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Misdemeanor Crimes in the State of Florida
Legal terminology can be confusing to those who are not lawyers. Felonies and misdemeanors describe types of crimes. Felonies are considered more serious than misdemeanors, but there are technicalities that often go unnoticed.
What is a Misdemeanor in Florida?
A misdemeanor is technically defined as any crime for which the maximum sentence is less than one year in county jail and a $1000 fine. Those charged with misdemeanors are not housed in state prison, but may still have to serve time in the county jail depending on the circumstances of their case.
In Florida, there are first-degree and second-degree misdemeanors. First-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in county jail and a $1000 fine while second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to six months in the county jail and a $500 fine.
Common Misdemeanors in Florida
Common misdemeanors in Florida include:
- Simple battery
- Disorderly conduct
- Domestic violence Battery
- Driving on a suspended license
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Possession of Marijuana
- Petty theft
- Criminal Mischief
Hiring a Lawyer for a Misdemeanor Offense
Just because you have not been charged with the most serious of crimes in the Florida statutes does not mean that you do not need to hire an attorney to fight the charges. Misdemeanors are crimes and being convicted of a crime has serious consequences. Before you take an offer from the district attorney’s office, you should have an attorney assess what the prosecution can prove and what they cannot. The experienced attorneys at Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law can give you a full case evaluation.
A misdemeanor will still show up on a criminal background check, and this could damage your reputation when applying for jobs or securing housing for you and your family. In a lot of cases, the court will place an individual who has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor offense on probation. If you violate your probation, you can face the potential for jail time. Additionally, a misdemeanor conviction can have collateral consequences that you would have never expected including the loss of the right to a firearm, drivers license suspension and even make you a habitual traffic offender suspending your license for 5 years. Experienced criminal lawyers at Moses and Rooth Attorneys at Law are knowledgeable in misdemeanors so these types of collateral consequences don’t catch you by surprise.
Do Misdemeanor Convictions Stay on My Record Forever?
Depending on how your case is handled by your attorney, you may be able to have your record sealed or expunged at a later date. Having an experienced criminal lawyer will help you obtain the best result and discuss the opportunities to have the record sealed or expunged at the conclusion. Having a misdemeanor on your record will not only include the fact of the conviction but will also include the type of crime you have been convicted of. In other words, it pays to have a defense attorney handle your case no matter how insignificant the charges seem.
Contact an Orlando Misdemeanor Defense Attorney Today
The law is complex and any criminal charges filed against you need to be fought to the extent possible under the law. You do not want a misdemeanor on your record, so even if you are being offered a plea down from a felony, it helps to have an Orlando criminal defense attorney look at the charges against you and the evidence the prosecutor is presenting. Call the Orlando criminal defense attorneys at Moses & Rooth today and we can begin preparing your defense immediately.