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… Continue reading
Some things in life are personal, and should remain private. This is a common complaint we hear from celebrities and athletes, but often dismiss their concerns because they have chosen a life in the public eye. Making private information public is dangerous though, as concerns about identity theft are on the rise. When the information you wish to keep to yourself is something you consider embarrassing or potentially harmful to your employment, it is important to know what can and cannot be made visible to just about anyone with internet access.
This summer, Florida may see more than just an influx of tourists. The state may also see its criminal records go live, or at least a portion of them. The issue is concerning because:
● Once live, the documents relating to an arrest will be accessible from any computer with an internet connection.… Continue reading
Being arrested for a sex crime carries with it a social stigma that is difficult to get out from under. The initial reaction to sex crimes charges is often one of shock and disbelief. It is hard for family and friends to grasp the content of the charges, and the circumstances can lead to fall out with your spouse, job, or kids. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. The right mix of legal and emotional guidance goes a long way to clean up your criminal case while helping you take back your life.
Moving forward in a positive way is hopefully on the horizon for two Seminole County deputies who find themselves on the other side of the law. The officers have lost employment after it was discovered they had exchanged over 6,000 sexually explicit texts with one another. The case facts… Continue reading
If we’ve seen or heard it once, we’ve seen or heard it a hundred times: “you have the right to remain silent, you have the right to an attorney, if you cannot afford an attorney one will be provided for you”. These statements are given to a defendant when arrested, or before questioning. These rights are the result of a long and hard fought battle that went all the way to the United States Supreme Court. In its wisdom, the Supreme Court agreed defendants have certain rights guaranteed to them and that it is critical to advise of these rights. But what the Supreme Court gave out like a Christmas present, it soon started taking away as if it were the Grinch.
With laws like the Make My Day Law, and cases like the Treyvon Martin case making headlines, now more than ever the government is cracking down on gun ownership. We see this tightening of guidelines at both the state and federal level, and are prepared to fight for your right to bear arms. We believe in responsible gun ownership, but understand instances do arise when weapons fall into the wrong hands or a charge is lodged against someone for a weapons related crime. Our talented team of criminal defense lawyers aggressively protects your rights in cases involving guns and other weapons.
To illustrate an incident of gun ownership that went awry, we need to look no further than Polk County. There, a pastor and his wife participated in the purchase of over 40 firearms, some of which ended up in the hands of a… Continue reading
For offenders under the age of 18 facing criminal charges, the likely forum to defend your case is in Florida’s juvenile justice system. We take a careful approach when defending underage offenders, because we understand the impact a conviction can have on your record at such a young age. Our goal is to help rehabilitate the accused so they can go on to a bright future.
There are certain preconceived notions about the juvenile justice system. We work hard to dispel any misunderstandings about the process and teach young offenders throughout the process. Some common misconceptions are:
● Summer is the time when the highest number of incidents occur: this is not accurate, statistics show incidents of delinquency actually decline in December and also in the summer.
● “Scared straight” programs are effective: studies show these types of programs can actually do more harm… Continue reading
When you are arrested, the Judge may order a bond be posted. The purpose of this bond is to make sure you show back up for your Court appearance after being released from jail. Most people simply don’t have the cash to put up for a bond, so will use a bonding company for this purpose. The process can be intimidating, but the experienced attorneys from the Ferraro Law Group are here to help. We make sure the bond amount set is appropriate for the offense, and handle the paperwork with the bonding company.
Considerations for whether allowing a person to be released from jail in exchange for posting bond, the Court examines the following factors:
● The severity of the crime charged
● The weight of evidence against the accused
● The likelihood the defendant will flee the jurisdiction;… Continue reading
Some cases of battery are more obvious than others. An all-out bar brawl, resulting in broken bones and hospital stays is much easier to identify as battery than a simple shove. But both of these examples demonstrate cases of battery. The seasoned lawyers at Ferraro Law Group have experience in battery cases of all degrees. Put this experience to work for you, and fight for a case result in your favor.
Battery is legally defined as:
● An intentional or unwanted touching
● That results in bodily injury
Keep in mind the bodily injury caused by the touching does not necessarily have to be visible. It can be enough for an alleged victim to state they were touched, or the touching hurt them. Unfortunately, it can be enough for the victim to give testimony about the incident, and not provide any physical evidence, to… Continue reading
Some things always seem to go together. Batman and Robin, salt and pepper, peanut butter and jelly, and assault and battery, right? Except just like soap and water are two different things; assault and battery are two components of a common crime often lumped together. Competent criminal defense attorneys are quick not to assume where there is smoke, there is fire, and are capable of crafting aggressive defenses for charges of assault.
An assault is legally defined as an act that includes an intentional threat of:
● An act of violence
● By one with the ability to assert violence
● Accompanied by an act that creates a fear that the action will be carried out
A conviction for assault is a second degree misdemeanor conviction. As with any criminal conviction, your record is affected and casts a negative light on you in your… Continue reading
After a criminal case is over, many people want to take steps to clean their record. A clean record helps when looking for a job, seeking to reinstate driving privileges or when filling out applications for certain types of professional licenses. The way to clear your record of an arrest or charge is by either record sealing or expunction. When asking that your record be sealed or expunged, it is important to use an attorney familiar with the process. The criminal defense attorneys at Ferraro Law Group can help you clear the slate, which will help you reach your goals and plan for a more stable future.
In Florida, expunction, sometimes referred to as expungement of criminal records is available under certain circumstances. The first step is to file a petition making the request that charges are removed from your record. To… Continue reading