Legal Question in Criminal Law in Florida

felony plea in absentia

can a defendant plead guilty in absentia in a non capital felony case. the defendant wishes to plead guilty but is unable to return to florida. he is a citizen of great britain and is unable to return to florida to plea this case as he has been denied a visa due to a previously vacated warrant in this case

Asked on 2/02/03, 5:21 pm

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Eric Dirga Eric J. Dirga, PA

Re: felony plea in absentia

You have been denied a Visa because of a previous warrant yet you still have an obligation to be before the court - very interesting! It is rare that a court will allow someone to plea to a felony in absentia but given your circumstances you may get that wish! It is possible is all I can say - it will depend on the judge and your attorney. If you need help, let me know.

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Answered on 2/03/03, 3:15 pm

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