Punta Gorda criminal defense lawyers make calculated efforts to reduce jail time and fees, avoid and eliminate a criminal record, suspend sentencing, and seek end goals that reduce long-lasting negative impacts to an individual’s livelihood.
Criminal record impact.
Criminal records can impact a person’s life by disqualifying them from financial aid, or higher education admission; public housing and other federal and state assistance programs; the ability to find gainful employment, and a place to live. Even when a person is exonerated of a crime, proof of an arrest may still show up on public social platforms, including mugshots, making it difficult to conceal a criminal past. Laws for expungement and sealing of criminal records may keep a person’s criminal past from negatively affecting their life. Florida Statute 943.059 rules are complicated, often requiring the assistance of a Punta Gorda criminal defense law firm.
White collar crime includes a range of fraudulent activity committed by business and government professionals, characterized by deceit, concealment, or violation of trust and are not dependent on the application, or threat of physical force or violence. The penalties can still be severe because these crimes are not victimless.
Drug-related charges may include misdemeanor and felony charges including possession of marijuana, or other drugs; illegal possession of prescription drugs; trafficking, or transporting illegal narcotics; possession with intent to sell; and the manufacture of illegal substances. Florida law imposes some of the tightest opioid prescription laws in the U.S. necessitating the services of experienced criminal defense attorneys.
Theft crimes under Florida Statutes 812 reference crimes of theft when a person takes something without the owner’s consent and includes:
- Larceny – taking personal property and not returning it.
- Petty theft – first degree: taking property greater than $100 but less than $300; second degree: taking property valued at less than $100.
- Grand theft – first degree: taking property from another worth more than $100,000; second degree: taking property valued between $20,000 and $100,000; third degree: taking property valued between $300 and $20,000.
- Theft by conversion – unlawfully keeping property that was obtained lawfully.
- Theft of lost property – keeping property that someone else lost.
- Criminal theft is prosecuted by the state and if a person is found guilty, they can end up with community service, fines and/or prison time.
Criminal DUI charges in Florida include driving under the influence resulting in DUI manslaughter, homicide, intoxicated reckless driving and hit-and-run charges. Other traffic infractions that may result in criminal charges include reckless/careless driving, road rage, vehicular homicide, manslaughter, and resisting arrest, or attempts to elude law enforcement.
Seek legal counsel.
Individuals who have been charged with a crime in Punta Gorda Florida that could result in jail time, or excessive costs, with the continued threat of damaging their entire future should research Punta Gorda criminal defense attorneys to assess the value of their services based on 1) case load; 2) jury trial case – experience; 3) years practicing – experience; 4) success rate; 5) venue; and 6) case diversity.
Hire a Punta Gorda criminal attorney who can offer personalized attention, and has a long history of success in criminal litigation. Consult with the Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb to discuss the particulars of your case because a Florida criminal charge is a serious matter. Possible legal strategies for your case may offer a reduction in charges and fines, depending upon the circumstances of the arrest, past criminal history, and the impact of skillful legal counsel.
The Law Offices of Michael M. Raheb, P.A.
2423 First Street,
Fort Myers FL 33901