Each year, our firm sees dozens of students from Tampa's local universities who have been arrested on a wide variety of charges, including DUI, petit theft, battery, and underage drinking.
In Tampa, Florida these are serious crimes that carry penalties randing from probation to up to a year in jail. Felony offenses carry even more serious penalties. Students are also in a unique situation where they may face penalties at the university level if convicted.
The first thing you should do after an arrest is call a criminal defense attorney. Our firm has handled thousands of cases involving students since we opened back in 1989. If you or a student you know has been charged with a crime in Tampa, Florida, call us today for a free confidential consultation.
You may want to also remember to ask your attorney these questions when going over the facts of your case:
- Was my arrest lawful?
- Was I read my Miranda rights properly?
- What are the maximum penalties associated with the crime I have been charged with?
- What are the defenses to this crime?
- What do you expect the outcome of this case will be?
- Do I have to report this arrest to my employer/the University?
- Can my attorney waive my appearance at court dates?
After going over these questions with an attorney, you should also find out where your vehicle is if it has been impounded. Impound fees can add up very quickly. You should also let your bondsman know you have hired an attorney, if applicable.
If you have further questions do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.