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Top 5 Criminal Law Questions – Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyer

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The video above covers a few of the questions that clients ask the most about their criminal case, but there are many other important questions. Here are five more criminal law questions that come up often when clients consult with their Orlando defense lawyers.

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  1. Are my arrest records public documents?
    Clients often worry that even if they get cleared of all charges, their arrest record will still be a public document that a potential employer could see. Unfortunately, Florida criminal history records are public unless the record is sealed or expunged. A criminal history record is created when a person is arrested, and includes the disposition of the arrest, whether it is a conviction, acquittal, dismissal of charges before trial, or other disposition. With certain cases, we are able to work with clients to have their criminal records sealed or expunged.
  2. How long will my criminal law case take?
    The nature and complexity of the crime you are being charged with can affect the trial time.If your case is going to trial, the amount of time it will take you to go to trial depends on whether you are being charged with a felony (a more severe crime) or a misdemeanor (less severe crime). If you are being charged with misdemeanor cannabis possession, for example, Florida criminal law gives you the right to a jury trial within 90 days of the charge. For a felony marijuana charge though, it may be six months to a year before your criminal law case goes to trial.
  3. Do I need a lawyer at my arraignment? Yes, which is why it is important that you hire an attorney before the arraignment.Although a fairly straightforward process, the arraignment is an important legal proceeding in which a defendant will submit their first plea. No matter how small a crime may seem, it is critical that an attorney is present to advise you at this stage of your criminal law case. An arraignment may involve some complex steps or matters that may require a defense lawyer’s experience to effectively protect your rights. An attorney may also be able to convince the court to lower your bail or have you released on your own recognizance without paying bail.
  4. Will my lawyer be honest with me about the likelihood of getting a “not guilty” verdict?
    A good defense attorney is going to give you an honest assessment about the likely and possible outcome to your case, not just tell you what you want to hear. Good criminal defense lawyers are truthful and sometimes blunt in their discussions with clients. Some conversations may be difficult, and the lawyer must be able to speak candidly and clearly about what they realistically expect the outcome of the trial to be. They will provide the best possible defense they can for you based on their knowledge of the law and the evidence in your case. No attorney can guarantee results in court.
  5. What is the best way to have a positive working relationship with my criminal defense lawyer?
    Perhaps the most important factor in a positive client-lawyer relationship is choosing a defense lawyer you trust. Talk with the lawyer, and get to know him or her just like you would anyone else you might interview. Can you easily communicate with them? A good attorney-client relationship starts if you are comfortable talking with the lawyer. Trust is built upon good communication.Once you choose your lawyer, here are three top things you can do to maintain a good working relationship: make sure you (1) are completely honest with your lawyer. Tell them your whole story to avoid unpleasant surprises later in the case; (2) show up on time to meetings that you have scheduled; and (3) always respond when your lawyer contacts you by phone or email.

Many of our clients have never hired a criminal defense attorney before, and are concerned about the process. Our law firm assists individuals, families and businesses in all criminal law and civil law matters. We are ready to handle any legal issue that you may face in your lifetime. If you have civil or criminal law questions, contact TK Law or give us a call at 855-Kramer-Now (855-572-6376).

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