Misdemeanor Offenses

Tallahassee Area Misdemeanor Defense

Have you been arrested or accused of a misdemeanor crime in Tallahassee, Crawfordville, Quincy, or Apalachicola?  Do not talk to law enforcement about your case.   Contact Lanasa Law Firm  today and schedule your free and confidential consultation.

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 Misdemeanor Crimes

In Florida, criminal charges are separated into two categories: 1) Misdemeanor Charges; and 2) Felony Charges. Misdemeanor charges are crimes punishable by up to one year in the county jail. Although misdemeanors are “less serious” than felony charges, they must be taken just as seriously as their felony counterpart as they can have long-lasting effects on your criminal record, licensure, education and employment opportunities.


Degrees of Misdemeanor Crimes

Section 775.081, Florida Statutes categorizes misdemeanor crimes as misdemeanors of the 1st or 2nd degree:


Examples of Misdemeanor Crimes

  • No Valid Drivers’ License
  • Driving While License Suspended/Revoked
  • Underage Possession of Alcohol (Minor in Possession)
  • Possession of a Fake I.D.
  • Disorderly Conduct/Intoxication
  • Resisting an Officer without Violence
  • Possession of Less Than 20 Grams of Marijuana
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Petit Theft (less than $300)
  • Battery (Simple and Domesetic)

Enhanceable Misdemeanor Offenses

Although misdemeanor crimes carry lesser consequences than felony offenses, certain misdemeanor charges are “enhanceable,” meaning they can be aggravated and enhanced to felony charges with subsequent convictions. Contact an experienced, local criminal defense lawyer today to learn more about enhanceable misdemeanor crimes. The following are some examples of misdemeanor offenses that can be the basis for a felony in the future:

  • Battery
  • Petit Theft
  • Driving While License Suspended/Revoked
  • DUI

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.

You can learn more about the sealing and expunging process by clicking here.


Schedule Your Free Consultation Today

Have you been arrested or accused of a misdemeanor 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.