Whether you are facing minor charges or a serious felony, being accused of a crime is always overwhelming. Depending on the circumstances, you may face fines, time in prison and other consequences. To give yourself the best possible chance of avoiding conviction, you need an experienced attorney like Octavio Andrade on your side in court.
About Criminal Defense in Florida
The state of Florida recognizes two primary types of crimes: misdemeanors and felonies. While misdemeanors are the least serious crimes and carry the lightest sentences, felonies are the most serious crimes and carry the most severe sentences.
Florida classifies all misdemeanors as either first degree or second degree. A first degree misdemeanor conviction may result in a fine of up to $1,000 and up to 12 months in jail. A second degree misdemeanor conviction may result in a fine of up to $500 and up to 60 days in jail.
Florida classifies all felonies as capital or life felonies, first degree felonies, second degree felonies or third degree felonies.
- A capital felony conviction may result in the death penalty. A life felony conviction may result in a fine of up to $15,000 and life imprisonment.
- A first degree felony conviction may result in a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 30 years in prison.
- A second degree felony conviction may result in a fine of up to $10,000 and up to 15 years in prison.
- A third degree felony conviction may result in a fine of up to $5,000 and up to 5 years in prison.
In the event of conviction, your exact sentence will depend on the specifics of your crime, as well as your criminal history.
Hiring an Attorney
When you are charged with a crime in the state of Florida, you can decide whether to accept a court-appointed attorney, hire your own attorney or represent yourself in court. Because the stakes are so high, however, finding a qualified attorney is highly recommended. Here at the Law Office of Andrade, P.A., we understand criminal law in Florida. We have many years of experience defending clients accused of all types of crimes, and we can help you build the strongest defense possible in your case.
To learn more about working with the Law Office of Andrade, P.A., please contact us today to schedule a consultation or discuss the specifics of your case. We hope to hear from you soon!