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A Board Certified Lawyer Specializing In Criminal Jury Trials

A trial by a jury of one’s peers is a cornerstone of our justice system. Though many criminal cases are resolved without a jury trial, there are number of reasons that a case may end up in court. Some of the most common include the following:

  • The prosecution fails to offer a plea bargain or offers one with terms that are unacceptable to the defendant.
  • The defendant is adamant in maintaining his or her innocence and refuses to plead guilty to a lesser charge.
  • The prosecution has a weak case and the defendant and his or her legal counsel believe that they will prevail at trial.

A criminal trial is a complicated legal matter, subject to various rules that are based in case law, state statutes, constitutional law, and local court rules. As a result, it is extremely important for anyone who is accused of a criminal offense to discuss their options with an experienced Florida criminal defense attorney as soon as possible.

The Florida Jury Trial Process

Jury trials in Florida go through a number of different stages. The major events in most jury trials are as follows:

  • Arraignment – formal charging
  • Discovery – both sides are required to provide information to the other
  • Motion Hearings – these are for legal issues to be resolved before trial
  • Status Conferences – the court always wants to know the status of a pending case
  • Docket Day – the last day to change a plea of Not Guilty to Guilty or No Contest
  • Jury Selection – a venire panel of prospective jurors is questioned by the judge and lawyers
  • Opening Statement – each side has an opportunity to explain what the evidence will show
  • Direct Examination – the side calling a witness asks non-leading questions
  • Cross Examination – the opposing side asks leading questions
  • Redirect – the party calling the witness can ask follow up questions
  • Motion for a Judgment of Acquittal – a common motion to ask the court to acquit prior to verdict
  • Closing Argument – each side is permitted to argue before the jury
  • Jury Instructions – the jury is given instructions by the judge
  • Verdict – the jury decides and the verdict is published to the parties in open court

Fortunately, an attorney can help a defendant at every stage of a criminal and in some cases may even be able to prevent a formal proceeding from ever commencing.

Contact A Florida Jury Trial Lawyer Today To Schedule A Free Consultation

People who are facing allegations of criminal misconduct in Florida may be subject to severe legal penalties. In addition, existence of a criminal conviction on your record can negatively impact your life for years and can even affect your ability to hold a job. Board certified criminal defense specialist Stephen G. Cobb has been representing individuals accused of crimes for 25 years and has skill and experience required to bring your case to the most favorable outcome possible. Call our office today at 850-423-0035 to schedule a free consultation.

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

“"I have used other lawyers in the past. I was facing years but left court with probation and a suspended sentence. Thank you and god bless you."”

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