In the State of Florida, there are two Degrees of Misdemeanor Crimes:
Many people that are charged with a misdemeanor crime make the mistake of not taking the situation as serious as they should. Not only can a misdemeanor conviction include jail time, but fines, probation, but will also show up in any background checks, making it difficult to apply for college, employment or organizations you desire to be associated with, may cause issues in new housing situations, may include significant hours of community service, mandatory classes paid by the convicted party..., just to name a few.
Misdemeanor criminal allegations should be defended with the same aggressive approach as a felony criminal charge... and by using every legal resource available under the law to have the charges dismissed, reduced, have probation instead of jail time, and/or aggressively fought at trial when needed.
Just because you are arrested and charged with a misdemeanor criminal offense, this does not mean a conviction is a foregone conclusion. As your misdemeanor 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 may not be the resulting verdict.
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 misdemeanor case even gets to trial. Every piece 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 misdemeanor 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 misdemeanor 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.