Rebuilding Your Life, Career, and Relationships After Being Charged with a Florida Crime

March 31, 2014 by David S. Seltzer

Whether police busted you for possession of marijuana with intent to sell; or authorities are investigating you for fraud, conspiracy and international computer crimes, your world has turned upside down because of your Florida criminal charge. You know that you have a big fight on your hands in the months (possibly years) ahead.

Many defendants in similar situations struggle to understand what they need to do, when they need to do it, and why. As a result, they become almost entirely focused on managing the charges and dealing with immediate next steps.

However, it’s helpful to take a step back and think about the “long game” as well.

After all, the whole point of fighting aggressively against your criminal charges is so that you can restore your life and build to something better -- something more hopeful.

For instance, you may want to build a business, restore a relationship or just do something good for society. Maybe you'd like to experience peace and relaxation after years of working at a breakneck pace.

So how can you regain a sense of control?

The first step is to get very clear about your current reality.

• What charges do you face?
• What are the potential punishments for those charges?
• What are the possible defenses available to you?
• What should you be doing now to prepare your defense?
• What other challenges (related to your defense or not) must you address ASAP?

The second step involves figuring out your ideal end goal.

Pick a point in the future – months or years down the road. Imagine your life from a perspective of “this turned out great.” Don’t edit yourself. Allow yourself to dream big. Imagine all the wonderful opportunities that might come your way, including how your criminal case might ideally turn out.

Once you’ve gotten very clear on these two steps -- your actual starting point and your ideal finish line -- all that remains is to connect the dots. In other words, your goal then becomes to find the most effective, efficient strategies to get from where you are now to where you want to be.

Of course, this process is easier said than done.

The good news is that you can get help with the journey. Call the team here at Seltzer Law, PA, at 1-888-THE-DEFENSE (888-843-3333) for astute, effective guidance. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to take your call and provide a free consultation about your Florida crime defense.