Florida Criminal Defense Frequently Asked Questions
When arrested or detained, should I speak with the police officer?
If you are arrested or detained, it is advised that you do not speak with the arresting officer or any law enforcement officer prior to hiring an attorney. It is often not realized that you have the right to remain silent and you are not required to give a statement or a confession to an officer. The police will use anything you say against you in court which is why it is extremely important to seek representation immediately to ensure you receive the best possible outcome for your case.
Attorney Orlando Gonzalez was a former police officer. He knows these tactics, he also understands that sometimes the police can make mistakes. Mr Gonzalez can identify these mistakes and use them to help you defend your rights.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
We are often asked the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor. Both are serious and you are entitled to legal representation. A felony is punishable by at least one year and one day in prison. A first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the county jail. Both will remain on your criminal record forever unless expunged or sealed.
Mr. Gonzalez and his legal team can walk you through each case and the potential outcomes for each. He can also provide you with the best possible solutions to resolve your case.
What is a dismissal?
A dismissal occurs when the prosecution drops your case or does not file charges. This may occur after the state attorney’s office reviews all of the evidence which law enforcement has accumulated. After this review, it will be determined whether charges are filed.
It is critical to have us on your team immediately so that we may prevent charges from being filed. Orlando Gonzalez and his team are skilled at what they do and will work towards the best outcome possible.
How do I know if my case will go to trial?
After you are charged with a crime and an agreement cannot be reached with the state attorney’s office, your only option may be to have a trial.
It is important to understand that not all lawyers are experienced in the court room. This is an entirely different skill set and requires some experience if you are looking at getting the best possible results. When seeking representation from a lawyer ask them direct about their actual trail experience.
Your future deserves an experienced trial lawyer with proven results. Orlando Gonzalez has over 23 years of trial experience with proven results.
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The staff at Gonzalez & Associates PLLC are dedicated to providing our clients and their families with superior personal service. Mr. Gonzalez is an experienced and skilled trial lawyer. He has earned a reputation of being one of the top criminal defense lawyers in West Palm Beach and South Florida. Lawyers in the area routinely seek advice from Mr. Gonzalez about police procedure and practice.
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