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St. Petersburg Criminal Defense FAQ

When you’ve been accused of a criminal offense, you probably have some questions about your case. At Hersem Law, we understand that you’re facing a complicated situation in which the odds can feel stacked against you. 

We offer guidance through our St. Petersburg criminal defense FAQ for people like you—those who have been accused of a crime and need guidance and a strong defense. For more individualized help, reach out to our office today. 

What can I do if the police illegally searched me? 

If the police don’t respect your rights, you may be able to get the evidence against you thrown out. The police must have probable cause to search you. Talk to your Hersem Law attorney if you have any doubts about whether the police violated your rights in St. Petersburg. 

Do I really need a St. Petersburg criminal defense attorney?

Although you’re not required to have a criminal defense lawyer on your side, teaming up with Hersem Law can mean the difference between a conviction and beating your criminal charge. You may not have the tools and resources a lawyer from our firm has—let alone the experience we can offer to your case. 

The potential penalties of a conviction aren’t worth taking a chance. You could be facing years behind bars and/or a criminal record that could haunt you for life, so reach out for help building a defense.

Can I be arrested for a traffic violation?

Most traffic violations aren’t that serious. You may get a ticket for speeding or for using your cell phone while driving, but these are civil violations and won’t lead to an arrest. However, a DUI, Driving While License Suspended (With Knowledge), or Reckless Driving charge, among others, may lead to an arrest because these actions are considered criminal traffic violations. 

What happens if I’m convicted?

If you’re convicted of a criminal offense, your future could be drastically affected. Jail or prison could be in your future, as well as thousands of dollars in fines. You could also face a long-term criminal record because of the charges, which can impact your employment, housing, and other areas of your life. The good news is that a criminal defense lawyer in St. Petersburg can help you avoid a conviction. 

Call a St. Petersburg Criminal Defense Lawyer for Answers

You have options with a St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer from our firm on your side. For more detailed answers about your case, schedule a free strategy session with Hersem Law by calling 813-251-7291 or by completing the online contact form below.