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Criminal Defense in New Port Richey

In Pasco County, twelve circuit judges and seven county court judges preside over cases in two judicial facilities. One courthouse is located in New Port Richey, the largest city in Pasco County. A second courthouse is located in Dade City, the county seat of Pasco County. The county jail is located between these two cities in Land O'Lakes, FL.

Cases that arise in the western part of Pasco County are prosecuted at the courthouse known as the West Pasco County Judicial Center in New Port Richey. In 1981, the courthouse was dedicated in honor of a long serving county commissioner.

Cases prosecuted in the New Port Richey office usually involve an arrest by an officer with the New Port Richey Police Department, the Port Richey Police Department, the West Pasco Patrol Division of the Sheriff's Office, or the Florida Highway Patrol.

Attorneys for Criminal Defense in New Port Richey, FL

If you have been arrested for any misdemeanor or felony crime in New Port Richey or the surrounding areas in Pasco County, Florida, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm. We are experienced in providing representation at every stage of the criminal case from the first appearance within 24 hours after the arrest, an emergency bond hearing, arraignment, pre-trial disposition hearings, pre-trial conferences, through a jury trial.

With offices in New Port Richey, our criminal defense attorneys also represent young people accused of a delinquent act in juvenile court. 

Don't face the judge alone. Obtaining the best result often requires an attorney fighting for you immediately after the criminal accusation. It is also important to retain a lawyer that is familiar with the particular criminal law procedures and practices that are most effective in the courtrooms in New Port Richey and throughout Pasco County, FL.

Contact us to discuss your case. Call 813-250-0500.


Effective Pre-File Negotiations - the 21 Days After the Arrest

If you have been arrested for any felony criminal offenses, keep in mind that the State Attorney's Office in New Port Richey usually takes 21 days to make a filing decision. Having an attorney early in the case gives you the best chance of convincing the prosecutor not to formally file felony charges, or to only file greatly reduced charges.

Those first 21 days are critical because it is often more effective to prevent the felony charges from being filed in the first place then it is to fight the charges after they have already been filed. Don't lose one of the most important battles in your case by not having representation during the first 21 days after your arrest for any felony criminal charge.


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Our website provides general information any various criminal offenses in Florida, including the special procedures and considerations that may apply to the following types of cases:

  • DUI cases in New Port Richey, including DUI refusal cases, DUI cases with high BAC readings, and felony DUI cases;
  • Reckless driving;
  • Driving on a Suspended or Revoked Driver's License;
  • Violation of Probation (VOP), community control, or house arrest for either technical or new law violations;
  • Domestic battery;
  • Domestic violence, including assault, battery, stalking, aggravated battery, child abuse, aggravated child abuse or violation of protective order;
  • Habitual traffic offender (HTO) Revocations or Driving Offenses;
  • Theft offenses including grand theft, dealing in stolen property, employee theft, fraud, credit card fraud or shoplifting (petit theft);
  • Extradition on a Fugitive Warrant to Pasco County, FL.

Contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense attorney that practices in New Port Richey, Pasco County, FL, about the best way to fight the criminal charges pending against you. Call us today at 813-250-0500 to speak with an attorney about your criminal case.

Watch a video showing how one of our attorneys, Jason Sammis, uncovered evidence of police misconduct at a recent DUI checkpoint in New Port Richey in Pasco County, FL:


Judicial Assignments in the New Port Richey Courthouse for 2018

The judicial assignments in West Pasco for County Court in New Port Richey, FL, include:

  • Section 15 - Judge Anne Wansboro - Room 211
    • for misdemeanors, DUI, criminal traffic, violations of probation and orders to show cause relative to cases heard under this jurisdiction while presiding
  • Section 16 - Judge Joseph A. Poblick - Room 215
    • for misdemeanors, DUI, criminal traffic, violations of probation and orders to show cause relative to cases heard under this jurisdiction while presiding
  • Section 17 - Judge Debra Roberts - Room 311
    • for misdemeanors, DUI, criminal traffic, violations of probation and orders to show cause relative to cases heard under this jurisdiction while presiding

The judicial assignments in West Pasco for Circuit Court in New Port Richey, FL, include:

  • Section 3 - Judge Mary M. Handsel
    • 50% Criminal cases, including section 3 violations of probation and indirect criminal contempt affidavits filed in Section Q1 and prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office
  • Section 4 Judge Kim Campbell - Room 313
    • 50% Criminal cases, including section 4 violations of probation and indirect criminal contempt affidavits filed in Section Q 2 and prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office
  • Section 31 Judge Shawn Crane - Room 312
    • Adult drug court

The judicial assignments for Juvenile Court in West Pasco at the courthouse in New Port Richey, FL, include:

  • Sections 7, 9 - Judge Philippe Matthey - Room 318
    • Juvenile delinquency cases

Additional Resources

New Port Richey Police Department - The New Port Richey Police Department has over 40 sworn law enforcement officers and approximately 25 civilian employees. James Steffen served as the Chief of Police for the New Port Richey PD since he was appointed to that position in December of 2011. Kim Bogart is currently the Chief of the New Port Richey Police Department. The New Port Richey Police Department is located at:

New Port Richey Police Department
6739 Adams St. New Port Richey, FL 34652
Non-Emergency Dispatch Phone Number: 727-841-4550

City of New Port Richey - The City of New Port Richey has a population of approximately 18,000 residents with another 240,000 residents in unincorporated areas surrounding the city. The City of New Port Richey covers 5 square miles of land in Pasco County, FL and is considered the hub of West Pasco County. The City of New Port Richey is home to one of two courthouses in Pasco County, FL.

West Pasco County Judicial Center - In Pasco County, twelve circuit judges and seven county court judges preside over cases in two judicial facilities, in New Port Richey and Dade City. 

West Pasco County Judicial Center
7530 Little Road
New Port Richey, FL 34654
Phone: - 727-847-8158

This article was last updated on Thursday, June 22, 2018.