South Florida Defense Attorney. The clock starts ticking the moment you have been arrested or become the subject of a criminal investigation. You need to protect your constitutional rights at these critical early stages as well as throughout the entire judicial process.
When an attorney intervenes at these early stages, they can:
- Shield you against unwanted police interrogation
- Act to preserve evidence that may be critical in your case
- Secure a reasonable bond or conditions of pre-trial release
I represent clients in literally every type of offense in Florida State and Federal court. Criminal Offenses can be broken up into two main categories – Misdemeanors and Felonies. Misdemeanors are offenses that are punishable by a MAXIMUM of one year in the county jail. These offenses are handled in County Court. In certain instances, these cases are able to be resolved without your personal appearance. Certain D.U.I.’s, Petit Thefts, Possession of Cannabis, Assaults and Batteries are considered Misdemeanors.. In other instances these offenses may be charged as a Felony depending on the circumstances of the case. Felonies are punishable by imprisonment in the Florida State Prison system. These offenses are handled in Circuit Court. Felonies are further broken down into 5 degrees:. Third Degree Felonies (punishable by up to 5 years prison), Second Degree Felonies (punishable by up to 15 years prison), First Degree Felonies (punishable by up to 30 years prison), First Degree P.B.L. (punishable by life in prison) and ultimately Capital Felonies (punishable by death). A Felony conviction can be a life changing event which closes many doors. In certain cases it may be possible to reach a plea bargain with the State Attorney’s Office where adjudication is withheld. This means that you will not be considered a convicted felon. In certain cases (depending on the exact charge) you may then be eligible to have your record sealed.
- Domestic Violence
- Drunk Driving
- Drug Cases
- Grand Theft
- Seal/Expunge Records
- Sex Crimes
- Traffic Offenses
- Burglary & Robbery
- Solicitation of Prostitution
- Assault / Battery
- Probation and Community Control Violations
- Supervised Release
The Law Offices of Evan Kleiman, P.A.
2455 Hollywood Boulevard • Suite 104, Hollywood, Florida 33020