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An encounter with law enforcement can be very intimidating, and it is natural to feel nervous that you are in some way violating the law. However, an arrest and a detention are very distinctive situations that have different conditions as far as your rights. It is very important to remember the distinction between a detention and an arrest, so that you understand what your rights are should one of these situations occur.
It is important to understand that if law enforcement confronts you, this does not always mean that you are under arrest. Remaining calm and maintaining civility are the best actions to take when being questioned by the police. It is also important to avoid running away, and always keep your hands visible to that the police can see them. The police need reasonable suspicion to detain an individual, and you have the right to ask the police why you have been detained. If you are not under arrest, you have the right to walk away. If the police still proceed to arrest you, you have the right to speak with an criminal defense attorney.
Law enforcement must have probable cause or a warrant to make an arrest. If a law enforcement officer has a reasonable belief, that there is in fact a high probability that you have been involved in criminal activity, the police officer may arrest you. If you are arrested, this means that you are officially being charged with a crime. As opposed to a detainment, you do not have the right to leave once an arrest has taken place. Once the arrest has been made, you can be held in jail for up to 24 hours, and you may have to pay bail to be released from custody.
It is important to quickly seek legal representation upon an arrest to protect your rights. A Criminal Defense Attorney can provide you with legal counsel, and advise you in regards to your rights. An experienced lawyer can also advise you in the actions and procedures that need to take place going forward. If you have been arrested, or issued a traffic citation, call Blick Law Firm today for a free 15-minute consultation. Think Quick, Call Blick!
In recent news, a nine month old baby was arrested for attempted murder in Pakistan. Due to a confrontation with the police over an unpaid bill, an entire Pakistani family was accused of attempted murder during a protest against gas cuts and price increases, along with their nine month old child. The child cried as his grandfather held him while the police took his fingerprints. The charges against the nine month old were eventually dropped however, it is deeply troubling that Pakistan’s criminal justice system would even allow something like this to happen.
Unfortunately, terrible situations such as this one occur every day in different parts of the world. As American’s, we are extremely fortunate to have a justice system designed to protect us from such unthinkable situations.
As a democratic nation, our constitution safeguards us from government abuse and Constitution safeguards us from government abuse and oppression. The American criminal justice system upholds the legal rights of American citizens that are accused and convicted of committing a crime. The civil rights and liberties expressed within the American constitution are heavily enforced in the United States; they must be upheld in order to protect the natural birthright of freedom and liberty that belongs to all people.
The American justice system entitles all citizens the right to a fair and unbiased trial in the event of an arrest. In the United States, all individuals are considered innocent until proven guilty in the court of Law. Every citizen of the United States also has the right to a criminal defense attorney.
Blick Law Firm strives to protect the rights of all its clients by providing exceptional legal representation in criminal law. The experienced attorneys at Blick Law Firm are dedicated to “helping the hurting”, and diligently work hard to provide excellent legal counsel. Founded on Christian values, Blick law firm strives not only to meet the legal needs of clients, but also aims to instill hope for the future through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Often times you may be asked a wide range of questions during a deposition. However, there may be instances where questions asked have nothing to do with the case at hand. The nature of these questions can sometimes be extremely personal to provoke the one being questioned.
Should this situation arise, it is important not to feel pressured or intimidated, and to practice maintaining a high level of professionalism and poise despite emotional stimulation.
If you are asked a question that makes you feel like you are being harassed or baited, you have the right to consult your criminal defense attorney before answering the question. An experienced lawyer can object the question, and advise you in whether or not your answer is necessary.
As an example, pop star Justin Bieber recently underwent a deposition where he was questioned repeatedly about his career and personal life. The annoyed pop star quickly responded with sarcasm and aggression. Bieber proceeded to sarcastically answer questions, wink at the camera, and display an uninterested and arrogant attitude throughout the entire deposition. This type of behavior is not recommended as it can hinder your character and credibility, which can complicate and possibly affect the outcome of your case.
Here are few tips for proper deposition preparation:
- Be sure to talk with your attorney beforehand
- Make sure that you are fully aware and knowledgeable about what is going on with your case
- Have a discussion with your attorney about how to handle such questions should they arise
Attorney Michael C. Blickensderfer has over 25 years’ legal experience, and is dedicated to serving his clients. Grounded in Christian values, Blick Law Firm strives to provide excellent legal representation while instilling hope for the future through the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Contact Blick Law Firm today for a free case evaluation. Think Quick, Call Blick!
Published on May 15, 2013
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Today’s topic: Tampa Bay Law Firm Expansion
Blick Law Firm is currently at 4351 Gunn Highway, but will be moving this summer just down the road! Our new location will be the main location to assist clients in an array of services: Personal Injury, Immigration, Real Estate, Bankruptcy and Criminal Law.
We will be moving Summer 2013! So be sure to stay tuned on Minute with Mike for upcoming videos regarding our move and open house to the public.
