Your Legal Allies For Misdemeanor Or Felony Charges
Any type of criminal charge can result in serious penalties. While misdemeanors are less serious, they can still have a tremendous impact on your life. You deserve a determined legal team on your side no matter what type of charge you’re facing.
We are experienced criminal defense lawyers at Stevens & LaMaida PLLC. Based in Dade City, we handle misdemeanor and felony charges throughout Pasco County and surrounding counties in central Florida. You don’t have to fight the charges alone. Let us fight with you, putting nearly 20 years of criminal defense experience to work for you.
We’re Well-Positioned To Handle Any Type Of Charge
You can count on us to stand with you and to defend against any type of criminal allegation, including:
- Assault and battery
- Domestic violence
- Gun crimes
- Drug crimes
- Sex crimes
- Violation of Probation (VOP)
Many of these charges can result in penalties such as a prison sentence, loss of your driver’s license, steep fines, and long-term government supervision/probation. We can protect you from these and other damaging effects of a criminal conviction.
What’s The Difference Between A Misdemeanor And Felony?
It’s important to understand the potential punishments for misdemeanors and felonies since this is what sets them apart. In Florida, misdemeanor offenses are those that can land you in jail for up to a year. Any charge that can result in more than a year in prison is a felony-level offense.
What Is The Criminal Process For A Misdemeanor Or Felony?
The process starts with an arrest or court summons (notice to appear in court). If you were arrested, you will have a court hearing where you can request bail. Then, you will appear before a judge for an arraignment, where the charges will be entered against you.
The next phase of the case involves building your defense. During this phase, we will explore every avenue for fighting the charges. We will leave no stone unturned in gathering evidence and finding weaknesses in the state’s case.
Depending on your situation, next steps might involve plea negotiations, pretrial motions, and trial. If you’re convicted, you still have the opportunity to appeal. We can represent you at all stages of the proceedings – even before charges are filed.
Get Honest Guidance During A Free Consultation
We understand how distressing it is to face criminal charges of any kind. You should never fight them alone.