Criminal Defense

Aggressive, Strategic, and Effective Defenses For Floridians

You can say, in full confidence, that you’ll never commit a crime. The vast majority of people can say the same. However, not one person can be sure that he or she will never be accused of committing a crime. Candice Dixon Law, P.A. is a no-judgment zone that is ready to take your criminal case and mount a serious defense. 

Sometimes, criminal defendants have no idea they were the subject or target of a criminal investigation before getting arrested. Often, though, people are not surprised when they get arrested. Regardless, the state must prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, that you are guilty of the crime(s) of which you are accused. Regardless, you have constitutional rights as a criminal defendant. You have the right to competent counsel, and that’s what our firm strives to provide for every client. 

What Happens After the Arrest?

Police will generally make an arrest after they either directly witness a crime or gather probable cause that a crime has taken place. They may gain probable cause through interviews, search warrants, and other investigation methods. 

No matter when police make contact with you, DON’T TALK WITH THEM. Immediately say, “I wish to remain silent and call my lawyer.” You will probably have to answer questions about your name, age, address, and other basic information. 

Within 48 hours of your arrest, you will go before a judge and hear the charges against you. If the judge allows you bail, you may gather the funds and resources needed to bail out. Usually, Florida defendants need to go to another court appearance referred to as the arraignment. 

The Arraignment

Your first chance to hear details of the prosecution’s case against you is at the arraignment. You will also be able to plea guilty or not guilty. In almost all cases, it’s better to plead not guilty so you and your attorney have more time to discuss your defense strategy. 

The Trial

If you decide not to take any plea deals (if available) and the prosecution has not dropped your charges, your criminal case will go to trial. From the moment you contact your attorney, he or she will start analyzing the case against you, weigh the risks of going to trial, and advise you on the best path forward. 

Attorney Candice Dixon has years of experience negotiating with prosecutors, filing pretrial motions, mounting aggressive defenses, and employing other strategies to put her clients in the best possible position. She has experience defending against everything from petty theft to serious felonies—and everything in between. 

Remember: you are not required to speak with the police. You have a constitutional right to remain silent and immediately request an attorney.

To get a caring and quality attorney on your side, call Candice Dixon Law, P.A. today