Anything Can Happen – 2 Examples

Anything can happen; it is what you do about it that counts. Example 1: A man walked into a fast food restaurant and ordered food.  He waited and waited, and when he finally got his food, the manager gave him his money back.  Thus the manager made a bad situation (slow service) better by giving the customer a free meal. Example 2: A man walked into a motel room…what he did not know was it was part of a sting operation.  As soon as the man said the magic words, a bunch of big guys came through the door and tackled him.  Thus the man was in a bad situation (accused of solicitation), but he used his Sixth Amendment right to an attorney who worked with prosecutors to help weight the mitigating issues, and the result was a punishment that fit the crime. Certain charges have unintended consequences.  Sometimes you can make the case go away, but something else may be affected, like still having to pay a civil ticket or not allowed to have a firearm. Do not make a bad situation worse by limiting your choices.  Just because you are accused of a crime does not mean you […] Read More

A Good Choice in a Criminal Arrest

One bad choice can lead to another…but it does not have to.  If you have criminal charges against you, legal counsel can be a good choice in an unfortunate situation. The Sixth Amendment gives you the Constitutional right to an attorney in a criminal defense.  Legal Counsel is deemed so necessary in a criminal case that if a defendant cannot afford counsel, the State provides counsel without fee. Yes, you would have been better off if you had not allegedly committed a crime in the first place, but sometimes Captain Obvious picks inopportune times to not show up.  Good legal counsel can help you work with prosecutors towards an appropriate penalty or fine. The problem is, there can be mistakes in procedure and mishandling of evidence.  The other problem is, without proper legal representation, you could receive the maximum penalty.   A criminal arrest is bad—no matter if you are a celebrity like Vanilla Ice, or just plain vanilla—but you do not have to put yourself in a worse position by shutting down choices.  Seek legal counsel for the best possible outcome in an unfortunate situation.   Read More

Amenities as a Guest of the State

If you do not eat your vegetables at home, you can get them in prison.  Florida’s inmates work on over 53 different farms, gardens, and University of Florida food and agricultural facilities, harvesting about 10.4 million pounds of produce, including broccoli, cabbage, cantaloupe, greens, peas, watermelon, and other fruits and vegetables.  If farming, roadwork, or institutional laundry or cooking is not your occupation of choice, you may want to talk to a defense lawyer before you are serving time as a guest of the State. A gated community is not for everyone, especially when the bars do not allow you to come and go as you please.  I always thought I would like jail.  I could get a lot of reading done and would not be interrupted by phone calls, but the loss of freedom is more than an exclusion of distractions.  If you have any legal issue with a prison time, it is good to have an attorney. A defense attorney can help you work with the prosecution on choices to get the best resolution possible.  You may have made bad decisions, but you do not have to put yourself in a worse position by shutting down choices.  Seek […] Read More