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Michael Alexander Misa

DUI and DWI Attorney at Tampa, FL

5.0   24 reviews

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. DUI and DWI
    40%
    DUI's include Manslaughter or Homicide, DUI administrative hearings and all DUI specific motions and trials to judge or jury. BUI or boating under the influence.

    26 years, 500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    30%
    All criminal Defense including all Felonies, Misdemeanors, Violation of probation, Drug crimes,Violent and Domestic violence, injunctions. Expungement and Sex crimes.

    26 years, 1,200 cases

  3. Domestic violence
    10%

    26 years, 500 cases

  4. Federal crime
    10%

    26 years

  5. White collar crime
    10%

    26 years, 25 cases

"LET MY EXPERIENCE BE YOUR DEFENSE"

     AS A FORMER POLICE OFFICER AND ORGANIZED CRIME DETECTIVE, I LEARNED THE VALUE OF CONDUCTING A THOROUGH CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION. UNFORTUNATELY, IN TODAY'S WORLD A RUSH TO JUDGMENT OR POLITICAL AGENDA OFTEN IS THE MEASURING STICK USED TO DETERMINE WHO GOES TO JAIL. POOR INVESTIGATIVE PROCEDURES ARE THE UNFORTUNATE REASON MANY CITIZENS FACE ARREST FOR DUI, DRUG CRIMES, DOMESTIC ASSAULTS AND EVEN CAPITOL CASES ETC. IF ONLY LAW ENFORCEMENT TOOK THE TIME TO CHECK OUT ALL THE FACTS, MANY INNOCENT PEOPLE MIGHT BE SPARED THE  NIGHTMARE OF A CRIMINAL PROSECUTION.

     I HAVE WORKED WITH THOUSANDS OF CRIMINAL CASES AND HAVE OVER 30 YEARS EXPERIENCE IN CRIMINAL CASE INVESTIGATION.  MY EXPERIENCE INCLUDES K-9 HANDLER AND DRUG DETECTION, ORGANIZED CRIME DETECTIVE, VICE DETECTIVE, NARCOTICS INVESTIGATOR TRAINED BY THE D.E.A., LEAD TRIAL PROSECUTOR AND CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY.

     LET MY EXPERIENCE HELP YOU WITH YOUR LEGAL PROBLEMS.  IN OUR OFFICE WE WILL GIVE YOU OF OUR PROFESSIONAL TIME AND ATTENTION UNTIL YOUR LEGAL DIFFICULTIES HAVE BEEN RESOLVED.  THANK YOU.

MICHAEL A. MISA, ESQUIRE

    

    

Licensed for 30 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1992
Updated 11/23/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Michael

