WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I AM ARRESTED IN FLORIDA?
The criminal process in Florida has its own rules, procedures, and terms. These stages are critical for every case and by understanding them, you can better understand the criminal defense team’s process.In general, the criminal process goes follows these key stages:
- Investigation – An officer may begin the investigation or someone may report the crime to the local police for investigation.
- Search Warrant – Once officers have enough evidence, they can then request a search warrant in order to further investigate the scene of the crime and/or collect further evidence. A warrant is not always required, especially if the police have “exigent circumstances” – such as an emergency.
- Interrogation – Before arrest, law officers may interrogate witnesses or even potential suspects to learn more details about the crime.
ARRESTIn order to arrest a person, law enforcement officials must:
- Have probable cause to believe that the person has committed a crime. They can arrest them under suspicion alone and take them into custody.
- Arrest the person if they committed the felony or misdemeanor in front of them.
- Have probable cause to believe that the individual has committed a felony – even if it was not in their presence.