Facing a criminal accusation can be stressful and confusing, and you may have many questions regarding what will happen next. What can you expect from the legal proceedings? Will your case go to trial? Are you facing jail or prison time? How will this affect your career and educational prospects?
A Lake Park criminal Lawyer from our firm could answer those questions for you and walk you step-by-step as your case progresses through the justice system. Our team earnestly tackles cases of all types, including DUI/DWI, drug-related crimes such as possession or trafficking, assault and/or battery, sex crimes, and various types of theft.
Whether the alleged offense is classified as a Misdemeanor or Felony under Florida state Law, we could help contest the Prosecution’s case against you and pursue the best possible outcome. The dedicated defense Attorneys at Leifert & Leifert have the knowledge and experience necessary to best ascertain which strategy should be used in your unique case and help you execute on it.
Misdemeanors are typically less severe in terms of legal consequences and fines but can still include some violent offenses. Some examples of misdemeanors a Lake Park criminal attorney could help with are first-time DUI, possessing 20 grams or less of marijuana, vandalism, and shoplifting. Furthermore, Misdemeanors are broken down into first and second-degree offenses depending upon their severity.
The less severe of the classifications is a Misdemeanor in the second degree, which is punishable by up to two months in jail and/or six months of probation, plus up to $500 in fines. The more severe of the two classifications is a first-degree Misdemeanor, which can result in up to one year of jail time and/or one year of probation, plus fines of up to $1,000.
Possible Penalties for a Felony Conviction
Felonies are often associated with harsher punishments, including prison time and the loss of certain rights such as the right to bear arms and the right to vote. Examples of Felonies listed under the Florida Penal Code include kidnapping, sexual battery, and grand theft.
Depending on the nature of the crime, Felonies are assigned a degree classification. Third-degree Felonies, such as burglary and cocaine possession, are typically associated with penalties such as a state prison sentence of up to five years plus fines of up to $5,000.
Second-degree Felonies, such as aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and receiving stolen property, can be punishable by a prison sentence in a state prison of up to 15 years plus fines of up to $10,000. Felonies in the first degree, which include crimes like DUI manslaughter and human trafficking, can be punishable by anywhere from forty years’ imprisonment to a life sentence, plus fines of up to $15,000.
There are also capital felonies, which are punishable by life without parole or the death penalty. The crimes that can yield such a classification include murder and armed kidnapping. No matter the level of charge(s) you face, our criminal defense Lawyers could help you seek as positive a resolution as possible to your Lake Park case.
Speak to a Lake Park Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been accused of a crime, it is important to take proactive action no matter how minor or severe the charge is, and regardless if it is a first-time offense or if there are prior crimes on your record. Reach out to a Lake Park criminal Lawyer as soon as possible so we can begin to pursue the best possible outcome for your case.
At Leifert & Leifert, we have the knowledge and experience to ensure that your rights are being protected, the circumstances of your case are being thoroughly investigated, and your case is being defended strategically. To schedule your free consultation and case review, call today.