Florida Criminal Courts: What You Need To Know
When you are charged with a misdemeanor or a felony here in Florida, you need to know what is likely to happen next with your case.
At O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, part of what sets our firm apart is the personal representation we provide to each and every client. If you come to our office in Tampa for a consultation, you will meet with attorneys who will take the time to walk you through the entire process and address your questions and concerns.
That includes understanding what will happen as your case proceeds through the legal system.
I Have Been Arrested. Now What?
When you are charged with a crime, the likely next step in your case will be an arraignment before a judge. At this hearing, unless a favorable plea deal has already been arranged, you will likely plead not guilty.
A judge will then determine if you should be released before a trial date and set a bond amount.
If your case proceeds to trial, our attorneys will be well-prepared for jury selection, opening arguments and the questioning of witnesses. Having handled thousands of criminal cases, our lawyers know what it takes to get positive results at trial and how to hold prosecutors to their burden of proof.
Learn More About The Steps Of The Criminal Justice Process
Through every step of your case — from the initial investigation to the final resolution — our attorneys will be with you to guide you and provide you with peace of mind during a stressful time.
Learn more about what happens at each step of the criminal justice process by following the links below:
- The first steps in the criminal justice process include the arrest, filing decision, depositions, first appearance and arraignment.
- Moving forward in the state criminal court includes the state attorney hearing, status conference and the pretrial conference hearing.
- If you do not plead guilty, you have the right to a trial.
- After the trial, the judge schedules a sentencing, and a presentence investigation is completed.
Contact O’Brien Hatfield Reese, PA, Today
We offer free consultations, where we can give you a straightforward evaluation of your case and the steps you will have to go through in Florida criminal courts. To contact us, please call our office in Tampa at 813-345-4909.