The many legal procedures associated with modern criminal trials have developed over centuries. States and the federal government follow a largely uniform set of procedures. Assuming that the criminal trial is carried out to completion, those procedures tend to include the following: Judge or Jury Trial. The defense often has the right to decide whether…

Tampa Search and Seizure Lawyers Is it legal for the police to search my car if they smell marijuana? Tampa Criminal Lawyer Blog Series Part 1 of 2 Have you ever wondered, “What is legally permitted in traffic stop search?” This question often causes confusion. Do the police have the right to conduct a search of…

After a defendant is convicted or pleads guilty, a judge will decide on the appropriate punishment (or sentence) during the sentencing phase of a criminal case. Sentencing for criminal offenses can range from probation and community service to prison and even the death penalty. The following resources cover the various factors that influence sentencing, “three…

I have been practicing criminal law for 24 years and have seen a wide variety of reactions by people who are being arrested. Some of these reactions are unwise but understandable. Others are self defeating to the point of being bizarre. No one plans to be arrested, but it might help to think just once…