Miami Misdemeanor & Felony Attorney
Whether you’re facing a misdemeanor or a felony charge, chances are you’re scared. If you’re a first time offender, Florida courtrooms and judges are foreign to you. If you’re a repeat offender, you could be facing jail time, harsh fines and loss of your job or family. No matter your situation, you should put yourself in the capable hands of a Miami criminal defense attorney who has been vigorously defending the injured and the accused for more than 20 years. Julia Kefalinos’ clients come from all walks of life — from University of Miami college students to reputable business men and women. Contact our experienced Miami misdemeanor & felony attorney today.
Misdemeanor and Felony Attorney Serving Miami and Fort Lauderdale
With Julia Kefalinos, you can be assured you will get the most effective defense possible. She will fight passionately to save you from the black mark of conviction and secure the best outcome possible. Kefalinos knows that a conviction for even a minor misdemeanor could result in jail time, fines, license revocation or other court penalties. She will fight to get cases dismissed or at the very least, to get penalties or charges reduced.
The Differences Between Florida Felonies & Misdemeanors
Crimes can generally be divided into two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. A felony is a more serious crime, punishable by death or imprisonment over one year. A misdemeanor is a less serious crime, punishable by either fines or jail time of less than one year.
Common misdemeanors include: prostitution, reckless driving, vandalism, disorderly conduct, simple assault, petty thief, drug possession or first time DUI. Common felonies include arson, burglary, grand theft, sale of drugs, robbery, rape, and murder. A felon usually end ups in a state or federal prison, whereas a person convicted of a misdemeanor serves time in a county prison. Additionally, a felon usually gives up his rights to own a firearm.
Although felonies are more serious, either a Miami misdemeanor or a Miami felony conviction can have lifelong consequences.
As you can see from the comparison chart below, misdemeanors and felonies usually differ in the severity of a crime or the dollar amount of a crime and whether it’s a first offense or a repeat offense.
Julia Kefalinos has skillfully received successful outcomes for Miami clients involved in the following types of Miami misdemeanors and Miami felonies:
|Hit and run involving property damage||Hit and run involving injuries|
|Possession of marijuana involving 20 grams or less||Possession of marijuana involving 20 grams or more|
|Drug possession||Drug trafficking|
|1st offense DUI||3rd or 4th offense DUI|
|Carrying a concealed weapon||Carrying a concealed firearm without license|
|Criminal mischief involving $200 – $1,000||Criminal mischief involving $1,000 or more|
|1st or 2nd offense for driving with a suspended license||3rd offense for driving with a suspended license|
Julia Kefalinos — Aggressive Defense For Miami Misdemeanors and Felonies
Albeit more serious in nature, Kefalinos will prepare your case with the same attention to meticulous detail whether you are accused of a misdemeanor or felony. First, we will meet for a consultation so the facts can be discussed. Then, we will develop a thorough legal strategy, leaving no stone unturned in crafting a defense that will result in dismissal of charges or a reduction in charges. Pleading a case down from a felony to a misdemeanor can make a HUGE difference in your future and long term repercussions.
If you need help with a Miami felony or misdemeanor, contact Julia Kefalinos at 305-856-2713 today.