Frequently Asked Questions About Criminal Defense

Answered by a West Palm Beach Criminal Lawyer

Have you or someone you love recently been arrested in Palm Beach County? At Herman Law, P.A., we are dedicated to the field of criminal defense and upholding the rights of Floridians under the U.S. and Florida Constitutions. Florida has some of the toughest criminal sentencing and penalties in the nation; therefore, if you are the target of a pre-indictment investigation or if you have already been arrested, it is imperative that you hire the best West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney you can find.

As a former prosecutor with over 150 jury trials to his credit and with some of the most sought after accolades in the legal field such as the AV Preeminent® Rating from Martindale-Hubbell® and inclusion in Florida's Super Lawyers® Rising Stars℠, you can trust in Attorney Herman's ability to defend you!

To help you become more familiar with criminal defense, we encourage you to click the frequently asked questions and see the answers provided below.

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What is the first appearance?

After an arrest, the defendant will be taken before a judicial officer, either in person or by electronic audiovisual device within 24 hours. At the first appearance, the judge shall inform the defendant of the charge and provide the defendant with a copy of the complaint.

When the defendant desires to be represented by counsel at their first appearance, the judge shall postpone the first appearance to allow the defendant reasonable time to secure counsel.

Will I be released before trial?

At your first appearance, the judge will consider all relevant factors to determine what form of release is necessary to assure that you will attend all court appearances. The court will consider the nature and circumstances of your offense and the penalties provided by law.

Other factors will include: the evidence against you, your family ties, how long you have lived in the community, your financial resources, your past and present conduct, your criminal history, whether you are a flight risk and any other facts relevant to the case.

What are the penalties for a misdemeanor?

Misdemeanors are less serious offenses than felonies, punishable by up to 1 year in jail and up to $1,000 in fines.

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Have more questions? Contact us to learn more.

At Herman Law, P.A., we are 100% dedicated to criminal defense and defending the rights of Florida's citizens, one case at a time. For years we have been waging individual battles in courtrooms across Palm Beach County, and we welcome the opportunity to defend you. When we take on a case, we fight to win and your case will not be any different.

Contact our criminal defense firm to get your legal questions answered in a free consultation.

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