Florida Criminal Laws & Penalties

Each state has its own criminal laws. Hager & Schwartz, P.A. has a comprehensive understanding of the Florida penal code that benefits each of their clients. Assault and battery, for example, is defined by Title XLVI, Ch. 784 as a crime that can take on many different forms. Depending on the severity of the incident, assault and battery can be either a misdemeanor or a felony charge. Burglary and theft crimes are the same way.

Chapter 812 has dozens of subdivisions detailing the different kinds of theft. The distinction between misdemeanor and felony for these charges depends on the monetary amount of goods stolen. We are also prepared to handle a number of different white collar crimes such as conspiracy or insurance fraud. These types of crimes typically involve large amounts of money, which means that those accused face greater penalties.

Criminal charges are generally separated into two categories: felony offenses and misdemeanor offenses. Depending upon the specific circumstances of your case, you will be charged with one or the other. In some cases involving multiple criminal charges, you may find yourself facing counts of both types of charges. Misdemeanors and felonies are further broken down into the following categories with differing penalties:

  • Second Degree Misdemeanor- Maximum 60 days in jail, six months probation or $500 fine.
  • First Degree Misdemeanor- Maximum of one year in jail, one year probation or $1k fine.
  • Third Degree Felony- Maximum five years of prison, five years' probation or $5k fine.
  • Second Degree Felony- Maximum 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation or $5k fine.
  • First Degree Felony- Maximum 30 years in prison, thirty year probation or $10k fine.
  • Life Felony- Life in prison without the possibility of parole or possibly lifetime probation/$15k fine.
  • Capital Felony- Punishable by death or life in prison without parole.

Felony charges are treated differently in Florida. They are based off of the criminal punishment code (CPC) which is a point system that will determine your punishment. Those who have less than 44 points are not required to be sentenced to prison, but are still able to be. Additionally, a third type of criminal charge is an infraction of the law. An infraction can include a speeding ticket or a curfew ticket in some cases.

Why contact a Miami criminal attorney?

Most people don't know what to expect or what the possible outcome of their case could be. By contacting our firm, you can rest assured that your cyber crime, domestic violence, DUI or probation violation case is in the hands of someone who knows exactly how to handle cases in your area. It doesn't matter what type of charges you are facing or how serious those charges are, you owe it to yourself to speak with one of our attorneys.

The sooner an attorney gets involved in your case the more likely they will be able to gather the proper evidence, which includes but is not limited to police reports, witness statements, videos and 911 calls. In some instances, we can even prevent criminal charges from being filed against you! To learn more, visit our 5 things to know before hiring a criminal attorney page. If you need a Miami criminal defense attorney, our firm can help.

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You can have a greater advantage when you enlist the help of a lawyer who spends significantly more time within the courts they visit the most. Hager & Schwartz, P.A. has earned a positive reputation in the local legal community. Our lawyers are known as aggressive and zealous advocates for clients in all criminal cases, and this can make a tremendous difference in the outcome of your case.

We are experienced, we are passionate and we are aggressive. We serve clients in Broward County, Volusia County, Collier County and Miami-Dade County. We have been involved in cases in all Florida courts, and one of our lawyers is now also licensed to practice in federal courts in the Middle District of Florida. Our entire practice is dedicated solely to criminal defense, and with a targeted focus comes an increased skill. We promise to use this skill for your benefit to get your charge(s) dropped!

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