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Facing a criminal charge can be a frightening experience, as the legal process may be unfamiliar and the outcome unknown. Trying to handle the complexities of the criminal justice system on your own can also prove challenging, which is why it is crucial to seek legal guidance from a seasoned attorney. At The Wiseman Law Firm, we are committed to providing personalized defense for individuals facing misdemeanor or felony charges. We have been practicing law for over 15 years, and we know what it takes to obtain favorable outcomes in various cases.

In criminal matters, the State must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused committed the alleged offense. This burden requires presenting evidence that demonstrates guilt. At The Wiseman Law Firm, our attorney is a former prosecutor and knows how the other side prepares for cases. With this insider knowledge and an ability to attend to even the smallest details, we can identify weaknesses in the State’s arguments against you and challenge the accusations you’re facing. When you retain our services, our attorney will be dedicated to crafting a strong defense on your behalf and working toward a just result, such as getting charges reduced, having the case dismissed, or obtaining a judgment of acquittal.

Get started on your case today by calling us at 407-420-4647. Your initial consultation is FREE.


In Florida, if you’ve been accused of a crime, there are several different steps that you may go through. The criminal justice process differs depending on your unique circumstances, such as whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or felony.

Generally, the steps in the criminal justice system are as follows:

  • Prosecutor gets involved: After law enforcement arrests an individual suspected of committing a crime, they will hand over the evidence they gathered to the prosecutor. This is the attorney that works for the State and pursues the case against the defendant. If they believe there is enough evidence to take the accused to trial, they will file charges.
  • First appearance scheduled: If the prosecutor moves forward with the case, the defendant may be scheduled for a proceeding called the first appearance. During this step, the judge determines whether or not to release the accused from jail before they are scheduled for their next court hearing. This decision is based on several factors, such as the individual’s prior conviction record and the severity of the alleged offense. Additionally, the judge may consider input from the prosecutor and defense attorney.
  • Arraignment scheduled: If the case isn’t resolved at the first appearance, the defendant must appear at an arraignment. There, they are made aware of the charges they’re facing, and they may be asked to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. The prosecutor might also offer a plea deal, which means the defendant agrees to plead guilty in exchange for the charges being dropped or reduced, or the penalties being decreased.
  • Trial set: If the accused pleads not guilty or the case isn’t resolved with a plea deal, the next step in the process is typically a trial. The prosecutor must present evidence that proves the defendant’s guilt while the defense attorney fights to challenge the other side’s case. The matter could be heard by a judge or a jury who decides whether or not the prosecutor met their burden.

When proceeding through the criminal justice system, there are various rules and laws that must be followed. Knowing how to effectively handle each phase requires in-depth knowledge of this system and practiced negotiation skills. At The Wiseman Law Firm, our lawyer has effectively handled numerous cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney and knows how to navigate the legal system. We will be with you every step of the way, providing sound advice on how to move forward in your situation.

Our Maitland criminal defense lawyer provides representation for various offenses, including:


If you’ve been charged with an offense, contact a skilled criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Building a legal strategy for these types of matters requires thorough preparation. When you hire our attorney for your case, we will attend to every detail of your circumstances to spot holes in the prosecutor’s allegations against you.

Schedule your free initial case evaluation by calling us at 407-420-4647 or contacting us online.

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