MIAMI, FL CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY
ALSO DEFENDING THE ACCUSED IN BROWARD & PALM BEACH COUNTIES
If you are facing a criminal investigation or have been arrested for a state or federal crime, you may be understandably stressed. Your job, your reputation, your family, your social connections, and your freedom may be at risk. Criminal charges can lead to convictions that can have a profound impact on your future. When the stakes are high, you need serious legal representation – representation you can count on to help you fight back with legal strategies devoted to achieving optimum results.
At Prya Murad Law, PLLC, you can turn to a Miami criminal defense attorney who is known for her fierce advocacy and dedication to her clients. Attorney Prya Murad brings years of experience in criminal defense as a former Public Defender to your case. This experience includes the handling of charges ranging from DUI to gun charges, sex offenses, and homicide. She has built an impressive reputation for her tenacity and skills in defending clients in the criminal justice system.
Under law enforcement investigation? Charged with a crime? Schedule your personal consultation with our Miami defender online or by phone at (305) 393-0751. Available 24/7. Hablamos español.
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS AFTER AN ARREST IN MIAMI, FL
Every American citizen has two very important constitutional rights that come into play the moment a Miami, FL, police officer notifies them they are under arrest. First, they have the right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment. You are not legally obligated to act as a witness against yourself, nor are you legally obligated to answer any questions from the police. However, you must still comply with their directions during the arrest and booking processes.
Even if you have been wrongfully arrested for something you did not do and feel compelled to try and explain your way out of the situation, ultimately, the police have no incentive to help you. Saying the wrong thing could amount to an admission of guilt in their eyes, and they will include everything you say in a formal police report. Stay silent and comply with arresting officers’ directions until you can exercise your right to legal counsel and speak with a Miami criminal defense attorney.
All defendants charged with criminal offenses in Florida have the right to defense counsel, even if they do not want to pay a private attorney’s fee or if they are unable to afford a private defense attorney. A public defender can be provided to a defendant at no charge, and most public defenders representing clients in Florida are hard-working, experienced defense attorneys. Unfortunately, they are required to manage several cases at a time and are limited when it comes to providing their clients with individual attention.
If you have the means to hire an experienced private Miami criminal defense attorney, they can offer more personalized legal counsel and more responsive communication than you could expect from a public defender. Prya Murad Law, PLLC, provides client-focused defense counsel in every case we accept. No attorney can ever guarantee their client a specific outcome to their case, and every criminal case filed in Florida will pose unique challenges and opportunities to the defendant.
CRIMINAL CASES WE HANDLE IN MIAMI, FL
When you need a criminal defense attorney in Miami, FL, it is essential to choose a legal representative who has experience handling cases like yours. At Prya Murad Law, PLLC, we handle all types of state and federal criminal cases, including but not limited to:
- Sex crimes. These can range from indecent exposure to lewd and lascivious molestation, sexual battery, child pornography, capital sexual battery, and failure to register as a sexual offender or sexual predator. The penalties for sex crimes in Florida typically hinge on the nature of the offense and the age and condition of the victim. Crimes against minors typically lead to felony prosecution and the harshest penalties. Most people convicted of sex crimes in Florida are compelled to register as sex offenders.
- Weapon crimes. These include a felon in possession of a firearm, delinquent in possession of a firearm, carrying a concealed firearm or weapon, and improper exhibition of a weapon. Florida’s gun laws are relatively relaxed compared to those of many other states, but penalties for violating these laws or the use of a firearm when committing another crime can significantly increase the defendant’s penalty.
- DUI and traffic tickets. We defend both misdemeanor and felony traffic crimes as well as moving violations. The penalties for DUI in Florida typically include suspension of the defendant’s driver’s license, fines, and possible jail time. Additionally, penalties could increase dramatically if the defendant caused an accident while under the influence or if they have multiple DUI convictions within a relatively short time.
- Drug crimes. From simple possession to the sale or trafficking of drugs, we fight to protect your rights while securing the best possible outcome. Drug crimes are some of the most commonly prosecuted criminal offenses in Florida, and prosecutors are sometimes willing to make plea deals with first-time, nonviolent offenders. In these cases, defendants could have the opportunity to attend compulsory substance abuse treatment and complete a conditional probation period to avoid jail, but this isn’t guaranteed to be an option for every defendant in Miami.
- Domestic violence and injunction proceedings. Crimes of a domestic nature, including elder abuse, are viewed very seriously in Florida courts and demand diligent legal help. Your Miami criminal defense attorney can potentially help you disprove a false allegation of domestic violence when conviction could mean losing custody of your children and facing fines and incarceration.
- Murder and homicide. These include first- and second-degree murder, manslaughter, and attempted murder. Any intentional or negligent killing of another person can lead to some of the harshest penalties possible under Florida law, including incarceration in state prison for many years, liability for the wrongful death of the victim, and much more.
- Violent crimes. These are acts of aggression against individuals and property ranging from simple assault to aggravated battery. Any crime involving physical harm to a victim can lead to civil liability for the victim’s damages along with fines, incarceration, and various other penalties based on the unique details of the case.
- Theft crimes. These range from petit theft to grand theft and grand theft auto. The severity of the theft charges a defendant faces hinges on the value of the property stolen. There are also specific penalties for theft of certain types of property, such as firearms or government property.
- Fleeing and eluding. When a Florida police officer tells a suspect to stop and places them under arrest, the suspect must comply. As soon as they attempt to run away from an arresting officer or elude police in any way, they automatically face an additional charge of fleeing and eluding in addition to the original charge that led to the police stop in the first place.
- Resisting officers with violence and without violence. Similar to fleeing and eluding, resisting arrest in Florida can also lead to additional charges on top of the original reason for the arrest. For example, if a driver is pulled over for DUI and lawfully placed under arrest, if they attempt to physically resist detainment with handcuffs and/or being placed in the police car, they will likely face a charge of resisting arrest. If they cause injury to a police officer in any way while resisting arrest, this can dramatically increase their sentence.
- White-collar These range from identity theft to various types of fraud and more. Most white-collar crimes are nonviolent and financial in nature. These cases may involve individual defendants and/or organizations as well as multiple victims. Penalties for white-collar crimes generally include very heavy fines, restitution to victims for their damages, and many other possible penalties depending on the unique details of the case.
- Violation of probation. Probation could enable you to avoid jail after a criminal conviction, but only if you abide by the conditions assigned by the judge. If you intentionally violate your probation in any way, this could mean your original sentence takes full effect, and you face a much longer and more severe punishment.
- Juvenile delinquency. Florida upholds unique laws pertaining to criminal offenses committed by minors. If you are a parent of a child who has committed any serious criminal offense in Miami, you need a defense attorney experienced with juvenile criminal law.
When facing any misdemeanor or felony charge, your first priority should be to bring in a trusted legal representative. Attorney Prya Murad can be the compassionate ally you need at this crucial time. The team at Prya Murad Law, PLLC, will work tirelessly to put you in the strongest position possible when facing any state or federal charge. Our mission is to help you avoid a conviction, get charges or sentencing reduced, or obtain some other positive outcome. Your situation may feel hopeless, and it might seem as though the entire criminal justice system is pitted against you, but you could have more opportunities to defend yourself than you initially expected.
The right Miami criminal defense attorney is an invaluable asset no matter what charges you face. If you are ready to secure defense counsel for an impending case in Miami, FL, contact Prya Murad Law, PLLC, today and schedule your consultation.