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Experienced and Successful Sarasota Criminal Defense Attorney

Getting arrested is a terrible experience, but it’s important to remember that an arrest is only the first step in a legal process, and just because you’ve been arrested, it doesn’t mean that you are guilty of any crime. Unless you confess or plead guilty to the charges brought against you, the burden is on the state to prove those charges, and if they can’t prove them beyond a reasonable doubt to a unanimous jury, you have every right to walk out of that courtroom a free person. The police are not infallible. They make mistakes. Sometimes people get charged with crimes they didn’t commit, or they get charged with offenses that aren’t supported by the evidence against them. Other times, law enforcement officers make mistakes in the handling of evidence or the way they conduct a stop, search, seizure or arrest, and they shouldn’t be allowed to use any evidence against you that they didn’t obtain lawfully.

Sarasota criminal defense attorney Patrick M. Hale is a former Assistant State Attorney who handled misdemeanor and felony cases on behalf of the state of Florida, taking dozens of cases to trial and verdict. As a DUI prosecutor, attorney Patrick Hale worked with law enforcement officers every day. He knows the proper way to conduct a police stop, search or arrest, and he knows what to look for when evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the prosecutor’s case. Contact Hale Law, P.A. for strong, effective criminal defense of felonies and misdemeanors in Sarasota and Bradenton, including:

You have the right to defend yourself with the help of experienced legal counsel

Even though you may have been arrested and charged with a crime, you are presumed innocent unless proven otherwise. This means that the state has to prove you are guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in the eyes of a jury. Every criminal offense is composed of a number of elements, and it is the prosecutor’s burden to prove every element of the alleged offense before you can be convicted of a crime. For instance, to be convicted of possession of illegal drugs, the district attorney must be able to prove all of the following elements:

  • The substance in your possession is, in fact, a controlled substance, such as marijuana, cocaine or methamphetamine
  • You knew that you were in possession of an illegal substance
  • You had actual control over the substance by having the drugs in your physical possession or exercising control over the location where the drugs were found

Often, proving “intent” is the most difficult element of an offense for the prosecution to prove, but for each element of a crime, there are often one or more defenses that may be available. You have the right to put forward all available defenses, and you have the right to be represented by a smart, strong and effective criminal defense lawyer whose job is to look out for your best interests.

Get help after an arrest in Sarasota or Bradenton

Were you:

  • Stopped or pulled over for no reason and subjected to a search of your car or belongings?
  • Forced to take a breath test without any suspicion you’d been drinking?
  • Charged with possession but they weren’t your drugs?
  • Arrested for domestic battery after a misunderstanding or false accusation?
  • Talked into buying drugs by an undercover cop when it was never your intent to do so?

A criminal conviction can hurt your freedom, your reputation, your pocketbook, your job, your driver’s license, your professional license, your civil rights, your marriage and your relationship with your kids. The police and prosecutors can be intimidating, but don’t let them manipulate you into pleading guilty to a crime before you’ve had a chance to talk to an experienced and successful criminal defense attorney. You may have defenses available to the crime charged, and your lawyer may be able to get you a much better outcome than if you leave yourself to the mercy of the courts.

Experienced and Aggressive Sarasota Criminal Defense Attorney

After an arrest for DUI, possession or other criminal offenses in Sarasota or Bradenton, call Hale Law, P.A. at 941-735-4529 for a no-cost, confidential consultation. We’ll let you know your options and help you get the best result for your particular situation.

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