Criminal Law

What is Criminal Law?

What is Criminal Law? Criminal Law is the code of acceptable limits of social conduct and the procedure of criminal prosecution. Everyone is expected to obey the criminal law under penalty of punishment. It does not generally require action but prohibits unlawful action. Criminal laws consists of the legal rules defining criminal conduct and how it is punished.

Criminal laws must precisely define the conduct that they prohibit so that a layperson can understand the prohibited conduct and conform their behavior to the law. If difficult to interpret, then it is also difficult to enforce as it is considered unconstitutional. The State of Florida and the federal government both have their own set of criminal laws.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?
A felony conviction carries a penalty of at least 1 year in prison, while a misdemeanor is a less serious crime that usually results in less than one year in jail, probation or a $1,000 fine. Felonies can be broken down into third-, second- and first-degree felonies, which carry maximum penalties of a five-year prison sentence, a fifteen-year prison sentence or a life sentence, respectively.
What constitutes a federal offense?
It is any type of action that the national government defines as criminal. Federal offenses are mostly felonies, but in some cases they can be misdemeanors.
What is aggravated battery?
When an individual physically attacks another person causing serious bodily harm. This crime may be committed using a weapon. Aggravated battery is considered a felony.
What is sexual battery?
Sexual battery is an undesired form of contact with a private part of one’s body. The victim is not necessarily naked.
What is a white collar crime?
This involves dishonest business schemes. Examples include fraud, embezzlement and insider trading.
What is racketeering?
Racketeering is considered a federal offense and is criminal activity that occurs on an ongoing basis connected to an organized crime operation.
What is a DUI?
DUI stands for Driving Under the Influence of alcohol (or a behavior changing drug).
Law enforcement has contacted me to discuss a criminal allegation, should I talk to them?
NO! NO! NO! Remember, you have the right to remain silent. If an officer called (or found) you, you should NOT talk to them until you’ve talked with an attorney first. Anything you say can be used against you in a court of law. However, if the officer has a warrant, you should comply with the terms of the warrant or court order. If at all possible, talk to an attorney first.
Do I really need a lawyer for a criminal law case?
YES! YES! YES! You will need someone on your side to balance the equation because the prosecutors will be well trained in the law, evidence, and trial procedure. Never attempt to self represent in a criminal case, while is it allowed, it is not at all advised.
What is a Withhold of Adjudication?
A Withhold of Adjudication, also known as deferred prosecution is a chance to have your record kept clean and no conviction entered if you complete the terms of your probation. If the court agrees to the deal, and you complete all the agreed upon terms and programs, the conviction is removed. No criminal conviction will appear on your record.
Typically, these deals are available for first time offenders who have never been in trouble before, and for minor misdemeanor charges. But it is possible to get a withhold of adjudication in Florida, even for a felony offense.
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