Have you been arrested in Florida? Many visitors to Florida are not aware that they have been arrested in Florida because they were not "sent to jail" in handcuffs. In Florida, many nonviolent criminal misdemeanor charges do not result in the Defendant being brought to jail, as the movies would like you to believe. JUST BECAUSE YOU DID NOT GET ESCORTED TO JAIL DOES MINIMIZE THE SERIOUSNESS OF THE CHARGE. In Florida, if you are arrested and given a Notice to Appear in Court, rather than being placed in handcuffs and taken to jail, YOU WERE STILL ARRESTED. Failure to appear at the scheduled hearing, even for a driving related violation, such as reckless driving, racing, etc. will very likely result in the issuance of a bench warrant against you. If a warrant is issued against and you leave the United States, you may have significant problems upon your return. This is especially true for foreign visitors that are arrested while on vacation in Florida, as an unresolved arrest can have substantial immigration consequences in the future.

If you have received a Notice to Appear for criminal misdemeanor offense, IT IS STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT YOU SEEK LEGAL REPRESENTATION AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE.

Contact the KIRSCH LAW FIRM for a Criminal Misdemeanor Defense Consultation today.