If you have been charged with a crime in Fort Lauderdale or anywhere else in Florida, the most important thing that you can do is to begin working with an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer who is familiar with the Florida court system. Whether you are charged with a petty crime, a misdemeanor, or a felony, it is in your best interest to have an attorney who will work towards the best possible outcome for your case to ensure that your future will not be seriously impacted in ways that you may not immediately expect.
For instance, you may think that the easiest way to move past a misdemeanor is to plead guilty, pay a small fine, and move forward. However, you may not realize that this misdemeanor will cause greater problems down the road if you are charged with other crimes, and may negatively impact your employment eligibility and other things in your personal and professional lives.
Contact us now to schedule a free initial consultation, where you will be able to speak with an experienced defense attorney about the circumstances of your arrest, the charges that you are facing, any possible issues with your criminal history, and anything else pertinent to your case. In addition, you will be able to get a better understanding of how we will work through your case with the team at Friedland & Associates. It is important that you are confident in the attorney that you choose to work with, and this consultation is an excellent opportunity to get an idea of how we work, how we will fight for you, and give you the confidence you want in order to move forward with our help.
Read more below about some of the crimes that we can help you with, and contact us now to see if we are a good fit for your case.
Areas We Cover
Below are some examples of the types of crimes that we can work with you on, and will help you build a strong defense while identifying all possible options to work towards a positive outcome in your case.
If a person under the age of 18 is charged with a crime, oftentimes the case is handled by the Florida Juvenile courts. In some instances, the Florida court system may decide to charge a juvenile as an adult, but these are in very specific situations. In most cases, the juvenile justice system focuses on rehabilitation as opposed to strict punishment, but a juvenile criminal record can be problematic. Additionally, if the juvenile has multiple arrests then the courts will stop focusing on rehabilitation and begin focusing more on punitive actions. Some common crimes that juveniles are charged with are as follows:
Assault and Battery
Assault and battery charges can stem from a simple fight between two juveniles, or the charges may stem from something more malicious. Regardless, these charges can cause serious problems for the juvenile being charged, and it is important that they get the defense they require to navigate this case successfully.
Petty larceny applies to cases where there is less than $300 worth of goods or money stolen, and can often stem from a juvenile being caught shoplifting or stealing something from an unlocked car. In many cases, a juvenile may not even think about the consequences of their actions until it is too late, and it is our hope to keep them from suffering severe impacts after this error in judgment.
Underaged Possession of Alcohol
According to the Florida Statutes, section 562.111 “It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years, except a person employed under the provisions of s. 562.13 acting in the scope of her or his employment, to have in her or his possession alcoholic beverages.” The first charge of this type is a second-degree misdemeanor, but if they are charged with a second offense then it will be treated as a first-degree misdemeanor. Therefore, it is important that we navigate this case successfully to avoid any future issues with similar charges.
Drug possession covers a wide range of specifics depending on the type of scheduled drug that the juvenile is caught with, the place that they are caught with it, and more. However, it is common for a juvenile to be arrested for simple possession of small quantities of a drug like marijuana, as well as possession of paraphernalia. Oftentimes, juvenile arrests for drug possession as misdemeanor crimes, but there are many situations and factors that could increase these charges to felonies.
Trespassing on a restricted property is another common crime for juveniles to be arrested and charged with. If a juvenile decides to enter private property without the express consent of the owner or the managers, they are engaging in trespassing, which will likely result in a misdemeanor charge. However, like all misdemeanor charges that a juvenile may face, it is important that they are handled gently through the courts to minimize the impact that these violations will have on their lives.
Cyber crimes are the fastest growing types of crimes in the United States, and there are a variety of actions that someone can take on the internet that can result in them breaking a law and being charged with a crime. We are ready and willing to defend you if you have been charged with a cyber crime, including things like hacking, phishing, credit card theft, illegal downloading or file sharing, identity theft, and more. It is important that you work with a defense team that understands the technical aspects of your charges so that your case and your defense will be built around this understanding.
Without an attorney who understands cybercrime, then you may find yourself working with a legal professional who either misrepresents your actions or is unable to develop a strong and coherent defense around your charges.
