What to Do After an Arrest in Daytona Beach
Helping You Protect Your Rights in DeLand, Flagler & West Volusia, FL
If you have been arrested for a crime in Florida, it is important to know what you should do next. This page is meant to provide helpful information regarding the arrest process, your rights, and where to find an experienced team of criminal defense attorneys.
If you have questions about what to do after an arrest in DeLand, Flagler, or West Volusia, FL, contact Buckmaster & Ellzey today at (888) 785-6548.
The Arrest Process
When law enforcement has probable cause to believe that you committed a crime, they are permitted to take you into custody, regardless of whether they have a warrant or not.
Officials Who May Arrest You Include:
- Highway patrol officers
- County sheriffs
- Police officers
- Probation or parole officers
- Investigators from the State Attorney’s Office
- Investigators from the Attorney General’s Office
During the arrest, the officer may conduct a limited search to locate and seize any weapons, illicit goods, or any evidence related to the alleged offense. Afterward, they will take you to jail and walk you through the booking process. During this time, you will be photographed and fingerprinted. You will also need to provide the police with the necessary identifying information.
Your Miranda Rights
During an arrest, law enforcement should read your Miranda Rights to you prior to asking you any questions. The reading of the Miranda Rights begins with the infamous phrase, “You have the right to remain silent.” This fundamental right means that you do not have to answer any of their questions, except those that pertain to basic identifying information. You will want to exercise this right, since anything that you say can be used against you in court.
You also have the right to have an attorney present when you answer questions. This ensures that you are treated fairly during the questioning process. Without a legal representative present, you could be subjected to the use of threats, force, or deception to make you confess to committing a crime.
Finding the Right Law Firm
If you have been arrested, your rights and your freedom are at risk. For the sake of your future, you need to obtain qualified legal counsel. At Buckmaster & Ellzey, our Daytona Beach criminal defense lawyers have over 40 years of combined legal experience. No matter what charges you are facing, you can count on us to relentlessly fight to protect your interests.
Call (888) 785-6548 now to schedule an initial consultation with our skilled legal team.
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Q: If I’ve Been Arrested, What Rights Do I Have?A: In our country, being arrested does not deprive you of the many rights you have as a citizen. When you were arrested, you should have been informed of your Miranda Rights. You may ask the police officer why you are being arrested and can refuse to answer questions regarding the charges. You have the right to an attorney and the right to a fair and speedy trial. Using a qualified and experienced Daytona Beach criminal defense attorney will work to your advantage in ensuring your rights are protected.
Why Should I Hire an Attorney to Represent Me?
In the case of Buckmaster & Ellzey, we have prosecuted thousands of cases as an Assistant State Attorney. On the side of criminal defense, we have defended hundreds of individuals, such as you, that have faced charges for criminal offenses. Having served on both sides gives us a unique opportunity to fight for our clients.
We understand how prosecutors operate, the types of evidence that they will bring forth and what arguments they are likely to pursue in a criminal case. This first-hand knowledge allows us to better prepare and successfully resolve cases.
What Are the Differences Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?Generally, misdemeanors are considered minor offenses. The fines for them will be relatively small and any time spent in jail will be in terms of weeks or months, not years. A felony conviction can result in steep fines, probation, parole and prison sentences for years. They can remain on your permanent record and may adversely affect future educational and employment opportunities. With the assistance of an attorney who is willing to aggressively defend your rights, felony charges can sometimes be reduced to misdemeanors.
What Happens Now That I’ve Been Charged With an Offense?The first step will be what is known as an arraignment. A judge will tell you the charges against you and there are many decisions that will need to be made at this time, such as how you will plea to the charges, what bail will be set at and others. We understand that facing criminal charges can be tough and would like you to take advantage of our experience to help you successfully navigate through the criminal justice system.
What Is the Difference Between Contested and Uncontested Divorce?There are two types of divorce in Daytona Beach: contested and uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce is typically preferred because they can usually be completed with far less hassle and in far less time. However, to go through the uncontested divorce process, the couple must reach an agreement on all significant divorce-related issues. These issues include: • Property division • Debt allocation • Alimony • Child support • Child custody • Visitation When there is disagreement over one or more of these issues, the couple will need to go through the contested divorce process. In such cases, the couple will either need to hire a divorce mediator to help them through the negotiation process or have the family court decide for them.
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