Misdemeanors

If you have been arrested for a misdemeanor crime, like ones listed below, you could go to jail. Misdemeanors are either 1st Degree or 2nd Degree in Florida.

A 1st Degree Misdemeanor is punishable by up to 1 year in County Jail and up to $1,000.00 in fines.

A 2nd Degree Misdemeanor is punishable by up to 60 days in County Jail with up to $500.00 in fines.  Some examples of these crimes are as follows:

  • DUI (1st Degree)
  • Petit Theft (1st or 2nd Degree)
  • Domestic Battery (1st Degree)
  • Trespass (1st or 2nd Degree)
  • Driving on a Suspended License (1st or 2nd Degree)
  • Domestic Battery (1st Degree)
  • Possession of Marijuana (1st Degree)
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident (1st Degree)
  • Carrying a Concealed Weapon (not a firearm – that’s a felony)

If this is your first offense, chances are – you will not go to jail.  You will most likely get probation.  If this is your first arrest – you need a good criminal defense attorney.  You do not want to go on probation.  It’s embarrassing, time consuming, and expensive.  Many times, an experienced criminal lawyer can be the difference between getting your charges dropped or having a criminal record.

If this is not your first arrest, charge, or conviction – you may go to jail.  This is especially the case if the misdemeanor crime is a second DUI or petit theft or Battery.

We offer free telephone consultations, so call us if you have questions.  Having practiced criminal law in Pinellas and Pasco counties for 15 years, we have a good idea of how your case will go.  But don’t forget every case is different.  Just because your buddy got his charges dropped or didn’t go to jail doesn’t mean that will happen in your case.