Florida is a tough state. The government has instituted a number of mandatory
minimum sentences that apply to various crimes. It doesn't matter
if you are a first-time offender. If you are accused of one of the followiing
crimes, you are facing a mandatory minimum sentence.
First of all, a mandatory minimum sentence is a minimum number if years
in prison the state government has set for certaing types of crimes. This
means that if you are accused of one of these crimes and are convicted,
the judge must sentence you to at least the mandatory minimum term.
Mandatory minimum sentencing exists on a number of levels. While you can't
go to prison for a misdemeanor
, there are mandatory sentences set out in the Florida Statutes. For further
reading on DUI penalties,
But for felonies, the State of Florida has set forth harsh sentences that
must be followed. Some of these sentences are as follows:
For the crime of felon in possession of a firearm, there is also a mandatory
For crimes involving the possession of a firearm, such as
, armed robbery, and armed carjacking, there is a 10-year mandatory minimum.
This mandatory 10-year term falls under Florida's
As well, many
offenses have severe mandatory minimum sentences. Crimes such as trafficking
in cocaine, oxycodone, methamphetamine, and marijuana (including grow
houses) carry stiff mandatory prison terms. For more detailed information
on drug crime mandatory minimums, especially when dealing with oxycodone
. For more information on grow houses and marijuana trafficking
. For more information on cocaine and cocaine trafficking mandatory minimums,
When I was a
prosecutor in Miami-Dade County
, I dealt with mandatory minimums all the time. Now, as a
criminal defense attorney, I am dedicated to getting my clients out from under these overly
Mandatory minimums take discretion away from judges. It gives the State
Attorney's Office complete control over how your case is decided.
Only an experienced criminal defense attorney who has dealt with the waiver
of mandatory sentences in Broward and Miami-Dade can provide you with
your best chances of success.
Don't take a gamble when you are charged with a crime that carries
a mandatory prison term.
, a criminal defense lawyer, today so that we may discuss your best options.