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Probation in Florida and Its Consequences

Many individuals arrested in Florida eventually face the criminal courts. The criminal courts have four main players: (i) criminal defendant; (ii) criminal defense attorney; (iii) prosecutor and (iv) judge. The criminal defense attorney and the prosecutor will inevitably speak to each other about a “resolution” of the criminal defendant’s case. This process is called the plea negotiation. During the plea negotiation the criminal defense attorney will discuss with the prosecutor the strengths of the criminal defendant’s case; the good character evidence of the criminal defendant; the applicable motions like suppression, dismissal or in limine motions that may be persuasive to tip the scales in favor of the defendant. The prosecutor on the other hand will tell the criminal defense attorney the wishes of the victim; the amount of restitution owed;… […]

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