Being charged with a crime can be a life-changing event. The consequences of a conviction may include jail, fines, probation, and more. However, regardless of how you plead, you have protected rights under the Constitution and Florida law. The best way to ensure those rights are upheld is to find an experienced criminal defense attorney to be your advocate.
If you are charged with a crime, you’re not alone—more than 1,785 violent crimes and 6,702 property crimes took place in Tampa during a recent year. Moreover, you can speak to a lawyer at Khonsari Law Group and learn if we may help you. Our team of legal professionals is dedicated to giving our clients the very strongest defense, and working for the best possible outcome in every case. Contact our office at (727) 269-5300 or online to schedule a free consultation.
Criminal Defense Cases Handled by Khonsari Law Group
“Criminal law” is an umbrella term for many types of cases. Our lawyers have defended clients accused of a range of misdemeanor and felony crimes, including:
- Probation violations
- Juvenile crimes
- Drug crimes
- Assault and battery
- White-collar crimes
- Theft, burglary, and robbery
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- DUI manslaughter
- Vehicular manslaughter/homicide
Penalties for a Criminal Conviction
Florida courts must follow state statutes in the dispositions of criminal cases, but in certain circumstances judges may have some discretion in the penalties they order. The consequences of convictions may vary based on the nature and severity of the crime, the defendant’s criminal history, and other extenuating facts. Penalties may include:
- Fines. Most crimes result in some type of fine, with amounts increasing in-line with the severity of the crime. Fines range from minimal figures to hundreds and even thousands of dollars that may leave a defendant in debt for years to come.
- Community service. Community service may be ordered for minor crimes and non-violent crimes, especially for first time offenders.
- Probation. Court-ordered probation requires that a defendant not commit any additional crimes for a specified period. Other additional conditions are often included as well, such as prohibition on drug and alcohol use, or restrictions on out-of-state travel.
- Drug or alcohol treatment. In DUI or drug crime cases, a court may mandate a substance abuse treatment program in lieu of jail time or community service.
- Jail or prison. Defendants convicted of serious or multiple crimes may spend days in jail or years in prison. The most severe felonies may result in a life sentence. Even with lesser offenses and shorter amounts of jail time, defendants facing such penalties can expect life interruptions, and resulting personal, family, and professional issues. Current employment may be lost, and it is often difficult for people with criminal records including jail or prison time to secure future employment.
- Death. Under Florida law, capital punishment is still permitted. Defendants convicted of capital murder risk being placed on death row.
Hire an Experienced Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney Today
Some people who have been charged with a crime or crimes will struggle with the idea of retaining a criminal defense attorney instead of simply using a public defender. While the financial commitment is different with a private attorney, the fact is public defenders have overwhelming caseloads. They simply do not have the capacity or resources to offer each client the individualized attention or time they might hope for. Using a defense attorney who has the ability to focus on your personal case may make a vast difference for your outcome.
If you are charged with a crime in the Tampa area, speak to a defense attorney as soon as possible. Contact Khonsari Law Group at (727) 269-5300 or online for a free consultation. We will evaluate your case and help you understand your options. Contact us today and learn if we may be able to help you.