Though criminal law procedures are similar in most places, there are slight differences from state to state. Here’s an overview of the legal procedures for someone suspected of a crime in Florida:
- Arrest: People can be arrested in Florida if there is probable cause to believe they committed a crime. An officer doesn’t need a warrant if he sees a crime committed.
- Bail: Within 48 hours of arrest, a suspect in Florida goes to court for an initial appearance. The judge also sets bail.
- Entering a Plea: An arraignment hearing is usually within 30 days of the first appearance. At that hearing, the suspect will plead guilty, not guilty, or no contest.
Note: If you’re accused of a crime in Florida, it’s important that you contact a lawyer as quickly as possible. At the Law Office of Joseph Cerino, we will explain your legal rights and guide you toward the best option.