What are my rights after an arrest?

After you have been arrested, you have two rights: the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. Your arresting officer is required to “read you your rights” via the Miranda Warning and to respect those rights after your arrest. If the officer tries to intimidate or force you into making a statement or saying anything at all before you have retained the counsel of a defense lawyer, you may be able to fight your arrest on the grounds of police misconduct.

You have the right to know the crime or crimes you have been charged with. You have the right to know the identity of the arresting officer. You have the right to remain silent and do not have to answer the officer’s questions. Any statement you provide to the law enforcement officer can be used against you later in court. You also have the right to contact an attorney, your family, friends or a bondsperson.

What is a Withhold of Adjudication?

It is intended to give first-time offenders and those with a minimal prior criminal history a second chance by avoiding a formal conviction. In a criminal case, the judge, pursuant to Florida Statute 948.01, can order you to serve a term of probation without formally convicting you of a criminal offense. If you abide by the terms of probation, your sentence is complete and you can truthfully state that you were never convicted of the charge.

Am I going to lose my license if I got a DUI?

Yes, unless you request an administrative hearing within 10 days of your arrest. If you request a hearing, your attorney will have the opportunity to raise a number of potential defenses that may result in your suspension either being delayed or invalidated entirely.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony offense?

A misdemeanor is a lower level crime and anyone convicted may face up to 1 year in jail, fines, restitution, community service, probation, parole and many other serious penalties. A felony is a high level crime and can result in up to a lifetime prison sentence or a death penalty sentence; in addition to several other very harsh penalties.

Why should I hire Orner Law?

You should hire Orner Law because we are experienced, dedicated and accessible. Our team has 35 years combined legal experience, which automatically sets us apart from other criminal defense firms. Every client matters to us and we are committed to being loyal and protecting our clients’ best interests. With offices in Boca Raton and Fort Lauderdale, Orner Law, LLC serves clients throughout South Florida.

South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

If you are facing criminal charges in the state of Florida, you need a qualified and experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Don’t take chances with your future. Get the representation you need. Call Orner Law, LLC today at (561) 347 1336.