TAMPA CRIMINAL ATTORNEY
The Law Office of William B. Wynne, P.L.L.C., represents clients in Hillsborough County, Pasco County, Polk County, Pinellas County, Manatee County, and Sarasota County. The Law Office of William B. Wynne provides representation for the following:
Getting a traffic ticket is never a fun ordeal. However, simply paying a traffic ticket doesn’t make it go away. The Florida DMV will put points on your license for most traffic infractions. Further, the assessment of points against your license can cost you thousands of dollars in higher insurance premiums. Like it or not, those higher premiums can follow you for three years or more. Read more…
A misdemeanor is essentially a crime punishable by less than one year in jail. Considered less serious than felonies, misdemeanors are handled at the county court level. They are punishable by a fine, probation, and/or imprisonment in the county jail, as opposed to a state prison sentence on a felony charge. Misdemeanor offenses include worthless checks, prostitution, petite theft, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, resisting arrest without violence, battery, domestic violence, and assault. There are two kinds of misdemeanors in Florida: First degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to a year in jail, while second degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 60 days in jail.
In addition to criminal misdemeanor cases, county criminal courts maintain and file civil infractions. Typically, civil infractions are violations of county ordinances that are neither criminal related charges nor traffic related charges. A few examples of civil infractions are littering, and boating and fishing violations. Read more..
Felony crimes are the most complicated and serious offenses in Florida. Typically, the government trains and hones its most experienced and accomplished prosecutors to handle such cases. Felony crimes, unlike misdemeanors, are handled by circuit court judges and are punishable by the possibility of more than a year in jail. Felonies are divided into three categories. First degree felonies are punishable by up to 30 years in the Department of Corrections and in some instances by Life in Prison. Second degree felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in the Department of Corrections. Finally, third degree felonies are punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Read More..
Probation and Community control are criminal sanctions imposed by a court upon a defendant. They are the most often employed alternative to incarceration. Probation is essentially a form of community supervision that often requires specified contact with probation officers and other conditions as provided in section 948.03, Florida Statutes. Community Control is a form of intensive supervision in which the defendant’s freedom is substantially restricted through the imposition and enforcement of specific sanctions including surveillance administered by officers with restricted caseloads. Read More..
Record Sealing and Expunging
Expungment in Florida is the process in which a person’s criminal offense or transgression is legally erased. Keep in mind, only offenses that did not result in convictions can be expunged. When a person has their criminal offense expunged, their arrest record will not be accessible to the public. When an inquiry is made, the inquirer will only see a statement that indicates the person’s arrest record has been expunged. The only people who may access a sealed or expunged criminal record are certain governmental officials as defined by Florida Statutes. Further, one who has had a past criminal offense expunged may legally deny having ever been arrested. Read more…
Florida Criminal Appeals
Being convicted of a crime in the State of Florida can be a devastating experience with serious consequences. If you don’t agree with the outcome of your trial, you may consider appealing your conviction. At its core, an appeal is essentially a request for relief from an appellate court. In general, the role of an appellate court is to determine whether or not the trial court committed legal error. A direct appeal to an appellate court is a right to all those convicted in Florida. Read more…
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