Fort Pierce Criminal Lawyers
Experienced, dedicated defense attorneys representing the Treasure Coast
If you or a loved one has been charged with a crime in the Fort Pierce or Port Saint Lucie, Florida, you need to seek expert legal counsel as soon as possible. Time is of the essence after an arrest, and acting quickly to secure competent defense can make a difference in the success of your case.
The criminal defense attorneys at Ohle & Ohle, P.A. have been defending the accused in Fort Pierce, Port St. Lucie and throughout the Treasure Coast for decades. Making an informed decision in who will represent you or your loved one is just as critical as the element of time. Your choice of legal representation can make a big difference in the outcome of a criminal case. Ohle & Ohle, P.A. in Fort Pierce are criminal defense lawyers with years of combined experience in successfully defending those accused of a crime.
Consequences could be severe
No two cases are exactly alike. Each case is unique, with particular circumstances. Ohle & Ohle, P.A. are experienced criminal defense attorneys and treat each case individually. They will treat you or your loved one with respect and integrity, while aggressively protecting your rights.
A criminal conviction can have a devastating effect on your life. Many aspects of everyday life depend on having a clear criminal record. A background check is required for many of the things that we are dependent on: job prospects, voting rights, the ability to purchase real estate or rent a home. The lawyers at Ohle & Ohle, P.A. will work with you to gain insight into your special circumstances, diligently investigate all aspects of your case and provide skilled defense toward a successful resolution.
The law firm of Ohle & Ohle, P.A. headquartered in Fort Pierce, specializes in criminal defense cases encompassing DUIs, Sex Crimes, and Drug Trafficking. We also can help qualifying clients seal their records through expungement.
Criminal Defense FAQs
When do I need a criminal defense lawyer?
You need a criminal defense attorney in Fort Pierce immediately after being arrested and charged with a criminal offense to ensure that your rights are protected and that you don't say anything to incriminate yourself. If you suspect you are under investigation or are about to be arrested, make the call. Securing representation before being charged gives you a potentially huge advantage in knowing what to expect, what to do and even how you're taken into custody.
Why choose a private attorney over the public defender?
Public defenders are very, very busy. Although most are dedicated, they often handle too many cases to give your case the time and attention it needs. Private counsel has the time, skill and resources to help you mount a powerful defense, giving you the best chance for the most favorable outcome possible given the unique circumstances surrounding your criminal case.
Why should I retain a criminal attorney near me?
If you're arrested in Fort Pierce, you need a defense lawyer who knows the ins and outs of St. Lucie County criminal courts. While larger firms based in larger cities claim to 'specialize' in Treasure Coast criminal cases, they don't know the prosecutors, judges or system like local defense attorneys.
How much time am I facing if convicted?
There is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all conviction in criminal court. Each type of crime carries its own specific punishments - some of them 'mandatory' sentences. How much time you're facing will be determined by the type of offense, the severity, prior convictions and other facts specific to your unique case.
What if I didn't know it was a crime?
This is one of our most frequently asked questions. The short answer is - It doesn't matter. Ignorance of the law is not a defense that is accepted in criminal court. If a crime is committed in the Treasure Coast, knowingly or unknowingly, prosecutors more often than not will file charges and make an arrest.
Does being handcuffed mean I'm under arrest?
While handcuffing usually precedes an arrest, being placed in handcuffs does not make an arrest official. For example, if a house is raided and there are 10 people in the house, police might detain all with handcuffs or flexible restraints until backup arrives and or investigators determine who, if anyone, is to be arrested. In such cases, restraints typically are removed from those who police believe are not involved in the matter, and they're not arrested.