Strategic Defense,
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Your Path to Justice
Strategic Defense,
Resolute Advocacy
Your Path to Justice
Strategic Defense,
Resolute Advocacy
Your Path to Justice

Criminal Defense & Traffic Violation Lawyers in Orange County, Florida

Helping Clients Defend Their Rights

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Whether you have no history of criminal activity or you already have a criminal record, dealing with criminal charges or a traffic violation can be stressful. Criminal charges have the potential to impact your life for years, carrying penalties like jail time, fines, and other consequences. Traffic violations can add points to your driving record, making it impossible to retain your license and transport yourself to and from your job or school.

If you are facing criminal charges or a traffic violation, the best way to protect your rights and defend your freedom is by consulting a team of experienced defense attorneys. At Alain Rivas & Associates, P.A., we have over 27 years of combined experience in criminal cases and traffic violation charges. We are committed to helping our clients reduce or remove the penalties they are facing. For a free consultation, call our law office today at 407-934-0324.

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Assault charges can lead to penalties like extended jail time and hefty fines. Contact us today to fight the charges against you.
Drug Crimes
Drug crime convictions can lead to jail time, fines, and probation. Let our team defend you to reduce or remove your charges.
Gun Crimes
Gun and weapon crimes are taken seriously in criminal court. Contact our team for experienced representation.
Domestic Violence Defense
Domestic violence accusations can jeopardize your freedom and your reputation. Our team will fight to defend you every step of the way.
Drug Trafficking
Drug trafficking charges are punished harshly in criminal court. Contact our team to defend yourself from a conviction.
Juvenile Crimes
Juvenile offenders can face serious consequences that disrupt their lives. Let our team provide experienced legal representation.
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How Does Alain Rivas & Associates, P.A. Stand Out?

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Other law firms spread themselves thin by taking on any case that involves a legal issue. At Alain Rivas & Associates, P.A., our team focuses on criminal defense, immigration issues, and traffic violations, dedicating our time solely to clients we are confident we can help. We always work with our client’s best interests in mind, aiming to clear their names and cause the least amount of disruptions in their lives. We will remain in constant communication with you, helping you navigate the justice system every step of the way to avoid confusion and questions.

Our Orange County office is conveniently located 1 minute from Dickson Azalea Park and 3 minutes from Festival Park. We are a 25-minute drive from Orlando International Airport (MCO). Feel free to give us a call at 407-934-0324 to speak to an attorney on our team and receive a free consultation.

Why Choose Us?

Free Consultations: At our firm, we understand that hiring an attorney is a significant financial commitment. That’s why we offer free consultations to all of our potential clients. We will take the time to understand your circumstances and the goals you have to ensure we are the right fit for you.
A History of Results: With almost three decades of combined experience, we have no shortage of happy clients. Our team always works to get the best outcome possible for each and every one of our clientele, whether it takes weeks or years. We will not rest until you have gotten the results you deserve.
Personalized Legal Strategies: Our team knows that all legal issues are different. That’s why we take the time to personalize each of our legal strategies for our various clients. We never use a one-size-fits-all approach, preferring to develop legal defenses from scratch every time for your unique situation.
Experience: Our attorneys have over 27 years of combined experience in the industry. We are well-versed in a wide variety of cases that have left us with the ability to find solutions for even the most complex of legal matters. With our extensive backgrounds, we can assist you with any legal issue.
Consistent Communication: Many legal issues take months or even years to resolve. While other firms might leave their clients in the dark, we are committed to keeping in contact with you every step of the way. We are always here to answer any questions and adjust your legal strategy as needed.
Legal Advice When You Need It: Our team understands that not everyone is on the same timeline. We are here to offer advice if you are just exploring your legal options, and we’re also here to provide representation at a moment’s notice. Whenever you need legal guidance, we are confident we can provide it.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Happens After You Are Arrested?

If you are arrested, you will be brought to the police station, where you will be booked. Booking is the process of gathering personal and historical information from you, as well as biographical information, like fingerprints. The police will use this information to determine if there are any warrants against you or if you have a prior criminal history. Using this information, the police will decide if you can be released from custody and whether a bail or bond is required. During an arrest, police may also seize property, records, and other materials.

Do You Have to Speak to the Police Being Arrested?

If you have been arrested, it is very likely that the police will attempt to ask you questions or interrogate you. However, you are under no obligation to speak to the police, even if you have been arrested or detained. You are legally required to provide identifying information about yourself, like your name. Every individual has the right to remain silent, as well as the right to consult an attorney before or during a police interview. If you would like to invoke your right to silence, simply let police officers know that you will not be answering their questions.

What is the Difference Between a Felony and a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is generally a lesser offense with less severe penalties. Under federal law, a misdemeanor is punishable by less than one year in prison. State laws vary and may only require a few days or a few hours in jail. A felony is a serious offense that carries much harsher penalties. Years in prison and thousands of dollars in fines are both possibilities after a felony conviction. Under federal law, a felony is punishable by a minimum of one year in prison or jail.

What Are the Types of Infractions Heard in Traffic Court?

Both criminal traffic infractions and civil traffic infractions are heard in Florida courts. Criminal infractions include driving under the influence (DUI) and reckless driving. You may be required to appear in court and pay fines, and you could also be required to complete probation or a prison sentence. Civil infractions are noncriminal offenses that are typically resolved through payment. Most civil infractions do not require a court hearing unless they involve a car accident or a minor in the vehicle. You can pay to resolve your infraction by mail or in person.

What Are My Options Besides Paying a Traffic Ticket?

If you would like to fight a traffic ticket, you have options. You can plead not guilty, take a driver improvement course, or submit an Affidavit of Compliance. Some violations can be dismissed by a court clerk, like if the ticket was given in error. You will be required to present your proof of insurance, registration certificate, and a valid driver’s license to get a violation dismissed. You may also be asked to pay a small dismissal fee.

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