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Criminal charges of any kind are a serious matter. But when you have been arrested and charged with committing a violent crime, the stakes are significantly higher. Attempted murder, assault and battery, robbery, or any crime involving the use of a firearm will incur the full wrath of the state’s prosecutorial power. That is why you need an experienced Tampa violent crime lawyer on your side.

For more than 40 years, The Matassini Law Firm, P.A., has helped people just like you who are facing criminal charges in state and federal courts throughout the Tampa area. As former prosecutors, lawyers Nicholas G. Matassini and Christina C. Pappas Matassini know the criminal justice system inside and out. Our team knows more than the law. We know how prosecutors think.

It is not uncommon in violent crimes cases for prosecutors to overcharge, or bring an indictment with weak evidence, in the hopes of securing a quick guilty plea from a nervous and overwhelmed defendant. Our experienced trial lawyers will not let the prosecution steamroll you. While a negotiated plea may be the best option for all parties, if necessary we are prepared to go to court and give you the zealous defense you are entitled to under the Constitution.

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Some of the more common violent crimes we deal with at The Matassini Law Firm, P.A., include:

  • Assault and battery – These are actually separate offenses. “Assault” is an act or threat of intentional violence against another person. “Battery” refers to touching or striking another person against their will, or intentionally causing them “bodily harm.”
  • Aggravated Assault – This is an assault committed “with a deadly weapon without intent to kill” or with the intent to commit another felony, such as robbery.
  • Felony Battery – If touching or striking another person causes “great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement,” that is classified as felony battery.
  • Aggravated Battery – Similar to aggravated assault, this is battery committed with a deadly weapon.
  • Robbery – Taking money or property from another, with the intent to “permanently or temporarily deprive” the owner of its use, is robbery when there is the “use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear.” A robbery charge may be elevated if a firearm or other dangerous weapon was involved.
  • Murder & Attempted Murder – Murder can involve the intentional killing of another person, or an unlawful killing that resulted from the commission of another felony, including burglary or arson. The latter is known as “felony murder.” Even if not successful, attempted murder is still a felony and punishable the same as murder.

Nicholas G. Matassini has successfully defended dozens of violent crime cases over the years and has achieved outstanding results in tough, complex criminal investigations like murder, manslaughter, arson, and capital sexual battery. Many of his cases have been featured on NBC, FOX, CNN and other major news outlets. Violent crimes cases often are punishable by life in prison and tough mandatory minimum sentences. Our AV Rated legal team works with the most experienced investigators and experts to defend against the most complex violent crime accusations. Nicholas is a Board Certified Expert in Criminal Trial Law and litigates violent crime cases at both the trial and appellate stages. Nicholas can be emailed directly at

Former prosecutors representing Floridians accused of violent crimes

Remember, no matter what you are accused of, as a matter of law you are always innocent until proven guilty. The Tampa violent crime lawyers and staff at The Matassini Law Firm, P.A., will work to fight to ensure that the courts respect this presumption of innocence. Call us today at 813.379.2007 or contact us online if you are in legal trouble and need to speak with a lawyer right away.

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