Brown, Suarez, Rios & Weinberg, P.A.
Free Initial Consultation | Se Habla EspaƱol
Attorney On Call 24/7 239-337-9755

Overview of a criminal trial

Every year thousands of Florida residents go through the criminal justice system. Some face misdemeanor charges, while others face more serious felony charges. However, regardless of the severity of the charge in any given case, every person who is charged with a criminal offense has rights to protect. One of those rights is the right to a trial in front of one's peers.

For years, criminal trials have been shown as dramatic, cinematic events in television shows and movies. But, for as much entertainment as a person may get out of a fictionalized version of a criminal trial, the reality is quite different. Put bluntly, someone's freedom is on the line, and there is nothing sensational about it.

A criminal trial begins with selecting the members of the jury, unless the trial is a "bench trial," which means that it is only in front of the judge. The jury selection process can be the most important part of the whole criminal trial process, as it is important to select jury members who can be unbiased and remember that a criminal defendant, as charged, is innocent until proven guilty.

Once the trial begins, both the prosecution and defense will give opening statements, giving the jury an overview of the case. After that, witness testimony and the presentation of evidence will begin. It is the prosecution's burden to prove its case "beyond a reasonable doubt," so the prosecution goes first. Once all evidence has been put forth, the prosecution and defense will make closing statements, which are the last chance to persuade the jury about the evidence that was submitted. Once closing statements are concluded, the jury will receive instructions, return to the jury room to deliberate and, ultimately, return a verdict in the case.

No Comments

Leave a comment
Comment Information

Start By Discuss Your Case With An Attorney

Please Let Us Know Your Legal Circumstances

Bold labels are required.

Contact Information

The use of the Internet or this form for communication with the firm or any individual member of the firm does not establish an attorney-client relationship. Confidential or time-sensitive information should not be sent through this form.


Privacy Policy

Fort Myers Office
1532 Jackson St.
Fort Myers, FL 33901-2911

Phone: 239-337-9755
Fax: 239-337-9756
Fort Myers Law Office Map

Naples Office
3375 Tamiami Trail E
Suite 400
Naples, FL 34112

Phone: 239-963-9141
Fax: 239-337-9756
Map & Directions

Arcadia Office
4 W. Oak St.
Suite D
Arcadia, FL 34266

Phone: 863-494-5550
Fax: 863-494-5721
Arcadia Law Office Map

Sarasota Office
2075 Main St.
Suite 34
Sarasota, FL 34237

Phone: 941-575-8000
Fax: 941-575-8888
Map & Directions

Punta Gorda Office
265 E. Marion Ave.
Suite 114
Punta Gorda, FL 33950

Phone: 941-575-8000
Fax: 941-575-8888
Punta Gorda Law Office Map