What Happens At A Preliminary Hearing?
The preliminary hearing is the first time you appear in court, before the judge. After being charged with a crime, you must stand before the judge to hear the charges against you. The judge reads off the charges, advises you of your legal rights (such as the right to an attorney of your choice) and asks if you will be entering a plea of guilty or not guilty. This hearing can be intimidating for those who are not used to appearing in court.
At Kevin J. Kulik, PA, we do not simply usher you through and accept a plea bargain to make quick disposal of your case. We strongly believe that every defendant deserves the best defense possible, and we work hard to get a result that is best for you. When this means entering a plea of not guilty and setting a date for trial, we don’t shy away. Having an attorney present at the preliminary hearing is the best way to learn the facts of the State’s case against you, and to begin making preparation for your defense. If you have been arrested, call us to get an aggressive defense from the very first hearing.
The criminal justice system is governed by statute. The Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure provide administrative rules and laws for criminal proceedings. These regulations are intricate and difficult to navigate without the aid of a skilled lawyer. We represent people charged with varying crimes in Florida State Court, including:
- Burglary and theft
- Sex crimes
- Domestic violence
- DUI, first time and repeat offender
- Hit and run, and other traffic violations
We also provide representation in Federal Court for white-collar crimes, fraud, money laundering, weapons charges and drug cases. Our representation begins with putting you at ease at your first court appearance. From there, we strategize with you and provide options for your best defense — so you can take your life back and safeguard your freedom.
If you are facing criminal charges, contact our office for a free initial consultation. We will examine the facts of your case and offer you advice as to options that minimize the consequences. Call Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense attorney Kevin J. Kulik to schedule an appointment. We are also able to visit you in jail, home and after hours.