The U.S. has the world’s highest incarceration rate. Housing, feeding, and securing prisoners is incredibly expensive, so the government allows certain criminals to go on probation. Probation is a sanction that can be ordered by the judge. This sanction lets a person stay in their community, as long as a probation officer is supervising…
While misdemeanor crimes in Miami are usually considered to be less severe than felonies, they still carry serious consequences that can adversely affect your life—and your future. Being arrested and accused of a misdemeanor crime can jeopardize your reputation, your job, and your family. During this stressful time, it is important to have an experienced and aggressive Miami criminal defense attorney in your corner throughout the entire legal process. Your attorney will be able to build a solid defense designed to have your charges reduced or even dropped all together. Even a reduction in your penalties can keep you out of jail, so you can focus on getting your life back on track.
FLORIDA MISDEMEANOR CRIMES
While there are many different types of misdemeanor crimes in Miami-Dade County, the most common offenses include:
- Domestic Violence
- Disorderly Conduct
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Possession of Marijuana
- Driving Under the Influence
- Petit Theft
- Resisting Arrest without Violence
- Solicitation for Prostitution
- Indecent Exposure
- Reckless Driving
- And More
PENALTIES FOR MISDEMEANOR CRIMES
Misdemeanor crimes in the State of Florida carry a maximum of one year in county jail and fines up to $1000. If convicted of a misdemeanor crime, you may also be required to perform community service, and the conviction will appear on your record. This alone may affect your ability to maintain your current employment, maintain insurance, and may even ruin your reputation and standing in your community. These secondary consequences are often more devastating than many realize and can affect your life for years to come.
CATEGORIES OF MISDEMEANOR CRIMES
In Miami and throughout the State of Florida, misdemeanor crimes are grouped into two degrees.
- Misdemeanor of the first degree—punishable by a maximum of one year in jail, one year of probation, and $1000 fine
- Misdemeanor of the second degree—punishable by a maximum of 60 days in jail, 6 months of probation, and $500 fine
If you already have prior convictions, you may face longer jail time, longer probation, and heftier fines.
Unfortunately, you may find yourself facing multiple misdemeanor charges at the same time, which can also significantly affect the severity of the penalties you face.
“For example: If you have had one too many drinks and choose to get behind the wheel of a car, you may find yourself not only charged with DUI, but also reckless driving. If you are also in possession of marijuana at the time of your arrest, you may also be charged with drug possession.”
Each one of these misdemeanor crimes can significantly impact your sentence, your jail time, and consequently, your future.
THE BEST DEFENSE
Miami criminal defense attorney, Chad Piotrowski, knows how to successfully defend all types of misdemeanor crimes. As a former Miami-Dade prosecutor, Chad Piotrowski understands the prosecution’s negotiating tactics and can lobby to have your misdemeanor charges dropped or reduced substantially. In addition, he will fight aggressively to prevent any misdemeanor conviction that could permanently affect your freedom—and your future.
Don’t face a Miami misdemeanor charge alone. You do not have to plead guilty or serve time in jail, and an experienced Miami criminal defense attorney can make sure of it. If you or someone you love is charged with a misdemeanor crime in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, or anywhere in the State of Florida, Miami criminal defense lawyer, Chad Piotrowski, can help. Call today to arrange a free confidential review of your Miami misdemeanor case.