Florida Criminal Lawyers FAQ

Below are some common questions and answers about the Florida Criminal process that may be helpful to you. Should you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us for assistance.

What happens after I am first arrested?

The first twenty-four to forty-eight hours after you have been arrested is extremely critical. If you have you never been arrested before, it is a very scary and intimidating process.

Generally speaking, after you are first arrested, you are taken to the local County Jail where you are “booked in” or “processed”.  The booking process can take several hours. During this time, you will often have your arrest photo taken and will be fingerprinted. Once you are booked in, you will often remain in custody until the following morning, when you will be removed from custody and taken to a Courtroom for your “First Appearance” hearing.  at which time you will be taken from the Jail to one of the Courtrooms located at the Gun Club compound, for your “First Appearance” hearing. While some very serious crimes like Murder, Sexual Battery and other violent crimes may not be “bondable”, a good majority of offenses are immediately assigned a bond, which means that you may not have to remain in custody until your “First Appearance.”