Being arrested is a life altering event. In one instant, an ordinary day can change drastically when decisions lead to your arrest. At Harris Guidi Rosner, P.A., we have a team of defense lawyers who have the experience and knowledge to help you in your time of need.
The firm’s named partners, Robert Harris, Dennis Guidi, and Alan Rosner began their legal careers as prosecutors at the State Attorney’s Office. In their years at the State Attorney’s Office, they prosecuted cases from minor misdemeanors all the way up to major crimes, including violent offenses and murder. This experience ultimately led to their roles as division chiefs and directors within the office, taking on the responsibility of training new prosecutors.
In 1986, these three formed Harris Guidi Rosner, P.A. with the intent of helping clients in need. They formed a practice that built upon their experience in the courtroom and trial experience to assist those accused of committing a crime. As defense attorneys, their experience with the State Attorney’s Office provided a broad perspective to aid clients in obtaining the best possible defense.
Now over 30 years later, that firm has grown to a team of lawyers dedicated to assisting clients in their time of need.
What do I do when I’ve arrested?
Call us. Within 24 hours of being arrested, you will be taken before a judge at a court hearing called “first appearance.” At the hearing, the judge will determine if there is probable cause for your arrest and may set a bond on your charges. It is important to have an attorney present to represent you to ensure that the bond is reasonable. We will strive so that you can continue to remain free during the pendency of your case.
Do I need a lawyer before charges are even filed by the State?
Yes. This is a crucial stage for a defense attorney. After “first appearance”, the arrest information is sent to the State Attorney’s Office for assignment to a prosecutor for review. At this stage, the prosecutor will review any arrest reports, videos, 911 calls, photographs, and interview any witnesses to determine if there is sufficient evidence to charge you with a crime.
Before charges are filed, our team will begin gathering evidence in your defense and contact the assigned prosecutor. Our conversations can help influence the prosecutor to the right decision, faster. It can also result in lesser charges being filed or even no charges filed at all.
Charges have been filed. What will a lawyer do for me now?
If the prosecutor determines that they have sufficient evidence to charge you with a crime, they will file what is called an “Information.” It is a document that states your charge. Once charges have been filed, the State is required to provide “discovery,” which is the name for all of the evidence they believe proves you committed a crime. It even includes information that is helpful to you and can often assist in building your defense.
It takes experience to properly review police reports, photographs, videos, and conduct depositions. The team at Harris Guidi Rosner, P.A. has the experience to review these documents, interview witnesses, and conduct depositions to find possible defenses to your case. This experience is then used to prepare motions to challenge the State’s evidence at a hearing or prepare for trial.
How much will it cost for me to first meet to discuss my situation?
Nothing. We do not charge for our initial consultation on any criminal matter. Most clients are confused about what has happened and what will happen to them when they are being accused of a crime. We take the opportunity during our initial consultation to discuss your current situation, answer any questions you may have, and discuss how we can help with representation moving through the legal process. Our experience has shown that, often times, the earlier in the case that we are hired, the more we are able to help our clients in their time of need. If you are in trouble, don’t hesitate, call us right away.
Even the smallest charge or accusation can be devastating to your family and your future. That is why you need immediate legal representation experienced in handling cases in court and out. The Jacksonville Criminal Law Attorneys at Harris Guidi Rosner, P.A. has a defense team that includes four former State Attorneys and Public Defenders, three of which were Division and Special Prosecution Chiefs. Felonies, misdemeanors, DUIs and traffic offenses: we’ve handled thousands of cases successfully.
Initial consultation is free. Let us explain your rights and uphold the law in your favor. Call us at (904) 777-7777 or toll-free outside Jacksonville, Florida (888) 262-4520.
Our Criminal Law Specialties
- DMV Hearings
- Drug Charges
- Sex Crimes & Sexual Assault
- State and Federal Court Charges
- Traffic Tickets