Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors in Florida

What is a Misdemeanor?

A misdemeanor is a crime handled in a county court system, and those who are convicted of these crimes may face time in in a county jail for up to a year, and could be charged fines of $1,000 or more depending on the situation. In Florida, misdemeanors are classified as either first degree offenses or second degree, with first degree violations considered more serious, and normally ask for greater punishment or retribution. Persons convicted of a second degree misdemeanor in Florida may be sentenced to up to 60 days in county jail and may be asked to pay a fine up to $500. With first degree offenses, county jail time can stretch to up to a year, and fines can reach $1000. There are many different violations that can result in misdemeanor charges, First degree offenses include

  • Simple battery
  • Criminal Mischief
  • Bad checks valued under $150
  • Domestic Violence
  • DUI
  • Knowingly driving with a suspended license, or a second offense
  • Indecent Exposure
  • Loitering.
  • Marijuana possession under 20 grams
  • Reckless Driving
  • Shoplifting up to $300
  • Solicitation for or engaging in prostitution
  • Vandalism
  • Trespassing
  • Resisting arrest without violence
  • Petty Theft, repeat offense

Some examples of less serious second degree offenses are

  • Simple Assault
  • Criminal Mischief with damage under $200
  • First Offense Driving on Suspended License
  • Disorderly Conduct
  • Disorderly Intoxication
  • Harassing Phone Calls
  • No motorcycle endorsement
  • Attaching unassigned or expired tags
  • Petty Theft First Offense

The Burden of Proof

No matter what the seriousness of the crime, the burden of proof lies with the prosecution, whose job is is prove a suspects guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. and give the suspect an opportunity to have their case heard before a jury.But going to court isn’t always a good idea. Often negotiating a settlement with the help of a Florida Misdemeanor Lawyer P.A. and reaching a compromise is a better course of action. At the Law Offices of Colleen Glenn, we’ve handled several misdemeanor cases and have help clients overcome their misfortune, and move on to a better life,

Dedicated to a Fair Criminal Defense

The Law Office of Colleen M Glenn, P.A., serving Manatee, Sarasota, and Pinellas counties, was first established in 2006, but Criminal defense was Ms Glenn’s focus, even before she opened her firm. She received Bachelor’s degree in criminology before law school, and criminal defense has been her primary focus since she was admitted to the Florida Bar in 2003.

The firm’s cases are solely related to criminal defense and the atmosphere is casual and approachable, yet professional. We offer flexible meeting arrangements and payment options to all clients, because no one should have to compromise on their defense or be forced to work with an attorney that doesn’t care about their well being. .

Ms Glenn is well respected in the community, and in addition to help clients, she also regularly assists the faculty at Stetson Law School with trial competitions and related projects,

When you’re charged with a misdemeanor, the sooner you can resolve the situation and move on the better. In any misdemeanor arrest, the state has 90 days to file formal charges. By contacting The Law Office of Colleen M. Glenn as soon as possible you increase your chances of obtaining a speedy trial, an opportunity that expires after 90 days.

“if you have been arrested for any of the above listed misdemeanors or any other misdemeanor not mentioned here, please feel free to contact us at 941-746-8800”

Sources: http://www.sa18.state.fl.us/page/misdemeanor-intake-trial.html , egal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/misdemeanor , http://www.shestokas.com/general-law/florida-misdemeanor-law/

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