FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What services are offered by the Law Firm of John Olea, P.A.?


John Olea, P.A. is a full-service law firm in Palm Beach Gardens, FL.

We serve South Florida.

We are primarily focused on criminal defense, DUI defense, traffic violations, and appellate law.




What forms of payment do you accept?


Personal checks, cashier's check, money orders or credit card payments.




Will you get me "off my charges"?


Maybe. Each criminal case is different. It is our goal to professionally represent you and secure the best possible outcome. We work on your behalf to have your charges dropped or reduced and any fines or penalties removed or reduced.




I have been arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). Can you help?


Getting arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) in Florida, often referred to as a DWI elsewhere throughout the Country, is one of the most difficult situations anyone can face; mandatory penalties, including drivers’ license suspension, probation, and community service hours, to just name a few, always accompany such an arrest. Jail time, in certain situations can also apply. It is important to have a dedicated team of lawyers to fight vigorously on your behalf is important. In certain situations, we are able to obtain reduced charges and even have the DUI dismissed.

When arrested for a DUI the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) also suspends your license; this is in addition to and separate from any criminal penalties. The DMV only allows 10 days to fight the license suspension, so hiring a qualified lawyer in a short time is critical. Like in the criminal case, in certain situations, we can help you obtain an immediate Hardship license, without any mandatory no-driving period.

Our staff is very knowledgeable on the best way to get your DUI charge dismissed or to obtain a reduced charge. We are also able to help you obtain your Hardship License, so as to allow you to return to work.




My child was arrested as a juvenile. What now?


Being arrested as a juvenile can lead to many different outcomes, depending on the charge and the age of the child; it can range from a deferred (diversion) program, all the way up as being charged as an adult, in adult court. If the case remains in juvenile court, the range of penalties varies to include incarceration in a juvenile detention center. Juvenile cases usually go before a special juvenile judge in which other agencies are involved, like the school board, guardian ad litem, etc. Unlike adult court a juvenile case is decided before a judge and not a jury. If your child is placed on probation, it could last until he/she reaches the age of 19.

As briefly discussed above, in certain instances, a juvenile may qualify for a diversion or a deferred prosecution, where the charges are ultimately dropped. With such a result your child may be eligible for an Expunction of his/her arrest.

It is very important to have our qualified lawyers and staff immediately involved in order to obtain the best results, have your child released from detention, and obtain any necessary help to maximize the best results.




My driver's license was suspended for drug possession. What are my options?


Usually, the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offers/allows a person with a suspended drivers’ license the opportunity to obtain (petition) for a Hardship License. Sometimes, it is called a Temporary hardship license, or at times, a Business Purposes only Hardship license.




I was arrested for felony drug possession. Can you help?


Being arrested for felony drug possession, depending on the drug and the amount (weight) of the drug can be as severe as a mandatory prison sentence or as simple of going through a drug diversion program. If it’s a federal drug charge, then prison is almost a guarantee.

While we can’t explain every possible and unique scenario here, there are many options and courses of action an experienced criminal defense attorney, like us, can accomplish. Your liberty, civil rights, drivers’ license, professional license are all at stake.

We can, at times, get your charges reduced, or dropped.




I was just arrested on a DUI Manslaughter charge. What does that mean?


A DUI Manslaughter charge carries severe penalties, including several years in prison, a lengthy probation, and possibly a lifetime revocation of your drivers’ license. A DUI Manslaughter charge is one of the most difficult cases, where an accused may not be out on bond. This type of charge usually requires a great deal of knowledge and experience with the experts the State will bring forth to prosecute you like, a traffic crash expert, a specialty homicide investigator, and a breath/blood alcohol expert. Here at our firm, we have handled a great deal of these cases and have had years of experience with handling, questioning, and hiring experts of our own to vigorously defend you.




I was just arrested on a Vehicular Manslaughter charge. What does that mean?


A Vehicular Manslaughter charge carries severe penalties, including several years in prison, a lengthy probation, and possibly a lifetime revocation of your drivers’ license. A Vehicular Manslaughter charge is one of the most difficult cases, where an accused may not be out on bond. This type of charge usually requires a great deal of knowledge and experience with the experts the State will bring forth to prosecute you like, a traffic crash expert, a specialty homicide investigator, and a breath/blood alcohol expert. Here at our firm, we have handled a great deal of these cases and have had years of experience with handling, questioning, and hiring experts of our own to vigorously defend you.




I was arrested on a Leaving the scene of an Accident Involving Death charge. What does that mean?


A Leaving the scene of an Accident Involving Death charge carries severe penalties, including several years in prison, a lengthy probation, and possibly a lifetime revocation of your drivers’ license. An accused may not be out on bond. This type of charge usually requires a great deal of knowledge and experience with the experts the State will bring forth to prosecute you like, a traffic crash expert, a specialty homicide investigator, and a breath/blood alcohol expert. Here at our firm, we have handled a great deal of these cases and have had years of experience with handling, questioning, and hiring experts of our own to vigorously defend you.




I was just arrested on a Driving on a Suspended License Involving Death charge. What does that mean?


A Driving on a Suspended License Involving Death charge carries severe penalties, including several years in prison, a lengthy probation, and possibly a lifetime revocation of your drivers’ license. An accused may not be out on bond. This type of charge usually requires a great deal of knowledge and experience with the experts the State will bring forth to prosecute you like, a traffic crash expert, a specialty homicide investigator, and a breath/blood alcohol expert. Here at our firm, we have handled a great deal of these cases and have had years of experience with handling, questioning, and hiring experts of our own to vigorously defend you.




I have learned that there may be a warrant for my arrest what should I do?


Step 1: Contact us immediately, do not surrender to the authorities without our help.

There have been times where an arrest warrant is issued in error. Why take the chance without consulting with an experienced lawyer? At times, we are able to have the arrest warrant withdrawn and easily resolve your case, without you ever going through the embarrassment, humiliation, and difficulty of being arrested and, “booked.” If you have to self-surrender, we can guide you through that process, and have you, “in and out,” as quickly as possible; we will even arrange for a bondsman and transportation to and from jail.

Each arrest warrant is different, contact us so we can give you our personalized and case-specific service.

Step 2: Enjoy the satisfaction of having experienced and knowledgeable lawyers and support staff getting you the best results and possibly not ever being arrested or booked into jail.





Olea Law serves all 39 Palm Beach County municipalities: Atlantis, Belle Glade, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Briny Breezes, Cloud Lake, Delray Beach, Glen Ridge, Golf, Greenacres, Gulf Stream, Haverhill, Highland Beach, Hypoluxo, Juno Beach, Jupiter, Jupiter Inlet Colony, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Clarke Shores, Lake Park, Lake Worth, Lantana, Manalapan, Loxahatchee Groves, North Palm Beach, Ocean Ridge, Mangonia Park, Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Pahokee, Palm Beach Shores, Palm Springs, Riviera Beach, Royal Palm Beach, South Bay, South Palm Beach, Tequesta, Wellington, Westlake, and West Palm Beach.

 

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