Don’t Panic, Prepare!
Not all crimes are committed by criminals. Sometimes, good people make poor decisions.
By: James Davis
I have stood before judges on behalf of many good people who have been accused of breaking the law – and my goal is always the same. To defend, in every sense of the word.
If you or a loved one are arrested for a crime, don’t panic. Prepare.
Florida’s court system is notorious for pressuring people in jail to plea guilty to get out of jail. For example, almost half a million people were charged with misdemeanors last year – according to a study performed by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 70% of them pled guilty at their first court date – which is conducted while the person is still in jail. This “plea and you’ll go home” tactic has attracted scrutiny from the national legal community and is a violation of your Due Process rights.
Sometimes high bonds prevent a loved one from getting out of jail and back to their life, and all that friends and family can focus on is getting them out. However, spending money on a bondsman may be a mistake since hiring an attorney can result in a lower bond, especially if the person has no criminal record.