Consequences of a Misdemeanor Conviction in Florida
Depending on the severity of your misdemeanor charge, if you are ultimately convicted or plead guilty, you may be facing jail time, fines, probation, and the requirement to attend certain classes or rehabilitation, among other consequences, that are based upon the nature of the crime and the individual facts of the misdemeanor you have been charged with.
In Florida, the consequences for a misdemeanor conviction are determined by whether or not the misdemeanor in question is a first or second degree misdemeanor. For a first degree misdemeanor, if convicted, you could spend up to one year in county jail and pay up to $1,000 in fines. For a second degree misdemeanor, if convicted, you could spend up to sixty (60) days in county jail and pay up to $500 in fines.
The more serious the misdemeanor, the more likely it will be considered a first degree misdemeanor rather than a second degree misdemeanor. For example, misdemeanor marijuana possession is considered first degree while loitering is considered a second degree misdemeanor.
If you are able to avoid jail time with the help of Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A., you may be required to undergo a probationary period that could be up to one year as a consequence of the misdemeanor charge. You may also be required to attend drug and/or alcohol abuse classes for rehabilitative purposes if you are facing a DUI or marijuana possession charge. The requirement to perform community service is another potential consequence of a misdemeanor conviction.
Overall, it is not easy to get past a misdemeanor with absolutely no consequences, and this is something that many people do not fully realize. The only way to truly avoid consequences is to have the criminal charge dismissed. However, with the help of Tampa Misdemeanor Attorney Marc A. Joseph, P.A., no question will go unanswered and no concern will be ignored. It is of utmost importance to Marc A. Joseph, P.A. that you and your loved ones are receiving legal representation that stands out from the rest.