Frequently Asked Questions - Florida Criminal Defense
If you have never been arrested or charged with a crime before, the world of criminal law is scary. You will likely have a lot of questions, even before you hire a lawyer. However, it is our strong recommendation that you seek legal advice from a skilled Sarasota criminal defense attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A. The Internet is a good resource, but hiring an attorney who knows the ins and outs of the court system directly affects the outcome of your case.
What Should I Do After I Have Been Arrested?
After you have been arrested, you should contact an experienced Sarasota criminal defense attorney at Pallegar Law, P.A to determine your next step. Remember that you have the right to remain silent, and you do not have to provide a statement to law enforcement.
What Do I Do If I Think There Is a Warrant for My Arrest?
If you think that there may be a warrant for your arrest, you have the ability to search for your name on the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s warrant website found here.
However, this site is not exhaustive and may not have all the information you are looking for. Your best option is to retain an attorney.
Will I Need to Go to Court?
At Pallegar Law, P.A. our goal is to make this process as smooth as possible for you. Many of our clients do not ever have to step foot in a courtroom. This is how we are able to represent you even if you do not currently reside in Florida.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
Most of the cases we handle are resolved before a trial. An aggressive Sarasota criminal defense attorney will work hard to have the charges dropped, dismissed, or reduced. If the charges cannot be dropped, we will work with the State to come to an agreement on your case.
What Is the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?
Felonies are regarded as more serious crimes, and carry harsher penalties than misdemeanors. The maximum sentence for a misdemeanor is one year in jail, plus fines and probation. The maximum sentence for a felony is 30 years in prison. This does not include life and capital felonies, which are both extremely severe charges and punishable by life in prison.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney?
Simply put, an attorney will make your life easier. If you have been arrested, you likely just want to move on with your life. Pallegar Law, P.A. is there to help you do just that. We handle every aspect of your criminal case from start to finish, so you don’t have to worry about a thing.
What Happens If I Am Charged with a Crime in Florida but Live in Another State?
At Pallegar Law, P.A., we have many clients who were arrested while visiting or traveling through Florida, but live in another state. As stated earlier, our goal is to resolve your case as quickly and smoothly as possible, while keeping you out of the courtroom.
Will I Go to Jail?
Depending on the severity of the charge, jail time may be inevitable. However, hiring an experienced Sarasota criminal defense attorney will minimize your chances of going to jail as we fight the charges against you.
What Happens If My Case is Dismissed?
This is a great scenario. If your case is dismissed, you are eligible to expunge all record of the arrest and the charge and it will be like it never happened.
Can I Remove Part of My Criminal Record?
If you or someone you know has been arrested or charged with a crime, contact a knowledgeable Sarasota criminal defense lawyer today. Call Pallegar Law, P.A. at 941-893-5816.