In the State of Florida, there are five Degrees of Felony Crimes:
Felony crimes are criminal offenses that often involve inflicting serious bodily injury or death, fraud, crimes against the government, are considered dangerous - public safety - and violent crimes, cause significant property damage, some drug related crimes, and so on.
A felony conviction will cause an individual to forfeit certain civil rights. These rights include the right to vote, to own or possess a firearm, the ability to hold certain professional licenses or work in certain professions, the ability to serve on a jury... just to name a few.
Just because you are arrested and charged with a felony criminal offense, this does not mean a conviction is a foregone conclusion. As your felony criminal defense attorney, Roberto Alvarez will ensure the prosecution is held to their burden of proof and aggressively represent your rights and freedoms in an effort to prove your innocence.
The burden of proof is the prosecution's duty, not the defense attorney's. The prosecution must present THEIR theory of the alleged crime, and in doing so, prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the crime (or crimes) in question. If the prosecution is unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the evidence supports THEIR theory of the crime, then a conviction can not be the resulting verdict.
An experienced felony criminal defense attorney will bring the holes in the prosecutions case to light, and may offer an alternative theory or circumstances of the alleged crime. The accused is not legally obligated to testify on his or her own behalf. Your felony criminal defense attorney will advise you if it is in your best interest to testify or not. If the accused does not testify, the jury will be administered instructions that they MAY NOT give any weight in reaching it's decision to if the accused did not testify on his or her own behalf. We have all seen how not testifying has aided in some of the more high profile Florida criminal cases in recent history.
There may be specifics of the case that may lead to a dismissal or reduction in the charges that have been filed against the accused before a felony case even gets to trial. Every pace of evidence and witness statement must be examined, the actions of law enforcement prior to, during, and after one's arrest must be scrutinized to see if the accused civil rights were violated. With regards to felony criminal defense, nothing is considered to small to question. Sometimes, even the smallest of details can be critical to your case, and your freedoms.
If you have been charged with a felony crime, you need an attorney on your side who is knowledgeable of the law, experienced at trial, and able to negotiate for you from a position of strength. Call our law office 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 863.709.0808, or by using our online case evaluation form.
We stand ready to aggressively represent you, and answer all of your questions. An aggressive defense of your case in the early stages could lead to the charges against you being dismissed or reduced.