Why not just plead guilty? Get it over with.

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Almost every day I hear that. People who are frustrated with the criminal justice system get discouraged and want to simply bring their case to an end. The wheels of justice turn slow, sometimes at a snail’s pace. This is particularly true if you cannot afford to hire your own lawyer and rely on the public defender or another court appointed lawyer. There are times when time is on your side and there are other times when it is in your best interest to move the case forward. A criminal charge is a lot like a bad tooth. You simply have to deal with it and putting it off sometimes can only make it worse.

There are however consequences to pleading guilty.

In a domestic violence case, simple battery for example, you can lose your right to possess or buy a gun for some years. You can end up having to take domestic violence counseling, be placed on reporting probation, pay Court fees and in many cases end up with a no contact order prohibiting you from living in your own house. Sadly, the system is abused often by women in divorce proceedings. They use a false allegation of domestic abuse to get possession of the home and the kids. It puts them in the driver’s seat and gives them a tremendous advantage in the civil proceeding. As a criminal defense attorney, I have seen judges here in Sarasota set bonds in misdemeanor cases as high as fifty thousand dollars. Bail bond are not supposed to be used to punish people and are simply a guarantee of appearance. Here in Sarasota, depending on the judge who handles your case at first appearance, you may find an outrageous bond set forcing you to pay thousands to a bondsman or sit in jail awaiting a bond reduction hearing. Many people plead guilty to simply avoid sitting in jail for weeks awaiting a trial.

This is wrong.

The public defender here in Sarasota runs a great office. His assistants are dedicated professionals. The problem is that the public defender’s office is understaffed, underpaid and over worked. Every day, more and more cases are assigned to each individual attorney. They handle literally hundreds of cases at a time where private lawyers may only handle dozens. A client may sit in jail for weeks before actually meeting with his court appointed lawyer. In the meantime, his job is lost, he falls behind on car payments, he may get evicted and suffer irreparable damage.

If you can find a way you should hire your own lawyer.

It really does make a difference.

Never plead guilty to anything you have not done to simply get out of jail.

Sometimes probation is a trap and you only find yourself rearrested at a later time.

If you need to discuss your situation, call 941 366 3506 for a free consultation.

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Regrettably the crackdown of prescription medication, particularly opiates like Oxycondone, Oxycontin, Percocet and Vicodin has had a terrible side effect. As the price of “Blues” goes up due to the reduction in supply, people addicted the pills have turned to shooting heroin or snorting heroin. Heroin on the street now goes for as little as ten to fifteen dollars a bag. As a criminal defense lawyer in Sarasota, I am saddened to see people switching from pills to heroin. The more the police crackdown on the numerous pill mills and doctor shopping, the greater the heroin epidemic.
I spoke with an addict in jail today charged with burglary and grand theft. He was stealing to support his $1000 a day heroin habit. He originally became addicted when one of the pain management doctors wrote him script after script for Oxycodone. Once the Oxycodone became unavailable he switched to the cheaper and more available hard stuff. Now he has tracks in his arms and is sitting in jail looking at State Prison on burglary of a dwelling and theft. The police need to provide an alternative when the supply of Oxys is cut off. Many people are turning to the Internet to get Opiates. They are led to believe that the DEA cannot track them. Think again! The Feds are tightening the noose on the offshore pill suppliers and I promise you, they can track your order right to your door.
If you are addicted and if it is ruining your life you need help. If you have been arrested for possession of a controlled substance or trafficking in Heroin because of the quantity you got caught with. You need help, not prison. I have been in the criminal justice system all my adult life as an agent, prosecutor and for the last 25 years a practicing experienced criminal defense attorney. I help people from Lee to Hillsborough. There is no charge for a free telephone consultation. Call today before you get busted and explore your alternatives 941-366-3506