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Under Florida law felonies are crimes where the defendant faces more than one year in jail. They are the most serious category of crimes and cover everything from Habitual Driving charges to Murder. Here is a list of some of the most common felony charges in Florida, all of which attorney Jason Cromey has handled through his career.
These are is just an example of some of the felony charges in the state. Mr. Cromey has handled nearly every type of felony charge in Florida. If you find yourself staring at prison time do not hesitate to contact us for a free consultation.
Theft can be either a misdemeanor or a felony. It all depends on what you are accused of stealing, what it is worth, who you took it from, and your prior record. For example, the following are often seen theft related felonies here in Florida.
- First Degree Grand Theft (stealing over $100,000.00 worth of value) — up to 30 years prison
- Second Degree Grand Theft (stealing between $20,000 and $99,999) — up to 15 years prison
- Third Degree Felony (up to 5 years state prison)
- More than $300, less than $20,000
- Commercially Farmed Animals
- Fire Extinguishers
- Wills and Trusts
- Stop Signs, construction signs, etc.
- White Collar Crimes
- Grand Theft Auto
There are many defenses to these charges: the state cannot properly establish value, you honestly thought the property was yours, it was a mistake or accident, etc. Whether you are charged with one of these felonies or a Petit Theft, criminal defense attorney Jason Cromey has seen and dealt with them all. Don't wait until it's too late — contact us now.
Nothing is more serious than being charged with murder. These cases are usually incredibly complex. In most felony cases it is common for the government to have five to ten witnesses. However, in a murder case, you are more likely to see thirty or more names on the government's witness list. In almost all murder cases the government will have experts in DNA, GPS and cellphone positioning, forensics, fingerprints, the list goes on. It takes experience, knowledge, and aggressive practice to defend your client properly.
Very few criminal attorneys have defended murder cases. There are too many attorneys out there who are quick to say that murder is really not any different than an assault or battery case – nothing could be further from the truth. All that attitude shows is that they do not have experience handling murder cases. Criminal defense attorney Jason Cromey has handled murder cases all the way through jury verdict. He has handled death penalty cases. He has written appeals in murder cases. With this experience he is the right choice if you or a loved one is facing murder charges.
The following are the common types of murder charges here in Florida:
- 1st Degree Premeditated Murder – Death Penalty
- 1st Degree Premeditated Murder
- 2nd Degree Murder
- 3rd Degree Felony Murder
- DUI Manslaughter
- Vehicular Homicide
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Aggravated Battery is a serious felony charge that starts out as a second degree felony, meaning you are facing up to fifteen (15) years in prison. Depending on who the victim is, if they were pregnant, their age, or whether they are law enforcement, the punishments only get more severe. If a gun was used during the crime then Florida's 10-20-Life law comes into play. Criminal defense attorney Jason Cromey has represented countless people charged with Aggravated Battery. Often there are defenses to these charges, like self-defense. Over the last few years Florida's "Stand Your Ground" law has been a hot topic in the local and national media. Knowledge of how this law works, how and when it applies, and the legal process involved are incredibly important. Jason Cromey has argued the Stand Your Ground law at the trial court level and on appeal, in everything from police shooting cases, aggravated battery cases, to murder cases. Under Florida law Aggravated Battery is defined as follows:
(1)(a) A person commits aggravated battery who, in committing battery:
1. Intentionally or knowingly causes great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement; or
2. Uses a deadly weapon.
(b) A person commits aggravated battery if the person who was the victim was pregnant at the time of the offense and the offender knew or should have known that the victim was pregnant.
§ 784.045, Florida Statutes (2016).
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When someone has a person break into their house you often hear them say that they were "robbed." Under the law, they're wrong. Under Florida law burglary is, essentially, entering or staying in a place without permission and while you have the intent to commit a crime inside. The following are the most commonly seen types of burglary charges in Pensacola:
- Burglary of a Conveyance – This is breaking in to an automobile with the intent to commit a crime, even if it just a few pennies out of an ashtray. Burglary of a Conveyance is a third degree felony with a maximum punishment of five (5) years in state prison .
