Generally speaking, Florida law recognizes two types of crime: misdemeanors and felonies.
While misdemeanors are technically less-severe offenses than felonies, the penalties for misdemeanors in Florida are still severe. A misdemeanor conviction can have a devastating impact on your future, your family, and your finances.
Here at the Law Office of Jody L. Fisher, we offer comprehensive criminal defense services for clients throughout West Lake County who are facing misdemeanor charges. We strive to help our fellow Floridians overcome the unfortunate situations they find themselves in by developing effective solutions that protect their rights and freedom.
First Degree Misdemeanor vs. Second Degree Misdemeanor in FL
Under Florida law, a misdemeanor is any offense punishable by up to one year in jail. Misdemeanor convictions also often carry financial penalties.
You may be charged with a:
- First-degree misdemeanor: Comes with a 364-day maximum jail sentence
- Second-degree misdemeanor: Comes with a 60-day maximum jail sentence
In lieu of jail time, you may be able to enroll in a diversionary program. After successfully completing a diversionary program, your case will be dismissed.