Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Attorneys
I've Been Arrested in Florida. Now What?

I've Been Arrested in Florida. Now What?

It could happen to anyone. You may be driving in your car after having a few drinks or unaware of the matter officers are accusing you of. No matter the reason, if you have been arrested in Fort Lauderdale or the surrounding areas, it is important that you act fast to protect your rights. You can expect to go through various criminal processes, from arraignment to trial. The sooner you get informed, the sooner you safeguard your future.

So what should you do after you’ve been arrested? Our criminal lawyers explain below.

After an Arrest: Protecting Your Future

It can be extremely nerve wracking to be pulled over or taken into custody by police. You may be wondering what you should do, who you should talk to, and what your rights are. It is crucial that you know the answer to all these questions so that you can walk away with the best possible outcome. When you follow the steps discussed below, you can be confident you have done everything in your power to protect your future.

1. Remain Calm.

The more panicked or aggressive you are, the more police officers or law enforcement will have to use against you. If you act out or try to use force to argue your point, you may be hit with more serious charges on top of other ones. If you want to keep your case as simple as possible, avoid discussing your opinion or viewpoint with police, even if you think you can convince them of your innocence. This never typically pans out positively for a defendant. Instead, keep calm, stay silent, and avoid incriminating yourself.

2. Get a Lawyer.

Whether you are being interrogated by detectives or kept behind bars, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. This is one of your Miranda Rights, so make sure exercise it as soon as possible! Not only can an attorney help you determine what your next step should be, they can also protect you from incriminating yourself by giving information or answers to police that they can use against you. From building your defense to getting unfair evidence thrown out, they are an invaluable asset to your case.

3. Write Down Everything You Remember.

This includes witnesses who may have been at the scene of the arrest, the reason officers claimed they were arresting you, and the way in which law enforcement went about arresting and detaining you. Your rights may have been violated through an illegal search and seizure or an important witness may be found this way. After time, you may start to forget these key details—especially in the chaos of an arrest—so make sure you document them somewhere for your attorney to work with.

4. Be on Your Best Behavior.

Whether you are going to trial or not, it is important that you remain on your best behavior after an arrest. If you get into trouble with the law again after posting bail or try to confront a witness, it could result in increased penalties, additional complications, and other issues. When in the courtroom or in front of a judge, make sure you are dressed appropriately and act respectfully to ensure you present the best image of yourself. Don’t try to argue your case or point fingers at others—let your attorney do the talking and remain calm and collected throughout the entire process. If you lash out in court or commit a small mistake, it could jeopardize your whole case, not to mention your future.

5. Trust Your Legal Representation.

You want your lawyer to do a good job, which means you need to trust them. Tell them everything you know about your case and every piece of evidence or conflicting witnesses that may hurt you. Even if you are 100% innocent, the more you inform your lawyer of the issues stacked against you, the faster they can start to pick those areas apart. Don’t discuss your case with friends, family members, or others who may end up being called as a witness against you. If you have a skilled criminal defense lawyer, they should be able to help you secure a favorable plea agreement, craft a strong defense, or get your charges reduced. If they advise on appropriate steps to take, make sure you follow them.

Arrested in Fort Lauderdale? Don't wait to get legal counsel. Call the criminal defense attorneys at Rudenberg and Glasser, P.A.


Our Victories

  • Not Guilty, Acquitted at Trial Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon

    Outcome: Client was alleged to have used his vehicle to strike victim, and there was video of the incident which could have been interpreted to actually show the crime. The state was offering significant prison time before trial. By meticulous planning and strategic cross-examination to expose the motives and fabrications by the alleged victim, and an eyewitness in support of the alleged victim, Rudenberg & Glasser convinced a jury to acquit the client and avoid a mandatory long prison sentence.

  • Domestic Violence
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser went to trial and were able to show during cross-examination that the alleged victim was the aggressor and that the client acted in self-defense. The jury returned a not guilty verdict almost immediately following trial.
  • Domestic Violence With 911 Call and Pictures
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser took the case to trial after fleshing out inconsistencies in the alleged victim's account. The jury returned a verdict of not guilty and the client's unblemished record was preserved.
  • False Arrest

    Outcome: Attorney Glasser was able to show with video footage that his client did not commit the alleged offense and furthermore, the police officer who ordered his arrest was negligent in his investigation and improperly supervised.

    Read more about this story on the Sun Sentinel.

  • Probation Only Federal Conspiracy to Commit Mail & Wire Fraud

    Outcome: Through compelling sentencing memorandum and passionate oral argument, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to convince the federal court judge to sentence their client to treatment for substance abuse, and no incarceration, even though the client had a lengthy criminal history and the Government was seeking prison time.

  • Felony DUI: Client was in an Accident and Left the Scene
    Outcome: Rudenberg & Glasser filed a compelling motion to suppress evidence based on law enforcement's actions during the investigation. Rudenberg & Glasser were able to persuade the prosecutor prior to the motion to suppress hearing that the charge should be broken down from a felony to a misdemeanor and the client was offered probation instead of the previously sought prison sentence.
  • Final Injunction Hearing
    Outcome: Client desperately needed to avoid a final injunction on his record. Rudenberg & Glasser defended him at the hearing and proved that the Petitioner was not in fear for her safety. The judge dismissed the injunction.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanor: Resisting Police Officer Without Violence
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg presented evidence that the police officer’s version of events was not credible, and that accusations were made to justify excessive use of force by police officer. Jury returned a verdict of not guilty in less than five minutes.
  • First-Degree Misdemeanors: DUI & Possession of Cannabis
    Outcome: Mr. Rudenberg won a motion arguing the DUI checkpoint was conducted in violation of the Fourth Amendment, and the Judge entered an order suppressing all evidence. Case was dropped by the State, and client avoided a mandatory conviction for DUI, as well as mandatory fines and license suspensions.
  • $250,000 Pre-Trial Personal Injury

    Outcome: Client was injured by a malfunctioning door, requiring stitches and leaving a scar on client's knee. There were limited medical bills and no surgeries, but through extremely challenging and successful negotiations, Rudenberg & Glasser were able to secure a settlement of $250,000.

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  • “Worked with me through every step of the case and got my name cleared!”


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