FAQs

If you are involved in a criminal case it is important to understand your rights. A criminal defense attorney will be able to review the facts of your case and advise you of your rights and what to expect. At the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, we provide our clients with the best representation possible. Contact our offices immediately for a free consultation of your criminal defense case.

Criminal Law FAQS:

If I am arrested, what are my rights? Under the U.S. Constitution, you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney. You must be allowed to contact an attorney before making any statements to law enforcement.

What does “right to a speedy trial” refer to? This derives from the 6th Amendment of the Constitution, which reads: “in all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial by an impartial jury”. However, there is not a specific guideline to determine what exactly constitutes a “speedy trial”. In Florida a misdemeanor is normally brought before a jury within 90 days and a felony within 175 days.

Why should I hire an attorney? You should hire a criminal defense attorney to protect your rights and your freedom. An experienced attorney will know the ins and outs of the court system and will be able to get the best possible outcome for your case.

If I am stopped for driving under the influence (DUI), do I have to take the breath, blood or sobriety tests? No, you have the right to refuse all tests. However, you may be automatically arrested for refusal and charged with a DUI. Refusing a chemical test to determine your blood alcohol level will result in the automatic suspension of your driver’s license.

If I am 17 and arrested for murder, can I be tried as an adult? Yes. In Florida, the prosecution can request that you be charged as an adult for murder.

If charged with a sex crime, even if it’s my first offense, do I have to register with the state as a sex offender? Yes. In Florida, even if this is your first offense and conviction, you still must register as a sex offender.

If you have been accused of or charged with a serious crime, we understand how frustrating it can be. At the Law Offices of Whittel & Melton, our desire is to uphold your legal rights and to establish an excellent attorney-client relationship.

Questions about criminal defense crimes? Contact an experienced today!