Misdemeanor Crimes

The law office of Jeffrey Reisman represents those who have been arrested or charged with any of a variety of criminal offenses, including misdemeanors. Misdemeanors are addressed through the county court system and are considered less serious than felony crimes.

However, being charged with a misdemeanor means that you face potential legal consequences including probation and/or a jail sentence. A first degree misdemeanor in the State of Florida is a criminal offense that can result in being sentenced to up to one year in county jail and being fined up to $1,000. An offense classified as a second degree misdemeanor is considered a lesser offense, which can carry a maximum penalty of 60 days in jail and fines of up to $500.

It is important to note that these are the maximum penalties possible for first and second degree misdemeanor offenses, but securing a lawyer early in the process can help minimize the negative effects of these charges.

There is a common misperception that misdemeanor offenses always carry a “slap on the wrist,” in terms of punishment, but it is important to remember that a misdemeanor still will appear on your permanent record. Also, if yoursentence includes probation and you violate that probation, you could face jail time and your violation can appear on your record as well.

Often people who have been charged with a misdemeanor crime are the type that seldom get into legal trouble and find the experience humiliating. With the help of an attorney, it is possible to have your arrest record sealed or expunged in the future. Doing this successfully is largely dependent upon how the case was handled in the beginning.

If you have been charged with or accused of any of the following misdemeanors, you should consult with a knowledgeable attorney such as Jeffrey I. Reisman immediately:

  • Assault and battery
  • Prowling and loitering
  • Driving under the influence
  • Boating under the influence
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Petit theft
  • Driving with your license suspended (first or second time)
  • Reckless driving
  • Resisting a law enforcement officer without violence
  • Shoplifting (less than $300)
  • Domestic violence battery
  • Solicitation for prostitution
  • Marijuana possession (less than 20 grams)

Obtaining legal counsel when you’ve been charged with these or other misdemeanors provides an opportunity for a lawyer to get the case dismissed.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or other serious crime, call Tampa misdemeanor attorney Jeffrey Reisman at (813) 258-5333.

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