Most people charged with misdemeanors (or even some felonies) wonder whether they really need to spend the money to hire a criminal defense attorney. Oftentimes during an initial consultation, people feel as though they've heard everything they need in regards to their case and can pretty much handle it on their own. Unfortunately, most times, they would be wrong.
When the state brings allegations of abuse, abandonment, neglect, or failure to protect your child, you may find yourself dragged into dependency court and possibly criminal court as well. Dependency court is a combination of family court and criminal court where the Florida Rules of Civil Procedure govern while still attempting to provide the parties with due process. The standard is the "best interests of the child" if the petition is against you, but changes to "detriment to the child" if you are the non-offending parent.
Some people are under the mistaken belief that an attorney is not necessary when their child is being charged criminally, or that the child's school can make the charges just "go away". The reality is, the sooner you higher an attorney, the better the outcome can be. The consequences may include secure detention, a permanent criminal record, or even being charged as an adult ("direct file").
Broward's Misdemeanor Diversion Program (MDP) is a program run by the State Attorney's Office for misdemeanor charges. It is offered to first-time criminal offenders and, if successfully completed, your case would be "nolle prossed", or dismissed.
Resisting without violence is a first-degree misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and/or probation and $1000 fine. Unfortunately, it is a common criminal charge that is usually added to other charges, or can also be a sole charge.
More commonly referred to as a hit and run, Leaving the Scene of an Accident is actually much more common than most people realize. Unfortunately, the criminal consequences are much more serious that you may realize. You could be facing jail, fines, license suspension, and points assessed on your driving record, which could raise insurance rates. There are three types of Leaving the Scene of an Accident charges.
One of the possible penalties of accepting a plea to a criminal charge is being labeled a Habitual Traffic Offender (HTO). As an HTO, your license is suspended for five years, and you cannot apply to receive a hardship license until at least one year of that suspension has passed. There are two types of charges that count toward making someone HTO and how you resolve your case can be crucial.
There are important differences between being criminally charged with Driving while License Suspended (DWLS) with knowledge and No Valid Driver's License (NVDL).
There are mandatory minimum penalties for a Criminal DUI with important penalties of which you should be aware if you're charged with a DUI in Florida.