Pensacola Criminal Defense Lawyers
Serving Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties
Experienced Defense against Felony and Misdemeanor Offenses
Being charged with a crime can be a frightening and confusing experience; simply understanding the charges against you can be difficult. Even more challenging can be knowing who to turn to, or where to go for advice on your defense options.
At the law firm of Michael J. Griffith, P.A., we understand that people make mistakes, or sometimes have a lapse in judgment that can lead to criminal charges. We also know that information is power when planning your criminal defense. With more than 35 years of experience, our Pensacola criminal defense attorneys have the knowledge needed to help you understand your charges, and your options for combatting them.
What is the Difference Between Felony and Misdemeanor Charges?
Many charges can be filed as either a misdemeanor or felony level offense, depending on the nature of the crime. For instance, possession of a small amount of marijuana is often charged as a misdemeanor, while individuals who are found in possession of large quantities of marijuana face felony charges.
Misdemeanor charges, while very damaging to your future, are not as serious as a felony level offense. While many individuals charged with misdemeanors may escape with a fine or probation, those convicted of a felony often face jail sentences and lengthy supervision periods after their release.
A misdemeanor offense will likely fall off of your criminal record after a period, while a felony can be difficult to escape; individuals with a felony conviction may have trouble finding employment with the black mark on their record. Convicted felons are also stripped of many of their constitutional rights, including the right to own a firearm.
The First Step is to Plan Your Defense
Whether you have been charged with misdemeanor or felony level offense, the first step you should take to protect your future is to call our office. By contacting us immediately after your arrest, you can begin the process of planning your defense while the prosecution is still working to gather evidence against you.
Our staff is available 24/7 to discuss your charges, and will accept collect calls from the jail if you wish to begin planning your defense before your release. Contact us online or call 850-433-9922 to discuss your specific misdemeanor or felony level charges with one of our experienced lawyers.