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.
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 35 years of combined legal experience. No matter what charges you are facing, you can count on us to relentlessly fight to protect your interests.
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