Many individuals that have never been charged with a criminal charge regularly ask the Tampa criminal lawyers of Hackworth Law whether they will go to jail when they go to court for their criminal case. We often explain that if they are going to jail, they will know when they are because they will either be entering a plea or going to a jury trial, otherwise they will only be going to jail, if they act out somehow in court.
The overwhelming majority of criminal court appearances are simply status conferences to ensure the case is moving forward towards a conclusion. Different counties call these hearings different things. For example, some counties refer to them as disposition hearings, status conferences, case management conferences, pretrial hearings, etc. The easiest way to determine when your next court hearing is to simply review the online docket. In Hillsborough County, the Clerk of Court has an incredibly easy website that provides updates on upcoming court dates. I often joke with folks that the only way they will go to jail is if they hit an attorney, the judge or a bailiff. Otherwise, you should not be surprised by being taken into custody unless some other issue arises.
Ultimately, if you are going to be going to jail with the criminal attorneys of Hackworth Law, you will be adequately advised and prepared for it before court. If you or someone you know has questions concerning an upcoming criminal court appearance, contact the criminal lawyers of Hackworth Law for a free case consultation. If you would like to contact one of our Tampa criminal lawyers immediately, please use the “contact us now” tab in the upper right hand corner of our website our or our free chatbox in the lower right hand corner of our website. We look forward to hearing from you and working through your issues with you. Thanks for taking the time to check out our Tampa criminal attorney blog.