Being accused of a crime can be devastating. The arrest itself can cause harm to a person's educational opportunities and career, even if the criminal charges are ultimately dropped.
From the moment you are accused of a crime, every action you take has serious consequences. It is important to understand your rights after the investigation begins including the right to remain silent and the right to have an attorney help you at every stage of the case. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you navigate the complex criminal justice system.
Let Don Pumphrey, Jr., and the other attorneys at Pumphrey Law help you fight the charges. Our team can begin your defense today. Call (850) 681-7777 for a free and confidential consultation today.
Criminal Defense Attorneys in Tallahassee, FL
The criminal defense attorneys in Tallahassee, FL, at Pumphrey Law fight to protect clients charged with a felony, misdemeanor, or DUI offenses. Our dedicated attorneys fight every stage of the case, including:
- during the earliest staged of the investigation before any arrest is made;
- during any emergency bond hearing after the arrest;
- during the first 21 days after the arrest while the prosecutor is deciding whether to formally file charges;
- at the arraignment and during the pre-trial status conferences;
- during motion hearings to suppress or exclude the prosecutor's evidence; and
- during a bench or jury trial.
Contact our offices at (850) 681-7777 to schedule an initial consultation, either in the office or on the phone. During the meeting, you can speak directly with our experienced criminal lawyers about the particular facts of your case. Obtaining representation as early as possible in the process helps ensure all avenues of attacking the criminal charges are available.
Pumphrey Law is located in Tallahassee, Florida. We serve clients accused of crimes in Leon County and the surrounding areas throughout Florida's Second Judicial Circuit including Bristol in Liberty County, Crawfordville in Wakulla County, Monticello in Jefferson County and Quincy in Gadsden County. We also represent clients in the surrounding areas of the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region.
Aggressive Attorneys Fighting to Protect Your Rights
Attorney Don Pumphrey has devoted his career to representing individuals charged with criminal offenses. As a former prosecutor, Don Pumphrey understands how to attack the prosecution's case piece by piece. Throughout more than ten (10) years in private practice as a criminal defense attorney, Don Pumphrey has represented clients from all different backgrounds.
The stakes are especially high for professionals including members of the military, law enforcement, attorneys, certified educators, school teachers, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals after an arrest for a felony or misdemeanor offense. Don Pumphrey is experienced in helping professionals deal with any licensure issues that can arise after a criminal accusation.
The best way to fight criminal charges begins with litigating pre-file motions including motions to exclude or suppress physical evidence and statements gained during an illegal stop or arrest. When appropriate, the attorneys at Pumphrey Law file and litigate motions to dismiss the charges when the prosecutor has insufficient evidence.
Don Pumphrey and the other attorney in the firm understand the Florida criminal justice system. These experienced criminal defense attorneys fight the criminal accusations aggressively at every stage of the case.
What to Do After An Arrest
If you are accused of a crime, do not speak to any local or federal law enforcement officers until after you retain a criminal defense lawyer. You can invoke your right to remain silent by saying, "I will not make a statement until after I have spoken to an attorney." Then remain silent. Even if you are innocent of any criminal wrongdoing, your attorney is often in the best position to talk to the law enforcement officer about what occurred. You can still provide your name and date of birth without waiving your right to remain silent.
Many people make the mistake of trying to explain the facts of their case. While well intentioned, in the heat of the moment people can make mistakes and give conflicting information. Officers can also misunderstand what you are saying and write it down incorrectly. Even worse, the officer can intentionally misconstrue the statements to help build the case against you. Your statement then becomes the primary piece of evidence used by the prosecution.
Hiring an attorney before you make any statement can help ensure your constitutional rights are protected during questioning and minimize the opportunity for self-incrimination. You should take full advantage of your right to remain silent.
When we represent a client at the beginning of a criminal investigation, we work hard to convince the officer not to make an arrest. Even if the law enforcement officer ultimately decides to make the arrest, your attorney often can negotiate the terms of your surrender and handle other details that will minimize the embarrassment, expense, and inconvenience of an arrest.
Effective Pre-File Negotiations with the Prosecutor
The prosecutor with the State Attorney's Office in the Second Judicial Circuit usually takes 21 days to decide whether to file any formal charges after an arrest for any felony offense. Your criminal defense attorney in Leon County often can present certain favorable evidence or show the accusation is false or exaggerated. In many cases, the prosecutor may decide not to file any formal charges or reduce the charges filed.
By obtaining legal counsel as early as possible in the case, your criminal defense lawyer can begin gathering favorable evidence that might be lost with the passage of time. Preserving favorable evidence is important. Over time, memories start to fade. Physical evidence can disappear entirely. Your attorney can start immediately in preserving that favorable evidence.
Knowledgeable Representation For Your Criminal Case
For clients charged with serious driving offenses such as DUI, driving while license suspended or revoked, reckless driving, fleeing and eluding, hit-and-run, or leaving the scene of an accident, our attorneys take an aggressive approach to fighting the criminal charge and protect your driving privileges.
We also represent clients on a wide range of criminal charges prosecuted in state court, including domestic violence, drug crimes (from simple misdemeanor possession of marijuana to felony drug trafficking), shoplifting or theft, aggravated assault with a firearm and violation of probation.
Many people contact Pumphrey Law after discovering the court issued a warrant or writ of capias for their arrest after a failure to appear in court or as a result of a direct file prosecution. Additionally, our attorneys use their experience to help clients avoid the expensive and time-consuming extradition process when they are arrested in another state and await being transferred to Leon County or the surrounding counties in North Florida's Big Bend region.
DUI Attorneys in Tallahassee, FL
After an arrest for driving under the influence in Leon County, your attorney must file a demand for a formal review hearing with the Bureau of Administrative Review (BAR) in Tallahassee within ten (10) days. If you are eligible, your attorney can help you obtain a 42-day driving permit so you can continue to drive to school and work while your attorney fights the case.
The driver's license administrative suspension is entirely separate from the criminal charges. The administrative penalty can occur even if you win your DUI case and avoid a conviction. Acting fast is vital in protecting your right to get behind the wheel.
Our DUI attorneys in Tallahassee fight charges for refusing to submit to a chemical test of your breath, blood or urine. We also are experienced in fighting DUI cases involving a breath test reading over the legal limit of 0.08 on the Intoxilyzer 8000, the only breath test machine used in the state of Florida. Our DUI defense attorneys understand the problems with Florida's Intoxilyzer 8000, even when the breath test reading is over 0.15.
We represent clients facing their first, second, third, fourth or subsequent charge for DUI. We also take on DUI with property damage cases and more serious felony charges of DUI causing serious bodily injury. We work hard to help our clients fight for the best possible result.
Finding a Criminal and DUI Defense Lawyer in Tallahassee
At Pumphrey Law, we understand every case is unique. Our attorneys have nearly 50 years of combined experience and have collectively represented thousands of people in a variety of criminal offenses. Our attorneys make it a priority to give each client the utmost attention.
Your attorney needs to customize your defense around the unique facts of your case. Finding the smallest details and discrepancies can make a big difference in how the case is resolved. If you hire our firm, you can rest assured that your case is receiving the highest levels of attention.
If you were represented by another attorney at trial, but now need appellate counsel for a direct criminal appeal or Rule 3.850 post-conviction motion, then contact an attorney at Pumphrey Law.
The initial consultation is free and confidential. Whether on the phone or in our Tallahassee office location, our experienced attorneys will provide you with the information you need to make a positive move for your future. Call (850) 681-7777 or send an online message to discuss the facts of your case with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Tallahassee, FL.
This article was last updated on Friday, February 3, 2017.