Penalties for Misdemeanor Convictions

Posted on January 31, 2013 in: Criminal Defense

Like felony charges – which extend from those of the third-degree to life and capital felonies – misdemeanor charges also come at varying levels. Sentences for such crimes will depend on the level of the misdemeanor conviction.

Penalties for a Misdemeanor Conviction by Level of Charges

Sections §775.082 and §775.083 dictate the maximum sentences and fines that individuals charged with misdemeanor crimes could be facing either:  for second-degree; up to 60 days in jail and $500 fine or for first-degree: up to one year in jail and $1,000 fine.

In some cases, such as for DUI charges, the defendant may lose his or her driver’s license for a certain period of time. A first conviction of DUI may result in a license revocation of 180 days to one year, for example.

The nature of your charges will depend on the details of the crime with which you are charged. For instance, if an individual causes property damage in excess of $200 but less than $1,000, he or she can be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor. But if the damage is $200 or less, the charges will likely be a second-degree misdemeanor.

Legal Representation When Facing Criminal Charges

While misdemeanors aren’t as serious as felonies, the punishments can still lead to jail time, driver’s license suspension, and may tarnish one’s ability to find employment in some cases. A defense lawyer at Falk & Ross in Miami can represent you if you’re facing criminal charges. Call us at 877-663-5110.

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