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Serving Criminal Defendants and Accident Victims in South Florida

The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. is a firm dedicated to vigorously protecting the rights of the people we serve. Representing clients in Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade counties, we stand by our core belief that everyone deserves experienced, knowledgeable, affordable legal representation. Our attorneys can represent clients in both state and federal courts, and we can take a case from start to finish, advocating for your interests at each step of the process. We stand by you.

Criminal Defense Law. We offer our clients substantial and relevant experience on both sides of the courtroom. We believe that beginning a legal career as a prosecutor is the ideal training ground for a defense attorney. It provides daily opportunities to learn both prosecutorial and defense strategies. This, in turn, results in us being able to provide you with a more assertive defense. This is the breadth of experience we will put to use on your behalf.

Personal Injury Law. We are dedicated to protecting the victims of serious accidents and injuries. We offer skilled legal representation for accident victims in Florida and help you seek compensation for your injuries. We also advocate for families who are the innocent victims when a loved one is lost to an accident or injury.

We are committed to helping accident victims seek just compensation. We offer you experience in handling personal injury cases, which includes tenure at one of the largest, most aggressive Personal Injury firms in the State of Florida.

Providing Criminal Defense and Protecting Your Rights against the Prosecution

The word "attorney" conjures images of courtroom dramas like Law and Order, Suits, the Good Wife, or even Matlock. In reality, the role of a defense attorney is not much different from the ones you see on television, but without dramatic pauses or any background music. Whether representing a client charged with a felony, a misdemeanor, or a DUI, our criminal defense attorney will act as your representative in court, promote your interests, and make sure that your rights are protected.

Know Your Rights.

If you have been accused of a crime in Florida, you have the constitutional right to seek advice from an attorney, who also may represent you in any legal proceedings. A police officer often may detain a person temporarily, ask for identification, and question him or her. However, law enforcement may only search a person before an arrest if he or she reasonably believes that the person has a weapon. While you may voluntarily agree to accompany the police officer to another location, the officer has no authority to forcibly remove you before an arrest.

Before any arrest can be made, there must be probable cause that the individual has committed a crime. In some instances, an officer may arrest someone without a warrant. However, in most ordinary situations, an arrest will not be valid unless a warrant has been issued. Anyone who is in the custody of law enforcement must also be informed of his or her Miranda rights. This includes the right to remain silent, the right to consult with an attorney before answering any questions, and the right to have an attorney present during any police interrogation. Never agree to waive your rights, or talk with law enforcement, before consulting an attorney. It’s the attorney’s job to protect your rights.

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There are a number of avenues of defense for most criminal charges. These vary according to the offense. For example:

  • Police misconduct or errors, such as an illegal search or arrest, or a failure to inform an individual of his or her Miranda rights, may lead to the exclusion of evidence obtained as a result of that misconduct.
  • Controlled substances that are seized as part of an unlawful search may not be used to convict a defendant of a drug offense.
  • People charged with DUI may not be convicted solely on the basis of the results from an improperly administered breathalyzer test.
  • Lack of criminal intent, self-defense, or other defenses may apply, depending on the specific charges.

In addition, the prosecution has the burden in each case to prove every element of the offense beyond a reasonable doubt. This means that it cannot sustain the charges if there is any plausible alternative version of events.

Pursuing Compensation for Personal Injury

If you have been hurt in an accident caused by the carelessness or neglect of another person or business, company, manufacturer, government agency, or other entity, you may be able to pursue compensation to help cover your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages.

Personal injury claims are commonly based on the legal theory of negligence. Some common situations in which negligence can arise include, but are not limited to, car accidents, slip and falls, medical malpractice, and encounters with defective products.

To establish a negligence claim, a claimant must prove that the defendant owed the victim a duty of care; that the defendant breached that duty; that the defendant’s carelessness caused the accident; and that actual damages resulted. The standard of care usually is defined as the precautions that a reasonable person would have taken in similar circumstances, although it may vary in some specialized contexts.

Personal injury claims are governed by a strict statute of limitations, and generally must be pursued within four years of the accident. If you are uncertain, contact an attorney sooner rather than later to preserve your right to compensation if the need develops.

If you have been hurt in an accident, do not hesitate to seek guidance from a knowledgeable Personal Injury lawyer at The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. Let us assist you.

Consult a Criminal Defense and Personal Injury Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

If you are facing charges, you should not hesitate to seek guidance from a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer at The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. We represent residents of Pembroke Pines, Hollywood, Coral Springs, Davie, Pompano Beach, Plantation, Sunrise, Tamarac, Weston, and Miramar, as well as other cities throughout Broward, Palm Beach, and Miami-Dade Counties and the State of Florida.

To discuss your case with a seasoned Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense attorney, call The Law Office of Sean Clayton, P.A. at (954) 951-3351 to request a free consultation.

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