Michael A Misa PA
2102 W Platt St. Suite 105
Tampa, FL, 33606

Reviews

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Posted by Bryan | November 18, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike is the real deal!
Mike Misa is effective, determined Bull Dog of a Criminal Defense attorney. He makes you feel like his only client. In my case, I was charged with Aggravated Assualt with a firearm. Mike found inconsistency in the States case against me. He pulled off a miricle and got the State to drop all charges! This was the second time he's saved my skin...
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Posted by Charlton | August 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Exceptional Attorney
Michael represented me in a DUI case that took a year to resolve and because of his persistence it was reduced to a reckless driving with adjudication withheld. A professional through and through and I recommend him very highly.
Posted by anonymous | March 6, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mike Misa is a ROCKSTAR!!!
I found Mike online after being solicited by numerous attorneys to defend me in a BUI (Boating Under the Influence) charge in Tampa. I had many questions about the charges I was facing and the uncertainty of case. When I called, Mike himself immediately answered the phone, and invited me to sit down with him the SAME DAY. Well, the outcome was even better than I could have hoped for. Based upon his knowledge of the law and experience with prosecutors, Mike was able to get my case completely dismissed. Not only was he able to help calm my fears about facing an often unjust system of law, Mike is kind, friendly, and he truly cares. His rates are very reasonable and worth every single penny. I am very grateful to Mr. Misa for his exceptional abilities and cannot more highly recommend him. ROCKSTAR LAWYER!!!!
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Posted by David | August 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough, intelligent, prepared.
After meeting with a couple attorneys that friends had recommended I was not satisfied so I searched the internet and came across Mr. Misa. I read the reviews and thought he sounded like the man we needed. After meeting the first time I knew I was right. He was extremely thorough in his research and found a couple of weaknesses in the legal problem we were fighting. While other attorneys told us it was hopeless and to just get it over with, Mr. Misa fought for my family and ultimately got all the charges dismissed. I understand that this doesn't always happen, but about two hours before we found out the charges had been dropped, I said to my family, "No matter what happens, I am confident that we hired the right attorney." Mr. Misa left no stone unturned fighting for my family. I highly recommend him.
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Posted by Geoff | June 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Michael is awesome
I live up in canada and needed to hire a florida lawyer to deal with an open warrant my wife had from many years ago when she lived in florida. Needed this dealt with before we could move forward with our immigration case in canada. Was recommended michael and after several phone conversations got a good feeling about him and hired him. Great decision. He did a fantastic job!! And won our case. It was a precident setting case that was not an easy case. Multiple times the crown offered lesser charges if a guilty plea was entered... we decided no, and he fought hard for us and won. Eternally grateful!!! Promised him a steak dinner and a beer if i ever get down florida way. Also, not only a great lawyer, but a really nice person to talk to. Treated us well and always returned emails and phone calls even throughout that giant storm florida got hit with. Thanks again michael :). Geoff
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Posted by Maranda | September 28, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best decision!
I was referred to Mr. Misa through a long time friend, and having him handle my legal troubles was the best decision I have ever made! These were my second charges for the same offenses and they could potentially carry some serious penalties. With the help of Mr. Misa, my charges were dropped and I had only one minimal fine. On top of all of this, it was handled so quickly! My case was resolved by my second court appearance. He gave me amazing legal advice as well as personal advice which means a lot coming from someone who has over 30 years of experience. I am so happy with his services and I would recommend him to anyone!! If you are in need of trustworthy and unprecedented legal representation, look no further as Michael Misa is surely the best!
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Posted by anonymous | April 23, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Michael Misa
Michael is a great lawyer! I would strongly recommend him to anyone that's in need of getting their case solved. Mike is a great lawyer with a side of humor and most importantly a side of professionalism. He is well over experienced and knows the laws very well. Mike responds to you whenever you have a question or concern as soon as possible. He is direct and hides nothing from you. Also, he is very flexible with his schedule. Instead of him telling you the time to come in and talk to him he asks "what time are you available" and works around you. Mike is reliable and can count him to get the job done!
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Response from Michael Misa April 30, 2017
Thank you for your kind words. It was an honor to represent you in this difficult time. Relentless advocacy got your DUI case Dismissed! Remember to always be polite and enforce your rights which as you can see are sometimes easily trampled upon.
Posted by Guy | November 13, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
The only attorney I would hire
I made contact with Mr. Misa through the advice of a friend and I absolutely will refer anybody that requires proper, accurate, precise, tenacious legal representation. I couldn't be happier with the support he has given me, from the very beginning to the positive outcome. Furthermore, he has been on various facet of the law, from police officer to the side of the prosecution to defense, I don't know how you could find somebody better versed in the practice of law. My family and I thank you Mr. Misa.
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Response from Michael Misa December 6, 2016
Thank you Guy, it was an honor taking your case to trial and showing you were not guilty of these biased accusations.
Posted by anonymous | September 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Anonymous
Having to hire a lawyer for the first time, I found myself unsure of where to start in my defense of a misdemeanor domestic violence charge. I decided to use Avvo's website and did a search for criminal defense lawyers in the Tampa area. After reviewing Attorney Misa's profile and reading the reviews posted, I contacted him for a consultation. Just as others have mentioned, Attorney Misa's diversity in experience and qualifications reassured me that he was the right choice. He is straightforward, professional, and passionate in defending his client's rights. He attended court hearings on my behalf and as a result I only appeared in court when he filed a motion to dismiss my case. The case was dismissed because of his motion and I am thankful for that. I would highly recommend Attorney Michael Misa!
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Posted by Michael | September 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney!
