When you are arrested or accused of a crime in Florida, our firm knows that you have questions. Having the advice of a knowledgeable attorney on your side is imperative to understanding what you are facing and what your legal options may be.
Navigate throught the topics below:
- Should I consent to a DUI sobriety test if I am pulled over?
- What penalties do I face for a drug arrest?
- What are domestic violence injunctions?
- What penalties do college students face if they are arrested for a crime?
- What happens if I have been accused of a sex crime?
Read answers to some frequently asked questions below or call 352.377.7800 to schedule a free personalized consultation to discuss your matter.
While you do have the choice not to take blood or breathalyzer tests, it may be in your best interests. A DUI is a serious charge, and if you are pulled over you risk serious penalties including fines, jail time, and a revoked or suspended license. However, it is important that you ensure that your rights are always protected, which is why working with Gainesville criminal defense lawyer Chris Jones is important. He is available 24/7 to get started on your case the moment you are arrested or pulled over.
In Florida, consequences for a drug crime are classified by “schedules” based on how addictive the controlled substance may be. For example, possession of schedule I drugs, like heroin, is punished more harshly over schedule V drugs, which are medicines that contain small amounts of narcotics. In addition, drug crimes can be either misdemeanors or felonies, punishable by jail time of one year to a life sentence, depending on the severity of the charges.
Having a domestic violence injunction filed against you means that you are restricted from doing a number of things. You will be restricted from visiting the alleged victim or your family, you may be barred from entering your home, you may be required to provide monetary support for your children, or you may be ordered to participate in mandatory treatment classes. If you violate any of the provisions of your injunction you could face up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
College students face a number of additional consequences when accused or arrested. In fact, their entire education can be put in jeopardy. You can lose scholarships, grants, fellowships, internships, and even eligibility for lower interest rate loans, in addition to jail time and fines. Your reputation can be forever tarnished, including potential job offers and future opportunities.
Sex crimes, including rape, sexual assault or battery, prostitution, or solicitation, require a strong defense to seek reduced penalties. This means that without representation you may be facing jail time, mandatory counseling, probation, jail time, and registration as a sex offender, which can greatly decrease your freedoms and future opportunities.