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Lawyer in Lakeland FL

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Criminal Traffic
Violations

Domestic
Violence

Petit
Theft

Battery

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Criminal Defense Attorney

It’s essential that you seek legal representation as soon as you receive a citation, get arrested, or have a Notice to Appear. The outcome of your case heavily depends on the actions you take right away when faced with criminal charges.
Never let an officer or anyone else convince you to make a confession or talk without a defense attorney by your side. You’re entitled to a fair trial and representation by a trusted professional.
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Polk County Domestic Violence Lawyer

Public scrutiny of domestic violence has motivated prosecutors to relentlessly pursue any possible allegation of domestic violence, even when very little evidence supports the accusations.

Types of domestic violence in Lakeland, FL

Restraining orders for domestic violence

An injunction filed under false pretenses can derail your life and prevent you from seeing your children, getting or maintaining a job, getting security clearance, or legally carrying a firearm. It’s important to get fully prepared for your trial to protect your interests.

How a lawyer will defend you against charges of domestic violence
Before exploring any type of plea deal, a Polk County criminal defense attorney will go over your charges and help you work through your case.

Possible defense angles:

Even if it seems like there’s no possible way to defend yourself, our expert defense lawyer can help.
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Polk County Criminal
Traffic Violation Lawyer

While regular speeding tickets and other infractions are considered civil matters, more serious charges always warrant calling an experienced criminal traffic defense attorney in Lakeland. Felony violations can lead to serious consequences like fines, jail time, and the loss of your license.

Possible traffic crimes include:

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These serious accusations can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, with the latter being the most serious. As soon as you are accused of any of these crimes, contact a Lakeland traffic defense lawyer right away to learn about your rights and options.

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Assault & Battery Lawyer in Lakeland, FL

Depending on the nature of the crime, you may be charged with a misdemeanor or felony. There are various types of criminal battery in Florida:

Battery

Intentionally striking or touching a person against their will or intentionally causing harm to another person.

Battery on the Elderly

Battery committed against an elderly person age 65 or older.

Fighting/Brawling

Fighting in which evidence suggests a person was not engaging in lawful self defense or the defense of others.

Aggravated Battery

Intentionally causing great bodily harm, disability, or disfigurement, or using a deadly weapon to commit aggravated battery.

Battery on a Pregnant Women

Battery committed intentionally against a pregnant person (prior knowledge of pregnancy or reasonable determination that the victim is pregnant required).

In order for you to be prosecuted, there must be evidence beyond a reasonable doubt. Because intent can be highly suggestive, it’s important that you call a top assault and battery attorney in Polk County to defend you and negotiate on your behalf.
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Petty Theft Lawyer in Lakeland, FL

Have you been accused of theft? In Florida, there are two types of charges under the theft umbrella — grand theft and petit theft (petty). Being convicted can mean very serious consequences including fines, jail time, and restitution orders.

An expert criminal theft attorney can help you understand the charges against you. Theft is defined by Florida law as purposely obtaining, using, or attempting to acquire another’s property permanently or temporarily.

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Classifications of Theft

Petit Theft 2nd Degree

Potential outcomes of conviction:
Jail time and
fines up to $500.

This is the lowest level theft crime with stolen property being valued at less than $100 and is defined as a second degree misdemeanor.

Petit Theft 1st Degree

Potential outcomes of conviction: Imprisonment and fines up to $1,000.

If you’ve been accused of stealing property valued between $100 - $750, it’s punishable as a first degree misdemeanor.

Grand Theft 3rd Degree

Potential outcomes of conviction: Imprisonment and fines up to $5,000.

A variety of theft offenses can be categorized as grand theft of the third degree (punishable as a third degree felony) and includes:

  • Stolen property valued at $750 - $20,000
  • Theft of wills
  • Stolen firearms
  • Stealing a commercially farmed animal
  • Stolen narcotics and other controlled
    substances
  • More

Grand Theft 2nd Degree

Potential outcomes of conviction: Longer imprisonment and fines up to $10,000

Considered a second degree felony, this offense is warranted when there is theft of:

  • Property valued between $5,000 -
    $100,000
  • Certain cargo valued at or less than
    $50,000
  • EMS and law enforcement property worth at least $300
  • More

Grand Theft 1st Degree

Potential outcomes of conviction: Longer imprisonment up to 30 years and fines up to $10,000.

This is the most serious theft charge you could face in Florida and includes theft of:

  • Property valued at $100,000 or more
  • Certain cargo valued at $50,000 or more
  • Semi trailers deployed by a law enforcement body
  • More

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