Don’t Panic, Prepare!

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.

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