If your friend, relative or loved one has just been arrested, make it your first action to contact me, Attorney Richard Tendler, by calling (561) 855-0255 or by filling out the case evaluation form on my website.
The Florida Constitution requires that when someone is arrested, they must either be given a bond or if they are not given a bond, they must be brought before a Judge within 24 hours of the arrest. This is what is called a "First Appearance" hearing. At this hearing, the Judge will determine the amount of the bond to be set and any other conditions of release. Having an attorney present at this hearing can make a significant difference, as it may help you secure a lower bond amount and an early release from custody.
Call or visit my office as early as possible to arrange for me to appear at the First Appearance Hearing or to retain me to assist with having your friend or relative released on bond.
As soon as you can speak with your friend or family member, whether over the phone or in person, advise him or her to exercise the right to remain silent. This may be the most important piece of advice that you can give at this stage in the case. Your loved one may be asked to discuss the alleged crime with investigators, but agreeing to talk about the situation could be an enormous mistake. Criminal suspects frequently think that if they are cooperative and friendly with the police they will perhaps be able to resolve the situation and avoid prosecution.
This simply is not true. The police would not have arrested your loved one unless they already believed they had evidence to support a conviction, and anything else they get the suspect to say will only be used to support the case. Your family member has a Constitutional right against self-incrimination. Recommend that he or she insists on having an attorney present at all times during questioning.
This may be an intensely stressful experience for your family, especially if this is the first time you have been involved in the criminal justice system. You may not know what will happen next or what to expect as the case progresses. Give yourself the benefit of having an experienced attorney on your side to help you navigate the process and fight for a favorable outcome. I have been fighting to defend my clients' rights for 15 years, and I take each client's case very personally. You will have my cell phone number so that you can get answers and help when you need them, and your case will not be passed off to another attorney. Contact me now to discuss the situation and allow me to begin working on a defense strategy.