If you have been arrested for possession of drugs in Orlando, you need a criminal defense attorney on your side. Possession of drugs may be a misdemeanor or a felony in the State of Florida, depending on how much drugs are in your possession. Both of these charges have the potential to drastically impact your life, which is why you should start developing your defense strategy as soon as possible…after your arrest.
Here’s what to do if you’ve been arrested for possession of drugs in Orlando.
Upon Your Arrest
While most people know that possession of drugs is a crime in Florida, they don’t know what to do if they are ever arrested for possession. The fact of the matter is, whether you are guilty or not, you have rights that should be exercised and protected. If you’ve been arrested:
- Don’t fight the arresting officer. Resisting arrest will reflect poorly on you and provide the prosecutor with additional evidence. Obey the officer’s directions, even if you feel you are being wrongly convicted.
- Pay attention, keep calm, and remain silent. The officer must read you your Miranda Rights. These rights protect you from self-incrimination, make sure they are read to you and that you understand them. Don’t feel pressured into admitting anything. Stay calm and polite and answer only the most basic of identification questions like your name and address.
- Ask to speak to an Attorney. Law enforcement is absolutely not allowed to question you after your request to seek assistance of counsel.
- Do not enter a plea. Do not plead guilty upon arrest as it can influence your case. Remember, the Fifth Amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects your right to remain silent.
- Contact a possession of drugs attorney in Orlando. At your first opportunity, you should request an attorney. This will stop all lines of questioning for the time being.
After Your Release
You may be released on bail or after a preliminary hearing at which the charges against you will be presented. If you have not yet met with your attorney, one of the first things you should do is arrange a meeting to discuss your defense strategy. Follow your attorney’s guidance and do exactly what he or she tells you during this time.
Contact The Florida Practice For Defense Against Possession Of Drugs In Orlando
If you, a family member or a friend have been arrested for a possession of drugs in Orlando, contact The Florida Practice to speak with Mr. McDonnell about the charges against you and the options that you have in defending against those charges.
Contact us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 888-422-4200 for a confidential consultation.