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The most serious crimes are classified as felonies and a conviction can lead to serious consequences, such as a lengthy prison sentence, fines worth thousands of dollars, a permanent criminal record, and the loss of certain rights. As soon as you are arrested or learn you are under investigation in Sarasota, FL, you should take steps to protect your rights by hiring a criminal defense attorney with experience handling felony cases. At Law Offices of Eric Reisinger, PA, our Sarasota felony attorney provides skilled legal representation for clients facing the most serious felony charges.
Defending Clients in Sarasota Against Felony Charges
Felony charges are reserved for serious offenses, but the right criminal defense attorney can make a big difference in your case. Attorney Eric Reisinger aggressively defends the rights of clients charged with felony offenses, from third degree felonies to capital felonies.
Our Sarasota firm represents clients charged with felonies, such as:
- Drug crimes
- Sex crimes
- Grand theft
- Aggravated assault or battery
- Carrying a gun without a permit
Due to the serious nature of these crimes, the first thing to do is get a defense lawyer. It is not in your best interests to speak to police, give a statement, or answer questions without first speaking with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Contacting our Sarasota criminal defense law firm at the beginning of the process allows us to protect your rights from your initial questioning until your case is resolved.
Felony Classes in Florida
If you are convicted of a felony in Florida, you could be facing a long prison sentence, life in prison, or even the death penalty. The specific penalties that you may be facing depend on the class of the felony. Like most states, Florida classifies felonies into categories based on the seriousness of the offense.
The five felony classes in Florida include:
- Felony in the third degree – Up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine
- Felony in the second degree – Up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Felony in the first degree – Up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Life felony – Up to 40 years in prison and a $15,000 fine
- Capital felony – Life in prison without the possibility of parole or the death penalty
In addition to the criminal penalties, there are lasting consequences for people convicted of felonies, even after they are released from prison. Having a felony offense on your criminal record makes it difficult to find employment, rent a place to live, get a loan to continue your education, and you will lose your right to vote and own a firearm.
What Is Sarasota Felony Probation?
Certain felony convictions allow for a person to participate in Florida's felony probation program, otherwise known as community supervision. Not all felony convictions are eligible for probation. This can serve as an alternative to prison time, if the judge deems appropriate. The supervision will fall under the Community Corrections department in the Florida Department of Corrections. Probation programs may include mandatory drug rehab, imposed curfew, regularly reporting to a probation officer, house arrest, and/or group counseling. Probation violations are taken very seriously and can result in prison time and fines. If an individual violates probation he or she will have to stand before a judge and present a compelling defense.
Building a Strong Defense
Our Sarasota felonies attorney has experience in the criminal justice system from both sides, as a former prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. He uses this experience to help guide our clients through the complexities of the legal process, defend their rights, and build a vigorous defense for each client.
We offer a free consultation to give you the opportunity to get legal advice that is specific to your situation, ask questions, and discuss your legal options. We are available after hours and on weekends by appointment only.
Is Fraud a Felony in Florida?
Yes. Under Florida Statute § 817.034, fraud (or a scheme to defraud) refers to systematic, continued actions of a person that has the intent to defraud one or more people to obtain property or assets via willful misrepresentation or false pretenses.
Committing a scheme to defraud is considered organized fraud. You can face the following penalties if convicted of such an offense:
- Organized fraud involving obtained property that is valued at less than $20,000 is considered a third-degree felony, which is punishable by up to five years in prison and/or a fine of up to $5,000.
- Organized fraud involving obtained property that is valued between $20,000 and $50,000 is considered a second-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
- Organized fraud involving obtained property that is valued at $50,000 or more is considered a first-degree felony, which is punishable by up to 30 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $15,000.
You can also be charged with a felony if you are found to be involved in a fraudulent scheme and to have furthered that scheme by communicating with any person. This is considered communication fraud, and you can be charged with multiple counts—one count for each act of communication.
The penalties for communications fraud are as follows:
- If the property obtained using communication is worth $300 or more, the offense is a third-degree felony.
- If the property obtained using communication is worth less than $300, the offense is a first-degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by up to a year in prison.
There are also other types of criminal fraud offenses for which a person may be charged with a felony offense, including:
- Credit card fraud
- Mail fraud
- Tax fraud
- Insurance fraud
- Wire fraud
- Bankruptcy fraud
- Securities fraud
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Not Guilty Verdict 2016 CF 004875 NC – Life Felony Second Degree Murder
Not Guilty Verdict 2017 CF 000169 – Life Felony Armed Robbery
Successful Resolution 2017 CF 002479 AX – 15 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography
Not Guilty Verdict 2017 MM 11498 – Misdemeanor Battery and Misdemeanor Sex Offense -Unnatural and Lascivious Act
Case Dismissed 2018 CF 000323 – Two Counts Felony Battery on a Person 65 or Older
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