Understanding the criminal process and how it works can help you better comprehend the importance of how an experienced and skilled Orlando criminal defense attorney can greatly impact your case for the better. Unfortunately, the criminal law process can be complicated and, therefore, intimidating for those who have recently been charged of a crime. At Mazin Law, we believe our clients should understand the intricacy behind their case, which is why we take the time to explain your legal options and answer questions you may have about your future. Understanding the legal process is the first step you can take towards you fighting for your rights.
The steps of the criminal process include:
- Arrest and/or investigation: Depending on your alleged crime and your situation, the police could either arrest you in the act or arrest you after an investigation. Either way, be sure to not say anything that could hurt your case later on.
- Booking: You are typically taken to the police station during this administrative procedure. Your name, crime, and other important information are all recorded for the purpose of the court.
- Arraignment: During this stage, you will enter a plea. You will be able to plead guilty, not guilty, or nolo contendere. A trial date will be set if you plead not guilty. During this time, the defendant may also work out a plea bargain with the prosecutor.
- Posting bail: Depending on the nature of your crime and the previous steps, bail may be set. However, a judge may rule against bail, in which case you will be kept in detention and behind bars.
- Preliminary hearing: At this stage, the prosecutor tries to bring forth enough evidence to convince the judge to hold an official trial. If there is enough evidence to question your innocence, the trial will proceed.
- Trial and sentencing: During the trial, both sides will provide arguments that support their claim in the case. The judge will issue a verdict and, if found guilty by verdict or by plea, the judge will then determine the penalties of your conviction.
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime recently, contact our Orlando criminal defense lawyers at Mazin Law. Call (407) 477-6744 today!