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Facing Criminal Charges Is Confusing

Anyone who has ever had to deal with criminal charges, whether through being charged themselves or having a family member who is, can tell you the charges can cause extreme stress. They will also tell you that if you do not address them appropriately, they could change your life.

There are a lot of questions that come up, and you need answers. Our criminal defense attorneys at Brunvand Wise, P.A., can answer those questions.

What are my Fifth Amendment Rights?

You have the right to avoid self-incrimination. That means you have the right to remain silent and to have a lawyer with you during questioning. It is important to hire an attorney as soon as possible. What you hear in your Miranda rights is true: anything you say can and will be used against you.

How do I choose a lawyer?

The best way to choose a lawyer:

  • If you know a lawyer, talk with them
  • Ask friends or family
  • Consult a law directory
  • Use a referral service

It is important to look at an attorney’s past results. This is no guarantee of future results, but it is a good indicator of their skill level, especially if you look at results in cases that are similar to yours. Any lawyer can provide some sort of results or testimonials upon request.

What does the criminal trial process look like?

There is a process that you will go through when facing criminal charges. It includes:

  • Arrest
  • Bail
  • Formal charges
  • Investigation/discovery
  • Motions
  • Negotiation/settlement
  • Trial
  • Verdict/sentencing

At any stage, the prosecution and defense may agree on a plea deal, which can get you a guaranteed outcome. Going to trial is always less certain, but an excellent trial attorney may be able to get you better results.

How can a lawyer make my circumstances better?

There could be circumstances in your case that call for leniency. A criminal defense attorney knows what a judge or jury will look at to lessen the punishment. They include:

  • Lack of criminal record
  • Whether you played a minor role in the crime
  • Victim’s liability
  • Past circumstances
  • Circumstances that do not excuse the crime but might explain the actions
  • Mental/physical illness
  • Remorse

Hire Us To Get More Of Your Questions Answered

The stress of criminal charges can be overwhelming. Our criminal defense attorneys at Brunvand Wise, P.A., can answer the difficult questions if you face charges in Florida. Call our Clearwater and Tampa offices at 813-521-8069 or visit our contact page.