- Burglary of a Structure – Burglary of a structure is breaking in to (or staying after being asked to leave) a building other than a residence, or dwelling. This could be a convenience store, an office building, etc. This is a Third Degree Felony charge, with a maximum penalty of five (5) years in state prison.
- Burglary of a Dwelling – A dwelling is somebody's home. It also includes any building that is designed to be a place where somebody would live, even if it's unoccupied at the time of the crime. The definition of "dwelling" includes what the law calls the "curtilage." Long story short, that includes the carport, the garage, the screened in porch, and so on. If the house is completely fenced in it could include the yard as well. This is a very serious charge and constitutes a Second Degree Felony with a maximum punishment up to fifteen (15) years in state prison. Even if you have a squeaky-clean record, if you are convicted of this charge you will be facing a minimum prison sentence of almost two years. There are many defenses to this charge but only a truly seasoned criminal defense attorney will be able to know what they are and whether they apply to your case.
- Burglary with an Assault or Battery – This is a First Degree Felony punishable by up to Life in Prison. If you enter in to someone's house and threaten them or hit them the government here in Pensacola will likely charge you with this incredibly serious crime.
- Criminal defense attorney Jason Cromey has represented countless clients charged with these different forms of burglary. He knows the law, he knows how fight them, and he knows how to try them. Don't wait until it's too late – call us today.
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Under Florida law Robbery is defined as "the taking of money or other property which may be the subject of larceny from the person or custody of another, with intent to either permanently or temporarily deprive the person or the owner of the money or other property, when in the course of the taking there is the use of force, violence, assault, or putting in fear." § 812.13, Florida Statutes (2016). A basic robbery is a Second Degree Felony punishable by up to fifteen (15) years in state prison. If you carry a weapon other than a gun during the robbery (like a knife or a bat), then you are looking at a First Degree Felony and a maximum sentence of thirty (30) years. Finally, if you had a gun on you during the course of the robbery then you are facing a First Degree Felony punishable by Life in Prison. These are incredibly serious charges – having the wrong lawyer could cost the life of you or your loved one. Contact seasoned, experienced, and aggressive criminal defense attorney Jason Cromey today for a free consultation.
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All it takes is one lie, one story, and you now stand accused of committing a sex crime. Nothing carries more stigma than being accused of molesting a child or raping a woman. Unraveling the accusations and developing a theory of defense need to happen quickly. The following is a list of common sex offenses, all of which criminal defense attorney Jason Cromey has seen and handled before:
- Internet Sex Crimes (Computer Pornography, Traveling to Meet a Minor, Child Exploitation Act, Advertisement of Minors Name, Solicitation of a Child or Minor, Distribution of Child Pornography)
- Lewd & Lascivious
- Sexual Assault
- Child Pornography
- Nude Sunbathing/Indecent Exposure
- Sex Offender Probation
- Failure to Register
If you stand accused of any of these crimes do not delay and call criminal defense Jason Cromey to represent you in the case.
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Pills, Cocaine, Heroine, Meth, …
Possessing even one pill of Lortab that you do not have a prescription for can land you in jail facing Felony charges. The same goes for all controlled substances like Xanax, Hydrocodone, Roxycodone, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, and so on. These charges are serious. On top of that, if you have the right number of pills without a prescription you could be looking at Trafficking Charges based only on possession. That's right, you can be convicted of drug trafficking even if you never even tried to sell a pill. Not only does drug trafficking carry serious minimum mandatory sentences, the minimum fines start at fifty thousand dollars.
Obviously pills are not the only controlled substances out there that can land you with a felony charge. Cocaine, heroine, methamphetamine, monkey dope, etc., all qualify as felony offenses, no matter the amount. This means that for possessing 1 gram of cocaine you are looking at five years in prison. It is serious business. Like pills, trafficking laws related to cocaine, heroine, and meth come with extremely stiff minimum mandatory sentences. A good lawyer knows how to attack the evidence and challenge the government's case against you.
Attorney Jason Cromey has represented countless people charged with drug possession, possession with intent to sell, manufacturing drugs, the sale of controlled substances, and trafficking in controlled substances. Don't wait until it's too late – call now.