Florida Criminal Lawyer

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Criminal lawyers represent defendants who are charged for state or federal crimes. If you or someone you know has been arrested by the police for a criminal offense, you will need the assistance of a qualified Florida criminal lawyer or attorney, who will be able to analyze the case situation and recommend the best course of action to obtain a just and fair outcome. If you have been accused of a crime in the state of Florida, whether you are guilty or not, you will need to hire a Florida criminal lawyer or attorney to help you with your case.

Criminal law, also known as penal law, involves prosecution by the government of a person for an act that has been classified as a crime. Criminal cases should not be confused with civil cases, which are brought by an individual or group against another individual, group or company in order to recover damages. In a criminal case, the state, through a prosecutor, initiates the suit, while in a civil case the victim brings the suit.

A 'crime' is any act, or omission of an act, in violation of a public law forbidding or commanding it. Though there are some common law crimes, most crimes in the United States are established by local, state, and federal governments. Criminal laws vary significantly from state to state, but are divided into two categories in every state: felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are the more serious of the two kind of crimes, and include such offenses as rape, kidnapping, torture, murder, arson, aggravated assault, grand theft, fraud and extortion; misdemeanors are crimes such as petty theft, disorderly conduct, public intoxication, vandalism, trespassing and simple assault.

Punishments for crimes range from community service and small fines to large fines, long periods of incarceration, and even the death penalty. A person who has been convicted of a crime may also be sentenced to probation, community service, or compulsory treatment or educational programs.

An experienced criminal lawyer will be proficient in investigating cases by gathering relevant evidence, interviewing potential witnesses and if necessary hiring experts who might help resolve issues.

Additionally, a criminal attorney will review the facts of the case with the defendant, including all the available options for proceeding with the case. The attorney will take care of all court papers that must be filed, and of course will also be able to explain the entire legal process, including their rights and obligations under the law, to the defendant. The lawyer must ensure that critical details regarding the criminal charges are not overlooked.

It is vital that the person facing criminal charges take action quickly to ensure that any important, time-sensitive evidence is not lost. Although it is understandable that facing a criminal charge is a stressful situation, it can be made less so by retaining a qualified legal representative.

Hiring a qualified attorney who can provide expert legal solutions is in the best interests of a party accused of a state or federal crime. If you've been accused of a crime in the state of Florida, contact the Florida Bar Association to begin the process of locating a qualified criminal defense attorney.