The Robinson Law Group’s Criminal Defense Team is comprised of former Public Defenders experienced in representing the accused in Misdemeanor and Felony matters. Our attorney’s have handled criminal cases from Arraignment through Trial and are here to help!!! Come into our office for a FREE CONSULTATION and let us evaluate the potential strengths and weaknesses of your case. Call our office 24 hours a day 7 days a week toll free at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN for scheduling.
 
To assist our potential clients with some of the questions they may be facing regarding the criminal process we have created a brief guide to help educate you. To discuss your personal case and get specific questions you may want answered, schedule a FREE CONSULTATION with The Robinson Law Group at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN today.
 
FIRST APPEARANCE:

If you are arrested and placed in custody, you will appear before a judge within 24 hours of your arrest. At this first appearance the judge will inform you of the charge(s) for which you have been accused and subsequently arrested. The judge will make a probable cause determination as to whether the police had sufficient legal reason in which to arrest you. You should not make statements regarding your case at this hearing. What you say CAN and WILL be used against you. The judge will also ask you if you wish to be represented by an attorney, if so, he/she will inquire whether you plan on retaining a private attorney. It is in your best interest to contact The Robinson Law Group toll free at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN for a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced criminal attorney before discussing your case with anyone. We offer convenient payment plans available for our clients so don’t hesitate, call now!!!

 
BAIL:

Bail is intended to guarantee that you, the arrested party, will appear for future scheduled court appearances. Although bail is common, you may not have a right to bail if you are charged with a crime that carries a penalty of life imprisonment, death, or if you are facing a violation of probation. The judge may ask how long you have lived in the area, whether you have family or other ties in the community, whether you are employed, whether you are willing to hand over your passport to the court, if you have previously appeared in court as required and what your previous criminal record has entailed. If the judge determines your charge not to be a serious offense, that you will likely appear in court as ordered and you will not be a threat to the community upon release, the judge has the option to release you without bond or on your own recognizance. If you cannot make the original bail the Robinson Law Group has experience handling bond modification hearings and may be able to help convince the judge to reduce the bail set in your case. It is important to understand that you do not have a right to multiple bond hearings so having an experienced attorney handle and prioritize your release is imperative. Call our office 24 hours 7 days a week at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN for a FREE CONSULTATION in your case.
 
CLIENT CONFERENCE:

While you are held in custody or shortly following your release a member of The Robinson Law Group’s legal team will meet with you to discuss the pending charges. While reviewing your case the information you provide our attorney’s is confidential. When evaluating your case, its strengths and weaknesses, you will be asked a number of important questions regarding your arrest. It is vital that you fully cooperate with our team of attorneys and answer all questions truthfully so we can fully assist you in your case. Without communication, cooperation and trust it is difficult to give your case the necessary attention and priority it deserves. The Robinson Law Group takes pride in its accessibility for it’s clients and welcome’s you to call our firm 24 hours 7 days a week toll free at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN with any questions or concerns you might have so we can set a conference regarding the alleged charges.
 
FILING FORMAL CHARGES:

The State Attorney has 33 days from the date you were arrested to file formal charges against you. If formal charges are not filed within 33 days and you are still in jail, the court, on the 33rd day with notice to The State Attorney, may order you automatically released on your own recognizance. The State Attorney may request an extension of time to file formal charges if they can show good cause for doing so to the court. The extension can be for no more than 40 days from the date of your original arrest. The State Attorney has the sole discretion whether to file formal criminal charges against you. A defendant must understand that even if witnesses don’t want to testify against you or request to stop the case, the State Attorney may still file charges. The law in the State of Florida provides the State Attorney this type of discretion. Therefore, it is in your best interest to contact The Robinson Law Group as soon as possible regarding your case at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN. We can help secure vital information regarding your arrest and contact the State Attorneys Office in an attempt to persuade them from filing criminal charges.
 
ARRAIGNMENT:

After your first appearance, if formal charges are filed, an arraignment will be scheduled. Simply put, this is an opportunity for the accused to be formally read their charges and enter a plea of Guilty or Not Guilty. Evidence is not presented at Arraignment and is deferred to pre-trial court dates. The judge often inquires whether or not an attorney is representing a defendant or if they are eligible to have one appointed at this hearing. Florida Statute allows Defendants to waive appearance at arraignment and enter a plea of not guilty requesting a pre-trial date. When you retain the Robinson Law Group we will formulate all the appropriate forms on your behalf and handle all Arraignment and Pre-Trial matters so you can continue to work and live your daily life without interruption.
 
