These days many people may think that they have a firm grasp on what occurs during the criminal justice process based on what they have seen in movies or on television. However, reality can be quite a bit different, which why it is so important for a criminal suspect in Florida to understand some of the basics of the criminal justice process. For example - what is the difference between a felony charge and a misdemeanor charge?
Many of our readers in Florida may know that the vast majority of criminal cases are resolved with a plea agreement. There are many different ways these types of agreements can play out, such as agreeing to plead guilty to a lesser charge, or perhaps agreeing to plead guilty in exchange for a less severe sentence. However, there are some cases in which other options need to be considered.
Florida was again in the center of the national news spotlight recently in the aftermath of a horrible situation in Sebring, in which a man reportedly blockaded himself inside a bank after shooting five people. The five victims died from their wounds. When the crisis ended, a 21-year-old man was arrested as the alleged suspect who was responsible for the violence.
Many criminal defendants in Florida are presented with a set of facts and some basic evidence that the prosecution will use to attempt to prove the case and may think that they have no chance at presenting a sound criminal defense. But, in many cases, that simply isn't true. Shouldn't your defense strategy include an investigation of your own into the alleged facts behind the purported crime?
Anyone who follows professional football may think that there are players getting arrested all the time. And, while it may seem like there are regular reports about NFL players who get arrested or who otherwise have run-ins with the law, it is important for all of our readers in Florida to remember that an arrest is not the same as a conviction. Even famous NFL players have the right to present a criminal defense in court.
For those Florida residents who remember the times of getting the majority of their news from the Sunday paper, it can be a shock to see the amount of "news" reports that are available these days. We are living in a time of instant reaction, and oftentimes the news reports we see may seem slanted or biased to some people. However, this type of "labeling" has been the default-mode for years for reports of criminal arrests.
There is a wide variety of behavior or conduct that can lead to Florida residents facing criminal charges. From drug charges and allegations of violent crimes to drunk driving charges and weapons possession cases, each year thousands of Florida residents will find themselves standing in front of a judge with their freedom on the line. Any arrestee needs to be prepared to develop a criminal defense strategy.
Many of our readers in Florida have probably seen news coverage of reported "crime sprees." These reports, which can be particularly hyped up by law enforcement officials and media personalities, can tend to inflame the passions of the public - oftentimes making a fair jury trial in the community difficult to achieve, among other problems with the case. That may be an issue with a recent arrest.
After Florida residents have been arrested on criminal charges, usually the first step as the criminal defense strategy develops is to determine what charges the defendant will face and what evidence the prosecution has to attempt to prove those charges in court. From there, a defendant can attempt to determine the right approach to the defense to the case.
Every time there is a news story about an inappropriate teacher-student relationship or incident, there is a little bit of "shock value" associated with the coverage. No parent expects that their children will be the victims of sexual assault when they go off to school each day, but the news stories on these incidents bear watching to see what the end result actually is.