The prevalence of drugs in American society has led lawmakers to create severe punishments for drug possession, sale, and trafficking. Being convicted of a drug-related crime in Florida may create serious problems in your life. You may lose your job, be expelled from school or experience alienation from your family and friends. Florida has extremely harsh prison sentences for trafficking charged. If you have been accused of committing a drug-related crime, contact me immediately to set up a consultation. Every 19 seconds, a person is arrested for a drug-related crime in America. I represent clients charged with all types of state related crimes, including:
If you've been arrested on a gun charge or other weapon issue, I can safeguard your rights for all types of allegations, including:
No matter the specific circumstances of your case, I have the background to explain your legal situation clearly and the skill to help deliver the best possible defense.
There are a wide variety of criminal charges associated with theft. These charges vary by where the property was taken, how it was acquired, the value of the property and whether violence was involved. Theft is the taking of property. Depending on the value of the property, it may be considered petty theft or grand theft and may be a misdemeanor or a felony. This type of charge is usually associated with crimes like shoplifting. It is sometimes called larceny. A charge of burglary is common in cases where someone is accused of breaking into a home or business.
Intentional damage to private or public property is typically referred to as criminal mischief. Criminal mischief can be a misdemeanor or felony depending on what is damaged and the value of damage property. The consequences of criminal mischief charges can be significant.
Whether you allowed your emotions to take over and have made threats or attempts to physically harm another person, or a bystander to your argument called the police unnecessarily, you will most likely be arrested for domestic violence. Generally speaking the police will make an arrest when they are called to any domestic disturbance. Fighting these charges also involves fighting an automatic negative bias against you, which is why it is vital to retain a skilled, experienced and caring criminal defense attorney to defend you.
Evidence produced by the State of Florida is commonly found during traffic stops. Common contraband found during traffic stops include guns and drugs. Often, police officers stop a motorist on an unrelated issue, such as speeding or a non-functioning brake light. The police officer then asks to can search the vehicle. They need probable cause to conduct a search of a vehicle, but, unfortunately, most drivers consent to a search without knowing they have the option to say no. If you refused to consent to the search and the police officer performed one anyway, contact us immediately.
Does your stomach sink each time you fill out an application because you know you will have to answer questions concerning criminal convictions? The Law Office of Jason Smith is here to help you lessen the negative repercussions of having a criminal record. I am a dedicated advocate with the skills necessary to assist clients interested in building a future free of the stigma that comes with having committed a crime. I help clients get criminal convictions expunged from their records. I have a thorough understanding of criminal law and the inner workings of local and state courts, and I use my knowledge of the criminal justice system to your advantage. Trust me to diligently work for you.
Certain circumstances must exist in order for your case to even be considered for expungement. Grounds to have a conviction expunged vary on a state-by-state basis, but you may be able to have your record destroyed if:
The State of Florida only allows a person to expunge one crime.
Do not let a lapse in judgment or wrong act have a negative impact on your future health and happiness. Contact me today to determine if your case is eligible for expungement.
The attorney-client privilege exists between an attorney and their client. That means the information that you give your attorney is protected.
Never speak to the police without contacting an experienced criminal defense attorney first. If you are being investigated or have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor in Spring Hill or Brooksville contact me today. Scroll down to find a great video about your right to remain silent. A harmless comment can be extremely detrimental to you.
If you have been arrested for driving while under the influence, in most cases you have only 10 days to challenge the administrative suspension of your driver’s license.
In the State of Florida, the state attorney's office has the final say if an individual is prosecuted. The prosecutor may take the victim’s wishes into account, but the prosecutor holds the power to make the decision to prosecute.
Unfortunately, the movies have given a general misunderstanding of the requirement of Miranda Warnings. The police are only required to read a person their Miranda Warnings if the person is questioned about the facts of the case while in custody. Don’t forget: ask for an attorney when questioned by the police.
There are many technical rules and regulations that must be considered during a criminal case. Additionally, a person that is representing themselves always runs the risk of saying something incriminating during the case. It is wise to have a skilled criminal trial attorney speak for you.
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.
I utilize my experience in criminal litigation to learn everything about your case, including scrutinizing the actions of law enforcement. I will work to discover any constitutional violations and give you the best options to resolve your case through negotiation or trial by jury, exercising all the rights afforded to each person accused of a crime.
Professor James Duane gives a great lecture on why you should not speak to the police.
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