The area of criminal defense can be rewarding, challenging, and exciting. Depending on the personality type, individuals react differently when they are arrested, charged, and summoned to appear in court. With the reality of jail or prison time in their future, individuals usually turn to a criminal defense attorney to mitigate and/or defend the situation. While working in my own private practice, as well as a prosecutor (and public defender before that), I have handled an array of different types of criminal charges ranging from city ordinance violations and traffic infractions to misdemeanors and felonies punishable by life. The felonies routinely ranged from low level third degree felonies to first degree PBL felonies (punishable by life).
BLANCO LAW CENTER, PA., represents those arrested and charged with both misdemeanor and felony criminal offenses.
Felony offenses are those that can have a profound impact on every aspect of your life. The consequences of a felony conviction on your record could have adverse affects on your current and future employment, higher education, military service, school loans and grants, public assistance, drivers license privileges, right to vote, right to carry weapons / firearms, and many other aspects of your life. Many people don't realize these consequences until they speak to an attorney about their particular situation.
In general, the maximum penalties for Felony offenses are as follows:
Third Degree Felony - 5 years prison, 5 years probation, and/or $5000.00 fine
Second Degree Felony - 15 years prison, 15 years probation, and/or $10000.00 fine
First Degree Felony - 30 years prison, 30 years probation, and/or $10000.00 fine
Life Felony - Life in prison and/or $15000.00
Capital Felony - Death penalty
Misdemeanor offenses have less severe penalties than felonies. However, they can have just as severe consequences with regard to future education, driving privileges, and employment if you are adjudicated guilty. For example, possession of cannabis under 20 grams, racing on highways, and petty theft are all misdemeanors but carry potential license revocations of 2 years, 1 year, and 6 months respectively. In addition, first degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year county jail, 1 year probation, and $1000 fine. Second degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 60 days in jail, 6 months probation, and $500 fine. In addition to those, there are hybrid second degree misdemeanors like Reckless Driving offenses that are punishable by up to 90 days in county jail. First time Driving Under the Influence offenses are second degree misdemeanors with enhanced penalties.
All criminal offenses do not require that the actual actions of a crime be committed.
Inchoate Crimes can be defined as those that are "incomplete" crimes. When individuals are inclined to act toward a certain criminal goal (and fail to do so) or participate in an indirect fashion, then the crimes of Attempt, Conspiracy, and Solicitation can be charged.
Statutes on inchoate crimes provide that individuals may be held criminally responsible for the intent to commit a crime, even if the crime is not actually committed. Inchoate crimes require that an individual have the intent to commit the criminal act and that they take some step to achieve the goal. Attempt, conspiracy, and solicitation are all inchoate crimes.
If you must address criminal defense issues in Orlando, Kissimmee, St. Cloud, or the surrounding Central Florida area, speak to an experienced criminal defense attorney - lawyer at BLANCO LAW CENTER, PA. today by calling 407.344.5577 or by using our online case evaluation form.