People with no prior criminal history can be tremendously confused about what happens after they are arrested for the first time. While the lack of a criminal record can certainly be advantageous in plea bargaining, it does not automatically result in charges against an alleged offender being reduced or dismissed.
A Florida resident who was arrested in Melbourne needs to understand that there are several state programs that are favorable alternatives to prison sentences. Additionally, visitors from out of state should also recognize that there can be a multitude of consequences to leaving Florida without resolving their criminal cases.
If you were arrested in Brevard County or anywhere else in Florida, and it is your first time facing criminal charges, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. The Law Offices of James B. Coulter help clients all throughout the greater the greater Melbourne area as well as throughout all of Brevard County, Central Florida and the Space Coast, including communities like Titusville, Cocoa Beach, Indialantic, Palm Shores, Melbourne Beach, Merritt Island, Indian Harbour Beach, Cape Canaveral, and Palm Bay.
James Coulter is a former Assistant State Attorney, a trial attorney, and an adjunct professor or criminal law. He can develop the strongest legal defense for you when you call (321) 586-9944 to set up a free, confidential consultation.
Any violation of the law can be a person’s first offense. Some of the most frequent charges that first-time offenders face include:
After a period of concerns about prison overcrowding, the state of Florida now generally prefers probation or other alternatives to incarceration for many nonviolent offenders who are not a threat to society. A person who has been charged with a crime for the first time can usually be eligible for one of the following case resolutions that do not involve a jail sentence:
It is a mistake for anybody to assume that an arrest in Brevard County is no big deal because he or she lives in a different area of Florida or another state. Even if you have no criminal record of any kind in any state, you still need to take any Melbourne area criminal charges very seriously.
Regardless of where you might actually live, your case will still proceed in Florida courts and you risk having a warrant issued for your arrest if you fail to make any required court appearances. It is in your best interest to contact a Melbourne Florida criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible so that attorney can represent you during any court dates and obtain a favorable resolution to your case.
City of Melbourne Police Department — This website has news releases, bureau and division information, and answers to frequently asked questions. You can also view a crime reports map, see a recent list of actively dispatched calls for service and learn more about various community programs.
650 N. Apollo Blvd.
Melbourne, Florida 32935
Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Courts — Information about court divisions, programs, and courthouse locations can be found on this website. There is also an overview of security, news, and information about court services.
Harry T. and Harriette V. Moore Justice Center
Viera Florida 32940
Brevard County Clerk of Courts — This website provides information for paying fines in criminal cases, request copies of court records, and learn more about seal and expungement rules. There are also links to family, juvenile, and traffic division cases.
51 South Nieman Avenue
Melbourne, Florida 32901
Were you in Brevard County when you were arrested for the very first time? You will want to immediately seek the help of a skilled criminal defense attorney so you can avoid serious consequences.
The Law Offices of James B. Coulter aggressively defends Melbourne residents as well tourists and other visitors to the area who were charged with criminal offenses during their stays. Let our firm review your case by calling (321) 586-9944 right now to take advantage of a free legal consultation.