Each year, millions of people visit central Florida on vacation to either enjoy our sunny beaches and tropical weather, or come into the Orlando area to visit theme parks such as Walt Disney World, Epcot Center, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Animal Kingdom, MGM Studios, Blizzard Beach, and Wet 'n Wild. Sometimes visitors on vacation to the area make a mistake and find themselves involved in the criminal process. Some tourists find themselves arrested for or accused of shoplifting, theft, DUI, or prostitution and solicitation.
Many of our vacationing guests have never been arrested in their entire life – and find themselves overwhelmed by the criminal process. We know that everyone makes mistakes, and our criminal defense attorneys are committed to defending your constitutional rights.
Resolving Criminal Cases For Tourists
When you are accused of a crime in another state, it is important to have an attorney on your side who fully understands the state's criminal laws and the criminal justice system. Our firm has extensive knowledge of these matters and can advise you on all of the options we have for seeking a solution to the charges you are facing:
- Pretrial diversion programs: Most frequently offered to first-time offenders, pretrial diversion is an option that is designed to provide monitoring, support and education to prevent any future offenses. Participants find that these types of programs are similar to probation, as you may be required to complete and/or comply with treatment, education classes, community service, random drug testing, report to an official on a regular basis and stay out of trouble with the law. Upon completion of a pretrial diversion program, you are able to legally say that you have never been convicted of a crime, as the program completion resulted in your criminal case being dismissed.
- Plea or plea bargain: If a pretrial diversion program is not an option for you, we can work with the prosecutor's office to arrange a plea bargain. This is often an acceptance of a lesser charge and the resulting punishment. When organizing a plea, we look to see that the penalties are lessened and have a minimal impact on your life.
- Criminal trial: If we cannot secure a plea bargain, then the case will proceed to trial. This is the time where we are able to present all of the evidence on your behalf and argue for your innocence. We pride ourselves on our ability to articulate your situation in a way that a jury of your peers can understand.
Contact a Tourist Criminal Defense Lawyer
You need to know that these types of mistakes will follow and stay with you for a long time. A conviction can affect your freedom, liberties, ability to work – and worse, it will damage your reputation. Any type of criminal charge can pull you into the Florida criminal legal system, which can be both frightening and potentially embarrassing. Regardless of where you are from, it is important that you hire an experienced attorney to defend your constitutional rights and work toward a possible outcome that suits your best interests.
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