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 criminal defense lawyer who can prepare a solid defense for you.
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.
South Florida criminal defense 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 (888) 900-0365 our South Florida criminal defense lawyer for a free consultation.
With an insider’s perspective on how the justice system works, our lawyer case assess the strengths and weaknesses of a case which gives him the ability to make wise, informed decisions on how to proceed, no matter what you are facing. Attorney Matheny has handled over 50 jury and non-jury trials and proudly serves the accused and arrested in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County.Learn More about His Experience