WELCOME TO LAW OFFICE OF CHARLES D FANTL
Defending the rights of Floridians for over 25 years
Established in 1991, Law Office of Charles D Fantl is a dynamic Law Firm, specializing in all criminal matters from misdemeanor, traffic to capital offenses. Our office is conveniently located near the court house and jail.
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You Have the Right to an Attorney. We've all heard this on TV and movies but what does it mean? If you are contacted by law enforcement and asked to come to the station to speak to an officer, CALL AN ATTORNEY. If an officer comes to your home, work or school and wants to talk to you. TELL THE OFFICER YOU WILL NOT TALK UNTIL YOUR ATTORNEY IS THERE. Then, CALL AN ATTORNEY.
Even if the officer does not read you your rights and says it is just an informal talk, tell the officer YOU WILL NOT TALK UNTIL YOUR ATTORNEY IS THERE.
Many people believe invoking the rights thousands of Americans fought and died for gives the appearance of guilt. Nothing is further from the truth. You are simply doing what all Americans have a duty to do, defending and protecting the Constitution of the United States. Invoking your rights is not admissible in Court. No jury will know you refused to talk to officers without your attorney.
You have a right to be secure in your home and person. If officers want to search your home, hotel room, vehicle or your person, DO NOT CONSENT TO THE SEARCH. The officers may tell you they will get a warrant and it would be easier if you just consented. Easier on who? An impartial judge may not believe they have probable cause and may reject their request for a warrant, or the warrant may be defective. They may tell you they will get the K-9 if you don't consent to the search of your vehicle or your person. The K-9 may not arrive in time or be invalid for other reasons. YOUR DUTY AS AN AMERICAN is to require the officers to follow the Constitutions of the United States and the State of Florida.