What To Do If You’re Arrested In Florida: How To Protect Yourself
After an arrest, you may feel like everything is out of your control. It may feel like the police, prosecutors and court system have all the power. Fortunately, you have rights, but it’s complicated to know when and how to assert them. One of the most important rights is your freedom to hire an attorney so you don’t have to face the justice system alone.
There are many ways to protect yourself after an arrest. As defense lawyers, we have built our careers on helping people like you. We are former Pasco County public defenders and a powerful legal team. At our firm in Dade City – Stevens & LaMaida PLLC – you will find the skill, experience and determination you need on your side when your rights and freedoms are at stake. It’s never too soon to seek our help.
Your Rights After An Arrest
Your rights go into effect the moment the police take you into custody. You may have heard of your “Miranda rights.” Before arresting or detaining you, police must read you your rights – meaning they must inform you that you have the right to remain silent. It’s very important that you exercise that right and don’t tell the police or investigators anything. Instead, ask to speak to a lawyer and call us.
You also have many rights throughout the criminal process, including:
- The right to a speedy trial before a fair and impartial jury
- The right to refuse to testify in court
- The right to be presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt
You have many other rights, but without a knowledgeable attorney to help you, you could end up jeopardizing them. We can help you by informing you of your options and giving you the information you need to make smart choices going forward.
Get Legal Help Now
The sooner you get an attorney on your side, the better. We can help you whether you’ve already been arrested, had a police report filed against you or are under investigation. Start today with a free consultation by calling 352-437-5500.