FAQs

Answers to Your Legal Questions

Whether they are victims of a personal injury or need a strong criminal defense, many people who become involved in the Florida legal system have never set foot in a courtroom before. Understandably, they are often nervous about the potential outcomes. Many have questions that are best answered by an experienced attorney.

The lawyers at The Law Offices of Michael R. Herron, P.A., can answer your questions about the law on personal injury and criminal defense. We use years of experience and in-depth knowledge of the law to help you understand your options. To get started, contact our Tampa, Florida, law firm for a free initial consultation or simply read the frequently asked questions below.

Personal Injury

How much time will my personal injury case take? The length of your case often depends on the seriousness of your personal injury. It is never wise to resolve a case before the true nature and extent of your injuries is known. You only get one chance to resolve a case. Doing it too soon could mean that you miss out on valuable compensation you may need later.

Do I have to go to court? The truth is that nearly 95% of personal injury cases settle before ever reaching the courtroom. While you probably will not have to go to court, we prepare your case for trial. Being ready to take action helps us get the best possible settlements for you.

What if I can’t pay for a personal injury attorney? At The Law Offices of Michael R. Herron, P.A., we accept personal injury cases on contingency. This means that you will only owe us attorneys fees if you receive compensation for your injury. If you do not recover damages, you will not have to pay.

What can I do about damage to my car? Your personal injury claim and your claim for property damage are actually two separate issues. Property damage is often resolved much sooner than personal injury. We can offer you guidance on resolving property issues quickly and effectively.

Criminal Law

Will I go to jail? Lawyers at our Tampa law firm use every option available under Florida criminal law to help our clients minimize the consequences of an arrest. Still, we will help you understand the potential sentences you may face. Some offenses carry mandatory minimum sentences. Sentencing also may depend on the nature of the offense and your prior record.

What if they didn’t read me my rights? Police are only required to read you your Miranda rights before “custodial interrogation” — that is, before they ask you questions while you are in custody. The consequences of not being read your rights will vary depending on your situation. When we handle your case, we will look in-depth into your unique circumstances.

If the officer took my driver’s license, how can I get it back? In addition to representing you in criminal defense matters, like drunk driving defense, we can handle administrative law matters, like getting your driver’s license back. However, you must act quickly. You have only 10 days after an arrest to request a temporary driver’s license permit.

Use Experience to Fight for Justice

To talk with an attorney about your legal concerns, call The Law Offices of Michael R. Herron, P.A., in Tampa, Florida, at 813.258.4878 or complete our online contact form for a free initial consultation. Telephones are answered 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Off-site, evening and weekend appointments are available for your convenience.

For criminal law and DUI cases, payment plans are available, and we accept all major credit cards. We accept personal injury cases on contingency. This means that you will only owe us attorneys fees if you receive compensation for your injury. If you do not recover damages, you will not have to pay.