South Florida Criminal Defense Attorney Handling Misdemeanor Charges
Criminal Defense Lawyer in Miami-Dade
A misdemeanor charge in Florida involves those crimes considered less severe than a felony. Although not as serious, these criminal offenses still carry the potential for consequences such as jail time and/or probation. There are different degrees of misdemeanors, depending on the offense. In Florida, a 1st degree misdemeanor can lead to penalties that include up to one year in a county jail and fines of up to $1,000. For a 2nd degree misdemeanor, consequences can entail up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines.
Conviction in a misdemeanor case will appear on your record, affect your chances of employment, and create higher insurance costs. Certain education and immigration opportunities can be closed to you upon conviction as well. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge, you cannot take it lightly. Rather than attempting to handle the matter yourself or pleading guilty, it is in your best interests to retain a Miami-Dade criminal defense lawyer who can prepare a solid defense for you.
Types of Misdemeanor Charges in South Florida
There a number of crimes that fall under the category of misdemeanor offenses. If you are charged with petit (petty) theft or shoplifting an item valued under $300, then you could be facing the penalties for a misdemeanor. Indecent exposure and solicitation for prostitution are also misdemeanor offenses. Some
drug offenses are also classified under this broad term, including possession of drug paraphernalia. Even though other states are legalizing the use of marijuana for medical treatment, it is still a misdemeanor in Florida to possess cannabis.
Marijuana possession of than less 20 grams is treated as a misdemeanor crime. Twenty grams does not even add up to one ounce, yet this could land you with jail time and a criminal record. Other misdemeanor offenses can include
violent crimes such as assault and battery,
domestic violence or spousal abuse. Many of these charges can be based on an unfortunate misunderstanding.
Charges of driving under the influence can also land you with a misdemeanor charge. Not only can your job opportunities be damaged by having this on your record, but if your license is suspended, you may have trouble being able commute to the job you currently have. This difficulty could be just as serious as the other penalties you face.
Driving on a suspended license is another misdemeanor, when it is the first or second offense. You cannot afford to live with the penalties of a false accusation or a mistaken charge. Work with a lawyer who can provide the resounding defense that you need and deserve.
If you have already been convicted of a misdemeanor, it is possible that you can have this expunged or sealed from your personal record. An experienced South Florida criminal defense attorney can help you determine if this is possible in your case, and they may also be able to get this record out of public view. With the right legal help, you can move on from an undeserved charge or conviction.
Find the Aggressive Defense You Deserve with our South Florida Lawyer
Our firm can tenaciously fight for your rights, whether that entails negotiating the best possible resolution for your case, or trying the case before a jury. Attorney Eric Matheny provides personal attention to all of his clients, and he does his utmost in building every defense. He has spent years working on all manner of misdemeanor cases, and he has a great deal of experience in criminal trials. With his experience as a former prosecutor, Attorney Matheny offers an insider's perspective on the criminal justice system. This equips him to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case. With this knowledge, he can work closely with you to help you make wise and informed decisions on how to proceed with your case. To learn about your possible defenses, please do not hesitate to contact our South Florida criminal defense lawyer.
With so much at stake, it is best to act decisively. Finding the right legal representation can mean the difference between walking away free from all charges, and from being imprisoned and branded as a criminal offender. You may be able to find the help you need with our firm. Call today to schedule your free consultation with our powerhouse criminal defense lawyer in South Florida. Attorney Eric Matheny can be reached 24 hours a day.
Misdemeanor charges can seriously impact the rest of your life. To find out how you can fight them, contact Attorney Eric Matheny, South Florida criminal defense attorney proudly serving Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.