South Florida Misdemeanor Defense Attorney
Misdemeanor 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 first 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 second 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 may 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 misdemeanor 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. These include:
- Solicitation for prostitution
- Reckless driving
- Petit (petty) theft
- Indecent exposure
- First and second time driving with license suspended charges
- Domestic Violence or Spousal Abuse
- Possession of drug paraphernalia
- DUI / DWI / Drunk Driving
- Shoplifting under $300.00
- Assault and battery
- Driving offenses
- Possession of marijuana, under 20 grams
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 misdemeanor 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
South Florida misdemeanor attorney Eric Matheny provides personal attention to all of his clients and takes the time to craft an effective defense for each case. 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 at our South Florida misdemeanor lawyer for a free consultation.
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