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Arrest in Florida

HOW DOES A CRIMINAL CASE START IN FLORIDA

Criminal cases start either by law-enforcement issuing a notice to appear citation where by the accused is given a date to appear before the court or by physical arrest.

A notice to appear citation is considered an arrest and may be issued in any crime which is a misdemeanor of the second or third degree and for any violation of a county or municipal ordinance triable in a county court unless one of the following occurs:

  • The accused fails to sufficiently identify him or herself or supply the required information;
  • The accused refuses to sign the citation;
  • The arresting officer has reason to believe the accused's continued freedom will be a danger to him or herself or others;
  • The accused has no ties to the community;
  • The accused is wanted in another jurisdiction;
  • The accused has previously failed to appear or has previously violated a pretrial release program.

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John P. Rutkowski, Attorney at Law, firm represents clients in the areas of Criminal Defense, DUI, BUI, Criminal & Civil Traffic Offenses. Contact Mr. Rutkowski today for a free telephone consultation.

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