Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer
Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyers: We’re On Your Side at Ask2Amigo
When someone accuses you of committing a crime, the next few decisions you make could mean the difference between a life behind bars and a life of freedom with your family. Criminal allegations raise the stakes, regardless of whether they are felony, misdemeanor, or federal criminal charges. Finding the right criminal lawyer to fight aggressively for your freedom is essential.
Tampa criminal lawyer and found of Ask2Amigo Law Firm Armando Edmiston, is a former public defender with a track record of success representing clients facing all types of criminal charges. Edmiston is a former US Marine, so you know he has the tenacity and aggression you want in a defense attorney.
Other Consequences of Being Charged with a Crime
Some criminal accusations could cause you to lose your job, even if not convicted. Parents who are divorced or in the midst of a divorce may face problems with child custody and visitation rights if charged with a felony or misdemeanor crime in Florida. If you are not a U.S. citizen, you could face deportation. Prosecutors will work hard to convict you and they have a lot of financial resources to help them do it.
What if You’re Convicted of a Crime in Florida?
If you are convicted of the crime, you may spend time in county jail or be sent to prison for many years. You will likely be ordered to pay a hefty fine or restitution. When you are released, your criminal record will make it difficult for you to find work, find a place to live or even get a car loan. Depending on the nature of the crime, if you are not a U.S. citizen, you will likely be deported. With so much at risk, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side that will work tirelessly on your behalf.
Criminal Charges We Defend
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence
- Driving under the influence (DUI) or driving while intoxicated (DWI)
- DUI with a child passenger
- DUI manslaughter
- Juvenile DUI
- Drug charges including possession, possession for sale, manufacturing, distribution and drug trafficking
- Probation violations
- Fraud, including identity theft
- Homicide of all degrees
- Manslaughter: voluntary and involuntary
- Sex crime charges
- Theft charges including petty theft, burglary, embezzlement, grand theft and robbery
- Traffic offenses
- Weapons charges
Misdemeanor Fines & Penalties in Florida
Misdemeanors crimes in Florida are considered county crimes. If you’re charged with a misdemeanor in Hillsborough County, you will go to one of the local county courts for your hearing and trial.
1st Degree Misdemeanor
In Florida a first degree misdemeanor conviction could mean jail time of up to a year and a monetary fine of up to $1000. Examples of a first-degree misdemeanor include DUI, possession of marijuana (under 20 grams), and prostitution, and domestic violence.
2nd Degree Misdemeanor
A second-degree misdemeanor has slightly less severe fines and penalties, with a conviction landing you in jail for up to 60 days and a fine not to exceed $500. Common second-degree misdemeanor charges include disorderly intoxication, criminal mischief, and assault.
Felony Fines & Penalties in Florida
Felonies are state crimes in Florida; therefore if you are charged with a felony, you initial bond hearing will be set in a circuit court before a circuit court judge. Then your bond eligibility and amount will be set and you will be appointed an attorney if the judge determines you cannot afford to hire a defense lawyer on your own.
There are five distinct types of felony charges in Florida: capital felony, life felony, first-degree felony, second-degree felony, and third-degree felony.
A capital felony conviction in Florida has a maximum monetary fine $15,000 and the maximum penalties include death or life in prison without the possibility of parole. An example of a capital felony is homicide.
A life felony conviction in Florida has a maximum fine if $15,000 and prison time of 40 years to life in prison. An example of a life felony is drug trafficking.
First Degree Felony
A first-degree felony conviction in Florida has a maximum fine of $10,000 and up to 30 years in prison. Examples of a first-degree felony in Florida include abuse of elder and disabled adults; and neglect of elderly and disabled adults; kidnapping and child molestation.
Second Degree Felony
A second-degree felony conviction in Florida has a maximum monetary fine of up to $10,000 and up to 15 years in prison. Aggravated robbery and possession of cocaine with intent to distribute are examples of a second degree felony in the state of Florida.
Third Degree Felony
A third-degree felony conviction in Florida has a maximum monetary fine of $5,000 and jail time of up to 5 years. Examples of third degree felony charges include possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.
What To Do If Charged with a Crime
If you are charged for a crime and arrested, it is extremely important that you exercise your constitutional right to remain silent. Do not talk to anyone at all about the charges without your attorney present. That includes not talking to law enforcement, your family, your friends or your cellmate if you are in custody (or out).
Just like you see on television, anything you do say can and will be used against you. You may believe you are providing information that will help your case only to learn later that your words are twisted and used against you. Remember, “investigators” are trying to build a case against you and will act friendly and helpful to get any information against you. Remain silent no matter what and insist on speaking to an attorney.
Call Ask2Amigo Law Firm to Schedule a Free Consultation
The attorneys at Ask2Amigo Law Firm will listen to your side of the case and provide you 100 percent of their attention. We will fight to preserve all of your constitutional rights. We will obtain all police and investigative reports and, if required, consult with experts who can help your case.
Together you and your defense attorney will decide what the best approach for resolving your case will be. Our defense attorneys always work with your best interest in mind and will work closely with you toward your goal. If that means negotiating for reduced charges and lesser penalties, our attorneys are skilled and strategic negotiators. If the specific details of your case and your wishes mean taking the case to trial before a jury, then our trial lawyers will work aggressively to present a solid defense successfully.
Contact our Tampa office to schedule a free consultation with our criminal defense attorneys today by phone at(813) 482-0355 or via our online form! Se habla Español!