What is considered a criminal offense?
Criminal offenses in Florida are punishable acts that fall under misdemeanors, or felonies. We defend against all criminal charges, including but not limited to:
- Child abuse
- Drug charges
- Domestic violence
- Expunction and record sealing
- Juvenile crimes
- License violations
- Traffic violations
- Violation of probation
What is a misdemeanor offense?
- Misdemeanors of the first degree – crimes are punishable by imprisonment of not more than 1 year in the county jail.
- Misdemeanors of the second degree – crimes are punishable by imprisonment of not more than 60 days in the county jail.
What is a noncriminal offense?
- Child support violations
- Control of animals
- Some Traffic violations
What is a felony offense?
- Felony of the third degree – imprisonment for no more than 5 years and a $5,000 fine.
- Felony of the second degree – imprisonment for no more than 15 years and a $10,000 fine.
- Felony of the first degree – imprisonment for no more than 30 years and a $10,000 fine.
- Life felony – imprisonment for no more than 40 years in prison and a $15,000 fine.
- Capital felony – punishable by death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole in a state prison.
- Aggravated abuse of a child, disabled, or elderly person
- Hindering lawful exercise of governmental function or enforcement of laws
How is sentencing determined?
When should I hire a criminal defense attorney?
- You have the right to remain silent.
- Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law.
- You have the right to an attorney.
- If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you.
What is the role of the defense in a criminal trial?
A criminal defense attorney is responsible for defending a person who has been charged with a crime. Whether assigned to the case by the court or contacted directly by the defendant, the attorney speaks on behalf of the defendant, investigates the case, analyzes the evidence, continues confidential contact with the defendant throughout the process, fights for you during trial, and more. With the help of a skilled criminal defense lawyer, you may be able to win your case, have the charges dropped or reduce your penalties.
Attorneys dedicate all of the time and attention necessary to resolve your case to your satisfaction, and if it cannot be resolved through plea bargaining, then your case will go to trial. They will examine witnesses, cross-examine the state’s witnesses, and work to convince the jury that the prosecution has failed to meet its burden of proof. If convicted or the defendant accepts a plea bargain, the defense attorney can continue representation during the sentencing phase. Alternatives to incarceration may be discussed as well as additional factors that may convince the judge or jury to limit the amount of jail time.
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Attorney Schwam-Wilcox is a former prosecutor and can use her skills and experience to assist you with your criminal defense case. If you are in need of a criminal defense attorney (lawyer) in Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Lake or other counties throughout Florida call Schwam-Wilcox & Associates at 407-245-7700, or Contact Us by completing the form below to schedule a consultation. Schwam-Wilcox & Associates is a firm you can trust, and our attorneys are ready to help you with your legal needs. The main office is conveniently located near Winter Park in Orlando, with appointments also available in The Villages.
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