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Criminal Law FAQs

 

I'm being arrested for DUI. Should I perform the roadside evaluations?

I'm being arrested for DUI. Should I take the breath test?

I was arrested for DUI. I blew over the legal limit. What can a lawyer really do for me?

I don't think I did anything wrong, but the officer pulled me over anyway. Does that matter?

Law Enforcement has contacted me, and they want to get "my side of the story" or discuss a criminal allegation. Should I speak to them?

Law Enforcement wants me to submit a sample of some sort (i.e. hair, photo, fingerprint, shoe print, tire print, clothing, paint chip sample, voice, DNA, etc.). Should I comply?

I have been told there is a warrant for my arrest. What should I do?

I have been arrested. What do I do?

Am I going to jail?

What kind of sentence am I facing? Will I go to prison?

Should I go to trial?

Can I keep this off my record?

Do I have to come back for court?

Do I really need a lawyer?

What if I am in the military?

 


 

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I'm being arrested for DUI. Should I perform the roadside evaluations?


According to Florida law, you don't have to. These are just something the officer will use to build a DUI case. Although, the fact that you refused to perform these roadsides could also be used against you, the evidence itself will not be available to the State if you do not provide it to law enforcement.

 


 

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I'm being arrested for DUI. Should I take the breath test?


Usually, no, don't take it. However, there are consequences to that refusal. You may lose your driver's license or get charged with an additional crime. You should also know that your refusal to blow into the machine might be admissible against you if you end up in a trial.

 


 

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I was arrested for DUI. I blew over the legal limit. What can a lawyer really do for me?


A lawyer can probably still help you. You may be able to earn you license back in an administrative hearing, or there may be other technicalities important in your case which may help you. A lawyer can look over your paperwork and help explain the strengths and weaknesses of your case. Anyone charged with DUI should call a lawyer immediately.

 


 

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I don't think I did anything wrong, but the officer pulled me over anyway. Does that matter?


Yes. There are a lot of technical aspects to a traffic stop. An officer must be able to state a reasonable suspicion of criminal activity (or a traffic violation of some sort) to justify a stop or detention. If your case involves a traffic stop, you should talk about that with an attorney.

 


 

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Law Enforcement has contacted me, and they want to get "my side of the story" or discuss a criminal allegation. Should I speak to them?


NO. If an officer called (or found) you, you should NOT talk to them until you have talked with an attorney first. Remember, you have the right to remain silent.

 


 

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Law Enforcement wants me to submit a sample of some sort (i.e. hair, photo, fingerprint, shoe print, tire print, clothing, paint chip sample, voice, DNA, etc.). Should I comply?


NO, not without speaking with an attorney first. However, if the officer has a warrant, you should comply with the terms of the warrant or court order. If possible, talk to an attorney first to discuss the specific details.

 


 

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I have been told there is a warrant for my arrest. What should I do?


If that is true, then you should call an attorney, THEN turn yourself in.

 


 

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I have been arrested. What do I do?


Do NOT talk to the officer. Even if you think you can talk your way out of it, you will probably just make things worse for yourself. Politely, tell them that you do not want to talk, and you would like to contact a lawyer immediately. BE NICE. It may matter later on. At the first chance you get, call your lawyer.

 


 

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Am I going to jail?


If you are being arrested on a misdemeanor, you may be taken to jail OR issued a notice to appear in court. However, if you are being arrested on a felony, you will most likely be going to jail, BUT you will have a bond hearing within 24 hours. You should contact an attorney immediately.

 


 

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What kind of sentence am I facing? Will I go to prison?


This is too complicated to answer in general, as it will depend on many different variables. You should contact a criminal defense lawyer to discuss your case specifically.

 


 

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Should I go to trial?


Again, this is too complex to answer in a general way. If you are facing a criminal trial, you absolutely need to talk to an attorney skilled in criminal trial law.

 


 

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Can I keep this off my record?


Perhaps. This is dependent on several factors, including your prior record. Again, you should call a lawyer immediately if this is your concern.

 


 

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Do I have to come back for court?


Possibly not. Most of the time, a private lawyer can come to court for you while the case is pending. However, there may be hearings which require your presence.

 


 

14  

Do I really need a lawyer?


YES. Since the prosecutors are well trained in the law, evidence, and trial procedure, you need someone on your side to balance the equation. Do not attempt to represent yourself in a criminal matter. Although it is allowable, it is not advisable.

 


 

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What if I am in the military?


We have represented military clients and their families serving in the U.S. and abroad. We have successfully settled cases for clients living all over the world, without them having to set foot into a courtroom.

 


 

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