If you are facing criminal charges in Bellview, you need to call a criminal defense attorney. The time to act is now. You need a legal team that will build the strongest case possible for you.
In 2019, there were 15,738 arrests in Escambia County. This means that, on average, about 43 people were arrested each day. The Morris Firm is prepared to take on even the most complex criminal cases in the state of Florida. If you have been arrested or charged, time is of the essence. Your rights, your freedom, your family, your reputation, and your future are all on the line.
Call (850) 503-2626 today to speak with a Bellview criminal defense attorney from The Morris Firm. We are ready to schedule a free initial case review. Our criminal defense attorneys will use our years of experience to fight your charges and make sure that you receive a fair trial. You do not have to face this alone.
Why Choose The Morris Firm?
When you select us to represent you, we will start building your case right away. We know that this is a difficult time in your life. You should not give up hope.
Our firm believes in the integrity of the criminal justice system. If you have been charged with a crime, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you did, in fact, commit this offense. Our years of experience have given us proven methods to uncover weak points in the prosecutor’s case.
We will be with you each step of the way. Our number one job is to fight to make sure you receive a fair trial. We will build the strongest, most persuasive defense possible. We are well-versed in the exact steps to take to work toward getting your charges dropped or reduced.
Our legal team is available for you 24/7, so you can bring us any question or concern you may have. We have helped many other people just like you who found themselves facing criminal charges. We know how to get results. Our previous clients gladly share their testimonials about their experience with The Morris Firm representing them.
Our Practice Areas
The Morris Firm is prepared to handle any type of criminal charges, no matter how complex. These include:
- Assault & battery
- Boating under the influence (BUI)
- Drug crimes
- Juvenile offenses
- Pre-trial diversions
- Sex crimes
- Theft crimes
- Violent crimes
What to Expect During the Criminal Defense Process
The time following an arrest can be terrifying. You may wonder what is going to happen next and how this will affect your life going forward. The criminal process in Florida follows these main steps:
- Arrest or Notice to Appear in Court. This is the first step in the process and occurs based on either probable cause or a warrant for your arrest. This means that law enforcement suspects that you have committed a crime. If you have received a notice to appear in court, it will include the date and time of your appearance. If you fail to show up in court, the judge will issue a warrant for your arrest.
- First Court Appearance. This appearance typically occurs between 24 and 48 hours following an arrest. The judge will tell you the offense that you are being charged with, as well as the bail amount. You are not required to speak or make any statements at this point. Anything you say may be used against you by the prosecution during trial.
- Preliminary Hearing. This is your Bellview criminal defense attorney’s opportunity to prove that charges against you should be dropped or reduced. This may occur if your defense attorney can prove that the evidence against you does not show that you committed this crime. Your attorney may also be able to prove that the evidence was not obtained legally.
- Plea Bargain. In the event that your defense attorney is not able to get your case dismissed, the next step is to consider pursuing a plea bargain. An agreement of this type means that you receive a reduced charge or sentence in exchange for pleading guilty. You are under no obligation to plead guilty, and accepting a plea bargain is just an option, not a requirement. If you choose not to plead not guilty, then the case will proceed to trial.
- Trial and Sentencing. During the trial, both the defense and the prosecution will have the opportunity to present evidence, argue their case, and call witnesses. You will usually have the right to request a trial by jury. If you are found not guilty, your charges will be dropped. If you receive a guilty verdict, the next step is sentencing. This can sometimes take from a few weeks up to several months after trial.
Call Us Now
If you have been arrested or charged with a crime in Bellview, you need to speak with a criminal defense lawyer today. We understand that this can be an alarming time. We are here for you and are prepared to discuss your options for moving forward.
The charges you are facing have serious potential consequences. If this is a traffic offense, the penalty may include the loss of your driving license for a certain amount of time. More serious offenses can impact your future ability to find a job or apply for college.
In some cases, you may lose the right to own a firearm or to vote. Depending on the offense, penalties may also include fines, jail time, or prison sentences. Your reputation within your community is on the line as well. Our legal team will fight to protect all these for you.
We realize that right now, you may be stunned by this situation. Our attorneys are ready to help you make the best decision for your future, your family, and your freedom. The Morris Firm has extensive experience in criminal defense across more than a decade in business. We have handled more than 4,000 cases, including high-profile criminal cases.
Call us today at (850) 503-2626 to speak with a criminal defense attorney from The Morris Firm. You can also submit a contact form online, and we will be in touch as soon as we are able. We offer a free, confidential consultation with a Bellview criminal defense lawyer. Let us put your mind at ease by taking over your case for you. Call The Morris Firm now.