If you or someone you know has been arrested, it’s essential that you have all the information necessary to make the best possible decisions. The best step you can make toward getting the results you want in your case is getting an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. can provide invaluable counsel and aggressive defense for both misdemeanor and felony charges, including traffic crime offenses, drug possession, burglary/theft, domestic violence and violent crimes.
After you have been arrested in South Florida, there are some important facts and guidelines you should remember. First, do not discuss your case with anyone other than your criminal defense lawyer. As much as you want to communicate with your friends, family, colleagues, even cellmates, what is happening, you should not reveal any information regarding the case—anything you say can be used against you. Also, do not contact any law enforcement agency, District Attorney, or City Attorney without first consulting your lawyer. Remember once again: anything you say can be used against you. If contacted by any law enforcement investigation, immediately and politely refuse to answer any questions without your lawyer present. And do not consent to any search or turn over anything to law enforcement without consulting your attorney. Following your arrest, while your memory of the incident is still fresh, immediately identify and locate any potential witnesses who may have any information that can help your criminal defense attorney. Everything you tell and discuss with your lawyer at the Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. is confidential and will not be used against you.
It’s also important that you know your rights. Upon your arrest, the law enforcement officer should read you your Miranda Rights, which are: You have the right to remain silent; anything you say may be used against you; You have the right to have a lawyer present while you are questioned; If you cannot afford a lawyer, one will be appointed to you. If you are not given these warnings, and you are in custody, your criminal defense attorney can ask that any statements you made to the police not be used against you in court. This does not mean your case will be dismissed and does not apply to volunteer information with being questioned by the police. So once again, remember the importance of not discussing anything with law enforcement or anyone else without consulting your lawyer. Yale Galanter, with more than 30 years of criminal defense experience, has the skill needed to help you through every stage of your case.
One aspect of criminal law that people should understand is searches on your person, home, or vehicle. If you know your rights, you will be better equipped to handle a situation in which an officer wants to conduct a search. If you are arrested, an officer can search you without a warrant. However, strip searches should be not conducted for offenses that do not involve weapons, drugs, or violence unless the police have reason to suspect you are concealing a weapon or illegal goods. If you are booked and jailed, you may undergo a full body search. In emergencies, such as when an officer may be trying to prevent someone from destroying evidence, your home can be searched without your consent and without a warrant. If you are taken into custody while in your home, an officer can search without a warrant in the limited area surrounding the place where you were arrested. With car searches, both car and trunk can be searched without your consent or a warrant if an officer has good reason to believe that may contain illegal or stolen goods, or evidence. If law enforcement stops your car for any legal reason, such as broken taillight, they can seize any illegal goods that stand in plain sight.
Law enforcement has the power to take away your most prized possession: your freedom. Being arrested for a crime can be confusing and frightening. Make sure you have Yale Galanter and his team of experienced lawyers on your side. A conviction can severely impact your future, so it’s imperative to take action quickly. With the Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A., you will have the best possible chance of getting out of this situation unscathed. Do not wait any longer to secure strong and effective legal defense. Contact the Law Offices of Yale L. Galanter, P.A. right away at (305) 576-0244 (Dade) or (954) 524-6600 (Ft. Lauderdale).