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Keith A. Warshofsky

The majority of my practice is devoted to representing people charged with Traffic Offenses.  I have been in private practice for over 15 years; most of that time in Traffic Court.  So long in fact, that some Court personnel refer to me as the "Mayor of Traffic Court" (unofficially).



I received my Bachelor of Science degree, from the University of Colorado in 1989 and Juris Doctor degree, from Saint Thomas University School of Law, in 1993. From 1994-1999, I was an Assistant Public Defender in the 13th Judicial Circuit. I represented indigent clients accused of crimes as both a line attorney and then a Lead Trial Attorney. I left the Public Defender's Office, in 1999, to establish my own law firm. Keith A. Warshofsky, P.A., was formed in early January, 1999.



I have extensive criminal trial experience. I have gone to trial on Juvenile, Misdemeanor and Felony cases. Those cases were for Sex Crimes, Robbery, Aggravated Battery, Forgery, Battery on Law Enforcement Officer, Child Abuse, DUI, as well as Prostitution.



In addition to being admitted to the Florida Bar, I have also been admitted to the Colorado State Bar, and the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. I am also a member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.



When not practicing law, I like to snow ski with my family and read Star Wars novels, over and over.



Frequently asked questions

  • What is the difference between a traffic infraction and a criminal charge?

    An infraction is a civil matter that involves penalties such as a fine, court costs, license suspension, or community service hours. A Criminal charge can have the above penalties but can also involve incarceration or probation.

  • Do I really need an attorney for my first offense?

    You are never required to have an attorney, but it is always a wise idea to have one. Some offenses involve the loss of your freedom, even for a first offense. When charged with a misdemeanor or a felony you face possible jail time. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in the county jail, and depending on what kind of felony you can get up to life; third degree felonies are punishable by up to five years in state prison, second degree up to fifteen years, and first degree felonies are punishable by life or more.

  • Other than jail time what am I facing?

    Certain crimes such as drug offenses have penalty provisions that call for an automatic revocation or suspension of your driving privilege. With felonies you can lose your civil liberties, such as your right to vote or own a firearm.

  • Last time I received a Driving While License Suspended (DWLS) ticket I got court costs and walked out of the courtroom. Why should I waste my money on a lawyer?

    DWLS is an offense that can have serious ramifications on one’s driving privilege. If you receive three DWLS charges within a five year period you will be designated as a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO), and lose your driving privilege for five years. If you get caught driving when designated as a HTO, you will be facing a felony charge and up to five years in prison. Taking the easy way (pleading guilty or no contest) early can hurt you in the long run.

  • Can I get my license back if it is suspended?

    Under certain circumstances a challenge can be made to your suspension to enable you to get it reinstated. The Department of Motor Vehicle allows a hardship license under certain circumstances, and they should be contacted for further information. If an error was made in court, that error can be corrected to allow you to drive once again.

  • What if I have a legal issue and I did not see anything mentioned on this website?

    Just call and Mr. Warshofsky will speak with you over the phone. If he can not help you, he will find someone who can. Mr. Warshofsky works with several attorneys in the area, such as Estate Planning, Labor and Employment Law, Personal Injury as well as Family Law

Keith makes it easy to work with him.  Most charges do not require an in person visit.  Simply call Keith at 813-636-8886 or send him a message at to get started.

402 E 7th Avenue

Tampa FL 33602

Phone 813-636-8886

FAX 813-445-7059

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