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Facing criminal charges?
Here is what a case looks like from beginning to end

Arrest/Notice to Appear:

  • Your case begins when a police officer believes that you violated the law and
    places you under arrest or issues you a Notice to Appear in Court.



Arraignment:

  • If the Prosecutor decides to file formal charges against you, an Arraignment will be scheduled.
  • During arraignment, the judge will read your charges, explain the penalty, and allow you to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty.

  • If you have hired an attorney, they can waive your appearance to this hearing.



Motions:

  • If your attorney has filed pre-trial motions, like a Motion to Suppress or Motion to Dismiss, they will be heard before your trial date.
  • During this hearing, the Prosecutor may present witnesses, your attorney will provide case law, and both sides will argue their positions to the judge.
  • Based on the judge's ruling, your case may end at this hearing.
     
  • Your appearance may be required at this hearing.



Docket Sounding/Pre-Trial:

By this hearing, your attorney should have received all of the:

  • police reports
  • statements
  • evidence lists
  • and other discovery for your case

  • You will likely have an offer to plea at this hearing.
  • If the case is not ready for trial by this hearing, it will likely be continued to
    ​a later date so that your attorney has more time to prepare your case.
  • At this hearing, a date for trial will be set.
  • You appearance may or may not be required.


Trial:

On the day of trial your attorney will select:

  • a jury panel
  • argue against the evidence presented by the state attorney
  • make arguments to the jury to persuade them to find you not guilty

  • Your appearance is mandatory at this hearing

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LIFE OF A CASE

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The attorneys at Jordan Law both began their careers

as government attorneys, practicing only Criminal Law.  


In that time we've handled almost 10,000 cases throughout Orlando, Conway, Avalon Park, Maitland, Baldwin Park, Apopka, Winter Park, Altamonte Springs at the University of Central Florida and elsewhere in Orange, Seminole, Brevard, Lake, Osceola, Sumter, Volusia County and throughout Central Florida.  Whether your case is a misdemeanor of the second degree or a punishable by life felony, don't take your chances alone.


 Let us put our knowledge and experience to work for you on your case and prove that the best defense is a good offense.