Orlando Criminal Cases Frequently Asked Questions

Please note, this F.A.Q. is intended to provide information general in nature and is not intended to be legal advice for your case. For specific questions about your case, please contact attorney Jane Goodlaw via e-mail: rbarbour@esaigroup.com or phone: (407) 898-3150.

What are my rights if I have been accused of a crime?

If you have been accused of a crime you have a number of rights as guaranteed by the US Constitution including the right to remain silent to prevent self-incrimination and the right to legal representation. There are also laws regarding search and seizure. Law enforcement must obtain a search warrant before they can search a specific place. There are circumstances however where police do not need a warrant to search and arrest you.

How serious is a DUI arrest?

In Florida Driving under the influence is a criminal offense that can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. If there are 3 or more convictions of DUI in the last 10 years, the charges can be more serious.

How do I get out of jail after I have been arrested?

Once bail has been set the only way to get out of jail is to pay the bail. Bail is like an insurance policy that guarantees the accused will not flee and will appear at all subsequent hearings on the matter. If you do not appear it may result in forfeiture of the bond.

What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony?

Most crimes are divided into two categories, misdemeanor or felony depending on the severity of the charge. A felony crime is more serious than a misdemeanor and can carry a sentence of prison time of more than one year. Other penalties may include fines, reimbursement to the victim, community service and probation.

Why should I hire a criminal defense attorney?

The constitution guarantees the right to obtain an attorney. A competent experienced defense lawyer who will fight for your rights is your best friend after being arrested and charged with a crime. Your legal interests must be maximized and the hardship to you and your loved ones minimized. Most judges will not even consider a plea bargain from a defendant without a criminal defense attorney.

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