Blick Law Firm has over 25 year’s legal experience in Florida, New York and New Jersey. Seek direction from a Tampa Christian law firm today!
Blick law Firm is a local Tampa Bay legal firm specializing in chapter 7 and chapter 13 bankruptcy, personal injury, criminal and real estate law all across the state of Florida.
The owner, Michael C. Blickensderfer has 25 years legal experience in Florida, New York and New Jersey. Blick Law Firms practice areas include criminal law, DUI/ Traffic, real estate transactions, loan modifications, short sales, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, title insurance and real estate litigation.
We also serve clients in personal injury, including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls premises liability, dog bites, marine and aviation accidents and wrongful death.
For further information regarding our legal services please visit our website at www.blicklawfirm.com. Former prosecutor, former Marine. Think quick, call Blick!
About Blick Law Firm
Blick law Firm is a local Tampa Bay legal firm specializing in personal injury, criminal and real estate law all across the state of Florida. The owner, Michael C. Blickensderfer, has over 25 years’ legal experience in Florida, New York and New Jersey. Blick Law Firms practice areas include criminal law, DUI/ Traffic, real estate transactions, loan modifications, short sales, foreclosure defense, bankruptcy, title insurance and real estate litigation. We also serve clients in personal injury, including auto accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and falls premises liability, dog bites, marine and aviation accidents and wrongful death. For further information regarding our legal services please visit our website at www.blicklawfirm.com.
During the transition into the New Year, most people spend extra time celebrating with friends and family. However, every New Year people tend to get carried away in their celebrations and face the risk of being arrested. Due to an increased tendency to behave irresponsibly during these festive times, arrests for DUI, trespass, disorderly conduct, and various alcohol related offenses tend to increase accordingly. It is important to remember to always be responsible during and after New Year’s celebrations, but also to be aware of your rights in the event that you are arrested.
When confronted by police, people often become nervous because they are unsure if they may be in violation of some ordinance or law. The difference between merely being detained by police and arrested creates different limitations to your rights. It is important to understand what you can do. Police may stop you, and it is not considered an arrest if you are just briefly detained.
A detainment occurs when an officer stops and questions a person of interest, generally for a shorter period of time, and requires less than “probable cause” to make a detainment. An officer can detain anyone if they have a “reasonable suspicion” that the person committed or was involved in any criminal activity.
In the event you are stopped for questioning, it is important to remain calm, be polite, keep your hands visible at all times, and do not attempt to flee. You do have the right to remain silent, however, it is best to identify yourself first and then notify the officer that you are exercising your right to silence.
If you are unsure of the situation, you can ask the officer why you have been detained and if you are under arrest. If at that time you are not under arrest, you have the right to leave. If the officer proceeds to arrest you, you have the right to speak to a Criminal Defense Attorney.
An arrest occurs only upon a determination of “probable cause”, this means the officer must have more than just a “suspicion”, the officer must have a “reasonable belief” that you committed a crime. Once the arrest is made, an officer can lawfully conduct a search incident to arrest of your person for weapons, evidence, and contraband. At this point, the officer can hold you in jail for up to 24 hours or until a warrant is issued for the charges.
Anytime you are stopped and arrested it is important to quickly consult a Criminal Attorney regarding your rights and advice on what you should do. If you have been arrested for a criminal offense, or even issued a citation for a traffic violation, call Blick Law Firm today at (813) 931-0840 to schedule an appointment for a free 15 minute consultation with attorney Michael Blickensderfer. Think quick, call Blick!
Domestic Violence is a serious criminal offense that occurs frequently in Florida, and the sensitive nature of the offense is sometimes diminished by a misconception that it is often falsely reported. However, the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics considers Domestic Violence to be one of the most chronically underreported crimes, and according to reports it is estimated that 85 % of Domestic Violence victims are women
Domestic Violence is statutorily defined in Florida as “any assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment, or any criminal offense resulting in physical injury or death of one family or household member by another family or household member.”
Incidents of Domestic Violence effect Floridians daily, and according to the Florida Coalition Against Domestic Violence, the following Domestic Violence statistics took place between 2010 and 2011 alone:
- 113,378 crimes of domestic violence were reported to Florida law enforcement agencies resulting in 67,810 arrests.
- Florida’s certified domestic violence centers provided 477,489 nights of emergency shelter to 15,789 survivors of domestic violence and their children.
- Advocates created 87,474 tailored safety plans, provided a total of 484,950 hours of outreach and counseling services, and answered 130,393 domestic violence hotline calls from individual seeking emergency services, information, and safety planning assistance.
Domestic Violence continues to be a growing problem that effects all genders, all races, and all ages. Additionally, the effect on children who witness incidents of Domestic Violence is extensive; and families must be made aware of the trauma, and life altering consequences that can occur due to exposure to Domestic Violence.