Serious Defense Against Serious Charges
Being arrested and charged for a felony offense is life-changing. You face the possibility of spending years in prison, losing your job and/or family and damaging 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 criminal charges must be either filed within 175 days of your arrest or dismissed.
The Experience You Need
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:
- Aggravated assault and 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 and grand theft auto
- Battery on a law enforcement officer
- Child abuse
- Sexual battery and 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, a 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 1,000 feet of certain public buildings and areas including schools, state buildings, state parks and churches
- Habitual felony offender (HFO)
- Habitual violent felony offender (HVFO)
- Violent career criminal (VCC)
- Prison releasee reoffender (PRR)