Arraignment For Seminole County Domestic Violence Charges
In a domestic violence case in Seminole County, Florida the next court appearance is the arraignment hearing. The arraignment hearing is the arrested person’s opportunity to answer to the domestic violence charges. The options are not guilty, guilty and nolo contendere (no contest). If you plead not guilty to domestic violence charges the judge will set your case for a future court date to discuss your case and the judge will normally ask you if you are going to hire a lawyer to represent you in the case. If you plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) to domestic violence charges the judge will ask the prosecutor what the State of Florida is recommending as a sentence in the case and the judge will ask you if you have anything to say prior to sentencing. If the judge gives the person a jail or prison sentence the person will be placed in custody right then. The person will leave the courtroom in handcuffs. Most people who go to the arraignment hearing do not plan on going to jail or prison right then but if you plead guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) at the arraignment hearing and the judge accepts the plea and then imposes the sentence in your case you can go to jail or prison and you cannot say no I changed my mind I do not want to go to jail or prison it is to late. This is one of many reasons why people hire lawyers. If you are being represented by a lawyer normally before you enter a plea of guilty or nolo contendere (no contest) a sentence agreement will have been reached with the prosecutor as a result of plea negotiations. The judge must agree to this negotiated sentence. If you would like to discuss how I can help, the consultation is free. Please call me at 407-740-8300, text me at 407-616-8808 or email me at email@example.com.