In Florida, crimes are classified as misdemeanors and felonies, but misdemeanors are less serious offenses, punishable by up to one year in county jail and fines. Nonetheless, if you have been charged with a misdemeanor, it is crucial to engage the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney. Although these offenses are not as serious as felonies, a conviction can not only lead to jail time, but also cause long lasting damage to your reputation.
Herman Law, P.A. has extensive experience defending clients against misdemeanor charges in Ft. Lauderdale, West Palm Beach and throughout South Florida. We have the legal knowledge and skill that are essential for designing successful misdemeanor defense strategies.
How Misdemeanors Differ From Felonies
In Florida, felonies are punishable by incarceration in a state prison while a misdemeanor conviction can lead to up to one year in a county jail. Moreover, a conviction for a felony can result in forfeiting certain civil rights, such as the right to vote, but this is not the case for a misdemeanor offense. Lastly, the Criminal Punishment Code and sentencing guidelines that the state relies on in felony cases does not apply to misdemeanors.
Examples of misdemeanors include, but are not limited to:
- Criminal mischief
- Disorderly conduct
- Disorderly Intoxication
- Domestic Violence
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Drug possession
- Marijuana possession
- Passing bad checks
- Petit Theft
- Resisting Arrest
- Solicitation for prostitution
- Weapons charges
- White collar crimes
Under Florida law, misdemeanor offenses are classified as either first-degree or second-degree misdemeanors:
- First-Degree Misdemeanor – Punishable by up to one year in county jail and a fine up to $1,000, or both, and probation
- Second-Degree Misdemeanor – Punishable by a jail sentence of up to 60 days and a fine up to $500, or both, and probation
In addition, other penalties for a misdemeanor conviction may include community service, loss of driving privileges, restitution, court fees and costs, and other penalties determined by the court.
South Florida Misdemeanor Defense Attorney
If you are convicted of a misdemeanor, you will have a permanent criminal record, which can prevent you from finding or keeping a job or qualifying for certain state licenses. You may also lose the right to possess a firearm or qualify for an open carry permit. Ultimately your good name will be tarnished.
At Herman Law, we defend clients against misdemeanor offenses as vigorously as any other criminal charge. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, we will work diligently to win an acquittal or to have the charges dismissed or reduced. In the event of a conviction, we may also seek to have the record expunged. Regardless of the charges you are facing, we will fight for your rights and protect your freedom. Call our office today for a free consultation.
Herman Law, P.A. serves clients in Ft, Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, Martin, Okeechobee and Palm Beach Counties and throughout South Florida