While being arrested and taken to jail is a traumatizing experience, the true weight of the allegations set against you are yet to be felt. Having a criminal record can haunt you for the rest of your life. Whether you are being charged with a misdemeanor, DUI, or serious felony, your standing in your community may forever be altered if you are found guilty. Most people already know this, which makes the situation they are in all the more stressful and frightening. You may feel powerless now, but when you begin working with the lawyers at the Eighmie Law Firm, that will all change. Our legal team will be at your side for every step of the way, and will ensure that your rights are protected. One of our criminal defense lawyers is a former Assistant Public Defender with the 19th Judicial Circuit, in addition to being a former Navy Judge Advocate General. We have a comprehensive understanding of the criminal justice system in Florida, and know how to get results for our clients. Here at the Eighmie Law Firm, we represent defendants who have been charged with the following types of offenses:
Actions to Take When You Get Arrested
A lot can go wrong during an arrest and in the immediate hours afterwards. From false confessions to unintentionally revealing information that makes them appear to be guilty of a crime, defendants are often tricked by the police when they get arrested and before their lawyer shows up. While our criminal justice system is better than that of many nations, it is still not without fault. After all, a study by the Office of Justice Programs found that 11.6 percent of cases with a sexual assault component led to wrongful convictions. And, 30 percent of DNA exonerations involve cases with false confessions, according to the Huffington Post and the Innocence Project. To protect yourself when you are arrested, we strongly recommend using your constitutional right to remain silent and protect yourself from self-incrimination. Remember the following:
- Police questioning is done to build evidence of your guilt, not to clear your name;
- Contradictory statements can be used to make you look dishonest. A lengthy interrogation, during which food and sleep are withheld, causes confusion and innocent but false statements to be made; and
- Law enforcement officers are experienced in leading you to make contradictory statements.
If you get arrested, you must politely but firmly decline to answer questions by the police and invoke your right to remain silent. Next, you must request to speak with a lawyer.
For Immediate Help, Contact a Stuart Criminal Defense Lawyer
Whether you have been arrested for serious felony, DUI, misdemeanor, or any other type of crime, your future is in the balance. We urge you to seek experienced criminal defense with the lawyers at Eighmie Law Firm, P.A. You are not alone in this. Do not hesitate to contact us at 772-905-8692 for immediate help.