Understanding the criminal justice system could be critical for those facing criminal allegations. While a charge could be overwhelming, a Hollywood criminal lawyer could be available to help you.
Our seasoned Attorneys are familiar with the aspects of Florida criminal law and different kinds of criminal cases, from Misdemeanors to Felonies. After reviewing your legal options with you, the Leifert & Leifert legal team could represent you in any ensuing criminal proceedings, up to and including trial.
Types of Criminal Offenses
Typically, there are three types of criminal offenses in Hollywood that our team or Attorneys could help you with:
Of these three, violations are typically the least serious and typically center around traffic infractions such as speeding. Violations typically do not involve any possibility of prison time, and the only punishment normally involves a fine.
Misdemeanors may involve both a short prison sentence and a fine. In many situations, the prison term is less than 60 or 90 days and the fine is less than $1,000. Felonies are the most serious type of criminal offense and could involve the prospect of multi-year prison sentences and heftier fines totaling over $1,000.
Standard Criminal Procedures
When a Law Enforcement Officer first arrests an individual, the arresting Officer must inform you of your rights. This typically includes the right to remain silent and the right to an Attorney. After being booked, you may be able to secure your release during your arraignment or other initial hearing.
For more serious crimes, the Court may make your release conditional upon payment of bail or deny release altogether. Our legal team could help you obtain bail payments or negotiate the amount of bail to be paid.
At your first hearing, the Court informs you of the charges you face, and you must make an initial plea of “guilty,” “not guilty,” or “no contest.” At this stage, it is typically wise to have our skilled attorneys representing you in order to advise you of their rights and how you should plead. Depending on your plea at arraignment, your criminal case may then proceed towards Trial.
Prior to the Trial date, you and your legal counsel would have the opportunity to gather evidence for your case and request to see information that the Prosecution has. The Hollywood criminal attorneys at Leifert & Leifert could be useful in helping to prepare for Trial and plan an effective strategy.
Contact a Hollywood Criminal Defense Attorney
If you were recently charged with a crime, you may not know where to turn. You may even have trouble understanding the nature of the charge and exactly what you are accused of. Professional legal help is available and ready to assist you.
A Hollywood criminal Lawyer from our firm who knows the kinds of questions you may have and the circumstances you may be dealing with could provide you with the legal resources you need to understand your options. If necessary, we may also defend you in Court hearings and at Trial to give you the best possible shot at a positive outcome. Call Leifert & Leifert today to set up a free consultation and get started on your case.