About the Criminal Process

Our Tallahassee Criminal Attorneys Can Guide You Through

Jansen and Davis, P.A., will guide you through every step of the criminal process, including the interrogation, arrest, indictment, preliminary hearings, pre-trial matters, trial, and sentencing. At each of these stages in the process, a skillful Tallahassee criminal defense attorney can help any individual who:

  • is under investigation
  • has been arrested
  • has been charged
  • is being arraigned
  • is facing a bench or jury trial
  • will be sentenced
  • wants to appeal a conviction

The criminal process begins with a stop or an arrest. A person has certain rights at every stage of the criminal process. The following is a brief explanation of each step from a stop through sentencing:

The Police Stop
You may be stopped for questioning by Tallahassee police or law enforcement. A stop is not the same as an arrest. Each jurisdiction has different rules for when an individual can be arrested.

The Arrest
When you are placed under arrest, the police must inform you of your constitutional rights. This includes your right to remain silent and your right to obtain the advice of an attorney. When you are arrested you should be given an opportunity to contact a lawyer or anyone else you want to let know what has happened to you.

Booking
After you are arrested and charged with a crime, you will be booked. In other instances, you may remain in police custody until there is a court hearing on your release.

Arraignment & Plea
If this is the case, you are asked to enter a plea. You can enter a plea of "not guilty", "no contest", or "guilty."

If you or a loved one have been charged or arrested with any type of crime, attorneys at Jansen and Davis, P.A. are here to help you through the many tough stages of the criminal process.

For more information about the criminal process, contact a Tallahassee criminal defense attorney at Jansen and Davis, P.A.