Sarasota Criminal Attorney
Individuals who have been arrested or are under investigation for any type of crime need to immediately secure professional criminal defense. Do not discuss your case with the police or other law enforcement until you have spoken with your attorney. Your chances of having the charges against you dropped or reduced are much greater legal counsel at your side than without, and here at Hale Law, our Sarasota criminal defense attorneys have the knowledge and experience necessary to protect your best interests and put this troubling time behind you.
State and Federal Felonies and Misdemeanors
Felonies range from third degree (five years in prison) to life in prison or the death penalty. Misdemeanors in Florida are treated seriously as well, with a first degree misdemeanor carrying a maximum 12-month long jail sentence. A few of the more common types of crimes that our law firm handles include the following offenses:
- Violent Crimes:
- Sexual Assault;
- Domestic Violence;
- Hit and Run;
- Other Traffic Crimes;
- Drug Crimes;
- Child Pornography; and
White Collar Crimes
White collar crimes—a term coined in 1933 according to the FBI—are a group of crimes that use deceit, concealment, and violation of trust (fraud) with the intention of gaining a financial advantage. Individuals, government officials, and businesses are the typical defendants in white collar crimes, which can carry hefty penalties despite not involving any physical force or threat. White collar crimes include:
- Money Laundering;
- Corporate Fraud;
- Insider Trading;
- Identity Theft;
- Copyright Infringement;
- Wage Theft; and
Why You Need an Experienced Attorney On Your Side
It is no secret that the criminal justice system in the U.S. is lacking in many regards. It overpenalizes drug crimes, it is biased against minorities and people of color, sentencing is too strict and leaves felons with no job prospects after they serve their time, and there simply are not enough judges to oversee it all. As such, only two percent of federal criminal defendants go to trial, with roughly the same single-digit percent of state criminal defendants having their cases decided in trial as well, according to the Pew Research Center. Prosecutors end up threatening innocent defendants, or defendants who have made small violations of the law, with decades behind bars and expect them to take a plea deal for a reduced sentence. Many defense attorneys take a quick plea deal and move onto the next defendant without putting in any effort. This is why you need an experienced, dedicated defense attorney who has your best interest at heart, and who will give your case the attention and time you deserve for a fair chance at proving your innocence.
The Sarasota Criminal Defense Attorneys At Hale Law Can Help
Before you take any other action, it is in your best interest to talk to an experienced Sarasota criminal defense attorney at Hale Law, P.A. For help today, us at 941-735-4529 to schedule a free consultation. We can meet you wherever you may be.