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Felonies

Felonies in the State of Florida are categorized as any criminal charge that carries a maximum potential sentence of more than one year of incarceration.

In Florida there are three different degrees of felonies:

  • Third Degree Felonies – Felonies that carry a maximum possible sentence of five (5) years of incarceration;
  • Second Degree Felonies – Felonies that carry a maximum possible sentence of fifteen (15) years of incarceration; and
  • First Degree Felonies – Felonies that generally carry a maximum possible sentence of thirty (30) years of incarceration. There are also two additional categories of first degree felonies:
  • Life Felonies – Felonies that carry a maximum possible sentence of lifetime incarceration; and
  • Capital Felonies – Felonies that carry a maximum possible sentence of death (in the case of capital murder) or lifetime incarceration (in the case of capital sex crimes).

The attorneys at Grant Law Partners are experienced at providing expert statewide representation for clients facing all manner of felonies, including:

  • Murder
  • Resisting Arrest (with or without violence)
  • Felonies involving juveniles
  • Grand Theft
  • Grand Theft Auto
  • Robbery
  • Fraud
  • Dealing in stolen property
  • Forgery
  • Carrying a concealed weapon
  • Discharge of a firearm
  • Felony DUI
  • Trafficking in drugs
  • Delivery of drugs
  • Manufacturing of drugs
  • Drug possession
  • Felony DWLS (Driving While License Suspended)
  • Battery LEO (Law Enforcement Officer)
  • Stalking
  • Sexual Battery
  • Sex Crimes
  • Lewd & Lascivious Behavior

Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors in the State of Florida are categorized as any criminal charge that carries a maximum potential sentence of not more than one year of incarceration.

In Florida, there are two different degrees of misdemeanor:

  • Second Degree Misdemeanors – Misdemeanors that carry a maximum possible sentence of sixty days of incarceration or six months of probation, and a $500 fine.
  • First Degree Misdemeanors– Misdemeanors that carry a maximum possible sentence of one year of incarceration or one year of probation, and a $1,000.00 fine.

In some cases, a criminal charge that is typically categorized as a misdemeanor may be charged as a felony if there are one or more prior convictions.

The attorneys at Grant Law Partners are experienced at providing expert statewide representation for clients facing all manner of misdemeanors, including:

  • Shoplifting
  • Petit Theft
  • Solicitation for prostitution
  • Indecent exposure
  • Possession of marijuana, under twenty (20) grams
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Domestic Violence/Spousal Abuse
  • Assault & Battery
  • Disorderly Conduct/Intoxication
  • Driving Offenses
  • DUI/DWI/Drunk Driving
  • First and second time DWLS (Driving While License Suspended)
  • Reckless driving
  • Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Violations of Probation (VOPs)

A violation of probation arises when someone serving a sentence of probationary supervision is alleged to have violated one or more terms of their supervision.

Some examples of VOPs include:

  • Missing one or more regularly scheduled appointments with a probation officer
  • Associating with known criminals or those involved in criminal activity
  • Drug or alcohol abuse
  • Failure to appear at a scheduled court date
  • Failure to make timely payments toward victim restitution or court-ordered fines
  • Failure to attend or successfully complete court-ordered counseling or other court-ordered programs
  • New allegations of the commission of a crime

In the State of Florida, when a probationer is alleged to have violated the terms of their supervision they are typically held without bond after their arrest. As a result, a probationer facing VOP allegations may be held in custody until the resolution of their case. Anyone facing allegations that they have violated probation should retain an experienced criminal attorney immediately.

The attorneys at Grant Law Partners are experienced at providing expert statewide representation to probationers who are alleged to have violated the terms of their supervision.

We will work diligently to secure pretrial release, aggressively fight the allegations, and zealously protect the rights of the accused at all stages of the proceedings. Our attorneys will make every effort to see the accused in person at the jail as soon as possible.

Manslaughter & Attempted Murder/Murder

Those accused of unlawfully killing a human being face some of the most serious criminal offenses known to the law. 

Manslaughter – Manslaughter may be either voluntary or involuntary. Manslaughter is not premeditated and death occurs unexpectedly or in the heat of passion.

Attempted Murder – The crime of attempted murder generally occurs when someone intentionally commits an act that they knew or should have known could have resulted in the death of another.

There are two categories of attempted murder:

  • Second Degree Attempted Murder – An act that is not premeditated and occurred in the heat of passion, and carries a maximum possible sentence of 15 years incarceration.
  • First Degree Attempted Murder – An act that was premeditated and carries a maximum possible sentence of lifetime incarceration.  

Murder – The crime of murder generally occurs when someone intentionally commits an act that results in the death of another from a premeditated design to effect their death or during the course of perpetrating another serious offense (such as burglary, kidnapping, arson, sexual battery, or robbery).

If charged with manslaughter, attempted murder or murder, it is imperative that the accused retain experienced criminal representation immediately.

