These days it can be easy for anyone to confuse an arrest with a criminal conviction. News coverage of major arrests can make criminals cases seem like a “done deal.” And, even in so-called “minor” criminal cases – like misdemeanor DUI or drug arrests, for example – the pressure and intrinsic guilt an arrestee might feel about the situation could lead to a guilty plea quicker than is prudent. Arrestees in Florida should be sure to consider all of their options in a criminal case and take the planning of a criminal defense strategy seriously.
A criminal defense plan
Criminal defendants in Florida may feel like they have no options – that they are “out of luck.” In some cases, that simply isn’t right. For example, some drug-related cases might involve potential violations of constitutional rights, such as a defendant’s rights against unlawful searches and seizures. Or, in a DUI case, perhaps there was no valid reason for the traffic stop in the first place. These examples, among many others, are why defendants need to think carefully about their criminal defense plans and proceed on a path that is best for their own unique circumstances.
If your defense plan calls for pushing a case all the way to a bench or jury trial, it is important to remember that the prosecution must prove each element of every criminal charge. And, the burden of proof is high – beyond a reasonable doubt. Even though it may feel like it’s you against the world in a criminal case, remember that your constitutional rights must be protected.
At our law firm, we work with our clients to plan a defense strategy that considers the unique aspects of each case. For more information, please visit the criminal defense overview section of our law firm’s website.