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Arrested? Now What?

You were arrested and now you are sitting in jail! Now what? What is your next step, and what are your options? These are some of the questions that a person who is suddenly arrested for a crime asks himself. Having an attorney that knows what they are doing is crucial when you are trying to get out of jail as well as the steps after getting released. Trying to get out of jail can be stressful if you are unsure of what to do. We are here to answer your questions and fight for your rights.

Getting Released On A Bond

Most people want to know if they can be released on a bond. In the State of Florida, every person charged with a crime, unless it is a capital offense or crime punishable by life imprisonment, shall be entitled to pretrial release on reasonable conditions. The person who determines if you receive a bond and how much that bond will be, in most cases, is the initial appearance judge.

The Judge, after a review of the arrest report, will determine your bond amount and the conditions of release. The Initial Appearance Judge will consider several factors when deciding on the bond amount. These include whether there was probable cause for the arrest, the facts that are stated in the arrest report, the type of crime you are charged with, as well as, whether you have any prior criminal history, to list a few. At Initial Appearances, which is done at the jail, the only thing that the Judge is going to determine is whether you are eligible for release. For the person who has never been arrested before this can be a confusing and nerve-racking time, since you may have many questions about your arrest.

Getting A Lawyer And What You Need To Consider

So, what is your next step? If you are released from jail, you should immediately begin your search for a criminal defense lawyer who will be able to answer your questions and help you to navigate the criminal justice system. If you are not able to be released, then you should speak with a member of your family or a trusted friend about hiring a criminal defense attorney to assist you with your criminal case while you are in jail.

Some of the things you may consider when hiring an attorney are: how long the attorney has been in practice, his reputation in the community, the attorney’s knowledge of the area of law involving your case, how much will the legal services cost and how the attorney’s fees will be paid, whether you are comfortable with the attorney and his style and personality, and whether the attorney has earned any special skills that are recognized by the Florida bar, such as, board certification in criminal law. Meeting with an attorney for a consultation before you hire them is a good way for you to judge whether this is the lawyer you want on your case.

After you have made your decision on the criminal defense attorney you will hire to defend your case, that attorney will be able to evaluate your case and provide you with important legal advice, help you understand what your options are, and help you decide what are the next best steps.

Attorney Alison Lopes has been a criminal defense lawyer for over 10 years. She is an aggressive advocate for all of her clients. She will fight to win your case or for the best result for you. Call for a free and confidential consultation with Attorney Alison Lopes at 407-442-2724 or contact her at info@lopeslawoffices.com. representation. Contact us today.

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