Port St Lucie and Stuart Criminal Law Attorney
Leonard S. Villafranco P.A. Criminal Law
Port St Lucie and Stuart attorney, Leonard Villafranco knows all too well how a criminal arrest carries a stigma that could last a lifetime. The simple accusation of criminal activity could have a devastating effect on your job, your reputation and your family, notwithstanding the fines, immigration consequences and permanent criminal record a conviction would bring.
With so much at stake, it makes sense to have professional legal representation to initiate a thorough investigation of your case and vigorously defend your rights. The Law Office of Leonard S. Villafranco, P.A. provides experienced, aggressive legal representation to individual and business clients facing criminal investigations and various felony and misdemeanor charges.
We will aggressively defend all drug related offenses from simple drug possession to drug trafficking cases. Law enforcement officers make thousands of drug arrests every year. In Florida, drug offenses are aggressively prosecuted. Due to the serious and severe consequences of being charged with and convicted of a drug offense, the decision to hire a criminal defense lawyer can become a life altering decision. If you or a loved one has been charged with a drug offense, whether it be cocaine possession, marijuana cultivation or oxycodone trafficking, you will be well served by hiring a criminal defense law firm, who will set the defense for your drug related case and fight for your rights.
White Collar Crimes
The term white collar crime was coined by Professor Edwin Hardin Sutherland in 1939. He defined white collar crime as “crime committed by a person of respectability and high social status in course of his occupation.” While Sutherland intended the term to delineate different classes of offender, the term has come to identify crimes committed by business persons, con-artists and public officials and encompasses non-violent offenses that have fraud, dishonesty and deceit as their central element. The term white collar crime itself is not a chargeable offense, but rather a umbrella term that encompasses crimes that include bank, credit card, health care, securities and insurance fraud, forgery, passing worthless checks, and money laundering. These crimes may also include computer and/or internet theft and fraud.
Shoplifting and petit theft charges can be complex, particularly because these cases often involve hard evidence such as video surveillance. There may also be witnesses, including store employees or security personnel who will testify that you took an item. Finally, the item itself may be used as evidence against you if it was found on your person or in your vehicle, etc.
Grand theft is a theft crime that involves stealing property valued at $300 or more, or involving the theft of a particular type of item, such as a firearm. Depending on what was allegedly stolen as well as the value of the property, a defendant may face anywhere from a maximum sentence of 5 years to 30 years in state prison. The defendant is also likely to face restitution to the victim, as well as heavy fines and court fees. Grand theft is a felony offense in Florida.
Burglary and robbery are two serious criminal offenses that are related to theft but are considered violent crimes due to the manner in which they are committed. Robbery involves theft by force or threat. Burglary is a slightly different offense that involves unlawfully entering another’s property with the intention of committing a crime (most often theft.)
Assault and Battery
In Florida, assault is defined as the threat or attempt of violence against another person, with the apparent ability to carry out the treat, therefore causing reasonable fear in the victim. Assault is distinguished from battery in that it does not involve the actual carrying out of the threat or attempt.
Battery involves striking or touching another person, intentionally and against the victim’s will. Often assault and battery charges are grouped together or the terms may be used interchangeably in common use.
Penalties may range from up to 60 days in jail to 30 years in state prison. Depending on the particular offense, whether the victim is a law enforcement officer, the defendant’s prior criminal record, whether a deadly weapon was used, and the extent of injury the victim suffers, an assault and/or battery charge may be classified as anywhere between a first degree misdemeanor all the way to a first degree felony.
The penalty for a weapons related charge in Florida can range from a misdemeanor to a minimum mandatory life sentence. If accused of an offense involving a weapon or a firearm you need the advice and counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney. The Florida laws regarding weapons and firearms are complex, and designed to allow prosecutors to seek longer and mandatory sentences of up to life in prison for crimes involving weapons and firearms.
Florida law may require minimum mandatory prison sentences of up to 25 years to life for discharging a firearm and causing death or great bodily injury during the commission of certain felonies. In other words, if you used a gun, you could be done!
Violations of Probation
A Florida probation violation is a very serious matter. Violating the terms of your supervision usually means that the judge can sentence you to any legal sentence up to and including the maximum penalty allowed by law. Arrest warrants for violations of probation commonly carry no bond. In order to protect your best interests and defend your rights, you must contact an experienced attorney immediately.
Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney on the Treasure Coast
You should not assume that when you are put on the spot in court you will be able to articulate your case in a convincing manner to the judge. An experienced attorney can challenge all of the evidence against you, even if it seems as though you have no chance of avoiding a conviction. Witness testimony can be brought into question, as can the manner in which an arrest or search was conducted, or how evidence was processed by law enforcement. An experienced criminal defense attorney can present a clear and compelling case on your behalf, and is an opportunity for getting your life back on the right track. Give your case the voice it deserves. For experienced, affordable legal help, call the law office of Leonard S. Villafranco P.A. in Port St Lucie and Stuart, Florida.