Domestic violence charges can stem from a wide range of situations, and it is important that you work with an attorney who understands your rights and options after being charged with domestic violence. The possible penalties for the many different types of domestic violence charges can be serious and widespread, and can impact any other legal cases you are involved in, divorce hearings, child custody issues, and will result in you losing the right to carry a concealed firearm. Additionally, you may need to serve jail time, pay fines, and attend Batterers’ Intervention Programs as a part of your punishment.
It is important that your defense attorney is able to help you navigate the complicated web of charges, penalties, accusations, and issues that you will need to go through during your trial and help you achieve the best possible outcome given the circumstances.
White Collar Crimes
The term “white collar crime” is applied to a variety of different non-violent crimes that are usually committed with the intention of financial gain through manipulation of a company, corporation, or stockholders. Some examples of white collar crimes that we will defend include embezzlement, credit card fraud, forgery, mail and wire fraud, money laundering, and insurance fraud.
Depending on the amount of money or the value of the goods in question, your crimes may be treated as misdemeanors or as felonies. Regardless, it is essential that you work with an attorney who can help defend your case while also identifying all possible avenues to pursue for the possibility of a reduced sentencing, deals with prosecutors, and more. In many cases, the best outcome for these cases come from creative defenses and appealing bargains between the prosecution and the defense.
Theft and Property Crimes
Under section 812.014 in the Florida Statutes, theft occurs when an individual “knowingly obtains or uses, or endeavors to obtain or to use, the property of another with intent to, either temporarily or permanently:
(a) Deprive the other person of a right to the property or a benefit from the property.
(b) Appropriate the property to his or her own use or to the use of any person not entitled to the use of the property.”
The degree of the crime and the severity of the possible penalties depend on a variety of circumstances such as the value of the goods stolen, the method that they were stolen, and whether or not there were weapons involved in the alleged theft. Each of these factors may increase the degree of the crime, enhance the charges, and ultimately mean that the defendant is facing significantly higher penalties. It is therefore essential to partner with the right attorney who will work through all possible options to identify the best possible outcome.
There are a variety of sex crimes that someone can be charged within Florida, and in many cases, a conviction will require that the defendant puts their name on the Sex Offenders Registry. However, not all convictions will require this. Some examples of sex crimes that we will work with you to build a solid defense against include lewd or lascivious behavior, sexual battery, prostitution, child pornography, or sexual misconduct.
Since there are many different sex crimes with many different degrees of possible penalties associated with them, the most important thing that you can do is to contact us immediately for a free initial consultation where you can speak directly with an attorney about your case, and learn more about how we can help as your defense team.
Drug crimes in Florida can range from simple possession to trafficking, and many other charges in between. Whether you are arrested for possession of drug paraphernalia or are facing charges of intent to distribute, we will work with you to build a solid defense and work towards the best possible outcome regardless of the penalties that you are facing.
In some cases, we may be able to work directly with the prosecution and agree that you will take drug awareness courses, possibly attend inpatient treatment, or explore a variety of other options in order to avoid facing a conviction and the penalties associated with being found guilty of your charges. Because there is such a wide range of drug crimes and situations that you can be arrested for, contacting us now is the best thing that you can do to start fighting for your best interests.
Being arrested for Driving Under the Influence can cause serious issues for your personal and professional life, and will come with many different penalties including fines, losing your license, possible jail time, and more. Even if you are arrested for DUI for your first time, the expense and penalties that may come with a conviction can be seriously disruptive to your life and will require you to take many steps to work around this serious issue. We are an experienced team of DUI attorneys with extensive knowledge about these cases in the Florida court system and will work with you towards a positive outcome with minimal impacts on your daily life.
With each additional DUI that you are arrested and charged with, the penalties and severity of your charges increase drastically. It is therefore absolutely essential that you treat a first DUI with the utmost respect, and work with a team who understands the long-term impacts that a conviction can have in order to avoid any future possible issues that you may not currently be aware of.
Contact Us Today
Whether or not you see a situation listed above that resembles the crimes you have been charged with, contact Friedland & Associates immediately to schedule your free initial consultation and begin working on a strong defense with a team of experienced attorneys in Fort Lauderdale. This consultation is an excellent opportunity for you to learn more about how we will work as your defense attorneys, and for us to explain our history of successes in situations similar to your own.
We look forward to speaking with you during this initial conversation and look forward to the privilege of representing you through this difficult and complicated time in your life.