Facing criminal charges is a stressful and overwhelming ordeal. There is a lot at stake, including your reputation, livelihood, and freedom, and you probably have a lot of questions about what to expect during the process and the penalties you are up against. Keep in mind, however, that being arrested or charged with a crime does not mean an automatic conviction. A sound defense can result in a more favorable outcome.

For your best interests, it is vital to consult a criminal defense firm as soon as possible about your case. The Sarasota criminal defense lawyers at Goldman Wetzel represent and advocate for defendants facing all kinds of charges, from minor misdemeanors to violent felonies. Using our diverse skill sets and carefully honed legal defense strategies, we fight to get the best possible result for our clients, be it a dismissal, a plea bargain, or reduced penalties.

The earlier you put us on the job, the better able we will be to protect your Constitutional rights and help you navigate the court system. In some cases, we can stop the state from formally filing charges or negotiate with the prosecutor for lesser charges or for admittance into a diversion program.

Contact us now to review your legal options with our attorneys and to determine the best approach for your particular case. Call 941-405-5193.

What types of cases does Goldman Wetzel assist with?

Attorneys Goldman and Wetzel are equipped to facilitate all types of criminal cases in both state and federal court. We take a unique, team-based approach to all our cases, drawing on our diverse legal backgrounds and doubling the brain power and driving force behind each defense we develop.

Some of our practice areas at Goldman Wetzel include:

Sex crimes DUI Theft Sealing and expungement
Drug crimes BUI Juvenile charges Gun charges
Domestic violence Fraud Federal crimes Violent crimes

How can Goldman Wetzel help?

Our lawyers and support staff are dedicated to finding viable and promising solutions for each of our clients. We are non-judgmental, compassionate, and committed to providing superior, effective legal representation for every client we represent. Drawing upon our experience from the Florida State Attorney’s Office and within the criminal justice system, attorneys Goldman and Wetzel will advocate for your best interests each step of the way.

The first thing we will do is quickly assess the case and review the state’s evidence against you. We may be able to expose flaws or gaps in the case early on and get the prosecutor to drop it altogether. We brainstorm options and work together to craft the strongest defense possible, hiring expert witnesses, collecting supportive evidence, and using tried-and-true legal theories and defense strategies.

We know how important the outcome of your case is to you and how unnerving facing criminal charges can be. Our team will always keep you abreast of the status of your case and of upcoming hearings, and explain our decisions and strategies with you so you are never left in the dark.

Ultimately, our goal is to vehemently protect your rights, do what it takes to obtain the best possible outcome for your case, and help you avoid jail time and other difficult penalties.

I was arrested in Sarasota. What happens now?

The most important piece of advice we can offer right after an arrest is this: avoid volunteering information to the investigator. You may say too much and wind up damaging your case. Second, exercise your right to legal representation and call our office straightaway: 941-405-5193. We will spring into action, keep you from worsening the situation, and begin working on a strategy for your case.

After an arrest in Sarasota, there are several steps you will take:

  • Booking: After the arrest, officers will inform you of your rights and book you at the local jail.
  • First appearance: Within 24 hours, you will appear in court for your first appearance with the judge. If you called us at the onset, we may be at the first appearance with you if your bond is too high and you want to lower it or if you were denied bond (e.g., in a domestic violence case).
  • Arraignment: The next court date is the arraignment, where you enter your plea. We might be able to handle this without your presence. We will let you know if you need to attend. At the arraignment, we will first argue for the state to drop the charges or to file a lesser charge, so please retain us as soon as possible so we may intervene.
  • Pretrial process: “Pretrial” simply refers to things that occur between the arraignment and trial. Various actions may take place during this time, depending on your case, such as negotiations with the state, discovery, applying for a diversion program, moving applicable cases to mental health court, and filing motions. We will schedule regular meetings with you to keep you informed of what has transpired.
  • Trial preparation and trial: If the case has not been settled or dismissed by this time, then we prepare to argue your case at trial. This stage includes pretrial hearings, depositions, potential negotiations, actual trial, and deliberation, and concludes with sentencing.

What penalties am I facing and how do I reduce them?

Your potential penalties depend on various factors, including the nature of your charges, your criminal record, the evidence against you, and even the tendencies of the particular judge that hears your case.

We will discuss the specifics of your case with you, the punishments you could face, and the strategies we can use to try to reduce the penalties.

Will my case go to court?

Whether your case goes to court depends on what happens during the earlier phases of your case. Oftentimes, we can get the charges dropped or settle the case long before trial. We will discuss all the possibilities and counsel you on the best way to proceed during our meeting. Remember, the sooner we intervene with your case, the better chances we have of an early settlement and more favorable outcome.

Protect your future. Call Goldman Wetzel’s aggressive defense team today.

Charged with a crime in Sarasota? Let the Goldman Wetzel defense team step in and build a strong defense on your behalf. Call our firm today at 941-405-5193 for immediate assistance.