What Are Your Rights After an Arrest?

If you are facing charges in Orlando and have been arrested, it is important to realize that you have certain legal rights that must be upheld. If these rights are not maintained, an Orlando criminal defense lawyer can work with you to help ensure justice by seeking to have your charges reduced or dismissed entirely.

What are the rights that you have in Orlando, FL?

  • You have the right to an attorney at any and all stages of your case. If you are unable to afford an attorney, the court will provide one for you at no cost.
  • You have the right to know what crimes you are being charged with.
  • You have the right to know who the police officers are that are handling you during the arrest.
  • You have the right to call your family, friends, an attorney, or bondsperson after you are brought to the police station; however, the police have the right to complete the booking procedure first.

It is critical that you do not say anything that could incriminate yourself or waive your constitutional rights unintentionally. This leads into the area of police questioning and your legal rights as it pertains to the information they may seek to obtain.

What are Your Rights During Police Questioning?

It is your right to remain silent. Should you choose to speak, it is important to know that anything you say can be held against you in a court of law.

  • Even if you begin to answer police questions, you may stop at any time and invoke your right to remain silent.
  • You have the right to speak with your attorney prior to answering any questions.
  • You also have the right to have your attorney present if you decide to answer any police questions. Again, if you cannot afford a lawyer, the court will provide you with one and you will not continue to be questioned until your lawyer is present.


With over 50 years of defense experience , our Orlando criminal attorneys provide an aggressive and comprehensive approach to protecting our clients' rights. Every action that law enforcement takes during and after your arrest is important. If there is a single mistake in how they handled the process, we may be able to fight to have your charges dropped.

Call our office today so that we can begin to build an effective case on your behalf. Free case evaluation!

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