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Sarasota Misdemeanor Lawyer

Being charged with a misdemeanor is more serious than you might think. Get help defending yourself by reaching out to a committed misdemeanor lawyer in Sarasota.

Many people who are arrested and charged with a misdemeanor don’t take it as seriously as they should. They think it’s “just a misdemeanor” and that it won’t have as big of an impact on their life as other types of convictions. But a misdemeanor conviction could still dramatically influence your life, which is why you need to build a criminal defense.

Experienced Sarasota misdemeanor lawyer, Michael Fayard, Attorney at Law, understands the magnitude of a misdemeanor conviction. If he is able to take on your case, he will do everything possible to ensure you are acquitted. 

What Crimes Are Misdemeanors in Sarasota?

Upon your arrest, you may not be aware whether you are going to be charged with a misdemeanor or a felony. Misdemeanors are serious but do not carry consequences as severe as felony convictions. Some examples of misdemeanor charges that are frequently seen in Sarasota include:

  • Domestic violence
  • Driving with a suspended license
  • Battery
  • Petty theft
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Driving under the influence (DUI)
  • Marijuana possession (under 20 grams)
  • Vandalism
  • Shoplifting
  • Supplying alcohol to a minor

These are just a few examples of misdemeanor crimes you could be arrested for. If you have been charged with another type of crime and are unsure whether you will face misdemeanor or felony charges, contact Michael Fayard, Attorney at Law to discuss the individual details of your case. 

Consequences of a Sarasota Misdemeanor Conviction

There are two types of misdemeanors: first degree and second degree. A second-degree misdemeanor is less severe and is punishable by a $500 fine, six months probation, and a maximum of sixty days in jail. But first-degree misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum of $1,000 in fines, one year in jail, and one year of probation. 

Some examples of crimes that are considered second-degree misdemeanors include disorderly conduct, trespassing, and driving with a suspended license. Conversely, some examples of first-degree misdemeanors could include battery and drug possession. 

Your lawyer must examine the circumstances of your arrest and charges to determine which defensive strategy is the best fit for you. In some cases, coming to a plea agreement with the prosecuting attorney may be a better option depending on the details of your case. You can rest assured that your misdemeanor lawyer in Sarasota will prioritize your best interests above all else.

Meet with a Misdemeanor Lawyer in Sarasota

Don’t get stuck dealing with a mediocre defense for your arrest. Contact respected Sarasota misdemeanor lawyer, Michael Fayard, Attorney at Law, to discuss your legal options. 

You can schedule a free, no-obligation consultation by giving the office a call at 941-306-1310 or completing the quick contact form that has been provided at the bottom of this page when you are ready to get started on your case.