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A report from the National Employment Law Project revealed that more than 90 percent of companies run criminal background checks when making a determination whether to hire a worker. Being accused of a crime in Brandon can dim your employment prospects and change your life in many ways. For serious criminal offenses, you could even lose months or years of your life to a jail sentence.

Accusations do not always turn into convictions and you have legal options. An experienced criminal defense attorney representing clients in Brandon can provide you with advice on how to best respond to criminal charges. Whether negotiating a plea bargain, fighting to get charges dropped or defending you in court, Katz & Phillips, P.A. is here to help you every step of the way.

Your Legal Rights

When suspected of a crime, you have the right to remain silent and the right not to incriminate yourself. You do not have to answer police questions and you should have a lawyer present if you are thinking of speaking to the police. You also do not have to submit to unlawful or unreasonable searches of your person or property unless the police have a warrant or probable cause to search you.

After an arrest, you have the right to avail yourself to all of the protections in the U.S. criminal justice system. You have the right to a lawyer, you have the right to a trial by jury for most crimes, and you have the right to be considered innocent until proven guilty.

In many situations, you need legal counsel to ensure your rights are respected. For example:

  • Having a fair trial is difficult unless you know the legal rules for presenting evidence and presenting testimony from witnesses.
  • Negotiating with prosecutors for a plea bargain can be difficult unless you understand the laws and the potential penalties you face.
  • Knowing when evidence was illegally collected, and what to do about it, can also be a challenge unless you understand the rules for reasonable cause and how to make a motion to the court to suppress evidence.

Katz & Phillips, P.A. attorneys know the law inside and out, and can provide you with astute representation to navigate the criminal justice system as effectively as possible.

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We have award-winning lawyers ready to help after being accused of a crime. Our attorneys have extensive experience representing clients charged with or being investigated for:

  • Sex crimes
  • White collar crimes
  • Federal crimes
  • Domestic violence
  • Violent crimes
  • Theft and property crimes
  • Impaired driving

Whenever you are under suspicion or under arrest in Brandon, our attorneys will be there for you. Call as soon as possible to schedule a free consultation with a criminal defense lawyer.