If you are facing your first arrest or criminal offense, chances are you are either young and have made a bad decision or are older and have made a bad decision. Either way, you are in a situation you have not been in before, and it is going to affect your life, at least in the short term, going forward.
In a situation like yours, one that is serious and with a potential long-term impact, it is crucial that the matter be handled properly. In order to ensure that your matter is resolved in the best way possible for you, your family, and your future, you should contact an experienced first-time criminal defense attorney. An experienced attorney can relieve a great deal of your anxiety. He can explain to you the process that is about to occur and how to best position yourself throughout the prosecution to achieve the best result for you. The fear of the unknown can be powerful. An attorney can relieve that anxiety by explaining to you what is going to happen over the next few days, weeks, and months.
As a first-time offender, there may be many options for resolving your case. You may be eligible to have the case dismissed either on the merits or through a diversion program. You may be eligible to have adjudication withheld in order to avoid having a criminal conviction on your record. There may be other alternatives available to you to put you in a position to have this matter sealed or expunged. Representation can guide you to the best resolution.
If, prior to this arrest, you had a clean record, it may be possible to restore that status. However, it is essential to talk to an attorney early to put you in the best possible position to make that happen.
If you have a question regarding your first arrest, do not hesitate to give us a call at 727-896-7000.
You can also read more about our First Time Criminal Offense Program.
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