Being arrested and charged for a felony offense is life-changing. You face the possibility of spending years in prison, the loss of your job and family and damage to your reputation.
If you are in that situation, you need the assistance of an experienced Florida felony lawyer who will vigorously fight to protect your rights and make sure you are not wrongfully convicted. It is important to have legal representation as soon as possible. Under Florida speedy trial law, formal charges must be filed within 175 days of your arrest or the charges must be dismissed.
At The Law Office of Colleen M Glenn P.A. serving Manatee, Sarasota and Pinellas Counties, we recognize that sometimes good people get in bad situations. We are dedicated to providing you the best possible representation. We are experienced in defending on all felony charges, including but not limited to:
- Aggravated assault/aggravated battery
- Possession of a controlled substance
- Sale of a controlled substance
- Possession, sale and trafficking of a controlled substance
- Dealing in stolen property
- Defrauding a pawnbroker
- Grand theft/grand theft auto
- Battery on a law enforcement officer
- Child abuse
- Sexual battery/lewd and lascivious behavior
- Homicide, including capital murder
Florida uses a Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheet to determine the range of sentences available to the judge. The scoresheet is filled out by the prosecutor and given to the defense attorney for review. Defense attorneys can file objections to information included on the scoresheet. The defense can also present mitigating evidence and ask for a sentencing departure below that recommended on the scoresheet.
Under Florida law, conviction for certain types of felonies or for certain categories of offenders will result in a sentencing enhancement, meaning the penalties are much more severe. Some examples are:
- Selling a controlled substance within 1000 feet of certain public buildings like schools, state buildings, state parks and churches
- Habitual felony offender (HFO)
- Habitual violent felony offender (HVFO)
- Violent career criminal (VCC)
- Prison release reoffender (PRR)
If you have been arrested for a felony, contact us at any time to discuss your options at (941) 746-8800.