Grant Law Partners will diligently and aggressively work to defend against these allegations and to uphold your rights.

Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

DUI

DUI is defined as the crime of operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or another controlled substance to the extent that your normal faculties are impaired. Conviction for DUI can lead to serious consequences, including long-term and even permanent loss of your driver’s license after multiple convictions.

It is important to understand that driving under the influence of legally prescribed medications or medical marijuana can lead to a conviction for DUI. Often these medications can significantly impair your normal faculties, and a doctor’s prescription or medical card will not function as a “Get Out of Jail Free” card if you are stopped, arrested, and charged with DUI.

Administrative License Suspension Hearings

Any driver in the State of Florida who is arrested for DUI will face the choice of whether or not to take a breath test. This test takes a sample of the driver’s breath and analyzes that sample to determine his or her blood-alcohol content at the time of the test. If the results of the test are at or above 0.08%, or if the driver refuses to provide a breath sample, there will often be an automatic suspension of his or her driver’s license. However, a driver facing such a suspension must have been lawfully arrested in the first place for such a suspension to be valid.

Any driver arrested for DUI and served a Notice of Suspension of their driver’s license will have to request an administrative hearing with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles.

This hearing will be your only opportunity to avoid an automatic suspension, so it is imperative to retain legal counsel as soon as possible to assist you in requesting and attending your hearing. 

Grant Law Partners will contact the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to obtain a hearing date and will provide you the benefit of our experience in representing you at the hearing.

Drug Charges & Trafficking

Even a conviction for a minor drug offense can have serious and long-term consequences. Convictions for misdemeanor drug charges can result in a two-year suspension of your driver’s license, even if the offense had nothing to do with a motor vehicle.

Drug Manufacturing

The manufacture of controlled substances is a felony. Penalties for this charge will increase depending on the classification/type of controlled substance, the amount of controlled substance manufactured, and the location where the offense occurred. If the offense occurred within 1,000 feet of a school or church, for instance, the penalties will be enhanced.

Drug Trafficking

Trafficking in controlled substances is a felony and carries a penalty of a minimum of three years of incarceration, with increasing penalties depending on the classification/type and amount of the controlled substance.

Possession with intent to sell/distribute

In the State of Florida, if the circumstances indicate an intent to sell or to distribute controlled substances, it can result in a more serious offense than simple possession. Such circumstances may include possession of baggies, scales, or large amounts of cash found with or near even a relatively minor amount of a controlled substance.

The attorneys at Grant Law Partners are experienced at providing expert statewide representation for clients facing all manner of drug charges, including:

  • Possession of marijuana, methamphetamine, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, prescription drugs, and paraphernalia
  • Possession with intent to sell/distribute
  • Drug Trafficking
  • Drug Manufacturing
  • Drug Conspiracy
  • Doctor shopping
  • Obtaining prescription drugs by fraud
  • Sale or delivery of controlled substances

Domestic Violence & Injunctions

In the State of Florida, assault, aggravated assault, battery, aggravated battery, sexual assault, sexual battery, stalking, aggravated stalking, kidnapping, false imprisonment or any criminal offense resulting in the physical injury or death of a member of the same household or a significant other is classified as a crime of domestic violence. Florida law provides protection against domestic violence in the form of temporary and permanent injunctions.

A victim of domestic violence must file a petition with the Court in order to obtain an injunction, and the victim may ask for protection in any Court where the victim or the abuser currently lives or where the violence occurred. Successful application for an injunction requires that the victim provide the Court with specific facts that he or she has been a victim of domestic abuse or is in danger of abuse in the very near future. A hearing is then held so that the Court may assess the potential danger and the victim’s right to legal protection.

The Court has the power to issue a temporary injunction on an ex parte basis (meaning without the abuser being present) if it finds that the victim is in danger of impending violence. Such an ex parte injunction lasts for a period of 15 days, but may be extended for good cause shown. Eventually, a hearing will need to be set in which the Court can determine whether it is appropriate to enter a permanent injunction, or to dissolve the temporary ex parte injunction. 

A permanent injunction can last for a specified, fixed period of time or may, in fact, be permanent (which means it may only be modified or dissolved by further order of the Court). Such modification or dissolution requires a showing of a substantial change in circumstances since the time the injunction was originally entered.

An injunction restricts contact between an abuser and a victim by imposing conditions such as no contact within 500 feet; exclusive use of a shared dwelling; restricting the abuser from going to the victim’s place of employment, school, or other designated places; restricting contact with the victim’s family or household members; awarding temporary exclusive custody of minor children to the victim; and a restriction against the abuser’s ability to possess a firearm or ammunition.

Violating an injunction can result in criminal charges. If you are a victim of domestic violence or if you receive notice that an injunction has been entered against you, it is important to retain an experienced attorney immediately. 

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