Tama Beth Kudman is an experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive criminal defense attorney with offices in West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens Florida and New York City, NY. She has extensive experience defending individuals accused of offenses in both state and federal court.
Misdemeanors- An Overview
In Florida, crimes are divided into misdemeanors and felonies. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes, punishable by up to one year in county jail and classified as misdemeanors of the first or second degree. Felonies are more serious crimes, punishable by the death penalty or incarceration in a state prison. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.08, 775.081.)
Crimes are also divided into Misdemeanors and Felonies in Federal Court. Again, misdemeanors are less serious crimes, punishable by up to one year in jail.
Misdemeanors include crimes such as: assault, prostitution, shoplifting, criminal mischief, domestic violence, some simple possession cases and reckless driving.
Misdemeanors of the First Degree
First degree misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanors in Florida, punishable by jail terms of up to one year and fines of up to $1,000. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.082, 775.083.) Theft of property valued at $100 or more, but less than $300, is an example of a misdemeanor of the first degree.
Misdemeanors of the Second Degree
Misdemeanors of the second degree are the least serious misdemeanors in Florida, and a conviction can result in a jail term of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500. If lawmakers fail to classify a misdemeanor, then it is punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.081, 775.082, 775.083.) For example, prostitution is a misdemeanor of the second degree.
Statute of Limitations
For all misdemeanors in Florida, the state must begin criminal prosecution within a set period of time, called the statute of limitations, after which the defendant can have the case dismissed. The statute of limitations begins to “run” when the crime is committed. Misdemeanors in Florida have statutes of limitations of one or two years.
The Importance of Experienced Legal Help
No matter what type of criminal allegation you are facing, it is essential to retain experienced and knowledgeable criminal defense counsel. Tama Beth Kudman has been representing individuals accused of committing state and federal crimes for nearly 20 years. Ms. Kudman brings this experience and knowledge to every case that she defends.
Contact Tama Beth Kudman, an experienced, knowledgeable and aggressive criminal defense attorney today for help if you are charged with a crime or if you believe you are under investigation.