Felony Defense Attorneys in Florida
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When you are charged with a felony crime and found guilty, your life is guaranteed to change forever. You could face a prison sentence of one year or more. In the worst-case scenario, you may face the death penalty. It all depends on what crime you committed.
There are three different types of crimes in Florida: Infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Felonies are the most serious, as they are considered crimes against life. A person who commits one of these crimes is called a felon.
If you are facing a felony charge, you should seek legal help immediately. Don’t wait any longer to reach out to our Florida felony defense attorneys at The Berman Law Group.
Contact us online or call (800) 375-5555 to discuss your charges during a free consultation.
Different Types of Felony Offenses
If you commit a felony offense in the state of Florida, it will be ranked on a system created by the Florida State Legislature. It is given a numerical ranking, so the higher the ranking, the more points you have. If you have a score of more than 44 points, you will receive mandatory jail time. If you receive a score lower than 44 points, a judge does not need to send you to jail, but he or she still has jurisdiction to do so.
Some examples of felony offenses in the state of Florida include:
- Sex crimes, such as rape
- Drug trafficking
- Grand theft
- Drug possession (except marijuana)
- Felony battery
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Child abuse
- Carrying a concealed weapon
- Resisting an officer with violence
Felony Punishments in Florida
Felony offenses are commonly punishable by jail time of at least one year or more. Some who were proven guilty of felony were sentenced to imprisonment for life or the death penalty.
There are four degrees of felonies in Florida: Third-degree, second-degree, first-degree, and capital felonies. All of these carry different punishments. Committing a third-degree felony, such as the theft of a car, can see up to five years of jail time.
A capital felony, such as first-degree murder, may earn someone the death penalty, or life in prison. If you are on trial, our Florida felony lawyers can help you out.
Consequences of a Felony Conviction in Florida
In addition to convicted felons facing long prison sentences (or the death penalty), paying fines and/or restitution, they must deal with other life-changing consequences.
A convicted felon may face:
- The loss of their civil rights
- Ineligibility to hold public office
- Ineligibility to obtain state licenses
- Ineligibility to receive state or federal aid
- Lack of employment opportunities
Consequences of Sex Crime Felonies
People convicted of sexual offenses have their names listed in state databases where anyone can search and access information about them. In addition, they can find the crime that was committed.
Florida is one of the most restrictive states when it comes to residency and work limitations. When someone commits a sex crime against a child under 16 years of age, they are prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a school, park, or other place frequented by children. Miami-Dade County imposes further restrictions. Sex offenders are not allowed to work in places where they may find children, such as daycares, businesses, and others.
Hire a Florida Felony Defense Lawyer
When you consult with The Berman Law Group, we can explain your rights, discuss your legal options, and explain the pros and cons of the alternatives. We can also accompany you to all court appearances and represent you in court.
If it is the path you wish to follow, we will attempt to negotiate a plea bargain with prosecutors, allowing you to plead guilty to lesser charges.
The Berman Law Group has significant experience defending clients facing felony charges. Prosecutors and the police are allowed lie to you. Our attorneys have the resources and experience necessary to build your case and defend your rights.
We have won many cases for our clients. When the police are onto you, you cannot wait. The sooner you call us, the easier it will be for you. We are always upfront and honest with you. The Berman Law Group wants you to know your options.
Call us today at (800) 375-5555 to get started on your case with a free consultation.
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