Misdemeanor charges are recognized as less serious charges than felony charges, but they can have a severe impact on your future life and freedom and therefore need to be taken seriously. Misdemeanor charges can result in jail time of one year or less if you are found guilty and they can carry collateral impact as well. The consequences of a criminal record can have additional burden for you. For example, having a criminal record can affect your ability to get certain jobs, to work in certain fields, to get professional licenses, or to access certain types of federal or educational aid.
If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you will wish to take steps to protect your reputation and your freedom. If you are facing misdemeanor charges, there might be alternatives available to you. For example, you may be able to participate in certain programs that may be able to get the charges reduced.
If you have been charged with certain types of minor drug possession, you may be able to seek treatment instead of jail time. The Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak is a law firm in Orlando, Florida that will be able to assist you with your case. Mr. Lykkebak can review the charges against you, review the evidence the prosecution has gathered, and fight to defend your innocence. We can also identify alternatives and assist you at every step of the way to find a program to defer prosecution and if possible, leave you with a clean record.
Whether you’ll be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony for a drug possession charge will depend on how much of the drug was found in your possession. For example, possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana is considered a misdemeanor charge in Florida. On the other hand, if you are found in possession of more than 20 grams, you will face felony charges or even drug trafficking charges.
If you are found with certain types of drugs in your possession, you could well face a felony charge regardless of how much you have in your possession. Drugs like heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl, and cocaine will result in a felony charge, regardless of how much is in your possession. If you are found in possession of more of the same drug, then depending on the drug, you could potentially face more serious drug trafficking charges. Drug trafficking calls for a mandatory state prison sentence.
While marijuana is legal in many states, it remains illegal in Florida except for medical purposes. Individuals found with less than 20 grams of marijuana on their person or in their possession face misdemeanor charges. If you are facing misdemeanor drug possession charges, reach out to the Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak, a law firm in Orlando, Florida. Mr. Lykkebak will review the circumstances surrounding your arrest, the facts surrounding your stop, and allegedly surrounding your misdemeanor charges.
Misdemeanors are classified as more or less serious. For example, a first degree misdemeanor can result in longer jail time (up to one year) than a second degree misdemeanor (60 days). First degree misdemeanors also generally carry higher fines. First degree misdemeanors can include DUI, boating under the influence, battery, vandalism, shoplifting, or reckless driving. Second degree misdemeanors can include disorderly conduct, disorderly intoxication, driving with a suspended license, simple assault, trespassing, and other violations.
If you are found guilty of a misdemeanor crime, you face fines and jail time. This also gives rise to a criminal record which can impact your reputation and your future. Do you have questions about your rights after you have been arrested for a misdemeanor? The Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak is a misdemeanor law firm in Orlando, Florida that will be able to help you.
Navigating the criminal justice system can be incredibly stressful, and the consequences of the outcome can be serious and life-changing. If you’ve been arrested for a crime or if you are facing police questioning, it is important to understand that you are innocent until proven guilty and that you have the right to speak to a lawyer. A lawyer can represent you and counsel you during police questioning or terminate that questioning by asserting your right to remain silent. A lawyer can work to get the charges dropped or to have evidence dismissed. Every case is unique.
If you have been offered a plea for your misdemeanor, you may be tempted to take the offer of a deal to avoid trial, or to receive a guaranteed lesser sentence. However, pleading guilty to a crime can come with serious collateral consequences. Before you take any action, consider speaking today to the Law Office of Donald A. Lykkebak, an Orlando, Florida law firm. Mr. Lykkebak can review your case and help you with the next steps. Let him speak for you.
Your Name (required)
Your Email (required)
Your Message Please prove you are human by selecting the Star.
We recognize that any criminal charge can have a drastic impact on a person’s life and future happiness. Clients trust Mr. Lykkebak to shoulder this responsibility for them. Donald Lykkebak applies the same level of preparation, skill and focus to every case, whether large or small.
As a client, you can expect regular contact with your attorney. You will be kept informed about your case. You will stay involved. Your perspective about the evidence is vital to the preparation of an effective defense. Your comments and opinions will be heard.
Donald Lykkebak is a Criminal Defense Specialist with more than 40 years experience. You may put his extensive knowledge, experience and contacts to work on your problem.
Main Office – Orlando Address: 390 N. Orange Ave.Suite 2300 Orlando, FL 32801 Phone:407-425-4044
Winter Park Address: 250 S Park Ave Suite 200 Winter Park, FL 32789 Phone: 407-960-2641