Typically, misdemeanor offenses in Florida are divided into second degree misdemeanors and first degree misdemeanors, although there are a few exception such as driving under the influence and reckless driving which have specific penalties outlined in the statutes.
A second degree misdemeanor is generally punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail, in addition to other penalties, while first degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 364 days in the county jail in addition to other penalties.
In addition to possible jail time and fines, misdemeanor charges can carry a number of specific penalties and collateral consequences depending on the charge.
These can include drivers license suspensions, professional license suspension or revocation, and other consequences with employment just to name a few.
Non United State’s citizens should be particularly cautious as any criminal conviction could have a negative impact on their immigration status or immigration proceedings.
While misdemeanor offenses may not be viewed as seriously as felony offenses, you are still entitled to the same rights and due process if charged with a misdemeanor offense.
A skilled criminal trial attorney can help protect your rights by reviewing the evidence in the case to determine what motions may be filed, such as suppression motions to exclude evidence when your constitutional rights have been violated, as well as investigating and preparing your case for trial.