Criminal Law Procedures in Florida

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.

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