Criminal Defense Attorney
in Sarasota, Florida
Being charged with a crime is an incredibly serious matter. If convicted, you could be forced to pay hefty fines or even serve jail time. Indirect consequences may also include lost employment and educational opportunities, as well severed personal relationships. When your future is on the line, turn to an experienced criminal defense attorney.
At the Law Office Of Roger L. Young, PA, I’ve been defending clients against their criminal charges since 1982. I’ve seen firsthand how Florida courts handle criminal cases, and I am ready to share that knowledge with you. Schedule a free consultation with me today to learn how I can skillfully advocate on your behalf. I proudly serve clients in Sarasota, Bradenton, and throughout the surrounding areas.
Felonies vs. Misdemeanors in Florida
Whether you’ve been accused of a felony or a misdemeanor, having a solid understanding of your charges may help you prepare a stronger defense. Florida — like many other states — uses the amount of jail time a person could serve to separate misdemeanors from felonies.
A person convicted of a felony in the state of Florida may serve anywhere from one year to life in prison. They also have the potential to receive the death penalty. Florida law further breaks down felony charges into five specific categories:
Capital Felonies: punishable by the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole
Example: first-degree murder
Life Felonies: punishable by 40 years to life imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000
Examples: kidnapping, acting as an accomplice to murder
Felonies of the First Degree: punishable by no more than 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
Examples: robbery with a weapon, carjacking
Felonies of the Second Degree: punishable by no more than 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
Examples: vehicular homicide, possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell
Felonies of the Third Degree: punishable by no more than five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
Examples: resisting arrest with violence, trespassing while armed
Crimes ranging from felonies of the second degree to capital felonies have a statute of limitations of three years after they are committed. Felonies of the first degree have a statute of limitations of four years after they are committed.
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Compared to felonies, misdemeanors involve less serious offenses and have shorter potential jail sentences. Florida misdemeanors are divided into two categories, first-degree and second-degree.
Misdemeanors of the First Degree: punishable by a jail term of up no more than one year and a fine up to $1,000
Examples: battery, possession of drug paraphernalia
Misdemeanors of the Second Degree: punishable by a jail term of no more than 60 days and a fine up to $500
Examples: Petit (petty) theft, driving with a suspended license
Repeat misdemeanor offenders may face harsher penalties than first-time offenders. Those who commit misdemeanors against vulnerable victims or whose actions are motivated by prejudice or bias could also be subject to increased sentences.
Put a Skilled Advocate in Your Corner
You shouldn’t have to fight your criminal charges alone. Reach out to me at the Law Office Of Roger L. Young, PA for honest and aggressive representation. No matter what charges you are up against, I’m committed to acting as your fierce advocate from start to finish.
Contact my office in Sarasota, Florida, today to set up a free consultation. I also defend clients in Bradenton and its neighboring areas. Let’s work together to protect your freedom and your future.