It is normal to be victimized when crime, accidents and other personal injuries occur but allowing yourself to be held liable when you are innocent is what shouldn’t be accepted.
With the severe extent punishments are meted out to criminal elements found liable in a criminal cases in the Brevard County area, it is important you have an effective criminal law defense in Florida for when you may need it.
The best solution we can recommend as industry experts is to have criminal law defense attorneys experienced in Florida law to represent and defend your rights. This is where the experience and expertise of John Vernon Moore Law Firm can save your hide by advocating for your rights, reduce the litigation damages against you and plan a suitable defense for you.
Our free consultation will provide us with as much information as possible to set up a major defense of your case to either have it dismissed or the charges reduced.
WHY IT IS IMPORTANT TO GET A CRIMINAL ATTORNEY as quickly as possible in BREVARD COUNTY?
It is important to pick a criminal law attorney experienced in Florida law because of the following reasons:
Protect your rights
Build a case
Represent you to the full extent of the law
Gather evidence while available
Our law firm in Florida will take on any law enforcement agency or prosecutor to ensure you get your full rights protected to the full extent of the law in Florida.
There is much at stake to risk your peace in the hands of a criminal lawyer who is either inexperienced or unwilling to fight for you in a court of law.
You can count on us standing in for you for any misdemeanor or felony case you may be involved in
The Law Office of John Vernon Moore represents defendants in a variety of Florida criminal law cases you might be faced with in the following areas:
- VOP/Violation of Probation
- DUI/DWI, Drunk or Impaired Driving, including first or repeat offender and felony representation
- Domestic Violence, felony or misdemeanor,and all related restraining order or domestic matters
- Sex offenses, including all internet pornography, prostitution or like offenses
- Child abuse or crimes against children including alleged sex offenses
- Assault offenses, including both felony or misdemeanorassault or harassment
- Theft or Embezzlement, including business fraud or other white-collar crimes
- Drug offenses, including all illicit drugs and prescription fraud
- Homicide including vehicular homicide and all other violent criminal offenses
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DUI/DWI convictions can lead to thousands of dollars in court costs, fines, license suspension, unaffordable insurance rate hikes, and possible jail time. Even those who avoid the most serious consequences may face a stigma that can cost them their job or make it harder to find future employment especially if a job requires a clean driving record.
What is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony Offense?
The primary distinctions between a misdemeanor charge and a felony charge in the state of Florida, lies in the severity of the crime, and therefore the penalties you will face should you be convicted of the crime. Both misdemeanor and felony charges are further divided into classes, depending on the seriousness of the crime and the potential penalties. In the state of Florida, misdemeanors are classified as first or second-degree crimes, and have the following penalties:
- A first-degree misdemeanor is the most serious type of misdemeanor crime in the state of Florida, and is governed by Florida state statutes, Section 775.082 and 775.083. Penalties for a first-degree misdemeanor conviction include: up to one year in county jail, up to one year of probation, and a fine as large as $1,000. One example of a first-degree misdemeanor crime is theft of property which has a value of less than $300, and more than $100.
- A second-degree misdemeanor is a less-serious offense in the state of Florida, governed by the two statutes above as well as Section 775.081. A conviction for a second-degree misdemeanor can result in up to 60 days in jail, 6 months probation, and a maximum fine of $500.
Misdemeanor Offenses in Florida
Misdemeanor offenses in the state of Florida are handled at the County Court level; some examples of misdemeanor crimes include
• Driving with a suspended license
• Disorderly conduct
• Domestic violence battery
• Prostitution (first offense)
• Possession of marijuana
• Petty theft
• Resisting an officer (no violence involved).
If you have been charged with a Florida misdemeanor, you need to act decisively, being as proactive as possible about protecting your future. A misdemeanor conviction can bring many negative consequences into your life, including a criminal record which never goes away, housing and career difficulties, an inability to obtain a job you are otherwise well-qualified for, financial problems, time in jail, and loss of privileges you may take for granted.
A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by a prison sentence of one year or less. Misdemeanors include such offenses as disorderly intoxication, battery, theft of property valued less than a specific amount in a statute, and trespassing.
- Capital Felony: death or life imprisonment with no parole
- Life Felony: life imprisonment and a fine not exceeding $15,000
- Felony in the First Degree: up to 30 years in prison and a fine not exceeding $10,000
- Felony in the Second Degree: up to 15 years in prison and a fine not exceeding $10,000
- Felony in the Third Degree: up to 5 years in prison and a fine not exceeding $5,000
- Misdemeanor in the First Degree: up to 1 year in prison and a fine not exceeding $1,000
- Misdemeanor in the Second Degree: up to 60 days in prison and a fine not exceeding $500
The amount of the fine might be higher if the fine is specifically authorized by a statute.
Serious felonies are punishable by up to life in prison and prison sentences are common especially if you have a documented history of committing criminal acts. The felony process has multiple stages including an initial appearance, preliminary hearing, arraignment, and eventual jury trial.
Florida law divides crimes into felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies in Florida are punishable by death or imprisonment in state prison and classified as capital or life felonies; or felonies of the first, second, or third degree. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes, punishable by up to one year in county jail. (Fla. Stat. § § 775.08, 775.081.)
Capital or Life Felonies
Felonies of the Second Degree
Prior Felony Convictions
Obtaining Legal Assistance
Felonies of the First Degree
Felonies of the Third Degree
Statute of Limitations
The “War on Drugs” has led to lengthy sentences in every drug case. Often, a more appropriate resolution is to request treatment for the underlying problem to prevent recurrences of the same conduct. Additionally, drug arrests typically call into question a number of Fourth Amendment issues that could undermine the entire prosecution.
FLORIDA DRUG CHARGES
- Possession of marijuana
- Cultivation and/or sale of marijuana
- Manufacturing of methamphetamine
- Possession of methamphetamine
- Trafficking in methamphetamine
- Possession of cocaine
- Trafficking in cocaine
- Possession of opiates, opioids, benzodiazapines, or amphetamines (without a prescription)
- Trafficking in prescription drugs
- Fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs
EXPERIENCED, KNOWLEDGEABLE, AND AGGRESSIVE DRUG CRIME DEFENSE
Our office will:
- Examine the police procedure that led to your arrest, to ensure your constitutional rights have not been violated
- Determine if you meet the qualifications for a diversion program that will result in dismissal of charges
- Pursue every possible avenue of defense
- Negotiate a plea bargain to reduce the charges, if it is in your best interest