Lake City Criminal Defense Attorney
Were you recently arrested for a criminal offense in Lake City, or have you learned that you are under investigation for a crime in Florida? Or have you been charged with a specific offense under state or federal law? You should know that an aggressive Lake City criminal defense attorney can begin working on a defense strategy with you as soon as you get in touch with us. At Meldon Law, our defense lawyers can assess your case today and can begin to develop a defense strategy that is tailored to your circumstances. We know how critical it is to avoid having a criminal conviction and avoiding jail time, and our firm is here to help you.
Criminal Defense Cases Our Lake City Attorneys Handle
The Lake City criminal defense lawyers at Meldon Law serve clients who have been arrested or are facing criminal charges in many different ways. We also represent clients who have been convicted of state or federal offenses and are seeking assistance with record sealing or expunging a criminal record. The following are just some of the types of criminal cases in which we regularly represent clients:
- Assault and other violent crimes;
- Domestic violence;
- Drug charges;
- Drug possession;
- Drug distribution;
- Drug trafficking;
- DUI defense;
- Felony DUI;
- Driver’s license suspension;
- Federal offenses;
- Fraud charges under federal law;
- White-collar crimes;
- Sex crimes;
- Forcible sex offenses such as sexual battery;
- Bank robbery;
- Computer and internet crimes;
- Carjacking; and
Steps in a Lake City Criminal Defense Case
You might be wondering what you should expect in a criminal case, and how your defense will move forward. Criminal cases begin with investigations and with arrests. In most cases, following an arrest, you will go through booking and a first appearance before a judge. Next, in an arraignment hearing, you will be required to enter a plea. Pleas in most Florida criminal cases can include a guilty plea, a not guilty plea, or a plea of nolo contendre. Typically, after a plea is entered, you will be formally charged with the criminal offense.
Once charges have been brought, your case will go through pre-trial processes, which can include discovery, pre-trial hearings, and, depending upon the circumstances, pre-trial intervention. Plea bargaining will also occur, if it happens, before the criminal trial begins. Once the criminal trial starts, both the prosecution and the defense will present their cases, and the defendant will be acquitted or convicted of the offenses or offenses. Sentencing follows when a defendant is convicted.
Contact a Lake City Criminal Defense Lawyer for More Information
Have you been arrested in Florida for a crime you did not commit or charged with a criminal offense after making a mistake that you regret? Regardless of whether your criminal case is a result of a mistake of fact or a result of your own error in judgment, our criminal defense attorneys in Lake City are committed to providing the strongest possible defense we can. We believe that every individual is entitled to a tough and compelling defense, and our firm can speak with you today about the details of your case. Contact Meldon Law to find out more about the defense services we provide in Lake City and throughout Florida.