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

Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tampa, FL & Chicago, IL

If you’re charged with a federal crime — including committing a criminal act on the property of the federal government or violating U.S. laws — Michael Petro can assist you with mounting an effective defense. Federal crimes can include criminal acts that cross state lines, including racketeering and mail fraud.

As a federal defense attorney, Petro has significant experience with grand jury proceedings along with a deep knowledge of legal issues related to criminal defense in federal court. A variety of criminal cases are heard in federal court, including:

  • Drug offenses including trafficking and distribution.
  • 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.

Defending federal cases differs in several important ways, and federal defense attorneys must have a thorough understanding of relevant laws. In addition, federal defense attorneys must understand the differences in federal sentencing guidelines with their potential for harsher penalties.

Tampa’s Top Criminal Defense Attorney – Defense Attorney in Tampa, FL

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 guilt beyond a reasonable doubt to secure convictions in criminal cases. Defense attorneys can choose among an endless array of strategies to prove your innocence. When you work with Michael J. Petro, you can feel confident that he will extensively review your case facts and relevant law to make sound legal arguments. In addition to helping you prepare the best possible case, Mr. Petro will work to have you released from jail as you await trial. He can work to persuade a judge to reduce bail so 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. Every criminal defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty with a trial or through a guilty plea. The presumption of innocence means the prosecutor has the burden of proving guilt, but the defense also can present evidence to raise reasonable doubt and make the prosecutor’s job more difficult.

If you’re charged with a crime in Tampa, FL, or Chicago, IL, it’s important to work with an experienced criminal defense lawyer. Attorney Michael J. 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 office of Michael J. Petro or call 312-913-1111.

Experienced Criminal Defense Lawyer Chicago, IL & 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 – Tampa’s Most Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are in trouble with the Feds or the Police, you need representation from an experienced criminal defense attorney 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.

Working with an aggressive and qualified criminal defense attorney significantly improves your chances of having a favorable outcome in your case: dropped charges or a “not guilty” verdict.

With nearly 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, 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 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 the chances of having charges dropped or punishment reduced and eliminated.

The attorney you choose should have extensive knowledge of police investigations and court procedure at the local, state and federal level.


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Defense Attorney For Drug Charges – Tampa, FL

Michael J. Petro has been representing Tampa & Chicago for over 30 years and has the experience you need to beat your drug charges. As a criminal defense lawyer, you want someone that can preserve your reputation and strive for the best result possible. Don’t let a drug charge ruin your life. It can make it difficult for you to get a job in the future, and even worse, it could lead to you spending time behind bars. 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 Illinois State Courts as well as Federal courts across the Midwest. So if you’re presented with drug charges in 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.


Tampa’s Best Defense Attorney