WHAT IS A MISDEMEANOR?
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The Law Office of Lee Meadows has over 36 years assisting people needing guidance about Misdemeanor Crimes in Florida.
A misdemeanor is any criminal offense that is punishable by less than one year in jail.
In Florida, misdemeanor offenses are handled at the County Court level and are considered less serious crimes than felony offenses.
Examples of common misdemeanors are:
- Domestic Violence Battery
- Disorderly Conduct
- Driving on a Suspended License (DWLS)
- Driving Under the Influence (DUI)
- Loitering and Prowling
- Marijuana Possession (Cannabis Possession)
- Petit (Petty) Theft
- First Offense Prostitution; and
- Resisting an Officer without Violence
Don’t Go it Alone!
You may feel that going before a judge on a misdemeanor will only result in a small fine or a slap on your wrist, but you should consider that:
- A misdemeanor will go on your criminal record,
- If placed on probation, you could face jail if you violate,
- Although a misdemeanor conviction will not result in the loss of your civil rights, there is the possibility of jail if you appear without an attorney.
- More likely, some judges adjudicate (convict) first-time offenders guilty of a misdemeanor; even though that same person would have received a Withhold of Adjudication if they had hired a criminal defense attorney to represent them.
- You also need to be aware if you are considering a later sealing or expungement of your record, that this will be precluded if you plead or are found guilty of a misdemeanor offense.
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