TAMPA MISDEMEANOR ATTORNEY
Experienced Criminal Defense Attorney for Misdemeanor OffensesCriminal charges of all kinds are taken very seriously in the state of Florida. Although misdemeanors are not as serious as felonies, they can still have serious consequences and leave a permanent mark on your criminal record. That is why you need to fight back with the help of a competent and dedicated Tampa misdemeanor attorney. In your time of need, turn to Buda Law where you can work with a Tampa misdemeanor defense attorney who has the criminal law experience, knowledge, and determination you need. Attorney Andrew Buda worked as a Pinellas County prosecutor for many years, which means he thoroughly understands how prosecutors think and operate to achieve a criminal conviction. That knowledge and experience can only work to your benefit in strategizing your defense. Facing misdemeanor charges? Call an experienced criminal defense lawyer at Buda Law today at 813-322-2832 or contact us online to arrange a free consultation.
What is a Misdemeanor?
A misdemeanor charge is a type of criminal offense that is considered less serious than a felony charge in Florida. Whereas felony offenses have serious penalties and typically long prison sentences, a misdemeanor conviction may result in jail time of less than a year, fines, probation, and other penalties ordered by the court.
If convicted, you will also face collateral damage, such as a permanent criminal record that can make it difficult to get a job, rent a home, be approved for a loan, and obtain a professional license. A knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer like those at Buda Law can help protect your legal rights while working to avoid or minimize the penalties you face for a conviction of a misdemeanor offense.
Examples of Misdemeanor Offenses in Tampa
Examples of misdemeanors in Florida include:
- Simple assault
- Driving on a suspended license
- Disorderly conduct
- Certain indecent exposure charges
- Domestic violence
- Simple possession of marijuana
- Small theft crimes, such as shoplifting and petit theft
- Providing alcohol to a minor
At Buda Law, our Florida Lawyers have handled all kinds of misdemeanor criminal offenses. If you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor crime, give us a call today to see what we can do for you.
Examples of Felony Offenses in Florida
- Felony DUI
- DUI manslaughter
- Aggravated assault
- Aggravated battery
- Drug charges such as drug trafficking and distribution
- Grand theft
- White-collar crimes such as embezzlement and extortion
- Sex crimes, such as sexual battery and child pornography
- Child abuse
- Aggravated domestic violence crimes
Common Penalties for Misdemeanors in Tampa, Florida
Under Florida law, misdemeanors are categorized as either first-degree or second-degree crimes. First-degree misdemeanors carry a maximum sentence of up to one year in county jail and/or fines up to $1,000. Second-degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 60 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $500. Some convictions may be eligible for community service instead of jail time and fines.
Aside from the criminal penalties that accompany misdemeanor charges, a conviction can also affect future opportunities such as such as obtaining a job, renting a home, being approved for a loan, or even obtaining a professional license. If accused or charged with such a crime, you need help from an experienced Tampa criminal defense attorney to help mitigate the effects of a misdemeanor criminal conviction.
Why Do You Need a Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyer for Misdemeanors?
Criminal mischief, DUI, carrying a concealed weapon–whatever the charges may be–committing or being accused of crimes like these can land you in a lot of hot water. Misdemeanors may not be considered capital crimes, but can still land you some hefty fines or even jail time. That’s where our Tampa criminal defense attorneys come in.
Even though every case is different, you can count on the experienced attorneys at Buda Law to put a lot of effort, time, and study into your defense. We will advise you throughout the entire process, from your arrest and beyond. This might entail providing legal advice and instruction, looking into the alleged offense and acquiring proof, representing you at trial, or otherwise doing whatever it takes to avoid a criminal conviction. If a conviction cannot be avoided, we can advise you on a potential plea bargain and work to lessen your sentence, possibly securing probation or community service as opposed to jail time and fines. Our criminal defense law firm has handled virtually every type of misdemeanor crime in the Tampa Bay Area, meaning we know what it takes to secure the best possible outcome on your behalf.
How Our Tampa Criminal Defense Lawyers Can Help With Misdemeanor Charges
Attorney Andrew Buda has a wealth of experience handling criminal cases in the Tampa area, having appeared as both a former prosecutor and on the defense sides of Tampa courtrooms. He knows the ins and outs of the Florida legal system, spending his time thoroughly examining the circumstances of your arrest and developing a strong defense that can survive the case the state prosecutors have made against you. Attorney Buda makes sure that every client receives the time and personal attention they require for the best possible defense in every case he and his team of Tampa criminal lawyers take on.