I have been practicing criminal law for 24 years and have seen a wide variety of reactions by people who are being arrested. Some of these reactions are unwise but understandable. Others are self defeating to the point of being bizarre. No one plans to be arrested, but it might help to think just once…

Tampa Criminal Law Experts Is it legal for the police to search my car if they smell marijuana? Tampa Criminal Lawyer Blog Series Part 2 Previously, we asked, “is it legal for the police to search my car if they smell marijuana? Specifically, we discussed the Florida Supreme Court Ruling of State v. Betz, a…

Tampa Search and Seizure Lawyers Is it legal for the police to search my car if they smell marijuana? Tampa Criminal Lawyer Blog Series Part 1 of 2 Have you ever wondered, “What is legally permitted in traffic stop search?” This question often causes confusion. Do the police have the right to conduct a search of…

The single most important thing to remember if you are arrested is that you have the right to remain silent and the right to an attorney, but these rights protect you onlyif you use them! If you are arrested, the best thing that you can do for yourself is to keep quiet until you are represented…

How Criminal Cases Work In general, criminal cases have the following steps. Click on each step to learn more. The Arrest When the police arrest someone (the defendant), they take him or her to jail. Then, 1 of 3 things happens: • The defendant is released if the prosecutor (usually the district attorney or the…

Anyone can be arrested, and it could happen to you even if your only prior brush with the law is a traffic ticket. If you find yourself under arrest in the back of a squad car on the way to the police station, do you know what to do? Do you know what to expect?…

What Should I Know If I Am Arrested? What is an arrest? When you are arrested, you are taken into custody. This means that you are not free to leave the scene. Without being arrested, however, you still could be detained or held for questioning for a short time if a police officer or other…

Getting pulled over can make even the most law-abiding citizen’s heart race. You should understand what you can and can’t do. Most people know they don’t have to take a breathalyzer. But in 26 states, you don’t have to show an officer your ID during detention either. And refusing a search doesn’t serve as an…

When someone is arrested by the police, a specific series of events follows. The police must follow legal procedures during the actual arrest process, and at many other stages along the way to actually placing a suspect in jail. An arrest occurs when police take you into custody and is complete the moment you, as…

Tampa’s City Ordinance for Open Container “City of Tampa Code of Ordinances, Chapter 3, Alcoholic Beverages, Article IV, Section 3-40, prohibits possession of open containers of alcoholic beverages outside of licensed premises.

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