I Was Arrested and Charged with a Crime. What Happens Next?

There are two important rules you must remember if you are arrested. Don’t say anything - invoke your right to an attorney Call an experienced criminal defense lawyer. After you are arrested, you will be transported to a jail to go through initial processing. This means you’re fingerprinted and photographed, a jail number is assigned to you and you’ll be placed in a holding cell. A background check for prior Read More

Why You Can’t Wait to Hire a Lawyer if You’re Charged with a Crime

You’ve just been arrested and you need to defend yourself. As a defendant in a criminal case, you’ve entered the Criminal Justice System - one of the most complex and confusing systems devised by man. More than likely, your idea of what happens to someone in a criminal case is based on what you’ve seen on TV or in the movies, or what you’ve read in the newspapers or magazines. Those versions tend to be in black or Read More

My Friend Just Got Arrested! What Do I Do Now?

You get the dreaded 2 AM phone call—your friend is in jail. What can you do to help? Stay calm. He or she is probably terrified at the moment, and you need to be a reassuring presence. The first thing you need to do is to encourage your friend not to answer any questions or to discuss the case with anyone. Your friend shouldn’t even tell you anything about what happened—be sure to warn him or her at the Read More

Lawyers: What to Do If Your Client Is Arrested

It’s the middle of the night, and you’re deep in a sound sleep when your cell phone rings. As you shake the cobwebs from your head you realize that one of your friends, clients, or heaven forbid a family member has been arrested. Your instincts kick in and you realize that you have to act fast. You should start by gathering as much information as you can in what is probably a very limited time period. First, Read More

What to Do If You Get “The Call” – A Friend or Family Member Has Been Arrested

So you’re out to dinner with friends, or at an event at your child’s school, or you get a phone call from someone and they confide in you that they or a family member have been arrested. What do you do? How should you handle this conversation, and help them get the assistance that they need? How can you, as someone that person trusts, help them make the right decisions and hire an effective criminal defense Read More

Florida Criminal Defense: How is Bail Determined?

If you or a loved one has been arrested, it can be an extremely frightening experience. What often makes it worse, however, is just how confusing the entire process can be. One of the first things that takes place after an arrest is the bond hearing. This is where a judge will decide whether or not you are able to get out of jail by paying a set amount of money, known as a bail bond. Having a good understanding of Read More

White Collar Defense: What to Know if You’re Charged with Money Laundering in Florida

Money laundering is a very serious crime, and one that is often prosecuted harshly in the United States Federal Courts and the State of Florida. If you or someone you know has been charged with money laundering, it is absolutely essential that you contact an attorney immediately. This is not something that you will be able to handle on your own. In addition to retaining an experienced defense attorney, it is also Read More

White Collar Criminal Defense: Understanding Embezzlement Charges

If you or a loved one is being charged with embezzlement, it is important to understand the situation right away. This is a very serious charge, and one that comes with very serious punishments. For that reason, it’s important that you have a lawyer on your team from the beginning. In this blog entry, we’ll dive deeper into embezzlement charges and explain what you can expect as you move forwards. Please contact us Read More

Charged with a Crime? Avoid These Common Mistakes

Getting arrested and charged with a crime is one of the scariest and most stressful events you can go through in life. Because of the stress and uncertainty, many people make mistakes that can affect them for the rest of their lives. While it can be difficult, it is important to try to remain calm, slow down and do everything you can to ensure that your case follows the best path. The following are five commonly made Read More

Know Your Rights: Understanding the Miranda Warning

“You have the right to remain silent.” We’ve all heard this phrase so many times in movies and on television that we rarely stop to think about what it means. If you’re hearing these words spoken to you by a member of local, State, or Federal law enforcement it usually means that you are either: 1) officially under arrest or 2) officially being questioned so the police can determine if you should be charged with a Read More