If you were arrested on criminal charges in Daytona Beach, you are entitled to defense counsel. With an attorney from our team by your side, we can help get your charges reduced or dismissed.
There are viable defenses to every type of criminal charge. A criminal defense lawyer with Bogin, Munns & Munns serving Daytona Beach can help you. Let’s build the right strategy for the case.
How a Defense Attorney with Our Firm Can Help You
Facing criminal charges can be one of the most difficult things you experience. This process can result in stress and worry. This is especially so when the allegations involve steep consequences.
Many people assume that it is impossible to beat a criminal charge and that pleading guilty right away will only speed up the inevitable. The reality is that pleading guilty without talking with an attorney first is never a good idea.
Your lawyer can be your advocate and take on your case. You can count on them to:
Build a Defense Strategy
When an attorney with our firm reviews your case, they could give you insight into the strength of your defense.
When they review the situation, they can look for evidence that shows the arresting officer didn’t follow protocol. For example, they might not have had reasonable suspicion or probable cause.
Request a Plea Bargain
No attorney can promise you a positive outcome in your case. In some situations, the best you can hope for is a fair plea offer. Your attorney could help you secure a plea offer from the prosecutor.
They can also seek to get your charges reduced or dismissed.
To consult with an experienced criminal defense lawyer serving Daytona Beach, call 855-686-6752
Types of Criminal Charges
Criminal charges come in two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Any criminal offense can have serious consequences. However, felonies carry much steeper penalties compared to misdemeanors.
Felonies cover a wide range of offenses, including those that penalize everyone from repeat DWI offenders to murderers. What these offenses have in common is the penalty range. All felonies carry the threat of at least one year in prison.
Where these offenses differ is the maximum amount of incarceration time a conviction could bring. Some felonies carry a maximum sentence of five years in prison. Others could lead to a lifetime of incarceration. This period of incarceration is served in a facility operated by the Florida Department of Corrections.
Misdemeanors do not carry the same steep consequences of a felony. However, a conviction could still result in your incarceration. At most, a misdemeanor conviction will typically bring one year behind bars, in addition to fines.
However, it is not uncommon for a person to avoid any jail time when pleading guilty to their first misdemeanor.
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The Right to a Speedy Trial
As a criminal defendant, you have many rights in the State of Florida, including your right to a speedy trial. The Legal Information Institute (LII) affirms that every American is guaranteed the right to a speedy trial under the U.S. Constitution. However, Florida also provides this right under its rules of criminal procedure.
The rules set out a specific window of time that the state considers to be “speedy.” According to the Florida Bar, if you are facing felony charges, you have the right to be tried no later than 175 days from the date of your arrest. This window of time is shortened to 90 days for misdemeanor cases.
If you are being retried following an appeal or mistrial, you likewise have the right to a trial within 90 days.
Criminal Trials Can Take Longer
However, many criminal trials take much longer than what is prescribed in the law. This is partly because speedy trial time can be “tolled” for various reasons. One common reason is when the defense waives their speedy trial time.
This waiver often occurs when the defense attorney needs more time to prepare. For complex cases, it can take months or even years to build a viable defense.
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Collateral Criminal Consequences
There are other consequences beyond the jail time and fines that are prescribed by statute. These are known as collateral consequences.
Collateral consequences occur as the result of a criminal conviction, but they do not stem directly from the case itself. These consequences occur even though a judge does not include them in their sentence.
The collateral consequences that result from a felony or misdemeanor are significant. You have the potential to lose some of your constitutional rights following a conviction.
You Might Struggle to Find a Job or Housing
Any criminal conviction could have an impact on your life for years to come. Examples include your right to own a firearm or vote.
One of the most common examples involves difficulty finding or maintaining employment. Employers are under no obligation to hire a person with a criminal record. For many jobs, a criminal conviction is enough to result in your termination.
Your criminal conviction could also result in:
- The revocation of your professional license
- Challenges in obtaining appropriate housing (landlords have the right to reject an application based on a person’s criminal history alone)
- Issues during immigration or custody proceedings
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Connect with Bogin, Munns & Munns for Help with Building a Defense Strategy
The team at Bogin, Munns & Munns understands the challenges that come with facing criminal charges and is prepared to lift that stress from your shoulders.
Our criminal defense lawyers know what is at stake and will fight to secure a favorable outcome in your criminal case. If you are ready to develop a winning defense strategy, contact our Daytona Beach office today at (386) 763-2092. You will receive a consultation with one of our team members.