Where to Turn if You Are Facing Criminal Charges
Being charged with a crime can be a frightening and an overwhelming experience. It may feel like it’s you against the world (or least the legal system). Hiring an attorney right away will save you from making mistakes which could be detrimental to your case. If you are in northern Florida, a good Jacksonville criminal defense attorney should explain how the justice system works, provide informative and straightforward counsel, aggressively protect your constitutional rights and thoroughly prepare for the upcoming trial, as a last resort. The first course of action should be to try to have the charges dropped, reduced or negotiate a plea agreement. An experienced attorney can advise you on your options and which one may be best in your particular situation.
You may be facing criminal charges for a DUI, theft, assault and battery, homicide or armed robbery. The penalties vary widely and depend on the crime itself, resulting damages or injuries and your prior criminal record. You could face incarceration, license suspension, loss of job, loss of personal property and a stained reputation, especially for sex-related offenses.
Florida police are trained to arrest first and ask questions later. Only because you were arrested and charged with a crime does not mean you are guilty. The prosecution has the burden of proof, and your criminal defense attorney’s job is to create reasonable doubt. That may be possible if you have an alibi and it’s a case of mistaken identity; charges can be reduced if you were coerced and acted to protect your life or someone else’s life. Criminal charges in violent altercation cases may also be reduced if you acted in self-defense.
To ease your mind and research your options, a criminal defense lawyer should be contacted as soon as possible.
Finnell, McGuinness, Nezami & Andux PA serves clients in Jacksonville, St. Augustine, Green Cove Springs, Ponte Vedra, Duval County, St. Johns County, Clay County, Nassau County, Flagler County and the entire Northeast Florida area.