How to stay out of Jail in Florida

As a former prosecutor and now criminal defense attorney, I have seen a lot of people arrested for some pretty silly things. Many times

Please don't take me to jail

“Please don’t take me to jail”

good law abiding people go to jail and are facing criminal charges because of one small choice. If you want to steer clear of the police and stay out of jail here are a few quick tips.

  1. Take out your cell phone and download the Uber or Lift app and have it on your cell phone before you go to happy hour. A DUI arrest can cost you tons of money and could keep you from getting that dream job in the future. The State of Florida will likely suspended your driver’s license even before you see a judge. A DUI  arrest will cost you a night in jail and you will need to hire a criminal defense attorney to defend you. (Somebody like me). If you are convicted you will pay heavy court fees and Florida law requires that you go on probation and buy additional insurance coverage. The $8.00 Uber ride is an investment well spent.
  2. If you smoke Marijuana don’t take it with you when you leave the house.  A large number of the marijuana cases I see are from people who have marijuana in their car when they get pulled over by the police. Yes, as you know, marijuana is still illegal in Florida. A few larger cities permit their police officers to issue civil citations, similar to speeding tickets, for possession of small amounts of marijuana. However, in most Florida counties if you are caught with even a small amount of marijuana you will be heading directly to jail.
  3. Remember to keep your address updated. If you have moved recently it is important to change your address with the Florida Department of Motor Vehicles. If you don’t then you may not know that your license has been suspended for some reason. The State of Florida makes many traffic related offense criminal charges so it is very important to update your address with the State of Florida and pay all traffic tickets, red light tickets and toll violations in a timely manner or you could risk having your license suspended. If you are caught driving without a license you can be charged with the crime of Driving While License Suspended or Revoked


If you have questions about your case. Please feel free to call my office at 407-415-9626. My law office is in Orlando, Florida and I accept criminal case around the State of Florida.