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What is the first thing that I should do if I am served with a summons and complaint in Florida?
When you get arrested for an offense, or are under investigation, it is crucial that you immediately contact an attorney before talking with the police. Even if you have nothing to hide, what you say can be used against you, especially when law enforcement uses coercion or deceptive measures to get information out of you. Our law offices handle a wide array of criminal matters, ranging from theft and assault charges to homicide and burglary. Have you been charged with an offense? If so, the Orlando criminal attorneys of Sperling Ducker PLC are here to help.
The most common, and least severe, criminal offenses are those of misdemeanors. However, even a misdemeanor can have serious ramifications. A week in jail is easily enough to lose your job, your work license and future hiring potential, and damage your family and community relationships. Misdemeanors are also expensive. In Florida, a second degree misdemeanor carries a maximum fine of $500, while a first degree misdemeanor carries a maximum fine of $1,000, according to Florida statute 775.083. A 60-day or one-year maximum jail time penalty may also be applied to each, respectively.
Third and Second Degree Felonies
If you have been charged with a second or third degree felony, you face serious prison time. A third degree felony carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, while a second degree felony can incur up to 15 years behind bars. What’s worse is that prosecutors usually charge more than one offense at a time, meaning that you may be facing multiple second or third degree felonies. For example, if you are being charged with a series of shoplifting offenses over the period of a few months, you may be charged with dozens of offenses of grand theft from multiple stores. Facing dozens of years behind bars for allegedly taking a few thousand dollars of property will usually pressure most defendants into accepting a plea deal and a guilty plea, even if they committed no crime. Our attorneys are experienced negotiators as well as proficient trial lawyers, and will make sure that your best interests are always protected.
First Degree Felonies and Capital Felonies
The most serious offense, such as rape, homicide, burglary, battery with a deadly weapon, and other crimes are tried as first degree felonies or capital felonies. A first degree felony is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, while a capital felony is punishable by up to life in prison or the death penalty. Indeed, 31 states, including Florida, have the death penalty, according to the Death Penalty Information Center.
Call an Experienced Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney Today
If you have been arrested, the time to act is now. Contact the professional criminal defense lawyers with Sperling Ducker PLC today for aggressive defense of your constitutional rights and your freedom. Do not hesitate to call our Orlando law offices today for help.
Have you been arrested for an offense? Not sure how to proceed? Call us at 407-645-3297 or send us a send us a message. Our Winter Park office is located at 2020 Crosby Way Winter Park, FL 32792. Our Orlando office is located at 200 E. Robinson St. Suite #1500 Orlando, FL 32801. Sperling Ducker serves Altamonte Springs, Longwood, Maitland, Orlando, Oviedo, Winter Garden, Winter Park and Winter Springs and surrounding areas.