Welcome to the Florida criminal defense blog of Tampa attorney Omar Abdelghany. Omar will be using this website to discuss issues which relate the rights of the accused throughout our state.

Expungement and Record Sealing Florida

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Criminal history records can include arrests, charges, and case dispositions. With a criminal background, it is more difficult to find gainful employment or long-term housing. If eligible, expunging or sealing your criminal history record could improve our quality of life. Currently, laws in...

Driving with a Suspended Florida License

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

Florida is one of the largest states in the country. With sprawling areas of rural farmland next to bustling urban city centers, all connected by thriving suburban neighborhoods, Floridians are continually on the move. Many Floridians choose to live in one place but work in another. But, if yo...

Is Violent Crime Increasing?

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | May 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

News outlets across Florida are constantly discussing the state of the criminal justice system, and one common thread among reports is that our state and our country are experiencing a wave of violent crimes; it seems that the evening news will never fail to detail a horrific crime occurring in o...

Is Shoplifting a Crime in Florida?

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Shoplifting is not technically a crime outlined in Florida's statutes. However, that does not mean you can take anything you want from retail stores without paying for it. In Florida, the crime of shoplifting is known as retail theft. In some instances, depending on the property alleged to be s...

Understanding Burglary Laws in Florida

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

People often confuse the terms ‘robbery' and ‘burglary' in Florida. Perhaps that is because when someone enters a home unlawfully with the intent to steal something, that person is often referred to as a burglar. However, this is not necessarily true. In Florida, burglary is defined as the act ...

In Florida, There is More Than One Type of Robbery

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

In Florida, robbery is generally known as strong arm robbery. Florida's strong arm robbery statute is a broad one that covers several types of crime. In addition, Florida law also outlines other types of robbery not considered strong arm robbery. With so many different laws pertaining to this typ...

Understanding Theft Crimes in Florida

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Apr 08, 2019 | 0 Comments

Understanding Theft Crimes in Florida Theft charges in Florida are considered crimes of dishonesty and as such, no matter the charge, they are taken seriously by the courts. Convictions for theft crimes come with serious consequences that remain with a person for his or her entire life. Even ...

Money Laundering - Frequently Asked Questions

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Feb 27, 2019 | 0 Comments

Money laundering is one of the common white collar crimes that occurs in Tampa and throughout Florida. But despite frequent prosecutions, not everyone is familiar with what constitutes money laundering. With so many questions surrounding money laundering, we have put together a list of the most f...

Common Defenses in Florida Embezzlement Cases

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Feb 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

A conviction in Florida for embezzlement can lead to life-altering consequences. If convicted, you could face prison time as well as a substantial fine. These consequences don't disappear when a jail sentence is complete, either. If you are convicted of a felony, you will face hardships regarding...

Bradenton Police Arrest 58 in Drug Bust

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Feb 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

An extensive investigation spanning over the course of four months and involving an array of state, local, and federal law enforcement officers resulted in a large-scale drug bust this month in Bradenton, Florida. All told, 58 individuals were charged with a variety of felony and misdemeanor drug...

Reality Show Contestant Arrested for DUI in Tampa

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Feb 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Christina Sztanko is best-known for her appearance on the third season of the popular reality show The Bachelor. But on Wednesday, February 6, 2019, the only bright lights she was in front of were flashing blue patrol lights. The former reality contestant and current realtor was arrested under su...

Rapper Bow Wow Arrested for Alleged Assault

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Feb 07, 2019 | 0 Comments

The rapper known as Bow Wow, who has returned to using his birth name Shad Moss, is best-remembered for his music career and his time on reality television. But the Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta star recently found his name in the news for all the wrong reasons after being arrested for allegedly as...

Can the Keto Diet Cause You to Fail a Breathalyzer?

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Feb 05, 2019 | 0 Comments

For fitness enthusiasts, the ketogenic (or keto) diet is an effective way to lose weight and reduce body fat. The diet restricts carbohydrate consumption and in turn, use the ketosis process to force your body to turn fat into energy. But in several recent cases, practitioners of the keto diet ha...

Wrongfully Accused Teenager Sues Over Murder Arrest

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Feb 01, 2019 | 0 Comments

A lawsuit filed by a teenager wrongly charged with murder in 2014 is the latest turn in a case that saw a young man ultimately exonerated for a crime he did not commit. Deandre Charles, now 18, was hastily charged with the murder of Rabbi Joseph Raksin but ultimately exonerated. His lawsuit claim...

Police Arrest 11 During Annual Parade of Pirates

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Jan 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Each year in January, the city of Tampa hosts the Gasparilla Pirate Festival. The festival celebrates the legend of a mythical Spanish pirate that allegedly operated near Tampa and has grown into an enormous tradition in the city. The highlight of the festival is the Parade of Pirates, which has ...

Former Lawmaker Arrested for Aggravated Battery

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Jan 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

A former member of the Florida House of Representatives has been arrested under suspicion of aggravated battery. According to the alleged victim, the incident stemmed from a disagreement over her desire to purchase a house in her own name. Former representative Baxter Troutman served in the Flor...

Can law enforcement make you unlock your mobile phone?

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Jan 28, 2019 | 0 Comments

Technology is rapidly changing the way criminal cases are investigated and prosecuted in Florida. The law surrounding criminal cases isn't known for evolving quickly and it certainly struggles to keep up with ever-changing technology. In fact, changes in technology are forcing courts to rethink h...

Four Arrested for Half-Million Dollar Tequila Heist

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Jan 25, 2019 | 0 Comments

A county-wide dragnet brought down four men involved in a half-million dollar tequila heist outside of Thonotosassa, Florida according to the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office. The men involved were found unloading the truck after a county-wide search that involved ground searches, police dogs...

Study: Florida Ranks Most Dangerous State for Seniors

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Jan 18, 2019 | 0 Comments

Florida is known for warm weather, sandy beaches, and a large retiree population. Unfortunately, a recent study also finds Florida to be the most dangerous state for seniors to live in. The Sunshine State ranks 51st, behind 49 other states and the District of Columbia. The study, conducted by Th...

DEA Agent tied to Major Florida Drug Ring Case

Posted by Omar Abdelghany | Jan 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

In September, federal prosecutors filed charges against a dual Venezuelan-American citizen named Gustavo Yabrudi in a Tampa federal court over a drug-ring funded conspiracy to commit money laundering. The federal indictment also listed three unnamed, unindicted co-conspirators. The Associated Pre...

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About Our Firm

Omar Abdelghany is Tampa, Florida criminal defense attorney who prides himself on providing the highest level of service. Omar handles all matters in our office personally and he makes lawyer-client communication a priority. Call today if you are charged with a misdemeanor, a felony, or if you have charges pending in federal court.

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Omar also serves clients in Bradenton, Brandon, Clearwater, Lakeland, Largo, Palm Harbor, Sarasota, Spring Hill, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

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This website should not be construed as the giving of legal advice or the formation of an attorney-client relationship. Results of a case will vary based on the facts, circumstances, and legal issues involved. All cases must be properly reviewed prior to determining applicable law and likely conclusions.