Felony & Misdemeanor Defense in Fort Lauderdale, FL

What's the Difference?

There are a variety of levels of criminal offenses, both felonies and misdemeanors. Criminal charges will be classified as a felony charge or a misdemeanor charge based on the crime itself, as well as the criminal record of the individual who is accused in the case. Repeat offenders may be charged with a felony even in a DUI charge. Felonies are the most serious of crimes, and carry the most extreme penalties. Not only do they include jail/prison time, when convicted your future can take a turn for the worse. As a “convicted felon” you may have trouble getting employment or even a place to live. These are serious considerations if you are facing a felony charge of any type. If you have been charged with a felony or misdemeanor, it is crucial that you contact a lawyer.

Felony Offenses

Felony crimes in Florida are punished by one or more years in a state penitentiary. They include the following types of crimes:

Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor crimes in Florida are punished by up to one year in a county correctional facility. Some types of misdemeanor crimes include the following:

  • DUI offenses (some are felonies, many are misdemeanors)
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Petty theft (under $300)
  • Reckless driving
  • Racing
  • Domestic battery or simple battery
  • Marijuana possession (small amounts)
  • Obstruction of justice

Speak With a Criminal Attorney in Broward County Now!

If you have been arrested and charged with a felony or a misdemeanor offense, your future is uncertain. In such crime charges, it is crucial that you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale fighting for you. The prosecutor will be highly motivated to convict you; law enforcement and the evidence gathered will be backing up their case. You must have an equally powerful and motivated Broward County criminal defense attorney fighting on your side.

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