Misdemeanor felony charges are serious, but you have options. Our criminal misdemeanor felony lawyer in Orlando can formulate a defense for you. Your life could change with a conviction. The Bogin, Munns & Munns Orlando Criminal Defense Lawyers can fight for you.
What Our Criminal Defense Team Serving Orlando Can Do for You
When you retain our services, you will not have to worry about your case. Your lawyer will take care of all the details. They will:
- Create a defense against the charges
- Search for evidence that supports your case
- Inform you of your options
- Protect your legal rights
- Keep you updated
- Stand with you in court
- File paperwork
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Defenses Your Lawyer Might be Able to Utilize to Waive or Reduce Your Penalties
Your misdemeanor felony charge might be unwarranted. Our team will look for any opportunity to reduce or dismiss fines or jail time. Depending on your situation, your lawyer could argue the following:
- The responding officer did not read you your rights or tell you why you were arrested.
- You were wrongfully arrested.
- The weapon found in your possession was not yours.
- You were defending your physical safety.
- The other party involved in the incident was not truthful.
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A Criminal Misdemeanor Felony Could Have Serious Effects on Your Life
Your life could change after being charged with a misdemeanor felony. The following could be at risk:
- Your family
- Your job
- Your driver’s license
- Your ability to find a new job
- Your home loan approval chances
- Your reputation
- Your ability to see your children
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Aggravated assault is an assault that meets at least one of these specifications:
- It is committed with a deadly weapon but is not intending to kill.
- It is committed while intending to commit a felony.
Under Florida Statutes § 784.021, “assault with a deadly weapon“ falls under this category. This offense is a third-degree felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of five years.
Aggravated battery occurs when, while in the act of committing battery, a person
- Uses a deadly weapon
- Causes permanent disfigurement or disability, or great bodily harm with knowledge and intent
If a victim of battery is pregnant and the offender either had knowledge or should have had knowledge the victim was pregnant, the offender will instead be charged with aggravated battery.
This offense is a second-degree felony punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 15 years.
Assault consists of:
- The unlawful and intentional threat (by either act or word) to commit violence against another person
- The perceived ability to follow through on the threat and committing some act to produce a well-founded fear of imminent violence in the other person
Therefore, a person doesn’t need to touch another person for assault to have taken place. This offense is a second-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum prison sentence of 60 days.
Assault or Battery on Law Enforcement Officer
Punishments for committing assault or battery against law enforcement officers are generally more severe than those placed upon offenders found guilty of charges against civilians.
Please see “Assault” and “Battery” sections of this page for more information on the individual offenses.
Battery could be a successful intentional strike or touch against another person and against that person’s will. Causing intentional bodily harm against another person also qualifies as battery. Unintentional harm, regardless of degree, does not qualify as battery.
If damage is involved, battery is also a civil matter in addition to a criminal matter.
Battery is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by a maximum prison sentence of one year.
Child neglect occurs when, through act or omission, a child is:
- Deprived of necessary shelter, medical treatment, food, and/or clothing
- Allowed to live in an environment where the child’s mental, emotional, and/or physical health becomes (or poses the threat of becoming) impaired significantly.
Commonly known as “cybercrime,” these types of offenses include (but are not limited to):
- Identity Theft
- Transaction Fraud
You might receive a felony for being in contempt of court. You might have done something to “embarrass, hinder, or obstruct the court.” This could include directly or indirectly disrespecting the authority of the court. Examples include yelling at the judge, failure to submit subpoenaed evidence, and failure to pay court-ordered child support.
This consists of behaviors or actions that are disturbing to others. Criminal offenses that are considered disorderly conduct include (but are not limited to):
- Disturbing the peace
- Public drunkenness
- Loud parties
Your lawyer could fight for justice if you were charged with a criminal misdemeanor felony after attending an Orlando party.
This is dominating and/or harmful behavior enacted by one partner in a relationship against the other. Domestic abuse includes sexual assault, physical violence, emotional abuse, and intimidation.
Domestic abuse can take place against women or men, regardless of the partners’ marital status or living arrangement.
Failure to Appear
If you fail to appear in court with foreknowledge of the date, you could receive a third-degree felony charge. Even if you post bail, you could be charged for missing related court dates.
False imprisonment occurs when one person restrains, confines, abducts, or imprisons another (by threat, force, or in secret) against their will and without legal authority.
If the confinement of a child under 13 years of age is without the consent of the child’s parent or legal guardian, it qualifies as false imprisonment under Florida Statutes § 787.02.
This is similar to false imprisonment. Kidnapping occurs when one person restrains, confines, abducts, or imprisons another (by threat, force, or in secret). It happens against the victim’s will. The perpetrator does this without legal authority, but also with the intention of:
- Holding the other person for the purposes of receiving a ransom or reward, or as a hostage or as a human shield
- Interfering with any type of political or governmental function
- Terrorizing or inflicting bodily harm upon either the victim or another party
- Committing ( or facilitating) a felony
This offense is a felony of the first degree, and is punishable by a term of life imprisonment. Punishment may be more severe if the victim is under 13 years of age.
Obstruction of Justice
This crime includes intentionally impeding the processes of the judicial system. It can look like:
- Destroying evidence
- Threatening witnesses
- Falsifying documents
- Interfering in the duties of law enforcement officers
A first offense conviction for prostitution is a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable by 60 days in jail and a fine of no more than $500. A second offense for prostitution is a first-degree misdemeanor and is punishable by one year in jail and a fine of no more than $1,000.
Third and subsequent offenses are punishable as third-degree felonies, punishable with imprisonment for up to five years and fines of up to $5,000.
Resisting Arrest (With or Without Violence)
The penalties for resisting arrest vary considerably depending on whether or not violence is involved. A conviction for resisting arrest without violence is punishable as a misdemeanor of the first degree. Imprisonment of up to one year (or 12 months of probation) and a fine of $1,000 is also possible.
However, resisting arrest with violence carries a much more severe penalty. Punishable as a felony of the third degree, penalties for resisting arrest with violence include:
- Imprisonment for up to five years (or five years of probation)
- A fine of $5,000
This is the criminal act of encouraging or enticing a person to commit a crime, which is a separate offense from committing the crime itself. A common example is that of a prostitute who offers their services to a passerby. The offer itself is solicitation, whether the passerby agrees to become a participant in a subsequent offense of prostitution or not.
In order for a person to commit trespassing, they must either willfully enter or remain on property without having any type of invitation or authorization or remain on or return to property after permission has been rescinded.
There are four different types of trespassing charges:
- Trespass on Property
- Trespass in Structure
- Trespass on School Grounds
- Trespass in a Conveyance
Even if a person is invited into a home or onto property, if that person refuses to leave once requested to leave, that person could be charged with trespassing.
Violation of Injunction
An injunction is a court order that prevents one person from having contact with another. For example, a person accused of assault may have an injunction ordered against them that stops them from meeting with or talking to the accuser.
It is a first-degree misdemeanor unless you have two or more prior violations. In the latter case, it would be charged as a third-degree felony.
This charge can result in penalties of:
- Up to five years of prison time, or five years of probation
- Up to $5,000 in fines
Violation of Probation
Probation is a way for judges to suspend a prison or jail sentence by enforcing certain conditions, such as the convicted person must:
- Undergo educational classes
- Regularly check in with a probation officer
- Remain free of any additional criminal charges
Probation violations can include any action that goes against the conditions set by the court, such as:
- Failing to pay fines
- Failing to attend court-ordered classes
- Failing a drug test
- Failing to show up for court dates
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