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I Got Arrested on Vacation in Florida! What Should I Do?

From the beaches and nightlife to amusement parks and golf courses, Miami is a popular tourist destination for people around the world. However, sometimes visitors have too much fun and get themselves in trouble with the law.

Common crimes committed by tourists in Florida include:

Not only does getting arrested for a crime can bring a swift and devastating end to your vacation plans, but also the fact that dealing with criminal charges can result in traveling back and forth between your home state or country and Florida to attend court hearings. This could mean a significant amount of money being spent on travel, living accommodations, and other out-of-pocket expenses.

If you have been charged with a crime in Florida while on vacation, our legal team at Jeffrey S. Weiner, P.A. can evaluate your case, determine your legal options, and do our best to get your entire case dismissed or your charges reduced. In addition, we could possibly appear in court on your behalf, which means you could avoid having to travel back to Florida for future court dates.

Misdemeanor Charges

If you were arrested for a misdemeanor crime in Florida and issued a “Promise to Appear” (PTA) by law enforcement, you can waive your presence and allow your attorney to attend your court hearings on your behalf. Your lawyer can help you obtain the best possible outcome in your case, while you’re back home and taking care of your own personal business.

However, if you were charged with a DUI in Florida, you may have to appear in court. Failure to appear in a court hearing could result in automatic license suspension in your home state and a warrant for your arrest.

Pre-Trial Diversion

If you were arrested for a felony offense, but the crime is eligible for pre-trial diversion (PTD), you may waive your presence for specific matters, but not the entire legal process. Be prepared to go to trial and any other court dates. Once you complete a PTD program, your case is automatically dismissed and your criminal record is sealed.

If you have been arrested in Miami while on vacation, contact us at (305) 670-9919 and schedule a free consultation today.

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