Florida Criminal Law
Florida criminal law is comprised of a series of statutes that present details of crimes and their corresponding punishments covering a range of offenses against persons, property, or the public welfare. The information below is a small selection of the criminal code covering some common offenses and trial procedures in Florida and is merely introductory. Consulting a Florida criminal defense attorney with any specific questions or legal needs is advisable.
Drug Possession in Florida
Possession of drugs in Florida can result in serious consequences depending on the type and quantity of the drug, and whether or not the possession is coupled with intent to sell the controlled substance. Possession and intent to distribute in Florida can be very serious offenses. If arrested, contact a Florida defense attorney for specific information and possible defenses. The following are some examples of punishments for common illegal substances such as marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or other narcotics.
Assault in Florida
An assault charge in Florida can arise when an accused threatens imminent physical harm to another, and the threat creates a legitimate fear that such harm is imminent.
Florida Drunk Driving - DUI
A DUI charge in Florida is a very serious offense, and should not be taken lightly. A first conviction for DUI in Florida can result in a fine ranging from $500 - $1,000, a jail sentence of up to 6 months, probation up to 1 year, license suspension up to 1 year, mandatory DUI reinstatement course, and community service. Repeat DUI offenders in Florida face increased fines, jail terms, and suspensions of license. If arrested for a DUI in Florida, contact a Florida DUI attorney.
Right to Jury in Florida
Defendants in Florida have a right to a trial by jury for all criminal prosecutions except ones with a possible maximum sentence of less than six months. A defendant may waive this right by not demanding a bench trial in front of the judge instead of a jury trial. Consult a Florida criminal defense attorney for details.
Date in Florida
Criminal defendants in Florida have a right to a speedy trial. Typically a trial will commence within 90 days of arrest for misdemeanors and 175 days for felonies, although it is may be possible for a defendant to demand that time be shortened depending on circumstances of the proceedings. Sentence Review /
Appeals in Florida
A defendant in Florida may appeal a judgment of conviction, an order of probation, or a sentence. Appeals in Florida must be issued within a certain time after the trial and have procedural requirements and costs associated with them. Contact a Florida criminal defense attorney with specific questions regarding the appeals process.
Florida Criminal Law Statutes
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