Michael Misa is great at what he does, representing the best interest of his clients. He will work hard for you, just as he did me. I feel confident recommending him to any family/friends who need legal advice. He is extremely knowledgable and was happy to thoroughly explain the legalities and options available to me. 5-Stars!
Posted by Karen | December 22, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Criminal defense
Found Atty Misa from an online search for an out of state Attorney for my son who had been extradited for a criminal offense he did not commit. It was a nightmare, but the response and helpfulness of Atty Misa, made it a little more bearable and dismissed! I would highly recommend him.
Posted by Malcolm | December 30, 2014
Excellent DUI Attny
Advised my employer of DUI arrest, asked if he could recommend an Attny for me and he referred me to Mike Misa, he had not used him but had heard of him. I called Mr. Misa and he immediately set up appt for me to go over case. He was very up front,discussed what was going to happen, advised me of his fee ( very reasonable ) and off we went, he helped me get my hardship license, got me enrolled in alcohol school and started working my case. In the end, he was able to get the charge plea bargained down to Wreckless driving with minimal fines and costs.
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Posted by Mercedes and Ivan | December 5, 2014
A genius with a big heart!!!!!
Oh my God....from the moment we called him, we felt a sigh of relief. Michael is very professional, yet very personal and reassuring. Having Michael on our side helped us to relax during a very difficult legal process. His legal argument was brilliant and as a result the case against our son was Dismissed!!!!!! This is the only attorney I would highly recommend. Mercedes and Ivan
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Posted by Arturo | December 4, 2014
a great lawyer , but a better human being
I meet Mr. Misa in 2004 when I use his legal representation on a delicate legal matter ....I couldn't made a better selection .....Mr. Misa represented me the best way possible and to my total satisfaction....I recommended him afterwards to a few more friends and everybody have been very satisfied with his services.
Posted by Yoel | July 12, 2014
Saved my life from a wrongful felony
A few years ago, I was desperately looking for a lawyer to represent my case. A case, which involved a Tampa Police Department officer arresting me over a weapon in my vehicle. During the arrest, I was very cooperative with the officers. I explained that I was in the Police Academy and on my way to the firing range. The officers had asked if I had any weapons, or drugs on my person or vehicle. I replied, "Yes. I have an H&K .40 Cal. in my vehicle and it is unloaded, no magazine in the weapon, and more than 3 steps away from being able to be used (glove compartment). Regardless of my cooperation, and honesty, I was arrested. Mr. Misa, did what no one else could (including my own family). He reassured me that I was in fact in good hands. That I should go on with my life and he would take care of everything. Although there was a looming cloud of negative thoughts for over six months as I awaited the case, he was right. I had nothing to worry about, he in fact did take care of my case. We appeared in court, I pleaded not guilty. Mr. Misa took care of all the verbal disputing, and we walked out. I should also mention that I only presented myself to court once while under the care of Mr. Misa. I was always one to say "lawyers are just about the money, they are greedy, dishonest, and unfair". Although most of you who are reading this may have that frame of thought. Do NOT make that mistake with Mr. Misa. This man was honest from beginning to end with me. He guided my life for six months while I was awaiting a court case. And had an amazing team who was there for me every step of the way. Michael Misa did not turn me down ONCE when I had to see him. He did not ever give me limitations in regards to my feelings and time. I could not have asked god to place me with a better lawyer during such an important time in my life. Thanks to Michael Misa, I am graduating from school this May 2015, and continuing onto my bachelors at Rutgers University in New Brunswick as a Software Engineer. If I had any other person representing me that day, I am certain I would possibly be in jail until this day. Thank you Mr. Misa, I owe you my life. You are invited to my graduation! =) - THIS IS THE LAWYER YOU WANT TO DEFEND YOU -
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Posted by Pamela | November 19, 2013
Michael Misa Review
We have used Attorney Misa in two cases now, one is still ongoing. He is very straightforward and knows the law. He makes you feel like he cares about your case and that is very important--especially for people who have not had much experience with the criminal justice system.
Posted by anonymous | November 13, 2013
DUI down to reckless
Mr. Misa represented me for a DUI charge. He kept me informed about the process and was present for me in court to minimize the amount of work that I needed to miss. The charge was resolved in my favor, and Mr. Misa certainly represented me competently and knowledgably.
Posted by sant | June 7, 2013
Saved me a pretty penny
Definitely the lawyer you want on your side! Always kept me informed. My case was a DUI case which none of the evidence could not get proved and we took it to trial and it got dismissed. His expertise in law enforcement really showed! This guy is confidence. Do i recommend him??? Considered your self lost if he's not on your side
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Posted by KM | March 1, 2011
Dream Team
Having the misfortune and bad judgment of receiving a DUI in 2007. I had the good fortune of being referred to Michael Misa. The first day we met, I knew that my case would be handled well. I found he and his associates to be nothing but professional. They sympathized with the position I was in and always told me the facts. Never did he promise anything he felt he could not deliver on, in fact he tends to under promise and over deliver! His background experience in law enforcement/narcotics investigation, as a state prosecutor and criminal defense attorney make him a first round draft pick for anyones dream team! Since that time I have used his legal mind for many other issues. Do I recommend him??? Whole heartedly!
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Posted by J | October 15, 2010
Awesome Criminal Defense Attorney
I had the recent experience of needing the services of a top Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney for a DUI I received while I was visiting my father in Tampa. Not ever needing to hire a criminal lawyer in Tampa or anywhere for that matter, and not being from there made the process even more difficult. So I turned to Google for the answers. I first searched Tampa Criminal Lawyer and then Tampa DUI Lawyers and found Tampa Criminal Attorney Michael Misa. With years of experience as a defense lawyer and his passion for defending his client’s rights, hiring Criminal Attorney Michael Misa as my DUI Attorney was the smartest thing I did for the stupidest thing I ever did. I highly recommend Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer Michael Misa!!
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Assistant State Attorney
  • Pinellas Pasco State Attorneys Office
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Organized Crime Detective
  • Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
  • 1985 - 1988
  • K-9 Division
  • Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
  • 1982 - 1985
  • Deputy/Detective
  • Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
  • 1981 - 1990
  • Police Officer
  • St. Petersburg Police Department
  • 1980 - 1981
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Education

