Felony Defense Attorney in Polk County
Get a Lakeland lawyer who knows how to beat serious charges
It goes without saying that felony charges are serious. If you’ve been charged with a felony in Florida, you may be looking at the possibility of a long prison sentence, thousands of dollars in fines, not being able to vote or possess a firearm and go hunting, and a black mark on your record for the rest of your life.
The only way forward is to get a criminal defense lawyer with a proven track record of litigating and winning tough felony cases. If you’re facing felony charges in Polk County, you need Thomas C. Grajek, Attorney at Law on your side, going toe to toe with the prosecution. Schedule your free consultation right away.
What is a felony in Florida?
Felonies are crimes punishable by more than a year in prison. In Florida, felony cases are heard in circuit courts – in Polk County, that’s the 10th Judicial Circuit Court.
Many crimes are charged as felonies in Florida. I defend all types of felony charges, including but not limited to:
- Drug Charges, including Drug Trafficking
- Grand Theft
- Aggravated Assault
- Felony Domestic Violence
- Sex Crimes, including Possession of Child Pornography and Traveling to Meet a Minor
- Felony DUI, including DUI with Serious Bodily Injury and DUI Manslaughter
- Home Invasion
- White Collar Crimes
- Armed Trespassing
- Felony Probation Violations
- Gun Crimes, including Shooting at a Dwellling and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon
- Aggravated Stalking
- Murder, Manslaughter and Homicide, including Vehicular Homicide
- Child Abuse
- Child Neglect Resulting in Serious Bodily Harm
What are the types of felonies in Florida?
All felonies are serious, but some are more serious than others. Florida classifies felonies based on the maximum sentence possible under state law.
Life felony: A life felony is the most severe type of felony under Florida law. If you are convicted of a life felony, the minimum incarceration sentence is 30 years, and the maximum possible sentences include life in prison or the death penalty. The fines for a life felony conviction are up to $15,000.
1st Degree Felony: A first-degree felony is the second most serious type of criminal charge in Florida. A first-degree felony is punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 and a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
2nd Degree Felony: A second-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000.
3rd Degree Felony: A third-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of up to five years, a fine of up to $5,000, and five years of probation.
In addition to prison time and fines, certain criminal offenses carry other penalties. For instance, certain drug offenses can cause your driver’s license to be suspended. In Florida, a felony conviction remains on your criminal record permanently.
Get an experienced Lakeland felony defense lawyer on your side
When you’re facing felony charges, you need an experienced attorney on your side right away. Depending on the circumstances, there are several actions your lawyer may be able to take to avoid a felony conviction. For instance, if the police violated the law during their investigation, it may be possible to get evidence thrown out through a Motion to Suppress – and if the prosecution doesn’t have enough evidence to prove a felony charge, they may end up dropping the charges.
In some circumstances, it may be possible to reduce your charges to a misdemeanor offense, or get them dropped entirely. If your case goes to trial, I will zealously advocate for your rights at every stage of the process, from jury selection to closing arguments. I know how to build a persuasive argument, identify flaws in the prosecution’s case, and fight hard for a Not Guilty verdict at trial.
You have a lot riding on the outcome of your felony case. Don’t leave it to chance; fight back with an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. Remember, you need to act fast; the clock is ticking and has been since your arrest. Don’t delay. Call or use the contact form to get in touch with me today.