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Tampa Misdemeanor Defense Attorneys

Criminal Law Firm Serving Tampa, Florida

Take a moment to talk to our criminal lawyers about your legal rights and options. You may be at risk of facing jail time and fines as well as other penalties, and an attorney can help to protect you from these consequences. Although not as severe as felonies, misdemeanors are still criminal offenses worth challenging with the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

A misdemeanor is a crime punishable by a maximum of 1 year in county jail and / or a monetary fine up to $1,000.

Some examples of misdemeanor offenses include:

There are certain aggravating factors that may cause these offenses to be enhanced to felony charges. Though misdemeanors are less serious than felony offenses, they may still have lasting effects for a convicted offender.


The following penalties may be imposed for the different classifications of misdemeanor offenses in Florida:

  • First Degree – Punishable by up to 1 year in county jail and a fine of up to $1,000
  • Second Degree – Punishable by up to 60 days in jail

It is important to note that the specific penalties enforced by the court may vary depending on the circumstances of the particular case, the jurisdiction and even the judge's discretion in some cases. It is therefore important to discuss your specific misdemeanor charges with a criminal lawyer who can advise you on what penalties may apply for your unique case. Don’t make the mistake of assuming a misdemeanor is a “minor” case that doesn’t deserve legal representation. Misdemeanor charges can result in jail time, fines, and more.

Get the aggressive help of the skilled attorneys from Thomas & Paulk and let us help protect your legal rights. Call (813) 321-7323.

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