St. Augustine Felony Defense Attorney
Felony Offenses in Florida
The most serious types of criminal offenses are felonies. Unlike misdemeanors, a felony is any crime that is punishable by more than a year of imprisonment. The consequences of a felony conviction are severe and can last a lifetime. Along with severe fines and prison time, there are other indirect implications of the sentence that can impact a person’s life for many years to come.
If you are facing felony charges in Florida, it is critical that you speak to a criminal defense attorney who has experience in this area of law. At Canan Law, our St. Augustine felony defense attorneys are well-versed in defending those accused of serious crimes. Whether you were arrested for felony DUI, have been accused of a drug or sex crime, or are facing any other serious criminal charges, our team is ready to fight for you, your freedom, and your future.
What Is a Felony?
Generally speaking, felonies are crimes that are deemed more serious than others, which are classified as misdemeanors. As such, felonies typically carry harsher penalties than misdemeanors, including lengthier jail/prison sentences, steeper fines, and more.
Notably, misdemeanors have a maximum jail sentence of one year, whereas felonies have a minimum sentencing requirement of one year in state prison or a federal penitentiary. Additionally, when a person is charged with a misdemeanor, they will typically not have to undergo preliminary hearings or a jury trial, those facing felony criminal charges must undergo an indictment or preliminary trial to determine which charges will be brought. During this time, the person accused of the crime (the “defendant”) may be imprisoned.
Additionally, those charged and convicted with misdemeanors do not face any lifelong repercussions, whereas those convicted of felonies do. In some circumstances, a felony conviction can affect your ability to purchase or own a firearm for the remainder of your life. A felony conviction can also prevent you from voting in government elections at the local, state, and national levels.
How We Can Help
At Canan Law, our attorneys have over 60 years of combined legal experience handling many different legal matters for individuals in St. Augustine, St. Johns County, and Northeast Florida. Many of our lawyers are former prosecutors who have learned the tactics of the other side before coming on board at Canan Law. One of our attorneys, Daniel Hilbert, is Board-Certified in Criminal Trial Law by The Florida Bar, making him an expert in this area of law.
We defend against a wide range of felonies, both violent and nonviolent, such as:
- Leaving the scene of an accident involving death or bodily injury
- First-degree assault or an attack that causes severe bodily harm
- DUI manslaughter
- Grand theft
- Embezzlement of large sums of money
- Large-scale fraud
- Serious drug crimes
If you or someone you know is facing a felony criminal charge, contact an attorney at Canan Law today for a free initial consultation. Our award-winning team is here to help you navigate this challenging time and provide the aggressive legal representation you need.