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Tourist Defense Questions
Criminal Law in Orlando and throughout Central Florida
If you’re arrested and charged with a crime while visiting Central Florida, what should you look for in an Orlando tourist defense attorney?
If you are charged with a crime while on vacation in Florida, you may be at a disadvantage when it comes to finding an attorney to represent you. You have no idea which law firms have good reputations in the community, and many times have no local references to point you in the right direction. When searching for a Central Florida Tourist Defense Attorney, consider the following points:
- Look for an attorney team that will be willing to display their experience so that you can make an informed choice
- Look for a Florida tourist defense attorney who offers a free consultation to see if they can help you
- Look for a Florida criminal defense attorney with experience as a former prosecutor
- Find a Florida defense attorney team who has helped thousands of individuals avoid felony and misdemeanor convictions
- Look for a tourist defense attorney team that is genuinely interested in helping you minimize criminal consequences
If I’m arrested, couldn’t I represent myself?
Legally, you can represent yourself (called Pro Se representation). However, each area of Florida law has its complexities and procedural rules. As an out-of-state person, you will not necessarily know what these all are, and could easily make a paperwork mistake or miss a deadline, to your own detriment. In fact if you fail to appear for a court date you can be arrested.
The risks are large because if you’re convicted of a crime in Florida, you could lose your Drivers’ license and in the case of a Felony, you will lose your civil rights. You can be deported if you are not a U.S. citizen. But a Orlando Tourist Defense Attorney will know what must be proved for you to be convicted, how to file all paperwork correctly, and what the best defense is for each type of charge.
What can an Orlando tourist defense attorney do for me?
Many times, tourists are arrested due to their unfamiliarity with local traffic laws and other laws. A criminal charge while out-of-town on vacation is no picnic – you and your family may wonder what happens next and when you can go home. An experienced local attorney can look out for you and your family’s interests and make sure your rights are protected.
Our tourist defense attorneys will keep you informed of what to expect so you’re never in the dark. When possible, we’ll work to have your charges dropped or dismissed, or ask for leniency or lesser charges. In some cases such as misdemeanor or criminal traffic violations, you may be allowed to return to your home state and never appear in court as long as counsel is available to represent your interests.
The Umansky Law Firm works hard to protect our out of town clients from criminal consequences. We know how the law works and how to use it to your advantage to help you. There may be many alternatives to a conviction, especially for juvenile defendants or first time offenders.
Contact our criminal lawyers for a free initial consultation and case evaluation in Orlando and throughout Central Florida.