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Written by attorney John P Rutkowski | Jul 8, 2018

What is the criminal court procedure in Florida

The criminal court procedure normally starts off with first appearance, where an arrestee is advised of their rights, bail set, probable cause is determined. Then it moves on to the next stage, which would be an arraignment in either county or circuit court. Then there would be pretrial hearings to determine the course of the litigation, a plea or trial. Once that's determined, either a plea hearing will be set, or a trial will be set.

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Mr. Rutkowski has been practicing law for the past twenty-three years. Prior to practicing law Mr. Rutkowski served twelve years as a deputy sheriff, retiring to attend law school. Starting his law-enforcement career as a patrol deputy which included two years on the DUI squad; Mr. Rutkowski moved up the ranks becoming a corporal in the field training program which give him the responsibility for training new recruits. After law school Mr. Rutkowski became an Assist State Attorney where he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony crimes before dedicating his law practice solely to criminal defense. Along with his work in law enforcement and as an attorney, Mr. Rutkowski spent fifteen years in the army reserve staring as an enlistee, eventually attending and completing officer candidate school and being commissioned as an infantry officer.

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