Frequently Asked Questions

Answers from Experienced Miami Criminal Defense Lawyers

Get a Miami criminal defense attorney on your side today so we can begin building your best possible defense. To us, it is important that our client is educated and informed about the different aspect of your charges and your options. Here we have addressed a few of the most common questions asked regarding criminal defense cases.

If I'm going to plead guilty, should I still get an attorney?
Regardless of your plea, an attorney is there to represent you and your interests. Even if you decide to plead guilty, your attorney helps negotiate the terms of your sentence, making sure all of your rights are respected as the case is evaluated. Occasionally we are able to negotiate for decreased consequences and penalties, depending on the circumstances.

What should I do when I'm served a court date?
Inform your attorney of the date that you have been given, so that we can be present at trial to negotiate on your behalf. At the trial, you are likely going to be asked to enter a plea, set bail, and listen to your rights as read to you by the court. Depending on the severity of your case, you may be able to waive your first hearing.

If I'm cleared of the crime, does it still go on my record?
Depending on the crime, the trial may still be on your record whether or not the court declared you as guilty. As your attorney, we can help you file for clearing your record, should this be the case. Sometimes we cannot have the record completely expunged, but we can file for record sealing, which protects the case from being used against you in many circumstances.

Do I need to hire a lawyer for my bar hearing? Can't I represent myself?
It is important that you work with a lawyer who has specific knowledge about The Florida Bar proceedings. Your career is at stake and you owe it to yourself to make sure you have competent representation. Our founder at Rothman & Associates, P.A. has extensive experience serving as chair or co-chair of the Disciplinary Review Committee. We are very knowledgeable about issues relating to legal ethics.

What actions can lead to disbarment by The Florida Bar?
The Florida Bar Any can terminate your ability to practice law if you failed to preserve your client's confidences, are convicted of a felony or another egregious crime, abused the legal process, and many more. To learn more, contact our firm.

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