Criminal Defense FAQs
Experienced Bradenton Criminal Attorney Answers Common Criminal Defense Questions
Defending the accused since 1971
We are here to help when you need it most. Floridians have relied on the experienced criminal defense and DUI attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A. for more than four decades. Our Bradenton criminal attorneys protect your rights and fight for your freedom. Bradenton criminal attorney Jason Reid is a Board Certified criminal trial lawyer.
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
Crimes are often categorized by level of seriousness. In short, a misdemeanor is a lower level category than a felony and carries a jail sentence of no more than one year.
What are Miranda Rights, and what happens if the police don’t read me my rights?
Miranda Rights apply to the rights that you have when you are in police custody. If the Miranda Rights are not read to you and you are asked questions while in custody, statements that you make cannot be used against you. A failure to receive Miranda Rights does not result in a case dismissal.
How do I make bail?
If the judge allows, you can obtain a bail bond in a set monetary amount that gets the defendant out of jail while waiting for criminal charges to proceed. When determining the amount of bail, a judge will consider:
- The seriousness of the offense
- The weight of the evidence against you
- Your ties to the community, including family presence and employment history
- Your prior criminal history
Why do I need to hire a criminal attorney?
Hiring a criminal defense attorney is an investment in your freedom and your future. Our Bradenton criminal defense lawyers prepare strong arguments to help minimize penalties, such as:
- Lower bail
- Analyzing and presenting sound evidence
- Convincing prosecutors to reduce charges
Contact an aggressive Bradenton criminal attorney today – 24 hours a day, 7 days a weel
Navigating the criminal justice system alone can result in wide-reaching negative effects on your future. The criminal attorneys at Carlson, Meissner, Hart and Hayslett, P.A. know how precious your freedom is. Call us today at 941-202-4600 or contact online by filling out our contact form. Se habla español. If you have been arrested, you need an experienced Bradenton criminal defense attorney on your side. Don’t leave your future hanging in the balance, contact us today.
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We are experienced trial lawyers and skilled negotiators with the resources necessary to take on even the largest case. Our attorneys will not back down when your future and your freedom is at stake. Clients throughout Florida have relied on us for steadfast legal representation with a personal commitment for more than 40 years. When you need help, we act quickly and decisively to secure the best possible results for you and your family. Carlson, Meissner, Hart & Hayslett, P.A., fighting for the injured and defending the accused since 1971.
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