Ways to Sabotage Your Own Criminal Defense

It may seem like common sense to not want to sabotage you own criminal case, but people frequently do things than can damage their own defense.  Below are the top issues that I have seen to cause problems for clients’ cases: Party Like a Rock Star Your goal during your criminal case is to remain free of any drama.  If you are out drinking, you can end up in a situation which may lead to activities or situations Read More

“Sexting” and Florida Law

Yes, “sexting” has been defined by Florida law and can been found in Florida Statutes section 847.0141.  Sexting is when a minor uses an electronic device to transmit a photo or video which depicts nudity and is considered harmful.  It is against the law to solicit and to be the recipient if the recipient does not report specifically to the minor’s legal guardian or to a school or law enforcement official within 24 Read More

What is Pretrial Diversion?

Pretrial Diversion programs are available usually only to first-time offenders to resolve their cases and successful completion results in the State dropping the charges.  The qualifications for these programs do differ from county to county.  First and foremost, the crime the defendant is accused of usually must be a misdemeanor.  In Polk County, the most common charges that defendants are offered diversion for Read More

Body and Dash Cameras

One of the first conversations I usually have with my clients that hire me for their criminal case here in Polk County usually involves something like, “get the body camera or dash camera footage; it will show you what happened.” Unfortunately, here in Polk County, there are no body cameras or dash cameras.  Our Sheriff has made it abundantly clear that he does not support such technology. However, the National Read More

Top 10 Things NOT To Do During A Divorce

A divorce is one of the most significant and emotional experiences that a person can go through.  Not only are you going through this life-changing event, but you have concerns about your finances, moving, belongings, and most importantly your children.  It is important not let this process turn you into a person that you don’t want to be—a person that you don’t even recognize.  Be the better person, even if your Read More

Why I Do What I Do

I am often asked one of several questions by people with no understanding of what I do: Why do you defend criminals? How can you do it when you know they are guilty? Don't you feel bad winning when you know you got them off on a technicality? I am very proud of what I do.  I work each and every day to protect people and their Constitutional rights.  I protect them from an overzealous government.  I protect innocent Read More

Common Offenses With Driver’s License Suspensions and Revocations

If you have been given a citation or charged with a crime, or need help getting a hardship license, you need the help of an experienced attorney to stand beside you.  Contact Heather Bryan Law today for your confidential consultation, at 863-825-5309 Read More

You Have A Right To Remain Silent…Use It!

Our founding fathers very specifically crafted the protection against self-incrimination located in the Fifth Amendment with a purpose.  The protection dates back to English common law when the courts sought to prohibit the use of inquisitorial methods of interrogation.  By the late 1700's, Parliament had begun to recognize the presumption of innocence.  Of course, these ideas were carried over into colonial America Read More

To Blow or Not to Blow…

If you have been pulled over for a DUI, failed the field sobriety exercises, and told you are under arrest, the next step is submission to a breath test.  You will be asked if you will submit to a breath test.  You can refuse.  You have to determine if this is the best choice for you in the moment. If you refuse to submit to a breath test, your driver's license will automatically be suspended for a year in Florida. Read More

Think Before You Post

Documenting our lives on social media has become second nature.  When an event occurs, we immediately take a picture and post it to some sort of social media account.  Most people do not consider the legal consequences of what they put on their social media accounts. I recently put a meme on Instagram that read, “Dance like no one is watching; email like it may one day be read aloud in a deposition.”  I Read More