Being arrested and convicted of a felony crime in the State of Florida can have a ripple effect throughout your entire life. A felony conviction can prevent you from obtaining the job of your dreams, buying a house, maintaining relationships, and even traveling outside of the country. In some extreme and more serious cases, it may even require that you register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life. Unfortunately, these long-reaching consequences are in addition to hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences.
FLORIDA FELONY CRIMES
In Florida, crimes are broken down into three main categories—felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. Due to the severity of the crime and the inherent threat to the life and well-being of the victims or their property, felony crimes are subjected to harsher penalties than misdemeanors. If the victim was injured during the crime, or if the accused used a firearm or has prior convictions, those penalties are increased and prison time virtually guaranteed without a solid defense.
While there are many different types of felony crimes in Miami-Dade County, the most common offenses include:
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Crimes
- Juvenile Crimes
- Traffic Offenses
- Probation Violations
- Federal Crimes
- Sealing or Expungement
PENALTIES FOR FELONY CRIMES
Felony crimes in the State of Florida carry a maximum penalty of up to life in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. In addition, if you are convicted of a felony in Miami, this conviction will be placed on your record and you could be required to forfeit some of your civil rights, including:
- Deportation (if you are not a citizen)
- Loss of voting rights
- Loss of ability to purchase or possess firearms
- Ineligibility to serve on a jury or run for public office
- Exclusion from certain professional licenses
- And more
While certain misdemeanors can be easily overcome, felony convictions can adversely affect your entire life and your future.
CATEGORIES OF FELONY CRIMES
Felony crimes are grouped in degrees and their penalties vary based on those degrees. While third degree felonies are the least severe felony crimes, capital felonies are the most severe and carry with them life in prison or the death penalty.
- Third Degree Felony—punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, 5 years of probation, and $5000 fine.
- Second Degree Felony—punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine
- First Degree Felony—punishable by a maximum of 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine
- Life Felony—life sentence without parole or probation and a $15,000 fine
- Capital Felony—death or life in prison without parole
THE BEST DEFENSE
Any violent felony crime is handled with extreme seriousness by the Miami courts, and as such, you need an aggressive and zealous Miami criminal defense attorney in your corner. Often, the accused is denied bail or pretrial release, and this alone can have a serious and detrimental effect on the entire family. Experienced Miami criminal defense attorney, Chad Piotrowski, understands the complexities surrounding felony cases and will work diligently to ensure that your case is handled quickly and efficiently, so you do not have to spend unnecessary time in jail.
At the Law Offices of Chad Piotrowski, our Miami criminal defense attorney knows how to successfully defend all types of felony crimes. By arguing for downward departures and alternative sentences, Chad Piotrowski can lobby to have your felony charges reduced or dropped all together. As a former Miami-Dade prosecutor, Chad Piotrowski has a distinct advantage as a criminal defense attorney. His firsthand knowledge of the prosecution’s negotiating tactics enables him to build a proactive and formidable defense designed to obtain the best deals for his clients—regardless of the accusations against them.
If you or someone you love is charged with a felony 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 felony case.
[There] aren’t that many people left in this world that give you[their] word and keep it. Chad genuinely cares about the problem at hand. Whether minute or something very serious you can sit back and relax, knowing you have the best representation available. I would recommend Chad to my family and friends.
(Jan 15, 2013) I had the distinct pleasure of working closely with Chad when we were both supervising attorneys within the Domestic Violence Unit at the State Attorney’s Office here in Miami-Dade County. We successfully tried numerous jury trials together, and I always look forward to the opportunity of working with him again on any matter. Chad is a phenomenal attorney whose training, experience, intelligence and trial skills are only matched by his commitment to excellence. He is very trustworthy, hard working, and always uses his experience to get positive results for his clients without fail. As such, Chad’s stellar reputation amongst the legal community is very well deserved.
– Robin Pimentel (Worked together on matter)
I have known Chad as both a dedicated prosecutor as well as an aggressive criminal defense lawyer who regularly achieves well beyond his clients’ expectations.
– Thomas Mote (Fellow lawyer in community)
(Feb 7, 2013) Mr. Piotrowski is a highly skilled lawyer. He has an outstanding reputation with the judges. I endorse this lawyer!
– Frank Gaviria (Fellow lawyer in community)
(Jan 8, 2018) When i first contacted through email i was suprised and impressed that he was willing to call me to discuss the case at 10pm. He was honest and real reasonable priced and didnt use agressive sales and fear tactics like other lawyers use. He treated me fairly and not like a criminal. Was falsely arrested by miami dade narc cops for preworkout supplement that they claimed was opoids and 100% cbd hemp oil that they claimed is thc oil. Chad was agressive and moved quickly got this case dismised at the araignment for a reasonable price.
– Doug (Case dismissed at araignment)
(Oct 26, 2017) I called Chad on a weekend for a free consult, he was at the park with his family, he was hired on the spot as we spoke. We researched him online extensively, read reviews etc. During the months of anxiety, Chad would call/text to explain anything or address concerns and try to calm my nerves. He doesn’t act/talk strict & binding. He’s very hands-on, experienced, knows his work, 110% trustworthy, very out-going, straight-forward tells you as it is, crack jokes, and actually keeps in communication, which is very important, because being informed helps you to understand everything as you go along. So, here you have a lawyer who is not only good at law but is a people’s person, not like some unpleasant, overpriced ones out there. We recommend Chad to ANYONE. If you’re in doubt or worried about something, trust HIM! He was also very affordable and had a very convenient payment plan. CASE DISMISSED.
(Jan 8, 2017) Chad is an excellent attorney. As a working parent I was not able to be at court to support my daughter while going through criminal charges. Chad was there every single time supporting my daughter by keeping her informed, by contacting her previous attorneys from out of State to reduce her case from criminal to civil. There are no words I can ever express to convey my gratitude.
Thank you Chad
(Jan 6, 2016) I had three trumped up felony charges over something that should have been a police warning at most and the prosecution really, really wanted to pin on me.
Chad went above and beyond both in how he treated me and how he handled the case. My life isn’t ruined right now because of him. He got everything DISMISSED while every other attorney i spoke to were happy to take whatever offer they were given, still leaving me with a ruined record.
Chad, thank you, hiring you was the best decision I’ve ever made.
(Dec 4, 2013) Chad was fantastic. I had a felony case, and as my first offense, I was scared and confused on the entire process. I am glad I choose Chad to represent me, after speaking with so many lawyers. He was honest and detailed from the beginning. He got my case dismissed.
If you need a lawyer in Miami I suggest you go with Chad Piotrowski. He was very adamant about beating my case. He put in maximum effort into my case. He mad me feel comfortable and confident the entire way throughout my case. In the end he fought to get me the very possible outcome. I would definitely retain his services again and recommend him to friends and family. Thank you Chad.
– Julian Sanchez
Mr. Piotrowski is very professional. Mr. Piotrowski represented my nephew and we couldn’t ask for a better attorney. There was never a call not answered, emails and text messages were always answered.
I would refer anyone to mr. Piotrowski I would trust him with anyone in my family. If you need an attorney I guarantee Mr. Piotrowski is the one!!!
Thank you again!!
– Salazar & Moreno Family
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