The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC, provide a full service approach to fighting felony, misdemeanor and DUI charges throughout Brevard County and the surrounding areas. Our offices are conveniently located in Melbourne, Florida.
If you are facing criminal charges or a criminal investigation then call our office for a free consultation to find out what you need to do now to protect yourself. Fighting for the best result often requires hiring an attorney as early in the process as possible before memories fade and favorable evidence is lost. The decisions you make in the days and weeks following your arrest may dictate the avenues of attack available to the criminal defense attorney that you retain to represent you.
By visiting this website you are taking an important first step in learning more general information about your particular criminal charge and possible defenses. No substitute exists, however, for speaking directly with a criminal defense attorney in Melbourne, Brevard County, FL, in order to protect your rights and obtain legal advice. We understand that your case cannot wait.
Avoiding the Direct and the Indirect Consequences of a Criminal Accusation
Many of the clients that we represent for criminal charges in Brevard County have no prior criminal record. Certain professions require special state or federal certification such as doctors, lawyers, nurses, private and public school teachers, state and federal law enforcement officers and members of the military. Individuals in these professions face special challenges after an arrest and prosecution.
Even if the charges are ultimately dropped, those indirect consequences can have a huge impact on the individual's career and future employment opportunities. Similar problems impact individuals working as defense contractors or who are required to carry a firearm or use a concealed weapons permit for their employment.
Even high school and college students can face serious immediate consequences to their education after an arrest or criminal accusation. Our criminal defense attorneys work with these individuals to minimize both the direct and indirect consequences of an arrest and prosecution. We work with clients throughout Palm Bay, Rockledge, Titusville, Cocoa, West Melbourne, Indian Harbour Beach, and nearby areas.
Our Attorneys Fight for the Best Result in Your Criminal Case
The Florida criminal defense attorneys at Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC zealously fight for their clients. We take an aggressive approach coupled with a meticulous attention to detail. We believe that by filing and litigating all viable motions we can often negotiate a better resolution to the case or force the prosecutor to drop the charges. Florida law provides for important protections by filing motions to exclude evidence, motions to suppress statements, and motions to dismiss criminal charges.
Our experience in the courtroom and with the particular judges and prosecutors in Brevard County and the surrounding counties helps us protect our clients throughout every step of the process. Call us today to discuss the particular facts of your case and your best defense.
Never Speak to a Law Enforcement Officer
Never make a statement to law enforcement until after you have spoken with an attorney about the facts of your case. The Fifth Amendment of the United States Constitution provides you with an invaluable tool in avoiding an unjust prosecution. You have the right to remain silent and not make any statement once you learn that you are under investigation for a criminal offense.
You should always exercise that right until after you have spoken to a criminal defense attorney. In order to exercise your right to remain silent you simply tell the law enforcement officer that you want to remain silent until your attorney is present. Then remain silent. If the officer continues to interrogate you, you know that the officer may be violating your Miranda rights. Do not talk to law enforcement until after you have retained a criminal defense attorney.
By remaining silent you are exercising an important constitutional right provided to all citizens for the past 200 years. Even if you believe your side of the story shows that you are innocent, you may be admitting to certain parts of the case that increase the chances that you will be arrested and prosecuted. Additionally, if you make a statement then the officer then becomes a witness against you who may remember part or all of your statement incorrectly.
Your side of the story can best be told through your criminal defense lawyer who can also provide law enforcement with favorable or exculpatory evidence that may help you avoid an arrest. We provide free consultations in the office or over the phone to discuss the pending charges after an arrest, or any criminal investigation.
Pre-File Investigations After a Felony Arrest
If you have already been arrested for any felony case, keep in mind that the State Attorney's Office in Brevard County typically takes 21 days to make a filing decision after an arrest. Your criminal defense attorney in Melbourne has a short window in which to convince the prosecutor not to file any felony charge. Working with your criminal defense attorney in those days immediately after an arrest can often make a huge difference in the way your case is ultimately resolved.
Our Training and Experience in Fighting Criminal Charges in Brevard County, FL
Our criminal defense attorneys in Brevard County, FL, have experience from both sides of the criminal justice system. As a former Assistant Public Defender in Brevard County and a former Assistant State Attorney prosecuting felony and misdemeanor crimes, that wide range of experience and training allows us to provide aggressive representation.
Drunk Driving and DUI Defense in Brevard County, FL
Our criminal defense attorneys focus on DUI defense in Brevard County. Find our more about DUI cases involving a refusal to submit to a chemical test of your breath, blood or urine. Although the prosecutor will argue that the refusal occurred because of "consciousness of guilty," we aggressively fight these cases to force the prosecutor to either drop or reduce the charges to reckless driving.
A Brevard County DUI lawyer from our firm can help you aggressively fight to avoid any immediate suspension of your driver's licenses at the Bureau of Administrative Reviews with the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles (DMV) after a DUI arrest. Act quickly, because your Brevard County DUI Lawyer must request a formal review hearing within 10 days of your arrest in order to protect your driver's license.
Our drunk driving attorneys aggressively fight DUI cases involving a high blow on the breath test machines used in Brevard County, called the Intoxilyzer 8000. Many people incorrectly assume that if they blew over the legal limit, there is no way to avoid a DUI conviction. Our attorneys know that by aggressively fighting the drunk driving charge, many of these high blow cases are resolved without any DUI conviction which ultimately saves the client thousands of dollars. Contact our offices to find our more about how we can show mistakes made with the routine annual and monthly inspections of the particular breathalyzer machine used in your case.
Finding Experienced Criminal Defense Representation
Call the criminal defense attorneys in Brevard County, FL, with the Law Offices of Germain & McCarthy, LLC to discuss your misdemeanor, DUI or felony criminal investigation in Melbourne, Satellite Beach, Merritt Island, Titusville, Viera, Cape Canaveral, Cocoa, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Indian Harbour Beach, Melbourne Beach, West Melbourne, Palm Bay, Rockledge, and the surrounding counties of Volusia County, Seminole County, Orange County, Osceola County, and Indian River County, FL.