder
  • Robbery
  • Assault and Battery
  • Sex Charges
  • Gun Possession
  • Theft
  • Forgery
  • SBA Loan Fraud
  • Domestic Violence
  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Violations of Probation
  • Solicitation
  • Prostitution
  • Bond and Preliminary Hearings

What Will Hiring Tampa’s Best Defense Attorney do For You?

Prosecutors must prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to secure convictions. Defense attorney Michael J. Petro will extensively review the facts case.  Also, Attorney Petro will extensively review the relevant law for your charges to make ensure that you have winning legal arguments. In addition to helping you prepare your best defense, Mr. Petro will work to have you released from jail as you await trial. Attorney Petro will use his experience and preparation to persuade your judge to reduce your bail so that you can get back to your life and assist in preparing your defense.

The best defense, of course, is that you simply did not commit the crime. The United States Constitution guarantees that every criminal defendant is presumed innocent. Also, the United States Constitution guarantees that the prosecutor proves your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

If you’re charged with a crime in Tampa, FL, or Chicago, IL, call tough, smart, and experienced criminal defense lawyer Michael J. Petro to get you out of trouble.  Attorney Petro will stand up for your rights and work diligently to obtain the most favorable result possible for you. For a consultation about your case, contact the Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Michael J. Petro or call 312-913-1111.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer in Chicago, IL, and Tampa, FL

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"My husband was facing two charges and spent almost a year in a federal prison after being wrongfully accused! With the help of Michael Petro, his charges were dropped and he was found NOT GUILTY in a trial VS the USA. Our family will forever be grateful for all of Mr. Petros hard work! Best lawyer ever 5 stars!"
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"I have been referring friends to Mike for over 20 years. In every case he has been able to come out with a very positive outcome. I recently used Mike for a problem I had. As usual Mike came through and got the case dismissed. His work ethic, experience, and down to earth mentality make him the best in the city."
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Michael J. Petro is Tampa’s Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are in trouble with the Feds or the Police, you need representation from experienced criminal defense attorney Michael J. Petro immediately. The Police can seize your money and assets and put you in jail. Criminal charges can remain on your record and harm your future job prospects.

Aggressive and qualified criminal defense attorney Michael Petro significantly improves your chances of having a favorable outcome in your case. Attorney Petro routinely has charges dropped and  “not guilty” verdicts.

With over three decades of experience, criminal defense attorney Michael J. Petro serves Chicago, Tampa, and the States of Illinois & Florida. He successfully defends individuals charged with a variety of offenses, including gun charges, and drug violations as well as violent crimes like armed robbery, assault and battery, domestic violence, and murder.

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What Qualities Should You Look for in a Criminal Defense Lawyer?

To identify the best legal representation for your individual case, consider the defense attorney’s background, knowledge, and experience.

Attorney Petro has handled thousands of criminal cases, including both misdemeanors and felonies. He works to develop effective defense strategies that improve your chances of having charges dropped or punishment reduced and eliminated.

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Criminal Defense Attorney Michael J. Petro has extensive knowledge of police investigations and court procedure at the local, state, and federal levels.  Don’t wait!  Call Attorney Michael J. Petro right now and start fighting back!


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Defense Attorney For Drug Charges Tampa, FL

Michael J. Petro has been representing people in Tampa and Chicago for over 34 years.  Attorney Petro has the experience you need to beat your drug charges. If you have been charged with a drug crime, Attorney Petro can preserve your reputation and get the best result possible. Don’t let a drug charge ruin your life! Drug convictions could lead to you spending time behind bars. In addition, drug convictions can make getting a job in the future really hard.  To fight for the best possible result, you want the #1 drug defense attorney in Tampa on your side. Michael J. Petro is the best drug defense lawyer representing people in Chicago as well as Federal courts across the United States. So if you’re fighting drug charges in Florida, Illinois, or Federal Court, call 312-913-1111 today!

Attorney Petro has successfully sued the police under Section 1983 for false arrest, malicious prosecution, and excessive force.


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