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Visitor Arrests 

Criminal procedure can be enormously complicated and stressful for people who are arrested in the Cocoa area but live in a different part of Florida or a completely different state. With over 50 million annual visitors, it is not uncommon for tourists to find themselves arrested for alleged crimes involving drugs, alcohol, violence, or other charges.

A person who has been arrested while on vacation in Brevard County can be tempted to dismiss the episode as a regrettable experience that he or she just wants to forget about. However, all alleged offenders are given court dates for which they are expected to appear, and failure to do so can result in warrants being issued for their arrests.

Titusville Visitor Arrest Lawyer

If you were arrested in Brevard County, but live in a different part of Florida or another state altogether, you should contact an Melbourne criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. James Coulter helps out-of-state clients avoid costly and unnecessary court appearances while pursuing the most favorable outcomes to these cases.

Regardless of where you live, the The Law Offices of James B. Coulter helps people who have been arrested in the greater Palm Shores area and are facing charges in Central Florida. Let us review your case by calling (321) 586-9944 to take advantage of a free, no obligation consultation.

Brevard County Visitor Arrests Information Center

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Common Types of Florida Visitor Arrests

Tourists and other out-of-state visitors can find themselves in trouble with the law in Satellite Beach because of basic unfamiliarity with Florida law, such as cases involving medical marijuana or an invalid concealed carry license. Other arrests may be the result of simple mistakes.

Some of the most frequent reasons that tourists and visitors are arrested in Brevard County include:

  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges
  • Marijuana
  • Violent Offenses
  • Property Crimes / Theft
  • Sex-Related Offenses
  • Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Obstructing Justice
  • Weapons and Firearms Charges
  • Traffic Offenses
  • Alcohol Crimes

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Popular Melbourne Visitor Locations

Certain attractions in the Central Florida area are particularly popular, and there may be special considerations at the following locations that can impact arrests for visitors there:

  • Orlando International Airport
  • Disneyworld
  • Universal Studios
  • Church Street
  • Port Canaveral Cruise Ship
  • Anita S. Wooten Gallery
  • B-52 Memorial Park
  • Bok Tower Gardens
  • Central Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens
  • Florida Citrus Tower
  • Fort Christmas
  • Gatorland
  • Harry P. Leu Gardens
  • Holy Land Experience
  • Kennedy Space Center
  • Cape Canaveral
  • Larry E. Smedley National Vietnam War Museum
  • Legoland Florida
  • Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament
  • Mennello Museum of American Art
  • Brevard County Old Town Hall History Center
  • Foosaner Art Museum
  • Rossetter House Museum
  • Pirate’s Dinner Adventure
  • Ripley's Believe It or Not!
  • SAK Comedy Lab
  • SeaWorld
  • Titanic The Experience
  • University of Central Florida Art Gallery
  • Well's Built Museum of African American History & Culture
  • WonderWorks

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Visa Consequences for International Visitors

In addition to the possible fines, imprisonment, and other immediate penalties that could result from a criminal conviction in the Cape Canaveral area, a tourist or international visitor arrest in Brevard County could also result in many additional travel consequences. The penalties can vary depending on the alleged offender’s immigration status.

Some of the possible problems that certain people may encounter after being arrested in Florida can include:

  • In certain cases involving serious criminal allegations, visitors from foreign countries may be unable to leave the United States until their cases are resolved. In other cases, visitors from foreign countries may be prohibited from returning to the United States if they were charged with criminal offenses during their previous visits.
  • People who are in the United States on student or another type of immigration visa risk being placed into removal proceedings and having any pending immigration applications rejected.
  • Legal residents of the United States may be prohibited from entering foreign countries because of their criminal convictions.

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Possible Visitor Arrest Resolutions in Brevard County

When a person has been arrested and charged with a criminal offense in Florida, the matter cannot simply be handled back in the local court of a resident of another state. Additionally, there can be multiple consequences for failing to follow up on the court appearances required after a person has been released from prison.

Florida is part of the interstate Non-Resident Violator Compact (NRVC) that 44 states and the District of Columbia use to process traffic violations across state lines, meaning that a person arrested for drunk driving or another criminal driving offense could have driving privileges suspended in his or her home state for failing to appear in court. A student arrested on spring break in Palm Bay could lose federal financial aid or other educational funding because of a criminal conviction.

Furthermore, in certain cases such as felony offenses, the state of Florida could possibly attempt to extradite an alleged offender from his or her home state to face charges in Brevard County.  A Cape Canaveral criminal defense lawyer can help you achieve much more favorable outcomes to your case, such as:

  • Dismissal of Charges — If the prosecutor has a lack of evidence or a particularly weak case, an attorney may be able to convince the state to drop all charges
  • Pretrial Diversion (PTD) Program — Brevard County offers a program for certain first-time, non-violent offenders who were arrested for certain crimes, including DUI, domestic violence, and drug crimes as well as other offenses
  • Plea Bargain — A lawyer can use a tourist or visitor’s situation and possible lack of criminal history to negotiate a plea deal with minimal repercussions
  • Deferred Prosecution — In rare cases in which an alleged offender might not qualify for the PTD program, this arrangement may be made for certain alleged offenders who agree to make restitution or satisfy other agreements from their home states
  • Criminal Trial — When prosecutors are unwilling to negotiate or offer an acceptable compromise, an attorney may have to take a case to trial to prove an alleged offender’s innocence

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Florida Visitor Arrest Resources

Brevard County Sheriff's Office — You can find information about the Tourist Oriented Policing Sectors (T.O.P.S.) unit under the Tourist Tips section on this website. These include tips for tourists traveling by plane or car, what to do when out in public, and consumer alerts.

1515 Sarno Road, #B
Melbourne, Florida 32935
(321) 253-6658

Eighteenth Judicial Circuit Courts — This website provides information on all divisions, judges, and courthouses in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. You can also search and view case information, access various court forms, and find filing statistics.

2825 Judge Fran Jamieson Way
Melbourne, Florida 32940
(321) 617-7281

Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal History Information — On this website, you can conduct a wanted person search to see if a warrant has been issued for your arrest in the Sunshine State. There are also various fact sheets relating to criminal histories, background checks, and criminal record information sharing.

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Find A Visitor Arrests Lawyer in Melbourne, Florida

Were you arrested and charged with a criminal offense during a recent visit to Central Florida? The Law Offices of James B. Coulter aggressively defends the rights of clients who were arrested in Palm Bay or surrounding communities in Brevard County.

Our firm has extensive experience on both side of the aisle, as James Coulter is a former Assistant State Attorney. He can review your case and help you understand all of your legal options when you call (321) 586-9944 for a free consultation.

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