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What Motions Are Available In Criminal Cases?

Motions in Criminal Cases

Motions in Criminal Cases, By Joe Bodiford

Many different motions are available for criminal defendants. Some possible motions in criminal cases include:

  • Motions for pretrial release
  • Motions for continuance
  • Motions to compel discovery
  • Motions to suppress illegally obtained confessions or items (like drugs, etc).
  • Motion to Discharge (after speedy trial time has run)

Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.190 covers most of the common motions in criminal cases, and their requirements, and additional authority for motions is found in Rules 3.131 and 3.132 (pretrial release and detention) and Rule 3.220 (discovery). Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.191 covers speedy trial issues.

Motions in do not always exist in every case. Not every case is factually driven such that a motion to suppress, or any other motion for that matter, can be filed. However, a creative attorney can find issues that merit motion practice. At Bodiford Law, P.A., we have the experience and expertise to determine what motions may be possible in a given case.

Discuss What Motions May Be Available In Your Case

Joe Bodiford actually wrote the book on Florida criminal law – the Florida Criminal Cases Notebook. He is constantly looking at new case law for inclusion in the book, and is up-to-date on what is going on the the Florida criminal courts.  Joe knows what motions apply to you.

If you have a pending criminal matter, co, to discuss what motions may be available to help you in your case. Call or text our Tallahassee firm at 850-222-4529 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation with a lawyer.