If you were arrested for a felony in Ft. Myers or Cape Coral, at your first Court appearance the judge may have discussed Early Resolution Court with you. Resolving your case this way may or may not be a good deal. You may be tempted to save the money, and not hire a Lee County criminal defense lawyer and take your chances on resolving the case by yourself. That could be a huge mistake. The early resolution Court is designed to expedite the court process and unfortunately, the “quick and easy” resolution may not be the best. As an experienced criminal defense attorney, I must emphasize, you need to know that whatever decision you make, needs to be an informed decision, where you weigh you understand your options. You may have been falsely arrested or falsely charged. You may have been illegally stopped or illegally detained and illegally searched. You may not have been properly advised of your rights. You may have been in a car or house with someone else, and the drugs found may not have been yours. You may have a good solid defense and not know it.
Some people, even though they can afford their own lawyer, to save some money, use the public defender. The simple truth is, the public defender is many times overwhelmed with an enormous caseload and does not have the time for a simple one on one interview in his office. Have you tried to get in touch with the public defender lately? Before you make any decision that can impact your life, you need to sit with an experienced lawyer. You need to have a detailed discussion about the facts of your case as well as your personal history. Probation may be nothing more than a trap for you, depending on your lifestyle.
Early resolution Court is not a bad thing, but before taking that leap, talk to a good qualified private lawyer. An initial consultation, either over the phone, or in person at most lawyers offices costs nothing. There may be consequences to a quick and easy plea that can get overlooked. Some crimes can result in a driver’s license suspension. Some crimes have penalties that increase with each conviction. Some crimes have immigration consequences.
Hiring a good criminal defense lawyer is an important decision that should not be based on advertising alone. Check out our qualifications and experience and if you want a free confidential consultation, give us a call at 239 334 8890