Tampa Misdemeanor Attorney
At the Law Office of William B. Wynne, we provide aggressive representation to those charged with misdemeanor offenses in the Tampa Bay area and all surrounding counties.
About the Firm:
The Law Office of William B. Wynne, P.L.L.C., represents clients in criminal and civil matters in Hillsborough, Manatee, Sarasota, Polk, Hernando, Pinellas, and Pasco Counties. Consultations are free of charge. Call us today!
2501 Orient Road, Suite D
Tampa, FL 33619
Misdemeanor Charges in Florida
In Florida, a misdemeanor is a crime punishable by no more than one year in jail, and (in most cases) a maximum fine of $1,000.00. 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. Under the Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure, depositions generally are not permitted in misdemeanor cases, absent a showing of good cause. Further, the Florida punishment code and the sentencing guidelines don’t apply to misdemeanors.
Misdemeanor offenses include worthless checks, prostitution, petit theft, driving under the Influence, possession of marijuana, possession of paraphernalia, resisting arrest without violence, battery, domestic violence, and assault.
Two Degrees of Misdemeanors
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.
Common Florida Misdemeanors.
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Driving Under the Influence
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Paraphernalia
- Assault & Battery
- Criminal Mischief
- Disorderly Conduct
- Loitering and Prowling
- Minor in Possession of Alcohol
- Resisting Arrest Without Violence
- Petit Theft/Retail Theft
Unlike felony convictions, a misdemeanor conviction won’t result in the loss of a person’s civil rights—their right to vote and their right to own and possess firearms, among others. This isn’t to say that a misdemeanor conviction carries no consequences at all. Or to say that the consequences are negligible. A misdemeanor conviction can and will appear on your record, and may very well impact your employment opportunities, cause problems with securing housing, gaining attendance at a university, and even cause a hike in certain insurance rates. Further, if you are not a United States Citizen, in some cases you can be deported because of a misdemeanor conviction. If you are facing a misdemeanor, it is certainly a good idea to seek the advice of an experienced criminal attorney.
If you or a loved one have been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Florida, contact The Law Office of William B. Wynne for a free consultation.