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Orlando First Time offenders Lawyer

As seasoned criminal defense attorneys in Orlando and throughout Central Florida, we understand that being charged with a criminal offense for the first time can be not only stressful, but downright frightening. You have no idea what your future holds, where to turn, or if you may lose your freedom. At Adams & Luka, we have successfully provided countless first time offenders with skilled, compassionate legal guidance and support. It is important to note that just because you have been arrested or charged, it does not indicate you will be found guilty. In fact, with a capable defense attorney in your corner it may be possible to have charges dismissed or reduced, so that you can avoid a criminal conviction and the resulting penalties. In addition, in the event you are found guilty of a crime, having a qualified defense attorney will be to your benefit should you decide to have your criminal record expunged or sealed at a later date. Regardless of your circumstances, we urge all first-time offender to contact our office immediately for the legal support and guidance you need to face the future with confidence.

Some of the most common first time offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Shoplifting
  • DUI or Driving under the influence
  • Petty theft
  • Reckless driving
  • Drug possession
  • Fraud
  • Marijuana charges
  • Traffic violations
  • Juvenile charges
  • Domestic battery

The criminal penalties for a conviction vary depending on several factors, including the seriousness of the offense, whether it is your first offense, the value of property in the case of theft offenses, amount of substance in drug offenses, and more. Ultimately, our Orlando criminal defense lawyers will work closely with you to help you understand the charges and your legal options, so that you can get past this point in your life and move forward in a positive direction.

First Time Offenders Punishment for a Conviction in Florida

As already mentioned, the punishment an individual may face if found guilty of a crime depend on several factors. Below are a few examples of various criminal offenses and the typical sentences handed down in Florida:

  • Second degree misdemeanor - Maximum of 60 days in jail and/or fines of up to $500
  • First degree misdemeanor - Maximum of one (1) year in jail, and/or fines of up to $1,000
  • Third degree felony - Maximum of five (5) years in prison and/or fines of up to $5,000
  • Second degree felony - Maximum of 15 years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000
  • First degree felony - Maximum of 30 years in prison and/or fines of up to $10,000
  • Life felony - Minimum prison sentence of 30 years, maximum of life and/or fines of up to $15,000
  • Capital felony - Life in prison or death sentence
As a First Time Offender, What Should You Do When Arrested?

The very first step you should take is to contact an experienced Orlando criminal defense attorney. Police will write up a report upon your arrest that contains the "facts," which are often not the facts as you may remember them, or lacking facts which could be to your benefit. This report, along with evidence law enforcement may have collected, will then be sent to the State Attorney's Office. The prosecutor will then determine whether the report and evidence are enough to support a conviction should he/she file formal charges. Law enforcement officials do not have the authority to charge anyone with a crime.

Why is it so important to contact a lawyer at once? Your attorney will review your case, including the report and evidence filed with the prosecutor. Working together, we can locate mistakes in the report and build a strong, effective case using the facts you provide, any evidence that will work to your advantage, witness statements, and other data which may persuade the prosecutor of the weakness of the case against you, thereby avoiding charges.

Contact Adams & Luka Immediately

If you are a first time offender who is under investigation or has been arrested, it is critical that you take action immediately to protect your legal rights and freedom. In Florida, there are programs called Pretrial Diversions which are available in certain situations and may result in your case being dismissed upon successful completion. There are many legal options, which is why you must work with a reputable attorney. Don't put your freedom, reputation, and future at risk! First time offenders are urged to call Adams & Luka now at (407) 872-0307 or (352) 787-2101 for a free consultation.

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