Being arrested is a frightening experience, and during the turmoil it can be hard to know what steps to take. Some frequently made mistakes by people who don’t know where to turn after an arrest can have long lasting effects, such as a long jail sentence or loss of certain privileges. Rather than having a bad outcome, simply because you were not sure what to do, let an experienced criminal defense attorney help. Along with putting your trust in a qualified attorney, it is good to have a bit of background information on what not to do if you are arrested.

Three things not to do if you get arrested are:

  • Don’t enter a plea in exchange for probation if you are not sure you can abide by the rules and regulations of probation. While probation is a good way to resolve a case against you, unless you are able to fully comply with the terms, you will end up facing additional charges and the full weight of the initial charge.
  • Don’t let too much time pass between your arrest and first visit with an attorney. Some cases have strict timelines that have to be followed, and if they are not you can lose out on some of your freedoms. A DUI is a good example, where you only have ten days to challenge the revocation of your driver’s license.
  • Don’t forget to show up for Court when you have a hearing scheduled. Failing to appear is a new crime, and not showing up will land you in a lot of hot water. A warrant for your arrest will be issued, and the Court might even decide to suspend your driver’s license depending on the type of case against you.

It is also important to remember to you have options, and every case is entitled to a defense. The choice you make regarding what type of defense you use can set the tone for the entire proceeding, and have an impact on you right now as well as in the future. In order to make decisions that make sense, let us help. We work with people charged with all kinds of crimes, from DUI to possession charges, and can even help you if you have been charged with violating your probation.


For more information about criminal defense, call an experienced defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. We offer an initial consultation for no charge, and look forward to working with you.