Fort Lauderdale Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer

A misdemeanor charge is not as serious as a felony, but it is still something you want The Law Offices of R. David Williams, P.A., to help you with.
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Misdemeanor Defense lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

Like in most U.S. states, formal criminal charges are either felonies or misdemeanors in Florida. Though there are key differences between the two, an important takeaway is that misdemeanors are less serious and carry lighter sentences. However, this does not mean you should not seek legal counsel if you have such a charge. Without competent representation, you could still face jail time, fines, and long-term consequences.

Misdemeanors do not have preliminary hearings, nor do they include jury trials. You stand before a judge and receive a sentence. The team at The Law Offices of R. David Williams, P.A., will work diligently to build an effective defense strategy to reduce your sentence, or dismiss the charges entirely.

Common Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor charges can come in many forms. They are divided into first- and second-degree crimes. The differences between the two depend on various circumstances, including prior offenses. Common misdemeanors include:
  • battery
  • petty theft
  • shoplifting
  • disorderly conduct
  • first or second DUI
  • vandalism
Our Fort Lauderdale misdemeanor defense lawyer will be your staunch advocate during your case. Schedule a free consultation today so that we may discuss your legal options.

Misdemeanor Penalties In Florida

A first-degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. You may also have to serve up to 12 months of probation.

A second-degree misdemeanor carries a punishment of as many as 60 days in jail and a $500 fine. You can also be sentenced to six months of probation. Be aware, however, that repeat misdemeanors will bring stiffer penalties. For example, although a battery charge is a misdemeanor, a second charge will be a third-degree felony. A third petty theft charge becomes a felony, as well. If you have a fifth or subsequent misdemeanor conviction, the court will consider you a habitual misdemeanor offender. You would then face the possibility of six months in jail.

Problem-solving Courts

Our Fort Lauderdale misdemeanor defense lawyer may petition to have your case qualify for a problem-solving court. This may be a part of your probation or a pretrial intervention program. A problem-solving court can include drug courts, mental health courts, and veterans’ courts. This would be a possible option if your criminal behavior was a result of addiction, mental health challenges, or military service-related issues.

If you successfully complete the court while on probation, it will satisfy your sentence. However, if you do not comply with the terms of the court, you could go to jail. If you are participating in a problem-solving court pretrial, the judge will dismiss the charges when you complete the program. You may have to return to the court and continue the program longer if you fail to abide by the program’s terms and conditions.

If you face charges, your best strategy is to consult our Fort Lauderdale misdemeanor defense lawyer today. Call us to schedule a free consultation.

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  • Confidential Case Assessment - During your confidential case assessment we will listen to the details of your case, and formulate a strategy to defend you as well as possible.
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Statute Of Limitations

In Florida, as in most states, there is a statute of limitations for how long prosecutors have to file misdemeanor charges. The law states that there are two years to file charges for first-degree misdemeanors and one year for second-degree misdemeanors. If the incident that led to the charges surpasses these time limits, our Fort Lauderdale misdemeanor defense lawyer would petition the judge to dismiss the case. We will vigorously defend you and be your advocate if there are discrepancies regarding the statute of limitations, or any other component of the filing process.

Defense Options For Misdemeanors

You should not have to automatically plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge. Instead of facing the possibility of jail time and fines, discuss your options with an experienced lawyer. You can also avoid difficulties in securing employment or qualifying to carry a firearm. The Law Offices of R. David Williams will fight for your rights and for the case to be dismissed or reduced. Our Fort Lauderdale misdemeanor defense lawyer may determine that officers gathered evidence or made an arrest improperly. Call our team today to schedule a free consultation and review your defense options.
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  • “Not gonna lie. I was scared at first – of course w anything w laws it’s very scary. But David was very professional , honest and true to his word. I felt so much better and confident that he was definitely gonna help me. And he did !! I’m truly grateful for him and his staff- his assistant Jessica is very warm and kind and is always on top of everything. Thank you guys so much!”

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  • “Not gonna lie. I was scared at first – of course w anything w laws it’s very scary. But David was very professional , honest and true to his word. I felt so much better and confident that he was definitely gonna help me. And he did !! I’m truly grateful for him and his staff- his assistant Jessica is very warm and kind and is always on top of everything. Thank you guys so much!”

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Most importantly, David Williams makes it a priority to give you personalized service and attention with regard to your criminal case. Call our office at your convenience for a free consultation. We will schedule a personal consultation at your convenience with the attorney to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of your criminal case in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach County. David Williams will provide you with the defense and counseling that is required to have a successful outcome for your criminal case.

David Williams prides himself on providing personal attention with regard to all aspects of your criminal or traffic matter. David Williams will provide you with a fair fee for the work required and will extend a payment plan that is suitable to your needs for your criminal matter.

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