Frequently Asked Questions Videos

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What is white-collar crime?
I was arrested. What are the next steps?
What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor?
What is the difference between hiring an attorney and using the appointed public defender?
What is the difference between assault and battery?
Should I talk to the police?
Do I have to consent when the police ask me to allow them to search my car or house?
How long does a state have to file criminal charges?
How long can the state keep me after I have been arrested, before they file charges against me?
Once charges have been filed against me, how long before I receive a trial?
Who can get bail after being arrested?
What is the difference between jail and prison in Florida?
When do the police have to read me my rights in Florida?
What is the difference between detention and arrest in Florida?
Do the police need a warrant to arrest me in Florida?
I taped some harassing telephone conversations with my ex-girlfriend. Can we use these tapes in the court?
What are Miranda rights or Miranda warnings?
What does beyond a reasonable doubt mean?
How will my sentence be decided in Florida?
Is there any difference between being sent to jail or prison in Florida?
What is a pre-sentence investigation report and what is it used for in Florida?
What should I do if I get a call that a loved one has been arrested?
Do I need an attorney for my criminal case in Florida?
I am guilty, have no defense, and just want to get this over with. Should I even bother getting an attorney?
My offense is minor. Do I really even need a attorney or can I just handle this on my own?
What are the rules of criminal procedure in Florida?
What is a computer crime?
What is a federal crime?
What is the difference between procedural and substantive law in criminal law?
What is the role of the prosecutor?
Where is my court located in my criminal case?
Why did I have to post bond?
Why do I have no bond in my case?
Can a person be guilty of drunk driving in Florida if they only had one drink?
Can the police come and get me in my house in Florida?
Can the police get a warrant if someone told them I was doing something illegal?
Can the police legally stop me in Florida, even if I did nothing wrong?
If I am charged with a crime in Florida, can I be convicted just based on someone else’s word?
It is just his or her word against mine? Can the police even charge me?
How do I know what class my crime falls into? Petty offenses, misdemeanors, or felonies?
The police did not read me my rights. Does that mean that the arrest is invalid and the charges will be dismissed?
The police want me to give them permission to search my house, car, computer, camera, etc. Should I give it to them?
This is the first time I am in trouble in Florida. Will the prosecutor treat this charge like it is my first offense?
What rights do I have in Florida when a law enforcement officer asks me questions?
Are criminal records ever automatically expunged in Florida?
Can an expungement be denied in Florida?
How can I clear my criminal record in Florida?
If my criminal record is expunged, do I ever have to admit that I have a criminal record?
My girlfriend and I got in a fight and I hit her. We made up and are back together. Can she just drop the charges?
What can be expunged from a criminal record in Florida?
What happens if I am pulled over for drunk driving in Florida?
What happens in a federal detention hearing?
What is expungement in Florida?
Who can get their court record expunged in Florida?
Can a federal judge order me to surrender a foreign passport to get bail?
Can I move if I am on probation in Florida?
Can probation be revoked in Florida?
Can I appeal being found guilty of violating probation in Florida?
Do I have to complete the entire probation time?
Does community service or probation appear on my permanent record in Florida?
What types of punishments do I face if convicted of a crime in Florida?
Who sets a sentence in Florida and how is it determined?
I was given a ticket and released with a date to appear in court. What do I do?
The police want me to talk about a crime they think I committed. Should I comply?
The police want to get my side of the story. Should I give a statement?
What happens if I am arrested for drinking and driving in Florida?
Can social media or internet information be used to prove a case against me in court?
Can text messages, emails, or Facebook posts be used to prove threatening conduct against me in court?
What steps should I take if I have posted something threatening or incriminating on social media?
Can the police take my cell phone if they are investigating a crime?
What are the myths and facts about domestic violence?
Can I be prosecuted for domestic violence or spousal abuse if the victim does not press charges?
Should I hire a drug or narcotics attorney?
What are the legal distinctions between possession, dealing, and trafficking in controlled substances in Florida?
What are some types of drug crimes?
How can the government prove drug possession beyond a reasonable doubt?
Is refusing to let the police search me an admission of guilt?
What if the search and seizure is not legal?
If I am not doing anything illegal, should I just let the police search me?
What if the officer says they will go easy on me if I cooperate?
What counts as evidence for intent to distribute drugs in Florida?
Does it matter where I was arrested, like near a school, in determining how I am charged?
Is there such a crime as conspiracy with intent to distribute drugs?
Am I subject to asset forfeiture in drug possession or drug dealing cases?
Drugs were found in my car, but they are not mine. I was arrested. Do I need an attorney?
I was told that if I do not hire a lawyer, one will be provided. What is the difference?
What is the best way for me to find the top drunk driving defense attorney to handle my Florida drunk driving case?
Will I be charged to speak to an attorney about my Florida drunk driving case?
What happens if I refuse a breath test in Florida?
What symptoms and behavior is the officer looking for during the initial detention at the scene of a DUI or DWI?
Can I be stopped and arrested for DUI or DWI in Florida even if the vehicle was not moving?
What makes a DUI or DWI a felony?
I actually passed the breath test, but the police still arrested me. How is that possible?
Am I always going to know if I am the target of a federal investigation?
Can any criminal defense lawyer defend me in a federal criminal case?
What is 10/20/LIFE?
What should I do if I am accused of rape?
What should I do if I am accused of criminal sexual internet activity involving minors?
What is burglary?
What is the difference between deferred adjudication and probation in Florida?