INVESTIGATING YOUR CASE:

Anything you tell the attorneys at The Robinson Law Group is confidential although conversations with others are not!!! Examples of non-confidential communications include those with family, friends, cellmates, news reporters, probation and police officers. The Robinson Law Group has represented Defendants who have had recorded jail conversations used against them in their case as well as cell mate confessions. It is important that you fully cooperate with our office as we begin formulating your defense. Clients are most helpful when they provide the names, address and contacts of potential witnesses for our firm to contact. These witnesses can be anyone with information pertinent to your case or that may provide an alibi on your behalf. Once we are hired it is very important that you allow the attorneys at the Robinson Law Group to handle the investigation. If you contact, threaten or send others to speak to potential witnesses for the prosecution you may be charge with tampering. Our attorneys will set depositions and conduct other fact-finding inquiries and investigations on your behalf.
 
PREPARING FOR BATTLE:

Once the Robinson Law Group has been appointed we will secure a copy of the charges against you. Our attorneys will explain the charges as well as the potential sentence you might face if found guilty of the crime alleged. Every client is a priority and we will immediately begin to work your case including filing defense motions if necessary. We will be thoroughly prepared before we head to battle on your behalf. Our team will advise and guide you throughout the legal process so you fully comprehend the steps we are taking in your defense. We will file a Request for Discovery to get witness lists, police reports, witness statements, expert reports and all other important facts in your case. We will speak to the State Attorneys Office to get an idea of their intentions in the case. In certain cases the State may be willing to drop charges or consider a “plea bargain” in which certain charges may be dropped or reduced in exchange for a plea of Guilty of No Contest. In addition, we will fight for entrance to diversion and pre-trial intervention programs on your behalf. These programs serve as an alternative to formal prosecution and are sometimes available to first-time offenders. These offers can be beneficial to you and sometimes warrant the charges being dropped following successful completion of the underlying program. Every offer received in a case will be immediately relayed to our clients allowing them to make a decision whether they may be interested in agreeing to these terms in lue of trial.
 
COURT APPEARANCES:

When allowed, the attorneys at The Robinson Law Group will cover all court appearances on behalf of the client. Florida Statute allows a defendant to waive appearances at pre-trial conferences which allows our attorneys to handle your claim without the inconvenience of you having to appear in court. When possible we will cover court appearances allowing you to continue living your life and attend work with no interruption.
 
PLEAS:

The law presumes you are innocent until proven guilty. You can only plea one of three ways in criminal cases: 1) Not Guilty; 2) Guilty and 3) No Contest. A not guilty plea is entered when you are innocent; when you are not certain which plea to enter; when there is not enough evidence against you to prove guilt; when you want more time to investigate your case and decide whether to proceed to trial; or when you want to demand a public trial. If you plead guilty or no contest to the charge(s), the judge will ask you questions to confirm that you know what you are doing, and that no one is forcing you to enter the plea. If you plead guilty or no contest, there will be no trial and the judge will then proceed with sentencing. The judge decides if your plea will be accepted. This is true even if you, your attorney, and the State Attorney have negotiated a plea agreement. If you enter a plea the judge will require you to pay fines, court costs and restitution (if applicable). Before entering a plea the attorneys at The Robinson Law Group can fully explain the consequences of such action. Prior to resolving your case call our firm at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN to receive a FREE CONSULTATION regarding your case.
 
TRIAL:

