After you have been arrested for a crime, you may feel as if your case is already lost. Unfortunately, the decisions you make during your criminal case can follow you for the rest of your life—and even if you are able to avoid jail time, you may be unable to get a job, go to school, or benefit from housing and financial opportunities. Many defendants think that there are no options available to them because they do not know their rights, with every action after arrest increasing the likelihood of conviction.
Our Florida Criminal Defense Law Firm Fights Against Misdemeanor and Felony Charges
As a former prosecutor, attorney Kevin J. Pitts understands all angles of a criminal case, and his experience allows him to explore every option to keep the charges off your record. Firstly, if you are suspected of committing a crime, the police are required to follow procedures that protect your rights as a citizen. If your rights were violated, the charges against you may be dropped, allowing you to avoid conviction. Second, many individual charges can be lessened or dismissed based on circumstances of the case or lack of evidence. Finally, if the prosecution has a valid case against you, you could still be eligible for one of the various diversion programs, allowing you to perform specific sanctions in exchange for the charges being dropped. To set up your consultation or ask us questions about your case, contact us in Daytona Beach at (386) 451-5112 or in Sanford at (407) 883-6853.
- Theft. While many theft cases are resolved with minimal penalties, there are often collateral consequences that occur after the case is resolved in court. A theft charge on your record can result in a suspension of your driver’s license, loss of employment, a negative impact on university admission, and can even cause problems with renting or leasing some apartments.
- Assault and battery. Even if you got into a fight with a willing participant, you can still be accused of battery and face charges later. Fighting can also result in charge of disorderly conduct, especially if a defendant attacked or verbally abused a police officer or citizen. Florida laws allow simple battery to be charged as a misdemeanor the first time, but battery may be charged as a felony if the offender has a prior conviction or committed assault with a firearm or deadly weapon.
- Drug charges. Federal and state laws strictly prohibit use and sales of illegal drugs, and even a relatively minor drug possession charge can affect your ability to drive, go to school with federal financial aid, or receive housing assistance. Penalties vary for marijuana possession, trafficking, and possession of drug paraphernalia, while possession of cocaine is a felony punishable by up to five years in a state prison.
- Domestic violence. Under Florida domestic violence laws, a victim does not need to press charges in order for the state to bring a case against the offender. Even if the victim does not want you arrested or prosecuted, the state can prosecute you under a charge of domestic violence and only require the victim to act as a witness in the case.
- Child abuse or neglect. Parents can be charged with child abuse for disciplining their children or engaging in corporal punishment. In some cases, parents are charged with neglect when a child sneaks out of the house or is momentarily left alone. We can examine the facts of the case and determine if your actions were reasonable or otherwise defensible under the circumstances.
- Sex charges. We can advise clients who have been accused of stalking, solicitation of prostitution, or other sex offenses.
Attorney Kevin J. Pitts stands by his clients every step of the way, advising them of their options and speaking on their behalf during appearances and bond hearings. Whether we are able to make a deal with the prosecution or the case to court, our firm will only act in your best interests. Contact us today through our easy online form or call us in Volusia County at (386) 451-5112 or in Seminole County at (407) 883-6853.