Strong Defense by an Experienced Attorney When You are Charged with Felonies and Misdemeanors
St. Petersburg lawyer aids those arrested for criminal conduct
Being arrested for committing a crime can be a life-changing event. Your future is at stake. Dealing effectively with the situation requires personal commitment and the assistance of a proven professional who can guide you through the challenges that lie ahead. At the law office of Joseph Montrone, Jr., P.A., I take pride in helping people who face difficult times, making sure they know that someone is looking out for their best interests. I defend clients in the St. Petersburg, FL area on a wide range of criminal matters. My goal is to make sure you understand what is happening, offer straight answers to your questions and fight hard for your acquittal or the impact of any plea or verdict you face.
Handling many types of felony and misdemeanor charges
All crimes are serious matters that need immediate attention. Florida, like other states, classifies certain crimes as misdemeanors and more serious criminal conduct as felonies. Felony convictions can result in a sentence of larger fines and prison time. The same type of crime can be a misdemeanor in certain situations and a felony in others. Consider the following:
- DUI — Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is dangerous to yourself and others. A DUI arrest can lead to suspension of your license and many other consequences. Conviction can result in a criminal record. DUI can be a felony if you cause serious bodily injury or are a repeat offender.
- Drug charges — The use, possession, manufacture, distribution and trafficking of various narcotics, prescriptions and other drugs can result in a wide range of criminal charges. Most are felonies. But marijuana possession of less than 20 grams is typically a misdemeanor. Felony drug charges result in more severe punishment if convicted.
- Theft — The value of property you are charged with stealing will determine whether you face felony or misdemeanor charges. Petit theft of less than $300 is generally a misdemeanor but prior convictions on other theft and property crimes may, in certain circumstances, lead to a felony charge.
- Other crimes — Many other forms of criminal conduct are often classified as felonies, including sex crimes, weapons charges and domestic violence though, in some cases, the charges brought against you may be misdemeanors.
You need competent legal counsel to defend you if you are arrested for criminal conduct, regardless of the severity of the charge. If you are arrested in the greater Clearwater area, it is crucial that you contact a criminal defense lawyer immediately.
Contact a St. Petersburg, FL criminal defense attorney to help you today
At the law office of Joseph Montrone, Jr., P.A., I handle a wide range of felony and misdemeanor criminal cases. Contact me online or call my office at 727-888-0102 to receive a free initial consultation.