A plea bargain is an agreement with the State in which the defendant pleads guilty in exchange for certain benefits. Over 95% of criminal cases are resolved with a plea bargain. In Florida, a defendant must enter a plea of not guilty, guilty, or no contest at their arraignment. An arraignment is generally a defendant’s second appearance before a judge and occurs within 30 days after the initial appearance where a bail determination is made.
Missing a court date is not the most responsible way to handle charges against you. Depending on why you’re going to court, there may be a number of options. If you inadvertently miss your scheduled court date, you can be charged with failing to appear.
One of the first decisions a person who has been accused of a crime will face is whether to plead guilty. When that person believes that they are guilty, the decision becomes even more difficult. The criminal justice system is centered on the idea that everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt — in other words that they can only be found guilty if the prosecution proves it.
Florida has always carried a notorious reputation for being a major drug capital, especially during the days of the “Cocaine Cowboys.” For years, any given day can contribute to the many reports of drugs that have washed up on the coast. Over the past 20 years, billions of dollars in drugs have been confiscated, making major headlines – and those just are the drugs that are found.