  • University of Florida, Fredric G. Levin College of Law
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy Certificate
  • 1993
  • St. Thomas University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1992
  • University of South Florida
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • State of Florida v. Robert Andre Franklin
  • Not Guilty at Trial
  • State of Florida v. Jane Doe
  • Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity

Associations

  • The National Association of Distinguished Councel
  • Top One Percent Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Top 100 trial lawyers member
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 10 Best for client satisfaction
  • 2015 - Present
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • 1996 - Present
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1996 - Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • 1996 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association for the Middle District of Florida
  • Member
  • 1993 - Present
  • Florida Bar
  • 1992 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • English

Awards

  • Member
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • 10 Best for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • MEMBER
  • National College of DUI Defense
  • 2015
  • book award for trial clinic
  • St.Thomas Law School Trial Clinic
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • St. Petersburg College
  • Fourth Amendment; Search and Seizure Issues
  • 1994

Attorney endorsements

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Given (22)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Jan 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mike for over 20 years and he is the preferred referral I make when my clients have any criminal or personal injury legal issues. Mike is kind, but an extremely effective litigator with REAL trial experience."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jun 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Michael is an excellent advocate for his clients. I give him my strongest endorsement in the field of criminal and DUI/OVI defense."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is a respected member of the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Michael. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Apr 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mike does a great job for his clients."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Jan 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He is knowledgeable and cares about his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Sep 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have seen Michael in court many times and known him for years. He is an excellent attorney and well represents his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Misa is the consummate professional. He is very thorough and knowledgeable. I highly recommend him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Have known Michael for 22 years....He is extremely capable, knows the system from both sides, dedicated to his clients and fights.....I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Misa is an experienced and zealous advocate for his clients. I highly recommend Mr. Misa for your criminal case."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Mr. Misa since he was a deputy sheriff when I was a prosecutor and later worked with him as a prosecutor. He has experience in both criminal law and in personal injury and knows both of those areas well. A very experienced litigator."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. While I was a Felony Prosecutor, I had the pleasure of having a few cases with Michael Misa as opposing counsel. He struck me as well prepared and very knowledgeable about the weaknesses in my case. He was very respectful in the way he negotiated his case with me, and in return, earned my respect and that of the other prosecutors in my office. I highly recommend Michael as his experience, knowledge, and skill separate him from the crowd."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Mr. Misa brings to his practice a unique mix of caring and diligence, coupled with years of law enforcement experience; all of this makes him an excellent choice for any criminal matter."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Anyone facing a criminal accusation would be well served by having Michael Misa as their advocate. Michael is a hardworking, knowledgeable, and dedicated attorney who fights on behalf of his clients for a just outcome. Michael's extensive experience as a former law enforcment officer and state attorney gives him that unique edge in the ability to look at a criminal case from not just a defense perspective. I endorse Michael Misa."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Michael Misa is a Tampa treasure who truly cares for his clients and their interests. No one will work harder and more diligently on your case. He is a lawyer you can trust and very competent in complex litigation."
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