A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by up to one year in the county jail. In addition to jail time, if you are charged with a misdemeanor you could receive probation.
There are two classifications of misdemeanors in Florida: first degree and second degree. The maximum penalties are as follows:
• First Degree Misdemeanor – punishable by up to one year in the county jail plus a $1000 fine.
• Second Degree Misdemeanor – punishable by up to sixty days in the county jail plus a $500 fine.
Certain crimes have additional mandatory penalties in addition to jail and probation. These additional penalties can differ depending on the kind of crime. For example, if you are convicted of the first degree misdemeanor of possession of less than 20 grams of cannabis, the Department of Motor Vehicles can suspend your driver’s license for up to two years.
Some misdemeanors, such as battery, petit theft, Driving Under the Influence and driving while license is suspended can be enhanced to felonies for subsequent convictions. With these cases, it is even more important to aggressively defend yourself the first time you get in trouble.
DUI and Driving While License Suspended can also have harsh effects on your driving privileges. Having three convictions of either DUI or Driving While License Suspended within a five year period can result in a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO) classification. Being classified HTO will cause your driver’s license to be suspended for a period of five years.
With the wide range of possible penalties for misdemeanors, it is crucial to hire an attorney who will protect your rights.
Our representation of misdemeanors includes, but is not limited to:
• Criminal Mischief
• Disorderly Conduct
• Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
• Loitering and Prowling
• Petit/Retail Theft
• Possession of less than 20 gram of cannabis(marijuana)
• Possession of drug paraphernalia
• Resisting an officer without violence
• Violation of misdemeanor probation
• Violation of Injunction/No Contact Order
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