Orlando Criminal Defense Attorney
Experienced Legal Advocacy in Altamonte Springs
Being accused of a crime can be an extremely frightening experience. Regardless of your specific charges, it is crucial to work with a skilled criminal attorney who can help you build a strategic defense and get your charges reduced or dropped.
At Jackson Legal Services, our Orlando criminal defense lawyer assists clients with a range of issues, including:
- Post-conviction and appeals
- Drug offenses
- Domestic violence
- Gun crimes
The Penalties of a Criminal Conviction
The penalties you could face if you are convicted depends on the crime you are charged with. In Florida, criminal offenses are divided into 2 main categories: Misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are considered less severe crimes than felonies and thereby incur less harsh punishments. A second-degree misdemeanor is the least serious offense and can result in up to 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500. First-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in jail and a maximum fine of $1,000.
Committing a felony offense can lead to a considerable amount of time in prison, life in prison, or the death penalty. Florida classifies felonies into 5 categories, including capital and life, as well as first-, second-, and third-degree felonies.
The penalties for felonies according to their classifications include:
- Capital felonies – Punishable by the death penalty or life in prison
- Life felonies – Punishable by life imprisonment and a maximum fine of $15,000
- Felonies of the first degree – Punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000
- Felonies of the second degree – Punishable by up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- Felonies of the third degree – Punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
Additional Consequences You Could Face
In addition to fines and prison time, those convicted for a crime may face several other consequences, including:
- A permanent criminal record
- A tarnished reputation
- Mandatory drug or alcohol programs
- Loss of driving privileges
- Loss of the right to own a firearm
- Inability to obtain a loan
- Inability to obtain a professional license
- Increased insurance rates
Will My Case Go to Trial?
Many people are surprised to learn that a large majority of criminal cases never make it to trial. In several instances, negotiations are conducted outside the courtroom. Your lawyer can work to convince the prosecution that they do not have enough evidence to convict you, so they will drop your charges. Alternatively, the prosecution may offer a plea bargain. This involves pleading guilty to a lesser charge and coming away with reduced penalties. You should rely on your attorney to help you decide if a plea deal is in your best interest.
Pursuing Justice for All
At Jackson Legal Services, LLC, we are focused on fairness. Although you have been accused of a crime, you have rights that deserve to be protected. Perhaps you have been falsely accused. Maybe the police engaged in an illegal search and seizure. Mrs. Jackson is here to uphold your rights and interests throughout the entirety of your case.