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The Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony

prison barsThe difference between a misdemeanor and a felony may not cross your mind, until you have been arrested. For people facing criminal charges, the distinction between the two types of cases means significant differences in possible jail time and amount of fines due to be paid. Jail time associated with a felony charge is generally greater than the amount of fail time associated with misdemeanor charges. However, a misdemeanor conviction still has lasting effects. The lawyers at Ferraro Law Group are versed in all types of crimes, and believes no case should be ignored. Even small cases such as traffic violations deserve attention. Our strategy is to develop several defenses, so you have choices and can make a decision that is best for your circumstance and that fits the specific and unique facts of your case.

The amount of jail time is the biggest difference between a misdemeanor and a felony. Both classes of crimes carry jail sentences, but a conviction for a misdemeanor will have a shorter amount of time to serve. Misdemeanors have jail time that is less than a year, but the Court imposes longer jail terms for felony convictions. An aggressive defense strategy is necessary to minimize the sentence for your charges. To put your best defense forward, you should call an attorney for help immediately. Be sure to::

● Tell the whole story: what may seem unimportant to you may not be insignificant to your attorney and your defense

● Taking notes: keep a written record of any witnesses so your attorney will know who to interview and how to contact them

● Evidence preservation: when your case includes damage to the property of another person, or a physical harm to another person, be sure to take photos so the evidence of what happened is preserved

Our goal is to form a strategy of defense that is specially tailored to your case. In order to do this, our legal professionals work closely with you. We do not treat cases any differently depending on the type of charge, misdemeanors and felonies are given the same attention by our skilled staff.

We understand being arrested is frightening. Not knowing where to turn can make the experience all the more intimidating. We take our job of calming your nerves seriously, and explain the process in a way that makes sense to you and gives you comfort. Call Ferraro Law Group for defense of misdemeanors or felonies in Stuart. Your first visit is a free consultation.

How Criminal Defense Attorneys Help

question markThe Ferraro Law Group helps people charged with crimes by offering specialized legal services for both felonies and misdemeanors. Being arrested for any crime, however minor, is alarming. The possibility of jail time, the high fines and penalties and the possibility of a criminal record all require competent legal advice to ensure a satisfactory result. We work to relieve the stress of the criminal law process so you can focus on rehabilitating your reputation and rebuilding your life.

The Florida Rules of Criminal Procedure govern the procedure a criminal case follows. A skilled defense attorney is familiar with these rules and procedures and has experience negotiating with the prosecution. Criminal defense attorneys know the likely punishment for the crime you are charged with, and can explain possible outcomes so you are more at ease when entering the Courtroom and facing a Judge. In addition, you can expect our trained attorneys to:

● Persuasively argue your case to the Judge or a jury

● Seek the most lenient sentence possible for the charges

● Fight for dismissal of the case filed against you

● Calm your nerves by appearing with you in Court

We provide these services while treating you with respect and dignity. We listen to the facts of your arrest and look for flaws in the procedure that may allow for lighter sentences, dismissal or pave the way for smooth negotiations with the prosecutor. We interview potential witnesses and look for opportunity to attack credibility, so your case may be presented in the most favorable light to you. Whatever the situation, we thoroughly review all the facts and present you with strategy choices that are comfortable and work for your case.

If you or a loved one has been arrested for a crime, call a reputable criminal defense attorney for help. Ferraro Law Group provides defense in Stuart to those facing criminal charges. Call our office to schedule a free initial appointment.

RJ Ferraro III, Criminal Lawyer and Blog Author

RJ Ferraro, III, Stuart, Florida Criminal Defense Attorney

RJ Ferraro, III, has been a criminal defense lawyer serving clients in and around Florida’s Treasure Coast and the Palm Beaches since 2001.  His practices is focused on representing individuals charged with crimes in both State and Federal Court.  RJ has  handled everything from routine traffic tickets to capital felonies.

Despite the fact that the law is constantly changing, ignorance is never a defense. With that in mind, the purpose of this blog is to discuss the issues that continue to re-surface on a consistent basis, and to answer many of the simple questions that people charged with a crime often contemplate.

If you are charged with a crime, the attorneys of the Ferraro Law Group, PL in Stuart, Florida are here for you.

Contact the Stuart, Florida Criminal Defense Attorneys of the Ferraro Law Group, PL today to set up a free and confidential consultation.  We are available by phone at (772) 221-0600 or by e-mail to info@ferrarolawgroup.com.

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