Have you been arrested in the Orlando area? You are presumed innocent until the prosecution can prove you’re guilty. Is there enough evidence to prove you committed a crime? Each criminal case is unique, and the law surrounding the procedures can be complicated. It’s important you speak with the attorneys at HAWM Law. Understanding the legal process and having someone on your side will go a long way.

After arrested you may be taken to jail or released and given information for a court appearance. It is your responsibility to make it to court, if you miss a court date without notice the judge can issue a warrant for your arrest. Some court appearances can be waived by your attorney.

Going to Court
shutterstock_129467291Before going to court it is important to consult with an attorney. You will be required to plead ‘guilty’, ‘not guilty’, or ‘no contest.’ The judge may also set bail, if you are in police custody.

At HAWM Law we prepare all cases as if they are going to trial. We also file appropriate pre-trial motions such as motions to dismiss and motions to suppress. Some criminal cases are resolved in a plea bargain. Plea bargains are agreements between defendants and prosecutors or judges where defendants agree to plead guilty or no contest to some or all of the charges against them. In plea bargains, prosecutors usually agree to amend charges and reduce punishment. Judges can also recommend sentences for a plea, however, it is the prosecutor who has the authority to amend and reduce the charges.

HAWM is Here to Help
Here at HAWM we have criminal defense attorneys ready to assist you with a multitude of criminal matters. We are here to help shape and guide you through your criminal defense case. Our criminal defense attorneys here at HAWM Law include a former public defender and prosecutor. We provide our clients competent and practiced legal representation. We know that if you or your loved one has been charged with a criminal offense, it is a very unsettling time for all involved. Contact us today for help navigating through the complex criminal legal system.