What to Do After Being Arrested for a Drug Crime
If you or someone you love has been arrested for a drug crime in the state of Florida – or are currently under investigation in connection to a drug offense – what you do early on in the process can impact the trajectory of your case and its ultimate outcome. Drug crimes of all types can have serious consequences on your freedom and your future, and these charges should never be taken lightly.
Hager & Schwartz, P.A. has extensive experience protecting rights of clients charged with all types of drug crimes, from simple possession to serious felony and federal crimes. During this time, it is important that you understand not only your rights, but the steps you can take to protect yourself and your case.
- Exercise your right to remain silent – Whether you are under investigation or have already been charged, it is critical that you understand your right to remain silent. The Fifth Amendment to the United States Constitution protects you against self-incrimination. This means you do not have to speak to law enforcement – it won’t help your case. Instead, you can have an experienced attorney handle communication with police and other law enforcement officials on your behalf.
- Know what’s at stake – It is important to know what’s at stake in your case so that you make the most appropriate decisions for yourself, your loved ones, and your future. Drug crimes and the penalties they pose can range depending on the circumstances involved, but they all have the potential to alter your life with financial burdens, probation, terms of imprisonment, and a criminal record that may jeopardize your future. By knowing what’s on the line, you can make sure you don’t fall short in doing all you can to achieve the best possible outcome.
- Know what’s expected of you – Acquaint yourself with the process ahead, including important court dates. For some accused individuals, there may also be terms that come with being released on your own recognizance. Missing court, being charged with new crimes, or violating terms of release can increase the problems and penalties you face.
- Call a proven lawyer – One of the best things you can do for your case is to contact a proven defense attorney as soon as possible. Unfortunately, public defenders in Florida are overworked and underpaid, and simply won’t dedicate the time your case demands. At Hager & Schwartz, P.A., our criminal defense lawyers John Hager and Brett Schwartz are readily available to clients and spend the time needed to personally handle their case. Together, they have over 35 years of combined legal experience, and have both served as Florida state prosecutors. With experience handling drug crime cases from both sides of the courtroom, they have the insight and skills needed to effectively fight for clients, challenge the government’s case against them, and pursue all available options for the best possible results. During an investigation or after an arrest, there is no substitute for working with proven and highly experienced lawyers.
Because time is of the essence in any criminal matter, our legal team is available days, nights, and weekends to take your call and discuss how we can help. We encourage you to reach out to our team to discuss the charges you face, the penalties involved, and how we can help pursue a defense strategy or diversion options you may have available. Our firm proudly serves clients throughout Fort Lauderdale, Miami, and beyond. Contact us today to speak with an attorney during a FREE consultation.