Misdemeanor Attorneys Palm Beach and Broward County
Misdemeanor charges are classified as either second degree or first degree misdemeanors. Examples of second degree misdemeanors include: leaving the scene of an accident, driving without a license, open house party, assault and disorderly intoxication. Examples of first degree misdemeanors include: DUI with property damage, battery, petit theft over $100.00, domestic violence battery and a second conviction for driving on a suspended license. Below is a more comprehensive list of misdemeanors.
- Reckless Driving
- Soliciting a Prostitute
- Loitering and Prowling
- Resisting an Officer Without Violence
- Driving on a Suspended License
- Possession of Marijuana
- Breach of the Peace
- Hit and Run
Penalties for Second Degree Misdemeanors
Second degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 60 days in the county jail, six months of probation a combination of jail and probation, and a $500.00 fine.
Penalties for First Degree Misdemeanors
First degree misdemeanors are punishable by up to 1 year in the county jail, 12 months of probation, a combination of jail and probation, and a $1,000 fine.
There are various defenses to misdemeanor charges, depending on the nature of the crime. For example, self-defense is a common defense to battery and assault charges. Lack of knowledge to an accident is a common defense to leaving the scene of an accident.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor offense in Palm Beach County, Broward County or Miami-Dade County, please don’t hesitate to contact us at (561)588-2781 for a free consultation.