Tallahassee Area Felony Defense
Have you been arrested or accused of a felony crime in Tallahassee, Crawfordville, Quincy, or Apalachicola? Do not talk to law enforcement about your case. Contact an experienced, local criminal defense lawyer today.
Attorney Lucas S. Lanasa has handled hundreds of criminal cases as both a prosecutor and defense attorney. Here at the Lanasa Law Firm, we have the experience necessary to protect your rights and defend your criminal case. Contact us today for your free and confidential criminal case consultation.
What Are Felony Crimes
In Florida, criminal charges are separated into two categories: 1) Misdemeanor Charges; and 2) Felony Charges. Felony charges are crimes punishable by one year or more in state prison. Felony charges can carry extensive incarceration and expensive fines. Felony charges must be taken seriously as s they can have long-lasting effects on your voting rights, gun ownership, criminal record, licensure, education and employment opportunities.
Degrees of Felony Crimes
Section 775.081, Florida Statutes categorizes felonies crimes into the general categories of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd degree:
- 1st Degree Felonies are punishable by a maximum of thirty (30) years in state prison (Section 775.082, F.S.) and a maximum fine of $1o,000 (Section 775.083, F.S.).
- 2nd Degree Felonies are punishable by a maximum of fifteen (15) years in state prison (Section 775.082, F.S.) and a maximum fine of $10,000 (Section 775.083, F.S.).
- 3rd Degree Felonies are punishable by a maximum of five (5) years in state prison (Section 775.082, F.S.) and a maximum fine of $5,000 (Section 775.083, F.S.).
Examples of Felony Crimes
- Drug Sales or Manufacturing
- Possession of More Than 20 Grams of Marijuana
- Resisting an Officer With Violence
- Aggravated Battery
- Aggravated Assault
- Grand Theft (more than $300)
- Criminal Mischief (more than $1000 damage)
- Enhanced Misdemeanor Offenses
- Driving While License Suspended/Revoked
- Petit Theft
Sealing/Expunging Your Criminal Record
Even if the criminal charges against you are dismissed by the judge or dropped by the prosecutor, your arrest will still show up on your record during a criminal background check. Employers, lenders, renters, licensing entities, and school admissions personnel review criminal background information when deciding whether to accept, employ, or license you.
However, the Florida Legislature and Florida Statutes provide a way for you to seal and expunge your criminal arrest record.
- Sealing your record under Section 943.059, Florida Statutes removes your arrest record from public view; however, the records are still available to certain governmental entities.
- Expunging your record under Section 943.0585 means the court records will be destroyed and only the Florida Department of Law Enforcement will have access to it.
Schedule Your Free Consultation Today
Have you been arrested or accused of a felony crime in Tallahassee, Crawfordville, Quincy, or Apalachicola? Do not talk to law enforcement about your case. Contact Lanasa Law Firm today to schedule your free and confidential consultation.