Being suspected of a crime or seeing a loved one suspected of a crime can be intimidating and stressful. At Lobb & Mohr in Bartow, Florida, our attorneys have decades of experience in criminal cases, right here in Polk County. We uphold the ideal of justice that everyone is innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.
Bartow criminal lawyers aggressively defending clients accused of crimes
Attorneys William Lobb and Nicholas Mohr have deep experience in representing clients in all kinds of felonies and misdemeanors, including:
Our lawyers present clients’ cases without judgment and in the best possible light to obtain an optimal outcome. We treat our clients with respect and compassion, starting from their free initial consultation.
One of the most intimidating things when you face the criminal justice system is lack of knowledge of how the legal process works. Our law firm explains each step:
Step 1: Arrest
The criminal process starts for a client with an arrest, though it may have begun with law enforcement or the State Attorney issuing a Notice to Appear in court. For an arrest to take place, a judge must sign an arrest warrant or the police officer must have reasonable cause to believe a suspect is committing a crime, is about to commit a crime, or is posing a threat to himself or others. In addition, when a person does not comply with a Notice to Appear in court at the appointed day and time, the sitting judge may issue a bench warrant for that person’s arrest.
Once the arrest occurs, the suspect must appear in court within 48 hours. Anything you say from this time onward can be used against you at any time during your case.
Step 2: Booking
Following the arrest, the suspect is transported to a booking facility, often at the jail, where the experience becomes frighteningly real. The suspect’s photo is taken, personal items are reviewed and confiscated, and the suspect is processed into the jail.
Step 3: First court appearance
Within 24 to 48 hours of the arrest, the accused appears in court before a judge, who lists the criminal charges filed against the person and sets a bail amount. Once this happens, you should be able to meet with your criminal defense lawyer to discuss your case and work to get the case dismissed before formal charges are filed, determine the best course of action to move forward and to protect your rights, and possibly plea bargain with the prosecution for reduced charges in exchange for a guilty plea.
Step 4: Arraignment
During arraignment, a person accused of a crime enters a plea of not guilty, guilty or no contest to formal criminal charges. If the accused is represented by an attorney, which is always advised in a criminal case, the attorney will appear in court with and/or in place of the accused to submit the plea, usually in writing.
Step 5: Sentencing/Trial preparation
Sentencing follows a guilty plea, but otherwise the prosecution and defense prepare the case for trial. There is a discovery period, during which time the prosecution turns over any evidence against the accused so the defense can review it and build a strong legal defense against the charges. Lobb & Mohr dives into the discovery material to find the loose strings of the prosecution’s case and prepare a strategy to pull them, unraveling the case against our client.
It is important to remember that when you are arrested or charged with a criminal offense, you are still a free citizen and presumed innocent. Our attorneys work diligently on your case, making sure that you receive the personalized attention you deserve and the benefit of our 38 years of combined experience that you need.
Facing criminal charges is daunting, but you stand the best chance of protecting your future by placing your trust in skilled, experienced criminal defense lawyers such as William Lobb and Nicholas Mohr at the Lobb & Mohr. Our defense attorneys aggressively represent clients throughout Polk and Hardee counties. Call 863-410-0134 or contact us online today to schedule your free initial consultation.