Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers About Your Criminal Charges

Recently arrested for a criminal offense? You may have a number of questions related to your charges. As a criminal defense attorney with over 30 years of experience, I have the knowledge you need on your side. I can answer any questions you may have and provide direction about how you should best proceed.

To get you started, here are some answers to some questions that potential clients at my firm, Jonathan B. Blecher, P.A., commonly ask me about their case.

General Information

  • What are the steps in the criminal process?
  • What is the difference between probation, parole, and pardon?
  • What kind of lawyer should I hire for my case?
  • How can I clear my criminal record?
  • Why should I hire you?
  • Can the state re-file a criminal charge?
  • Will I have to complete my entire probation time?
  • How do prosecutors decide what charges to file against me?
  • How much will my bail be and how does the court determine that amount?
  • Do I have any alternatives to jail?

Police Conduct

  • What are Miranda Rights and Warnings?
  • Can police search my home without a warrant?
  • What is a reasonable suspicion?
  • What are the breath testing regulations for police officers?
  • Can the police just stop me on the street and search me for no reason in Florida?
  • Do police need a warrant to arrest me?


  • What are my fourth amendment rights?
  • What is the difference between a federal and state crime?
  • What is the administrative licenses suspension law?
  • Are criminal records ever automatically expunged in Florida?
  • Are grand jury proceedings secret in Florida?


Drug Offenses

  • Is medical marijuana legal in Florida?
  • What is the difference between drug trafficking and drug possession?
  • Is possession of drugs a felony offense?