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Starting Out On The Wrong Foot

Two young people are starting out on the wrong path after they were recently charged with an assortment of crimes including theft and burglary. An 18-year-old and his juvenile passenger were pulled over by police in Broward County who subsequently determined that the vehicle’s tag was unassigned. The driver was arrested for this along with driving with a suspended driver’s license and failure to register the vehicle. Unfortunately for the pair, when the police searched the vehicle, they discovered several hundred dollars in small bills and change – along with several Jimmy John’s hats and other items. The incident led to a confession by both suspects to ten burglaries of Jimmy John’s sandwich shops.

Know Your Rights Before You Speak To Law Enforcement

Hopefully these young people can turn their lives around and not continue down this path of wrongdoing into more serious offenses. It is a good example, though, of how important it is to speak with an experienced criminal defense attorney before speaking to any law enforcement officials if you have been accused of and arrested for a crime. There may have been defenses available to both of these individuals that may be less difficult to assert now that confessions have been given. It is hard to know exactly what might have been if the suspects had received legal advice from the start. Whenever someone is arrested, they have the right to remain silent and not speak with anyone. They have the right to speak with an attorney and, if denied these rights, it is a violation of their constitutional rights.

Your Rights As You Proceed Through The Criminal Process

Further along in the criminal process, defendants have many more rights including a right to a trial by jury, rights to not testify against themselves, rights to have witnesses testify on your behalf, rights to confront witnesses who testify against you. Many people are aware that they have ‘rights’ but may not know what that entails; for this reason alone it is important that you speak with an attorney as soon as possible if you have been arrested for a crime of any sort. The best way to make sure you do not lose your rights are to know what they are from the start.

Let Us Assist You Today

If you have been arrested for a crime, your first call should be to the office of Deric Zacca, P.A. in Fort Lauderdale As a former prosecutor who has also gathered years of experience as a criminal defense attorney, Attorney Deric Zacca has the knowledge and experience to answer all of your questions about your rights and the best way to handle your case. From your initial consultation, Attorney Deric Zacca will help you to understand your situation and all of the possible outcomes of your case. Knowledge is power, and when facing any type of criminal matter, this is exactly what you need. Contact the office to schedule your consultation today.