How Might my Criminal Case be Resolved?

Nolle Prosequi

Nolle Prosequi literally means to have a case or suit abandoned or dismissed.  In a criminal case the prosecutor would make the determination to Nolle Prosequi.  A Nolle Prosequi often occurs after a successful motion to suppress or in situations where a well trained and experienced defense attorney has carefully explained the weaknesses in the prosecutionís case.

Dismissal

Dismissals are rendered by the court in charge of the case.  Dismissals are often entered over the objection of the prosecution.  Many times dismissals occur due to procedural mistakes committed by law enforcement.  An experienced criminal defense attorney can recognize many such mistakes and take the appropriate actions to have the charges dismissed.

Plea Bargain

A plea bargain is a negotiated settlement between the prosecution and the accused or the attorney representing the accused.  Experienced attorneys have often handled or observed many cases with similar facts and are quickly able to analyze and identify good and bad offers from the prosecution.  A successfully negotiated plea can result in reduced charges, reduced penalties, and a variety of other benefits.

Trial

If all other avenues of resolution are unsuccessful the only remaining alternative may be a trial.  In Florida the criminally accused have the right to a trial by a jury of their peers.  During a trial the prosecution has the burden of proving the guilt of an accused beyond a reasonable doubt.  Both the prosecution and the defense are given an opportunity to present testimony and evidence.  The jury ultimately decides whether the accused is guilty or innocent and if convicted the Judge determines any penalties which are imposed.

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