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Misdemeanors We're Not Afraid of Going to Trial

Sarasota Misdemeanor Defense Lawyer

An Attorney with a Proven Trial Record

Florida classifies criminal offenses as either misdemeanors or felonies. Although misdemeanors are less serious charges, any criminal conviction can have a negative impact on your life. If you are facing a misdemeanor charge in Sarasota or Arcadia, the Law Offices of Eric Reisinger, PA is ready to defend you inside and outside the courtroom.

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, call (941) 541-5335 for a free consultation.

Experienced Representation for All Misdemeanors

Misdemeanor charges are less serious than felonies and the process is less complicated than in felony cases. For example, there are no preliminary hearings and the trial is held before a judge without a jury trial. While the process is less complex and the penalties are less severe, it is still in your best interests to avoid a criminal record because any criminal record could prevent you from pursuing certain educational and career goals.

We represent clients facing charges for:

Although they are less serious than felonies, a misdemeanor charge can result in an arrest, mug shots, fingerprinting, and the need to post bond. This can be stressful and disruptive to your life. If you are sentenced to time in jail, it can affect your whole family, put your employment in jeopardy, and harm your personal and professional reputation.

Misdemeanor Classes in Florida

The penalties you may be facing depend on the class of the misdemeanor charge. Florida classifies misdemeanors as either first degree or second degree misdemeanors, depending on the nature of the offense. Second degree misdemeanors are the least serious and can result in a sentence of up to 60 days in jail or six months of probation and a $500 fine. Some Second Degree Misdemeanors are: driving with a suspended license; disorderly intoxication; and some trespassing charges.

What are First Degree Misdemeanors in Florida?

First degree misdemeanors are considered more serious offenses. A conviction can result in a sentence of up to a year in jail or probation and a $1,000 fine. This class includes charges, such as possession of drug paraphernalia, battery, and cruelty to animals.

Do Misdemeanors Go Away in Florida?

Misdemeanors do not go away in Florida. If you have EVER at any time in your lifetime, either before or after the charge you are trying to seal or expunge, been convicted of ANY criminal offense, including minor criminal ordinance violations, criminal traffic matters, or even “simple” misdemeanors, then under Florida law, you are forbidden from ever getting any charge sealed or expunged. Expungement only applies to certain cases. Expungement also ONLY applies to those charges that have been completely dismissed either by the prosecutor or by the judge. This can include, in some circumstances, Pretrial diversion, aka, Pretrial intervention, aka Deferred Prosecution. If your case was not dismissed and you pled guilty or no contest, or you were found guilty after a trial, regardless of whether or not you received a withhold of adjudication, then you can not get a charge expunged. However, if you have never been convicted of anything, and you did get adjudication withheld, then there are many charges under Florida law that are eligible to be sealed.

Defending Your Rights

Our Sarasota misdemeanor defense lawyer is a former prosecutor who has prosecuted and defended all types of criminal cases. In his 15 years of legal experience, he has become well known among prosecutors and other criminal defense attorneys for his skilled and aggressive legal representation.

Our law firm has a track record of successful case results for our clients. Every situation is unique, so it is important to get legal advice for your case. We offer free initial consultations to enable you to get the advice you need. We fully investigate the circumstances of your case to determine the most effective defense strategy, verify that there was probable cause for any search that may have been conducted, and that your rights were not violated.

When you are ready to discuss your case with a Sarasota misdemeanor defense attorney, call (941) 541-5335 for an appointment.

Trust Our Proven Trial Record

We Fight Fearlessly for Our Clients
  • 2019 CF 1401 - Armed Buglary Successful Resolution
  • 2018 CF 002675 AX–Felony Battery on a Person 65 or Older Case Dismissed
  • 2018 MM 003582 AX – Misdemeanor Battery Case Dismissed
  • 2018 CF 00889 – Armed Carjacking Successful Resolution
  • 2018 CF 000323 – Two Counts Felony Battery on a Person 65 or Older Case Dismissed
  • 2018 MM 010119– Misdemeanor Battery Case Dismissed
  • 2018 MM 000354 – Misdemeanor Battery Case Dismissed
  • 2018 MM 016449 NC– Misdemeanor Battery Case Dismissed
  • 2017 CF 000169 – Life Felony Armed Robbery Not Guilty Verdict
  • 2017 CF 002479 AX – 15 Counts of Possession of Child Pornography Successful Resolution

Client Testimonials

Your Rights Are Our Priority
  • I would definitely use them again!

    “Did exactly what they said they would do, was very responsive and helped to resolve my legal issue quickly.”

    - Heather
  • An articulate, professional, talented attorney.

    “I strongly recommend him if you are in need of a defense attorney!”

    - Kathy
  • Now I have a regular driver's license and no felony record thanks to these guys.

    “They were able to amend my charges so that I am no longer a habitual traffic offender and I was able to get my drivers license right away.”

    - Diane
  • I wouldn’t trust any other attorney.

    “I felt like I was talking to some one I could trust, good price ... and I couldn’t be happier with this firm.”

    - Able
  • When it comes to legal defense you need Eric in your corner.

    “If you need legal assistance you have found the right attorney.”

    - Kevin

What Makes Us the Right Choice?

  • Former Prosecutor
  • Strong Referral Rate from Other Attorneys
  • Trusted Reputation with Judges & Prosecutors
  • Phone Is Answered 24/7
  • Successful Trial Experience
  • Free Initial Consultation

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