Miami-Dade County Misdemeanor Defense Attorney
Misdemeanor Lawyer in South Florida
Miami-Dade County 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.
Types of Misdemeanor Charges in Miami-Dade County
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 Miami-Dade County 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.
What are the Penalties for a Misdemeanor Conviction?
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.
I was charged with three felony charges related to check fraud. Eric used his expert knowledge to help resolve the charges with one day of jail served on the day that I surrendered myself to have charges filed.- Former Client
He made everything very clear and easy to understand and always kept me up to date with any changes.- Camila
We highly recommend him and would not hesitate to supply a personal reference concerning his professional conduct and compassion.- Michael
Tried 50+ Jury & Non-Jury TrialsAttorney Eric M. Matheny has tried enough cases to know that every case deserves a unique strategy in the courtroom. Our firm keeps your future in mind and always protects your rights.
Recognized Criminal Defense AttorneyAttorney Eric M. Matheny has been named among the “Best Criminal Lawyers in Miami” three years in a row: 2017, 2018 and 2019, by Expertise.com.
Experienced Former ProsecutorWith an insider’s perspective on the justice system, he has the ability to assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case to make wise decisions about how to proceed with your defense.
A Trusted Voice in the NewsA featured commentator on The Rick Jensen Show on WDEL, on the radio program “Let's Talk About,” and in the Miami New Times, Miami Herald, Sun Sentinel, and other publications.
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