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"If you are looking for an attorney who is committed to his work, will truly fight for you and give his all for a positive outcome then Josh Adams is the attorney you want!
I went to Mr. Adams in search of an attorney who was personable and truly cared about his clients; promptly answers phone calls and emails; he's an attorney who will not give up. He'll challenge prosecution plea deals and not take the easy way out. He fights for you!
My son had some pretty heavy charges against him and Mr. Adams worked diligently to get the best possible deal for my son's release from jail. He arranged a conference with the judge and prosecution and after an hour my son was being released from jail, no prison time, no adjudications. Not that there weren't consequences, but they were ones that could be dealt with.
My son, aged 19, now has the chance to review his future and head in the right direction which would not have been possible without Mr. Adams. In the beginning it was thought this could take up to six months, from the start of representation to the end it took less than three.
Thank you Mr. Adams for your hard work, dedication and commitment to our case; for the assistance you gave my son I would highly recommend you to anyone in need of an attorney.
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Written by: Jana K.
Date Published: 10/14/2013
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Arrested, Now What?
You've been arrested in Florida, now what?
Law enforcement is in charge of investigating crime. They don't choose what you get charged with, with the exception of some criminal traffic charges, or whether you are formally charged with a crime. After the initial investigation, which may or may not involve an arrest, if law enforcement believe they have probable cause to believe you committed a crime, the case package is forwarded to the prosecuting authority, usually the local Office of the State Attorney, for a formal charging decision.
After the initial investigation, the prosecuting authority, usually the local Office of the State Attorney, will make a formal charging decision. Trained prosecutors will make the decision as to what you are charged with if anything. Sometimes this happens immediately after you are arrested or investigated, but sometimes this process can take weeks or even months.
Should you hire an attorney now?
You should definitely speak to an attorney. If you can't afford to hire a private attorney, then you are entitled to have an attorney appointed, usually a public defender. Public defenders are often experienced competent attorneys. However, you will likely not be able to choose your public defender and they are often spread thin to the extent that they can't communicate as often as a private attorney may be. If you haven't been formally charged, you may have a difficult time discussing your case with a public defender.
If you have been charged or may be charged with a crime, you should immediately schedule a consultation with a criminal defense attorney to discuss your case and your options. Most criminal defense attorneys allow a free of charge initial consultation. There may be ways to resolve your case that result in your case never being formally charged, dismissed, or to have adjudication of guilty withheld.
Once you hire an attorney, you may not be required to attend many of the court dates and pretrial hearings. You and your attorney will discuss a strategy to best handle your particular case.
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is a serious criminal offense. You will need an experienced DUI lawyer to fight for you. A conviction for a DUI can lead to incarceration and your license will be suspended. There are substantial consequences to you and your family.