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.
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.
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.