Defense of Felony Offenses
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 under investigation and/or prosecution for a wide-range of Felony Offenses in both State and Federal Court.
Felonies: 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.)
Felony cases are the most complicated and serious crimes in Florida. The government saves its most experienced and decorated prosecutors to handle felony cases. It is accordingly important that you retain an attorney with extensive experience and knowledge to challenge these prosecutors.
Felony Offenses include:
- Aggravated Battery,
- Battery on Law Enforcement Officer,
- Child Abuse,
- Drug Offenses, including Trafficking
- Felony Battery,
- Grand Theft,
- Resisting Officer with Violence,
- Sex Crimes, including:
- Sexual Battery (Rape)
- Lewd and Lascivious Battery
- Lewd and Lascivious Molestation
- Money Laundering
- Computer Crimes
Punishment In the State of Florida
Punishment in Federal Court
In Federal Court, sentences are determined and imposed exclusively by a United States District Court Judge. The Judge makes a sentencing determination after consulting the United States Federal Sentencing Guidelines and reviewing each defendant’s particular background and criminal history, as well as the circumstances surrounding the offense. Sentences are also influenced by whether the defendant pleaded guilty, by whether a defendant has provided cooperation to the government, or whether the defendant went to trial.
Individuals convicted in federal court may be sentenced to serve time in prison, to serve time in home-confinement, to perform community service, to pay fines and/or restitution, and/or to serve a period of supervised release with conditions such as drug treatment. Parole has been abolished in the federal system.
In addition to the possibility of imprisonment, a felony conviction carries a number of collateral consequences:
- Loss of your Civil Rights,
- Ineligible to obtain State Licenses,
- Ineligible to hold public office,
- Ineligible for federal or state aid,
- Inability to get hired,
- Unable to rent an apartment, etc…Additionally, employers are sometimes prevented from hiring felons because most insurance companies will not insure a felon.
The Importance of Experienced Legal Help
No matter what type of criminal allegation you are confronting, 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 felony crime or if you believe you are under investigation.