In Florida, Misdemeanors Are Not Civil Infractions But Criminal Charges
Most people facing charges for a misdemeanor are the type of people who don’t often get in trouble. Common misdemeanors include petty theft, writing a bad check, disorderly conduct, trespassing, prostitution and possession of marijuana.
While misdemeanor convictions are less serious than felonies, the penalties are steep. Misdemeanors can carry jail time and high fines. Florida law divides misdemeanors into two categories: first degree and second degree.
First-degree misdemeanors include up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000. Second-degree misdemeanors can include incarceration up to 60 days and a $500 fine. In addition to jail time and fines, a conviction of a misdemeanor may result in loss of employment, revocation of driver’s license and a denial of professional licensing. Having a criminal record can be disturbing and embarrassing.
We Are Well-Versed In Handling Misdemeanor Charges
At Glenn & Hibbert, P.A., our experienced team can help you achieve the best possible outcome. Our defense attorneys – Colleen Glenn and Andrew Hibbert – help clients facing charges for a misdemeanor criminal offense in a variety of ways. We may be able to convince the prosecutor not to file charges or to plea bargain a lesser charge. When appropriate, steps are taken for you to engage in the diversion program. Upon completion of this program, the judge dismisses the charges.
In some cases, we can opt to secure a withhold of adjudication to resolve the misdemeanor charge. If the case does go to trial, we provide facts to mitigate the evidence. We may also be able to file a petition with the court to seal or expunge records of your arrest.
Contact Us To Protect Your Rights
We know the court process and the prosecutors. We will ensure that you receive fair treatment during the criminal justice process in Sarasota courts. If you’re charged with a misdemeanor, contact Glenn & Hibbert, P.A., at 941-357-1775 to represent your best interests and protect your rights. We are committed to our clients and fight for justice on your behalf. Any criminal charge is a serious and complex matter, including a misdemeanor.