Misdemeanor Attorney – Sarasota, Bradenton and Venice
Under Florida law, a misdemeanor offense is defined as any crime which is punishable by less than one year in jail. Misdemeanor offenses are distinguished from felony offenses in that felony offenses are punishable by more than one year in state prison.
Some common examples of misdemeanors are:
- Petty theft
- Driving Under the Influence
- Reckless Driving
- Driving while License Suspended
- Possession of Cannabis (under 20 grams)
- Violation of Domestic Violence Injunction
Although the punishment for misdemeanor crimes is generally less severe than felony crimes, a misdemeanor conviction can have serious consequences, including not only jail time, fines, and probation. In addition, a misdemeanor conviction can negatively affect your ability to get a job, rent an apartment and even educational opportunities.