“I was stopped by police for speeding and given a Florida speeding ticket. The police ran my Florida drivers license, and I was arrested. They found a warrant for Jacksonville petit theft charges. What should I do?”
“My son was pulled over and given a Jacksonville traffic ticket for running a red light. After that, he was arrested for a Jacksonville juvenile crime, such as Florida burglary charges. It turns out that there was a warrant for his arrest in Duval County. What will happen next? How can I help my child in this Jacksonville juvenile delinquent case?”
“I was driving to work and issued a traffic citation for Jacksonville driving on a suspended license. I had an outstanding capias for a Jacksonville suspended license ticket. I never set a court date for that charge, and the Duval County judge put out a warrant for my arrest. I am worried about becoming a Jacksonville habitual traffic offender. I am also worried about going to jail. How can I fix my drivers license and my Florida criminal record?”
When you are pulled over by a police officer, the officer will take your Florida drivers license. He or she will run it. They are checking your Florida driving record. In the mean time, they may find an outstanding Duval, Clay, St. Johns, or Nassau County arrest warrant. If so, you may be arrested on the spot. If you are arrested, you will go to jail. You must go before the judge within 24 hours. The Florida judge will give you a bond. When it comes to Florida arrest warrants and capias, the bond is often already set. In some misdemeanor or criminal traffic cases, the judge or state attorney will make an “offer” to dispose of the case in court. In most cases, you do not want dispose of your case on the spot. You will need to plead guilty or no contest to a criminal charge. If you are dealing with a crime, the best thing to do is to talk to a Jacksonville criminal lawyer before making a decision. If you have a clean Florida criminal record and you have ties to the community, you can ask the judge to be released on your own recognizance. This is also knows as “ROR” in Jacksonville, FL. You will not need to post a monetary bond. You may have to report to pretrial services, which is called PTS. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office runs this program.
If you have been arrested, you need to talk to a Jacksonville criminal defense attorney. Every case is different. Having a Jacksonville criminal lawyer that will look out for your best interest will help you make the right decisions. Sometimes, you case is better than you think it is. Sometimes, it is worse. Regardless of your situation, you want to talk to someone that will layout the facts for you. At 20 Miles Law, you can speak with a lawyer in Jacksonville that understands how important your freedom and Florida criminal record is to you. Call (904) 564-2525 or send an email to a Jacksonville criminal lawyer through “Find a Lawyer” in Northeast Florida.
Just remember that no matter how bad it gets, you probably do not have a million dollar bond. Read the story below about a Jacksonville trafficking cocaine case with a ridiculously high bond.
“A traffic stop early Wednesday morning led to the arrest by Gainesville police of a man wanted on cocaine-related charges in Jacksonville with a warrant setting bond set at $1 million, GPD Lt. Mike Schibuola said. Arrested was Lindsey Wanton, 31. He was booked into the Alachua County Jail about 2 a.m. The arrest began when officer Aaron Stemen pulled over a car for a traffic infraction at 4100 NW 43rd St. that was registered to Wanton but was not being driven by him, Schibuola said. Police learned that Wanton was wanted on a warrant for smuggling cocaine and conspiracy to traffic cocaine.” (The Gainesville Sun)