The Bill of Rights contains many amendments pertaining to the rights of a person accused of a crime. When the government accuses a person of a crime, the accused is at risk of having his or her liberty taken away. As the founders believed liberty to be of the utmost importance, they place several important protections in place, including the right to be tried by a jury, the right to remain silent, and the right to be free of unreasonable searches and seizures.
One of the most important rights in the Constitution is the right to be represented by legal counsel. If you have been charged with a criminal offense in Broward County, either in the 17th Judicial Circuit or in the federal Southern District of Florida, you have a right to an attorney to advise you, represent you and protect those rights.
It is important to you take advantage of your right to legal counsel, and it is important that you pick the best option available to you. At Meltzer & Bell, P.A., we are skilled defense lawyers who got our start in Broward County courts as a prosecutor and as a public defender. We are ready to fight for you.
If you face any kind of charge in Broward County courts, including both state courts, like the 17th Judicial Circuit, or in federal courts, like the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of Florida, you can have an experienced attorney on your side. Call us at (954) 745-7457 to schedule a consultation.
Our office is in Fort Lauderdale, and we represent clients throughout the county, including in Hollywood, Pembroke Pines, Coral Springs, Deerfield Beach, Miramar, Pompano Beach, Weston, Davie, Plantation and Wilton Manors.
For the government to accuse a person of a crime, the act must be specifically prohibited in the law. Florida law contains most criminal charges in Title XLVI of Florida Statutes Annotated, although other laws regarding crimes are throughout the law. In addition, the U.S. Congress has the power to create criminal offenses, which are heard in federal courts.
Some of the types of offenses include:
The criminal process is a confusing one, and many issues may arise. Sometimes, they involve specific circumstances of the accused, or issues that a person is seeking to address that do not involve merely defending a person against charges. Some of these might be:
For any criminal accusation or any criminal matter in Broward County, you can turn to the dedicated attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A.. We are skilled at representing those facing criminal charges in Fort Lauderdale and the surrounding area in state and federal courts.
Call us today at (954) 745-7457 to schedule a free consultation. We can help you understand the pending charges, the best defenses to fight the charges, and the best ways to avoid the typical punishment.
This article was last updated on Friday, November 4, 2016.
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