Prefile Intervention

Were you recently named as a suspect in an investigation? Have police tried to speak with you about your alleged involvement in a particular crime? What you may not realize is that you can get a criminal defense lawyer to protect your reputation even before formal charges are filed. Prefile intervention or prefile representation allows an attorney to step in and challenge the beginning phases of a police investigation.

After a person is named the suspect of a criminal offense in Orlando, a detective calls him or her to question his or her level of involvement in the particular crime. The detective also collects information from the suspect’s spouse or any available witnesses like family members, friends, employers or coworkers who might know something about the crime. There may also be video or audio evidence of the suspect, which he or might not know about that “proves” he or she was involved. Before the suspect is even questioned, law enforcement officers already assume they have their guy.

Orlando Criminal Lawyers Form a “Big Shield” Against Police

Although it may seem like the law enforcement officer approaching you after you were accused of an offense just wants to get “your side of the story,” the law enforcement officer will often come armed with what he or she believes to be evidence of your guilt. Getting an attorney involved at the onset of an investigation allows the attorney to force law enforcement officers to respect your right against self-incrimination.

A lawyer who represents a defendant from the onset of a case acts can shield his client against police intrusion. In many cases, without the client’s confession government officials cannot prove their case. These cases can often get dropped since there is no evidence to prove them. At The Umansky Law Firm, our criminal defense lawyers have helped hundreds of clients avoid formal criminal charges.

Recent Case Result

Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

The Umansky Law Firm represented a client in Osceola County accused of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. The minimum mandatory sentence for this alleged offense is 20 years in prison. The allegation was that our client shot a firearm towards the alleged victim – therefore Florida’s “10/20/Life” sentencing provisions applied. We contacted the alleged victim, who stated she did not want to prosecute. We prepared an affidavit from the alleged victim to the prosecutor stating her desire to have the charges dropped. On the day of trial, we were successful in getting the charges dropped against our client after the prosecutor dismissed the charges!

Advantages of Prefile Representation

From the moment an accusation is made against you until the prosecution makes a filing decision, an experienced Orlando criminal defense attorney with The Umansky Law Firm can work to mitigate the odds that criminal charges will be filed. Additionally, an attorney who can offer representation before charges are filed can:

  • Conduct a prefile investigation, gather physical evidence, witness testimony and more that supports your innocence and present this information to the prosecuting attorney to attempt to dissuade him from filing formal charges.
  • Make it possible to receive a summons to appear in court instead of enduring the violence and embarrassment of a physical arrest.
  • By avoiding arrest, you can avoid being taken into custody, spending a night or multiple nights in jail, taking a booking photo, and seeing a judge.

Tips for Communicating with Law Enforcement

You may be wondering “should I ever talk to a police officer?” and if so, you may be surprised to learn that we do not advise that you speak with any member of law enforcement until you have already acquired an attorney who is familiar with your case. These days, one can never be sure of a police officer’s ulterior motives for questioning you. Seemingly innocent questions can lead you to reveal information that they can use to strengthen their case against you.

If police come knocking on your door, be sure to politely inform them that you would like to speak with your lawyer before communicating with them. Give nothing more than your name and date of birth, and assure them that your attorney will contact them.

To learn more about how a devoted criminal defense lawyer can benefit your case the moment you discover you are under investigation, contact The Umansky Law Firm by calling (407) 238-3838 or contact us online. We are available 24/7 via online chat.

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Burglary of Dwelling; Petit Theft

Withhold with 6 months probation and impulse control; adjudication withheld

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

CT-Driving Under the Influence Car (M1)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

Refuse To Submit To DUI Test (M1)

Case Dropped

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (F3); Disorderly Conduct (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Battery

Charges Dropped

Scheme to Defraud(F3); Grand Theft(F3)

Motion to Terminate Probation Granted

Unlawful Speed

Dismissed

Failed to Yield at Intersection

Not Guilty

Leave Scene Of A Crash W/Property Damage (M2)

Case Dropped

Motion to Modify and Impose a Withhold of Adjudication

Granted

Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance

Charges dropped

Possession of Cannabis (less than 20 grams)

Charges dropped

VOP for DUI

Reduced to reckless driving

Possession of Alcohol Under the Age of 21

Charges dropped

Driving Under the Influence

Reduced to Reckless Driving

Violation of Probation

Case Dismissed

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