You've been arrested in Florida, but you're innocent! Why should you hire a lawyer? This is similar to another commonly asked question I often receive which is: "will the judge throw my case out at arraignment?" There are procedures put into place that protect your first, fourth, fifth, and sixth amendment rights in the United States. The Florida Rules of Evidence and Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure have been set up to cover evidence regarding witnesses, records, documents, and procedures which outline a standard that Florida courts must follow when adjudicating criminal cases.
What To Do If You Are Arrested in Florida And Are Innocent
If you've been arrested in Florida and believe you are innocent, a few words can make or break your case and affect your future. Your actions during this time can either help or hurt your innocence. To protect your innocence, you shoud:
- Hire an attorney
- Remain silent
- Avoid confrontation
- Take your lawyer’s advice
- Be patient
Showing up in court and simply stating, "I'm innocent," does not hold much power. You cannot expect a Florida judge to take a look at the evidence and immediately throw your case out. There is a proper procedure that needs to be followed, and usually best with the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. At The Law Offices of Matthew Konecky, we'll walk you through the motions step-by-step and guide you with the proper verbiage to use when facing a judge in order to obtain a successful outcome. Hiring a Florida criminal defense lawyer helps you understand the language of the law, procedural rules, evidentiary rules, and even the constitution.
Even if you believe you are innocent in Florida and attempt to take the case on by yourself, this may end with a poor result. As Abraham Lincoln said it best, “He who represents himself has a fool for a client.”
If you were charged with a crime and need expert advice or representation in Florida, contact us immediately at (561) 671-5995 and our experienced criminal defense attorney will provide the help you need. To learn more about how the criminal defense process works in Florida, download our free guide 'My Loved One Has Been Arrested: What’s Next?'