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Misdemeanor Crimes in Florida

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Crimes that are regarded as less serious offenses are referred to as misdemeanors. The penalties and consequences of misdemeanor convictions are typically less severe than those for felony convictions.

In Florida, common misdemeanor charges include DUI, theft, trespassing, and disorderly conduct in a public place. If you or someone you love has been arrested for or charged with a misdemeanor crime in St. Augustine or throughout Northeast Florida, Canan Law can help.

With over 60 years of combined experience and over 250 jury trials handled to date, our attorneys are well-versed in the criminal justice system. We understand what you are up against, as well as the challenges you face. Our goal is to help you protect your rights and ensure your freedom and your future are secure.

For a free, private consultation with a misdemeanor defense attorney in St. Augustine, contact Canan Law at (904) 849-2266

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Types of Misdemeanors in Florida

A wide range of criminal offenses are classified as misdemeanors in Florida. These offenses are further categorized as either first- or second-degree misdemeanors.

In Florida, a first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by:

  • Up to 1 year in jail
  • 12 months of probation
  • Up to $1,000 in fines

Second-degree misdemeanors in Florida are punishable by:

  • Up to 60 days in jail
  • 6 months of probation
  • Up to $500 in fines

First-degree misdemeanors are considered to be more serious offenses than second-degree misdemeanors, though they are considered less serious than any type of felony.

Examples of Misdemeanor Crimes in Florida

As previously stated, many crimes fall under the umbrella of misdemeanors in Florida.

Some examples of first- and second-degree misdemeanors in Florida include:

  • Disorderly conduct
  • Theft and trespassing
  • Domestic violence
  • Vandalism
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol/drugs (DUI)
  • Possession of fewer than 20 grams of marijuana
  • Petty theft and shoplifting
  • Battery
  • Driving on a suspended license

These and other misdemeanor offenses can have serious implications if the defendant is convicted. Although they are not as serious as felonies, and the penalties are not as harsh, a misdemeanor conviction can still result in the loss of your freedom, your job, your future opportunities, and your reputation.

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