FLORIDA STATE CRIMES
In Florida, crimes are generally divided into Felonies and Misdemeanors. We also have violations of County and Municipal Ordinances, but those are handled much the same as Misdemeanors. Because such a large portion of our practice involved DUI and Domestic Violence, we have provided separate pages (an entire website) to give you the information you need about these offenses.
How To Handle An Encounter With The Police
WARNING – Don’t talk to the Police – It could be Dangerous to Your Freedom.
When coming into contact with the police, remember that all you say and do may be used against you. The best course of action is to:
- Be polite, but uncooperative
- Tell the police officer that you want to speak with an attorney before any questions or tests
- Refuse to answer any questions without a lawyer; even innocent-sounding questions like “do you know why I stopped you?”
- Refuse to take any exercises (especially Field Sobriety Exercises) without conferring with an attorney
- Under certain circumstances, you may be required to submit to a breath test or face additional criminal charges. You should learn about your rights and consequences. The police are required to advise you of your “Implied Consent” rights and obligations when asking you to give breath, urine or blood samples.
- Never give consent to search anything (car, home, person, etc.), even if they threaten to bring a drug dog or a search warrant and even if you think they will find nothing. ALWAYS REFUSE CONSENT. You are not required to explain why.
- CALL AN ATTORNEY FROM THE DEFENSE GROUP AT ONE OF OUR OFFICES. To know more about your rights, select “Your Rights” from the menu.
- No matter how innocent the question sounds, and no matter how insistent the officer is that you have to talk with him or her— NEVER, EVER TALK WITH THE POLICE!! The police will never ask you a question unless it is their hope that your answer will help them put you or someone you care about in jail. Don’t help them. Just shut up! Contact A State Crimes Defense Attorney
Call one of our two locations at (407) 831-1956 or (352) 742-9090, for a prompt and free consultation with an experienced Central Florida criminal defense attorney at The Defense Group. We are available 24 hours a day for your emergency needs, and appointments can be arranged for nights or weekends if necessary.