Being accused or arrested due to a criminal charge is a stressful and emotionally overwhelming time. Your livelihood, reputation, freedom, and life are all at stake. Contacting the criminal defense lawyers from Goldman Wetzel should be your first step. We can help you determine what your legal defense will be, how you will legally handle the charges, decide if a plea agreement is in your best interest, and if necessary, fight against a conviction. Contact the criminal defense lawyers in Pinellas Park from Goldman Wetzel at (727) 828-3900 today.
Types of Crimes in Florida
Criminal law in Florida covers any kind of crime from a misdemeanor to a felony. The more serious or violent the crime, the stronger and more severe the sentencing. Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, according to Florida Statute 775, while a felony can be punishable by life imprisonment or death.
Crimes in Florida can include drug crimes, sex crimes, DUI/DWI crimes, violent crimes, domestic crimes, and personal injury crimes. All of these types of crimes involve complex legal analysis to defend, and consequences for each are vastly different.
Some of the types of crimes in each category are as follows:
- Drug Crimes. Possession of Drugs/Paraphernalia, Distribution of Drugs, Trafficking, Cultivation/Manufacturing
- Sex Crimes. Child Molestation, Child Pornography, Rape/Sexual Battery, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor
- DUI/DWI. Driving Under the Influence of Drugs or Alcohol, First Offenders, Multiple Offenders, DUI Manslaughter
- Violent Crimes. Battery, Assault, Child Abuse, Stalking, Harassment, Aggravated Assault or Battery, Robbery, Weapon Charges, Homicide
- Domestic Crimes. Assault, Battery, Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Stalking, and False Imprisonment
Each one of these crimes is unique and if you have been arrested or charged with any of the above crimes it is in your best interest to visit with the criminal defense lawyers from Goldman and Wetzel as soon as possible to understand the charges and learn what your legal options are.
We Can Help You Avoid Incriminating Yourself
If you have been arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you have the right to remain silent. If you make the decision to speak to law enforcement without an attorney present, you are waiving your Constitutional Fifth Amendment rights. These rights preserve your ability to prevent self-incrimination. You are also waiving your Sixth Amendment rights, which are your rights to have counsel present. Consider your rights very seriously before you decide to waive them by visiting with police officers and law enforcement.
Speaking with the criminal defense lawyers in Pinellas Park can help you understand your rights, and how best to explain your side of the story to law enforcement if that is still your wish.
What To Do if You are Arrested or Charged for a Criminal Offense
If you were charged or arrested for a criminal offense in Florida there are some other suggestions that do not involve invoking your 5th and 6th Amendment rights to keep in mind as you encounter law enforcement and police officers, including the following:
- Always Treat Law Enforcement and Police Officers with Respect. Every action you take after being charged or arrested for a criminal offense is either being recorded or documented. Bad behavior, rudeness or violence towards law enforcement will only make your situation worse. You have the right to remain silent under the 5th amendment, and to be represented by counsel under the 6th amendment, who can then speak for you.
- Never Consent to a Search. Never give law enforcement consent, or permission, to search either your person or your vehicle. If they have a warrant, then you are legally obligated to allow them to enter your vehicle or search your person. In these cases, be polite and never resist. However, never give consent to any type of search or seizure without a warrant.
- Gather Information. Whatever criminal offense you were arrested or charged for, attempt to obtain as much documentation as possible for your case. If you can obtain witness information for their side of the story, it can prove beneficial to your case. Additionally, any pictures of the scene of the incident, or of your arrest, can possibly help your defense.
- Contact the Criminal Defense Lawyers. Consult and visit with the criminal defense lawyers from Goldman and Wetzel as soon as possible after you have been charged or arrested for a criminal offense. Having a dedicated representative handling your case can help you not only understand your rights, but negotiate with opposing counsel, determine if a plea agreement is in your best interest, and decide your best legal actions.
Contact the Criminal Defense Lawyers in Pinellas Park, Florida
Criminal cases involve challenging, ever-changing and complex legal defense strategies. In criminal defense cases, it is important to hire attorneys from Goldman Wetzel early on, so they can intervene before charges are formalized. Summer has experience in the prosecutor’s office and Maribeth has always been a career defense attorney.
Contact the criminal defense lawyers at Goldman Wetzel today at (727) 828-3900 to find out how we can help you.