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As a former Florida State prosecutor, Tampa criminal defense attorney John Castro understands that facing a criminal charge can be a frightening and confusing situation. At these critical moments, it is imperative that you have the guidance of an experienced criminal litigator. During his time as a prosecutor Mr. Castro litigated over 300 trials and motions. His trial experience ranges from traffic and misdemeanor offenses to life felonies such as armed kidnapping. Mr. Castro’s combination of drive, knowledge and personal attention separates him from other Tampa attorneys. He is an excellent choice to handle any criminal law matter.
What is a Second Degree Misdemeanor?
In Florida there are two types of misdemeanors, first degree and second degree. A second degree misdemeanor is defined as any criminal offense that carries penalties of no more than 60 days in jail, a $500 fine, or six months probation. Although, in terms of maximum penalties, second degree misdemeanors are less serious than other criminal charges, they can nonetheless have devastating and unintended consequences for your future.
Examples of Second Degree Misdemeanors in Florida
Common examples of second degree misdemeanors in Florida include:
- Simple Assault
- Petit Theft
- Driving on a Suspended License with Knowledge
- Attaching Tag Not Assigned
- No Valid Driver’s License
- Disorderly Conduct
- Disorderly Intoxication
- No Motorcycle Endorsement
- Expired Tag More Than 6 Months
What is a First Degree Misdemeanor?
In Florida, a first degree misdemeanor is defined as any criminal offense that carries a maximum penalty of up to one year in jail, 12 months probation, and up to a $1,000 fine. Although, when compared to felony offenses, first degree misdemeanors carry lesser penalties, they can nonetheless have devastating consequences for your immediate and long-term future.
Examples of First Degree Misdemeanors in Florida
Common examples of first degree misdemeanors in Florida include:
- Possession of Cannabis (Less than 20 Grams)
- Simple Battery
- Battery Domestic Violence
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Obstruct or Oppose an Officer Without Violence
Get a Free Criminal Defense Consultation
If you have been charged with a First Degree or Second Degree Misdemeanor in Tampa, FL contact John Castro, an experienced Tampa Criminal Attorney, for a free consultation. As a client, you will meet personally with John S. Castro. John personally works on each and every case and is proud to know all of his clients on a first name basis. Mr. Castro provides each client with his personal cell phone number in case of an emergency. We know there are several criminal lawyers to choose from in Tampa, which is why our attorneys make the extra effort to give each of our clients the individual attention and respect they deserve.