Jacksonville Criminal Defense Attorney
Have you recently been criminally charged?
If you suddenly find yourself facing criminal charges or if your loved one has been charged with a crime, you are probably wondering where to turn. In unfamiliar territory such as this, it is imperative to seek legal counsel from a skilled criminal defense attorney, otherwise you leave yourself highly susceptible to Florida's harsh criminal system. Jail, fines, probation, and more could be distinct possibilities after being charged with a crime, and conviction absolutely must be avoided at all costs.
The first thing you should do to protect your rights and your freedom, is to contact a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer. With representation from an experienced and aggressive attorney, you have a much better chance of beating your charges, whether these arose from drug possession,
sale of drugs, a
theft crime such as
petty theft or
burglary, or a
violent crime such as
Domestic Violence Charges
In criminal cases involving domestic violence, it is important to realize that the power to pursue a case does not lie with the alleged victim. In fact, while the alleged victim might be the person who first brought it to the notice of local law enforcement and prosecutors, once the charges have been made, there is no way that they will be able to withdraw them. Even if they falsely accused you and later regretted it, they will not have the power to stop the case – that will lie with the prosecutor handling the case. For this reason, if you have been criminally charged you cannot afford to hesitate. These cases are complex and can tie into other areas of the law as well, such as family law. At our firm, we have the comprehensive understanding necessary to handle this and are prepared to help you. Click here to read more about domestic violence.
Importance of Having a Jacksonville Criminal Lawyer
A criminal defense attorney is often the only person that stands between an individual charged with a crime and heavy criminal penalties. Even in defending seemingly simple or minor criminal charges, an attorney has to fight for every inch of ground, negotiating with the prosecuting attorney and litigating the case in State or Federal Court. Although the American justice system has laws and regulations in place to protect citizens from unjust persecution and prosecution, law enforcement officers, prosecutors and judges may be quick in developing the opinion that a person is guilty. That is why a criminal defense lawyer's role is so crucial in any criminal case. To be successful, a defense lawyer must be knowledgeable, experienced, aggressive and committed to defending clients' rights - even in the face of the most brutal or outrageous accusations.
Having a strong criminal defense attorney on your side is extremely important if you were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. When facing these charges, many people believe that there is no way to defend themselves and so choose to plead guilty. However, with a strong legal representative on your side, you could have a better chance of getting your charges reduced or even dropped. If the law enforcement officer did not have probable cause to pull you over in the first place, any evidence they gained could be thrown out of court because it was an illegal stop. If you were arrested on the basis of failing a breath test, this evidence could also be challenged. For example, if the device was not properly calibrated, it could mean that the analysis is not to be relied upon. The same is true for field sobriety tests, if the test was not administered correctly or the police officer did not clearly state the instructions, your case could be dismissed. Click here to read more about DUI.
Our criminal defense lawyers offer superior defense and legal counsel and actually care about the outcome of the cases they takes on. We perform meticulous investigations which enables them to build strong defense strategies on the behalf of clients. The one-on-one attention and personalized service of the lawyers at Ellerin | Hutchinson helps ensure that each client's individual needs are met.
Aggressive Defense for Criminal Charges in Jacksonville, Florida
When facing criminal charges, an individual may feel as though he or she has run out of options. Facing overwhelming pressure from law enforcement or the prosecution to confess to the crime or plead guilty and "make a deal" the individual may make a decision that ultimately harms his or her case. Consulting a lawyer as soon as possible is the best option for anyone who has been arrested or is facing criminal charges.
Ellerin | Hutchinson offers a free case evaluation and represents clients throughout Northeast Florida, including Baker, Duval, Clay, Putnam, Nassau, St. Johns and Alachua Counties. From offices located in Jacksonville, Florida, the firm handles such cases as DUI (driving under the influence),
white collar crimes,
federal crimes and
sex crimes. No matter what your specific charges may be, you need to speak with a lawyer right now to find out what can be done to protect you.
Contact a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer
at Ellerin | Hutchinson to discuss your criminal charges today!