Being arrested and charged with a crime in Florida can be a scary event in a person's life. Whether the charge is a misdemeanor or felony, criminal charges can be a difficult burden to bear. However, as our readers probably know, every criminal defendant is afforded a plethora of constitutional rights to ensure that they are treated fairly in the criminal defense process.
But, to protect your own rights, it is important to know your options when it comes to criminal charges. For instance, while a misdemeanor - like a DUI charge - is a less severe charge than a felony, it is still serious. However, a person who is facing a misdemeanor charge may be more willing to enter into a plea bargain with the prosecution in order to get the incident behind them, while a person who is charged with a felony may be more inclined to fight the case all the way to a jury trial since their freedom may be on the line.
It doesn't help to wait to explore your defense options. Criminal defendants are better served taking immediate action in the aftermath of an arrest to assess the charges, the evidence that has been collected and what potential defense options are available.
At our law firm, we do our best to attempt to make sure that our clients have the best information before they make decisions that could be life-altering. Your freedom is something to take seriously. Therefore, so is your approach to the criminal defense process. For more information about how our law firm attempts to help Florida residents who are facing criminal charges, please visit our website.