If you enter a plea of not guilty, you will have a trial unless the charges are dismissed or you change your plea prior to trial. In a jury trial a judge presides over the courtroom proceedings, and members of the community are chosen to hear the evidence
presented against you. This jury of your “peers” determine whether a crime has been committed and whether you are criminally responsible for that crime. When available, you must decide whether you want a jury or non-jury trial. The State Attorney must agree to a non-jury trial. In a non-jury trial, only the judge decides whether a crime has been committed, and whether you are criminally responsible for that crime. A jury is used for most trials. The attorneys at the Robinson Law Group will question the prospective jurors and, with your assistance, try to select the best panel to hear your case. After both sides question the prospective jurors and the jury is agreed upon the trial will commence. Next, each side may make an opening statement telling the jury what the case is about. Then the prosecutor presents their witnesses and evidence. Our attorneys will cross-examine the State’s witnesses and challenge the evidence. The attorneys at The Robinson Law Group will attend depositions, when applicable, to question these witnesses prior to the day of trial to get important information in your case. If the witnesses do not appear for the trial, the judge may dismiss your case, or decide to postpone it at the request of the prosecutor. This decision is up to the judge. After the prosecution witnesses testify, our attorneys may present witnesses and evidence which the State Attorney will also have the opportunity to rebut. You, the accused, have the right to testify in your trial but do not have to. The decision as to how to best defend your case is complex and should be discussed in detail with the Robinson Law Group. After all evidence is complete, each side will present its closing arguments to the jury. The judge then explains the applicable law and rules applicable to the jury to be applied in their deliberation. The jury then recesses to the jury room to talk about the facts presented until they reach a unanimous verdict, meaning every juror agrees on either a guilty or not guilty verdict in your case. If the jury is unable to reach a unanimous verdict then a mistrial is announced and the case will be set for trial at a later date. When facing trial it is crucial to have an experienced trial attorney in your corner. With experience from arraignment through jury trial speak to The Robinson Law Group about your case at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN 24 hours a day 7 days a week and secure your FREE CONSULTATION with one of our attorneys.
 
PRE-SENTENCE INVESTIGATION:

SENTENCING:

At sentencing, you will have an opportunity to address the judge. Our attorneys will set a conference in anticipation of this date. We will advise you as whether to speak and, if so, what to say. The judge will also allow the Robinson Law Group and other interested persons a chance to speak on your behalf. Advise our attorneys in advance the names and contact information of the people whom you wish to speak at sentencing. It is important to understand that each case is different and not to compare your criminal case to that of others. The Robinson Law Group will continue to fight for your rights and remain in your corner but ultimately the decision is in the hands of the presiding judge.
 
ALTERNATIVE SENTENCING:

If you feel alcohol, drugs or mental issues caused your arrest, tell our attorneys. Some judicial circuits have Alternative Sentencing Programs that may assist you in getting the treatment you may need. Your voluntary involvement in a treatment program may assist in leniency from the prosecutor and the judge in your case. The Robinson Law Group’s focus is not just criminal representation but also doing what is best for our clients. The criminal system is set up to help rehabilitate offenders so if there are alternatives short of jail to assist our clients we will fight for access to such programs.
 
PROBATION:

Probation is a privilege – not a right. If you are a first time offender The Robinson Law Group will fight for access to such an programs in the efforts to keep you from serving time in jail. If you are placed on probation, the usual conditions include: 1) reporting regularly to your probation officer; 2) notifying and receiving permission from your probation officer before changing your address, changing your job, or leaving the country; and 3) leading a law-abiding life and not committing any other crimes. If you violate any of these probation conditions, or any special conditions required by the judge, the judge may sentence you to jail. If the violation of probation is a new crime committed by you while on probation, the judge can revoke your probation without warning until the charge is resolved. A probation violation hearing will be filed by the judge without a jury which could bring harsh consequences. For these reasons the attorneys at The Robinson Law Group will fight for early termination of probation and do everything within our power to see our clients are in programs they are likely to successfully complete.
 
APPEAL:

If you are convicted and want to appeal your case, you must do so within 30 days of sentencing. You have no right to an appeal if you entered a voluntary and intelligent plea, with or without a plea agreement, and the sentence was legal. An appeal will help you if the judge did not follow the law and as a result of that, your case was prejudiced. You or your attorney must advise the Appellate Court exactly how the judge did not follow the law before a conviction can be reversed. If your case is appealed, the judge may allow your release on bail until a final decision is reached. The judge will only do this if he or she believes you have a good reason for appealing and believes you will re-appear in court; however, you do not have an automatic right to bail when appealing. If you wish to appeal your case, you should discuss this matter with The Robinson Law Group as soon as possible following trial at 1-877-LAW-CALVIN so we can refer you to one of our trusted appeals attorneys. In no event should you wait more than 30 days before contacting our office.
 
If you or a loved one were arrested and have any questions, Dial toll free 1-877-LAW-CALVIN immediately for a FREE CONSULTATION with The Robinson Law Group regarding your Rights.
 
EMPOWER YOURSELF: KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

My lawyer has told me not to talk to anyone about my case, not to answer, and not to reply to accusations. Call my lawyer if you want to ask me questions, search me or my property, perform any tests, any lineups, or any other I.D. procedures. I do not agree to any of these things without my lawyer present and I do not want to waive any of my Constitutional Rights.

 

 
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