Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense — An Overview

Criminal law does not concern itself with private disputes between individuals but rather to offenses against the public order.

An individual who commits an alleged crime is arrested and then faces a formal criminal charge if the facts are sufficient enough to charge him or her with a crime.

Individuals charged with a crime are called defendants and they are represented by criminal defense attorneys. A prosecutor, who represents the people, pursues the charges against the defendant.

The Defense Process

The criminal law process involves a strict set of rules and procedures both the defense attorney and prosecutor must follow in order to ensure a fair trial for the accused.

If the case goes to trial, the prosecutor has the burden to prove to either a judge or jury of peers that the defendant is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.

A conviction or guilty verdict generally results if the prosecution proves this. A defendant will be acquitted if a jury or judge does not believe the facts are sufficient enough to convict the person on trial beyond a reasonable doubt.

Getting An Experienced Attorney On Your Side

The procedures involving criminal law are complicated. In order to mitigate the repercussions you could face, hiring an experienced criminal defense attorney is very important.

At Canan Law, our attorneys have many years of experience defending individuals in St. Johns County and northeast Florida facing a wide variety of both misdemeanors and felonies including but not limited to:

  • Assault and battery
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Sex offenses
  • Drug offenses, including trafficking, sale and possession
  • Robbery and theft
  • Worthless checks
  • Burglary
  • Arson
  • Traffic offenses, including DUI and license suspensions
  • Juvenile offenses

We also represent individuals during the arraignment, or bond hearing as it's referred to where those arrested will enter a plea and determine eligibility for release on bond.

Board Certified In Criminal Defense

Our attorney, Dan Hilbert, is a board-certified criminal defense attorney by the Florida Bar. Several of our other criminal defense attorneys are former state prosecutors who have the trial experience and skills necessary to defend criminal allegations of all types

If you have been arrested or need an attorney to defend against your traffic citation or any other criminal offense, contact our team to learn about what we have done for clients in similar situations and how we can help protect your rights now and in the future.

Experienced Advocacy You Need

No matter how minor the charge, you should be represented by knowledgeable, competent counsel, who can work through the criminal justice system, give you zealous representation, and minimize the impact of the proceedings on your life.

Some instances result in false accusations or imprisonment. Other instances affect an individual's life long after an person has paid a fine or served time in jail or prison, such as loss of employment or housing.

Call Our Office Today: 904-217-6209

If you have been arrested or need an attorney to defend against your traffic citation or any other criminal offense, contact our team to learn about what we have done for clients in similar situations and how we can help protect your rights now and in the future.