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Category: Criminal Defense

What Is the Suspended Imposition of a Sentence?
POSTED ON November 20, 2022

Although many criminal convictions in Florida come with jail or prison time, judges have the discretion to issue alternative measures that can keep many individuals out of custody. Under Florida sentencing guidelines, courts can offer a suspended imposition of a sentence (SIS). This option allows…

Florida’s Repeat Offender Laws
POSTED ON November 7, 2022

In Florida, people who repeatedly commit criminal offenses face added penalties. Due to strict mandatory minimum statutes, multiple convictions can result in severe penalties, including extra jail time for felonies. If you've been charged with multiple offenses in Florida, you should consult with a dedicated…

What Could Happen If I Fail to Appear in Court?
POSTED ON October 20, 2022

If you’re fortunate enough to be out on bond while you await your criminal trial, make sure to attend every court hearing and every day of your trial. If you don’t show up, you will likely have a warrant issued for your arrest, and you…

What Are Indeterminate and Determinate Prison Sentences?
POSTED ON October 10, 2022

Florida’s historical shift from indeterminate sentencing to determinate prison sentencing eliminated a parole board’s discretion regarding terms of imprisonment actually served by defendants. Understanding the difference between the two types of sentencing guidelines can help you better understand how things seen in television and movies…

What Is the Difference Between Civil and Criminal Court?
POSTED ON September 20, 2022

Courts deal with many different cases, from minor infractions like speeding tickets to divorces, lawsuits, and everything in between. When it comes to where and how cases are heard, there are two types of courts – criminal and civil. Knowing the differences between civil and…

Why You Should Never Fail to Appear in Court
POSTED ON September 10, 2022

Anyone should take notice to appear in a Florida court seriously. Failure to appear usually results in negative consequences.  If you cannot make it to a court date, you can work with the courts to request a continuance or reschedule the date in question. Learn…

How Does a Bail Reduction Hearing Work?
POSTED ON August 20, 2022

After an arrest and during the defendant’s first appearance, a judge sets bail. Sometimes, bail can be too high, or a judge can deny you the option of bail entirely, considering your situation. Under these circumstances, you could request a bail reduction hearing and ask…

What Is the Process for an Arraignment Hearing?
POSTED ON August 10, 2022

After being arrested and charged with a crime, it’s common to feel confused and unsure of what’s next. The arraignment hearing is one of the most important steps in Florida’s criminal case process.  Before an arraignment hearing, make sure that you have a qualified Florida…

If I Plan to Plead Guilty, Should I Hire a Criminal Defense Attorney?
POSTED ON June 20, 2022

If you have been accused of a crime and are planning on pleading guilty, you may think that there’s no point in hiring a criminal defense attorney. Why not represent yourself if you’re admitting to the crime anyway?  However, the idea that you don’t need…

What Are the Different Types of Pleas in a Criminal Law Case?
POSTED ON June 10, 2022

Being the defendant in a criminal law case can be intimidating and frightening. With the threat of massive fines and potential decades of incarceration looming against you, it might feel like no one in the world can help you.  If you are being prosecuted for…