Have you been arrested? Charged with a criminal offense? It is scary and impacts all parts of your life from your family and job to even your driver’s license. Ms. Cabai has been practicing criminal law for nearly a decade, on both sides of the courtroom. There are ways to defend against accusations. Even in cases where the evidence seems stacked against you, there are ways to minimize, mitigate, and defeat the allegations.
Below is a list of some of the more common charges that people face, possible penalties, and what the State has to prove in order to get a conviction. Remember that everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Hire an attorney that has trial experience and knows how to aggressively defend against criminal allegations.
Arrested? Now What?
You have important rights that you need to protect. You are entitled to see a Judge within 24 hours and having an attorney present can make a big difference. An attorney can challenge the probable cause for your arrest, can ask to set or lower bond, and advocate on your behalf. Also, as soon as you are arrested, the clock starts ticking on “speedy trial”. For misdemeanor cases, speedy trial is 90 days and for felony cases it is 175 days.
Know Your Rights!
You have the right to remain silent
You have a right to have an attorney present during police questioning
You have the right to a speedy trial and to confront your accusers at trial
Getting out of Jail
When a person is arrested, they will be taken to the county jail. In most cases the person can be bailed out of jail. Having an attorney with you at your First Appearance can make the difference between getting a bond and being released on your own recognizance (R.O.R.). And in some criminal cases the difference between a bond and
being held no bond.
First Appearance or “24’s”
First Appearance is the term used to describe your initial appearance in front of a judge. Everyone arrested is entitled to see a judge within 24 hours of the arrest. An attorney can challenge probable cause for the arrest at this hearing. If no probable cause is found, the inmate should be released without having to bond out or R.O.R..
If you or someone you know was arrested in LaBelle, Clewiston, Montura or somewhere in Hendry County they will be booked into the Hendry County Jail located at
West District - Main Headquarters Office
101 S.Bridge Street, LaBelle, FL 33935
Main Office: 863-674- 5600
Visitation at the Hendry County Jail is Monday thru Friday from 5pm to 9:30pm. Visitation is conducted via video link from either the visitation center which is located across the street from the jail in LaBelle or if the visitor has a webcam they can visit from their home. Inmates may have 4 free 30 minute visits Monday thru Thursday. Visits on Fridays will be charged at a rate of $7.50 + service charge per 30 minute visit. No more than one free visit per day. You must register online at www.telmate.com, or at one of the kiosks which are located in the lobby of the visitation center, or either Sheriff’s Office; once you have registered you will be allowed to schedule a visit.
P.O. Box 579
Labelle, FL 33975
Why Choose Jill E. Cabai, Attorney At Law?
I have over 8 years of experience in criminal defense. I worked as a prosecutor in the Hendry County and Glades County offices making filing decisions on misdemeanor and felony charges and taking those cases to trial. I know what it takes to defend a criminal case including what evidence the State must have to prove you guilty! Sometimes the accused is innocent and deserves a full and fair trial. Other cases are better handled by way of thoughtful and prepared
plea negotiations. There may be some evidence against an accused but there may not be enough for a jury to convict. There are also motions that can be filed prior to trial that can be used to weaken the State’s case such as a motion to suppress evidence, a motion in limine limiting what evidence the jury sees, a motion to dismiss, or a stand your ground motion.
Have you been arrested in Fort Myers, Lehigh, LaBelle, Clewiston, Moore Haven, Immokalee, or Naples? Don’t go it alone! Let me use my experience and training in criminal law to defend your rights. Call to speak with an experienced trial attorney! 863-674- 1114
Have you been arrested and charged with one of the following:
Assault and/or Battery
Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.)
Violation of Probation
Whether it is a misdemeanor or felony charge, call to speak with an experienced trial attorney today! 863-674- 1114