Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Lawyer
Misdemeanor Criminal Defense Attorney, Markeishia L. Smith: Serving Winter Haven, Lakeland, Bartow, Haines City, Polk County, and Central Florida.
Call (863) 866-9917 today to schedule a confidential consultation with misdemeanor criminal defense attorney, Markeishia L. Smith.
Misdemeanor Conviction Penalties:
- Misdemeanor of the 2rd Degree: Publishable by up to 60 days in county jail and/or a fine.
- Misdemeanor of the 1st Degree: Punishable by up to 365 days in county jail and/or a fine.
Sentencing penalties are handled the same throughout the State of Florida. For Example: If you are convicted of a misdemeanor Marijuana Drug Possession Crime in Miami, you will likely be given a fine (with a criminal conviction on your record) and sent on your way. In Polk County, Florida, the same conviction may result in jail time or probation AND the fine (with a criminal conviction on your record). Essentially, your sentencing for a misdemeanor conviction will depend if your case is in a large or small city or county.
A misdemeanor crime may be elevated to a felony depending on your prior criminal history. Example: If you are arrested for a misdemeanor battery offense, if you have subsequent batter charges, the current charges against you may be elevated to a felony battery charge.
Misdemeanor criminal charges may also be elevated to a felony charge if the hate crime statute is applied to your alleged criminal offense, or if it is discovered that a firearm or other deadly weapon was used or brandished during the commission of the alleged crime.
An experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure your rights are protected, investigate if your civil rights were violated, aggressively represent you, and ensure the prosecution is held to their burden of proof.
Remember, it is not up to you to prove your innocence, the burden falls on the prosecution to prove your guilt.
If you have questions regarding your Misdemeanor Criminal Defense legal needs, make sure your legal rights are protected.