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FAQs About Criminal Defense

Clearwater Criminal Defense Attorney

  • What happens if the police do not read me my rights?
    If you are interrogated while in custody and you have not been read your rights, whatever confession or statements that you make will be inadmissible as evidence. Also, any evidence that would not have been located without your statement is not allowed to be used as evidence. Because of the inadmissibility of this evidence, the charges against you may be dismissed. If you believe there have been Miranda rights violations in your case, contact a Clearwater criminal defense attorney from The Law Office of Timothy Hessinger as soon as possible.
  • If I am placed under arrest, what is OK to say to the police?
    You have the legal right not to tell the police anything except for your name and address. It is best to speak with an attorney before you give any statement to the police. You can decide what you want to say when you go to court based upon your attorney's recommendation. If the police try to coerce you into signing anything, do not do so, and let your attorney know exactly what occurred. If you already have an attorney, request to see him/her immediately. If you absolutely can't afford one, request a Public Defender. Having competent legal counsel is crucial to the outcome of your case.
  • When do I have the right to a jury trial?
    If you have been charged with a crime that carries a sentence of more than six months in jail you have the legal right to request a trial by jury. The type of crime/offense has no bearing on your right to be tried by a jury of your peers.
  • My child is being abused. How do I go about getting a restraining order?
    Speed is of the essence under these circumstances. A restraining order (order of protection, or domestic violence injunction) can be obtained on your own, but if you are unfamiliar with the Florida court system, and so much is at stake, it is best to have the help of a criminal defense attorney who can navigate through courts and complete the process as quickly as possible. The safety of your child is your number one priority.

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