Boynton Beach is located between Delray Beach and Lantana in Palm Beach County. The Boynton Beach police departments are located at 209 Seacrest Blvd. and 2100 High Ridge Road.  An arrest of an individual made by a Boynton Beach police officer will be for either a first degree misdemeanor or a felony.  The arresting officer's police report, or probable cause affidavit, can be found by visiting the Palm Beach County clerk of court website and typing in the Defendant's first and last name. Our Boynton Beach criminal attorneys can help you obtain your police report and start fighting your charges. 

Palm Beach County Court Dates

After your release from jail, your first court date will be Arraignment.  A judge will issue a capias for your arrest if you do not go to court at Arraignment. At Arraignment, you will enter a plea of guilty or not guilty. We often file the necessary paperwork to avoid having our clients miss work to go to court for Arraignment. A case that is not resolved at arraignment will proceed to Case Disposition.  At case disposition, the defense attorney will either ask the judge to reset (obtain a new case disposition date) or proceed to a plea conference or calendar call.  A Boynton Beach defense attorney will ask for a new court date if he or she needs additional time to work on the case. Typically, if you hire our law firm, you will not have to go to court. This will save you from having to miss work or school to go to court.  At a plea conference, a Defendant will either accept a negotiated plea bargain or proceed to calendar call for a trial date. 

Penalties for a Misdemeanor

Misdemeanors, defined as a "minor wrongdoings", are classified as either first degree misdemeanors or second degree misdemeanors. 

1st Degree Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in the county jail, probation and a one thousand dollar fine. 1st Degree Misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in the county jail, probation and a one thousand dollar fine. 

The maximum penalty for a second degree misdemeanor, such as disorderly intoxication, or first-time petit theft, is sixty days in the county jail, probation and a five hundred dollar fine.  In Boynton Beach, an officer will have likely issued you a notice to appear in court in lieu of making a formal arrest for a second degree misdemeanor. 

Penalties for a Felony

Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors and are punishable by jail and prison sentences. Felonies are classified as third degree felonies, second degree felonies, first degree felonies, life felonies and capital felonies. 

Third Degree Felonies:  Examples include Grand Theft, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Felony DUI, Felony Battery. These crimes are punishable by up to five years in the Florida Department of Corrections. 

Second Degree Felonies: Examples include Dealing in Stolen Property, Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon, Sale of a Controlled substance. These are crimes punishable by up to fifteen years in state prison. 

First Degree Felonies:  Examples include Robbery with a Firearm and Drug Trafficking. These crimes are punishable by up to thirty years in state prison. 

Contact the Boynton Beach criminal defense lawyers at Bottari & Doyle at 561-588-2781 today for a FREE case evaluation.