Misdemeanor Charge DefenseMisdemeanor Charge Defense
Many people who are arrested for a misdemeanor crime do not take it as seriously as they should. Even though the charges may not seem as severe on the surface as a felony crime, a conviction may still result in incarceration for up to one year in county jail, fines, periods of probation, mandatory programs (paid by you), community service, or other penalties the court has the authority to impose upon you.
That is just how the criminal justice system may affect your life. A misdemeanor criminal conviction may also affect other areas of your life as well, such as opportunities for employment, housing, financial assistance or loans… just to name a few. Essentially, any situation where a background check is conducted or where you must divulge any criminal past, you are at risk for being turned away or denied opportunities.
In the State of Florida there are two degrees of a misdemeanor crime:
- Second Degree Misdemeanor: punishable by up to a $500 fine, sixty (60) days jail and/or 6 months probation;
- First Degree Misdemeanor: punishable by up to a $1000 fine, twelve (12) months jail and/or probation.
In order for the prosecution to obtain a conviction for a misdemeanor criminal charge they must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that you committed the crime (or crimes) you are being tried for. We will put every piece of evidence under a microscope, as well as the actions of law enforcement as they pertain to your case, in an effort to prove your innocence or show the jury and/or judge that reasonable doubt of your guilt does in fact exist.
Common Misdemeanor charges may include, but are not limited to:
- Simple Assault or Battery
- Boating under the influence
- Criminal Mischief
- DUI (first offense)
- Disorderly Conduct
- Some Domestic Violence Charges
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Certain Lewd & Lascivious Acts
- Loitering and Prowling
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Possession of Marijuana or Drug Paraphernalia
- Prostitution / Solicitation
- Resisting an Officer without Violence
- Ticket Scalping
- Theft (Petit)
- Unauthorized Sale of Alcohol
As your legal counsel, we will thoroughly review the evidence against you, witness statements, police reports, and any other relevant factors, such as the circumstances of your arrest and the actions of law enforcement officers. If there are areas to provide reasonable doubt, our goal is to find and present them to the prosecutor, judge and/or jury.
If you have been arrested and charged with a misdemeanor crime, seek the legal advice and representation of an experienced misdemeanor crime defense attorney. At The Law Offices of Peter A. Shapiro & Jonathan D. Wilson, you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the rights of individuals charged in the Central Florida area with a misdemeanor criminal offense.
Call 407.420.1044 to discuss your legal rights, options, and potential misdemeanor crime defense strategies. You may also contact us by filling out our online case evaluation form.