County Court Jurisdiction.

The County Courts in Florida have jurisdiction to address misdemeanor cases, unless the misdemeanor occurred in circumstances where one or more felonies are also charged.

What is a Misdemeanor?

A "misdemeanor" is a criminal act committed in Florida and is punishable by jail time for a period of one year or less. A first degree misdemeanor may be punished by way of jail time not exceeding one year in length. A second degree misdemeanor may result in jail time not exceeding 60 days in the county jail.

Probation for Misdemeanors.

A County Court may require jail time as well as impose an accompanying period of probation. Depending on the misdemeanor, probation may be as long as one year in length.

No State Prison for Misdemeanors.

A defendant who commits a misdemeanor is not exposed to state prison time unless the misdemeanor occurs in circumstances where a felony is also charged. Florida sentencing guidelines do not apply to misdemeanors.

Reclassification to a Higher Degree.

Where there is a repetitive misdemeanor committed by a defendant, Florida law allows for the misdemeanor to be reclassified as a felony in certain circumstances, including aggravating factors.

Free Consultation.

Peeler Law Firm is available for immediate consultation regarding any misdemeanor issue you must address. Stan Peeler has years of experience representing clients in criminal defense matter involving misdemeanor as well as felonies. Stan Peeler will speak with you personally at your request. Please call Peeler Law Firm at 850-432-7705. Flat fees and hourly rates are available for consideration.