Panama City Felony & Misdemeanor Lawyer
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There is a big difference between being charged with a misdemeanor or felony
in Florida. Misdemeanors are typically less serious crimes that are punishable
by up to one year in jail, whereas felonies are more serious crimes that
require harsher punishment. Felony offenders face longer prison sentences
and may experience a number of other penalties.
Why Choose This Misdemeanor & Felony Attorney?
- 10+ years' criminal law experience
- Former prosecutor defending you
- Proven, trial-tested advocacy from a local attorney
- Same-day returned phone calls
- Exclusively focused on criminal defense law
If you are facing a felony or misdemeanor charge, call Albert J. Sauline,
III Attorney at Law. The firm offers one-on-one representation that emphasizes
aggressive advocacy and honesty. You will never receive empty promises
or unrealistic expectations. The team works hard to make sure your penalties
are minimized, and your future is protected.
Misdemeanor Classifications and Penalties
Examples of misdemeanors include disorderly conduct, simple battery, DUI,
marijuana possession (under 20 grams), shoplifting (under $300), trespassing,
and vandalism. A misdemeanor can be classified as a "misdemeanor
of the first degree" or as a "misdemeanor of the second degree."
Penalties will depend on which type of misdemeanor and the specifics of
Florida misdemeanors have a
statute of limitations of one or two years (the state cannot prosecute after this time has passed).
Examples of misdemeanor penalties:
• For a misdemeanor of the first degree, you can face up to one year
in jail and a fine up to $1,000.
• For a misdemeanor of the second degree, you can face up to 60 days
in jail and a fine up to $500.
Felony Classifications and Penalties
Examples of felonies include aggravated assault & battery, burglary,
child abuse, drug possession (unless <20 grams of marijuana), grand
theft, homicide, and kidnapping. Because felonies are considered to be
severe crimes, you will face harsher punishment. Depending on the circumstances
of the crime, such as whether aggravating factors were involved, your
penalties may increase.
Examples of felony charges by degree include:
• For a felony of the first degree, you can face up to 30 years in
prison and a fine up to $10,000.
• For a felony of the second degree, you can face a prison term of
up to 15 years and a fine up to $10,000.
• For a felony of the third degree, you can face up to five years
in prison and a fine up to $5,000.
In some situations, you can also face capital or life felonies. For a
life felony you will have to face life imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000, whereas for a
capital felony (such as first degree
murder), you can face the death penalty.
If you have previously been convicted of two or more felonies, you can
expect harsh penalties (due to Florida's recidivist sentencing). Most
serious crimes either have no statute of limitations or have a longer
statute of limitations than misdemeanors.
Cases That Attorney Sauline Defends Against
- Assault & battery
- Disorderly conduct
- Domestic violence
- Drug crimes
- Sex crimes
- Vehicular Homicide
- DUI Manslaughter
- White Collar Crimes
For more information about misdemeanors and felonies, or to receive specific
advice that relates to your case, call Attorney Al Sauline at
Albert J. Sauline, III Attorney at Law! Aggressive representation backed by over a decade of criminal defense
knowledge is only a phone call away. See what a
former prosecutor at the firm can do for your case.