Miami Florida State Criminal Defense Attorneys
Although generally less serious than federal criminal offenses (link to federal criminal defense), state charges come in volume with 726,494 charged criminal defendants in 2017 according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, compared to 53,899 federally charged criminal defendants in the same year.
While state charges are generally not as serious as federal charges, they can still carry serious consequences including incarceration, probation, fines, and negative immigration consequences. If you find yourself under investigation or being charged with a state criminal offense in Florida, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney by your side.
Attorney for State Criminal Charges in Miami, FL
If you were arrested or under investigation for a state crime in Miami, FL, or anywhere else in the State of Florida, call Hubbs Law immediately. Our experienced attorneys, E.J. and Erika Hubbs, have the training and experience necessary to defend your case.
Both E.J. and Erika Hubbs are former prosecutors (link to former prosecutors) at the State Attorney’s Office. In addition, E.J. Hubbs is “Board Certified” by the Florida Bar in criminal trial law (link to board certified page). Less than 1% of attorneys in Florida are board certified in criminal trial law. Board certified attorneys are the only attorneys in their field that can refer to themselves as experts in criminal trial law.
Hubbs Law handles all types of criminal cases in Miami-Dade County, Miami Gardens, Hialeah, Miami Beach, Kendall, Doral, Homestead, North Miami, and South Miami, as well as other cities and areas in the Greater Miami Area.
Types of State Crimes In Miami, FL
There are hundreds of potential felony and misdemeanor crimes in the State of Florida. Crimes in the State of Florida are classified into the following categories.
- 3rd Degree Felony – Punishable by a Maximum Penalty of 5 Years and a $5,000 Fine
- 2nd Degree Felony – Punishable by a Maximum Penalty of 15 Years and a $10,000 Fine
- 1st Degree Felony – Punishable by a Maximum Penalty of 30 Years and a $10,000 Fine
- Life Felony – Punishable by Life in Prison and a $15,000 fine
- Capital Felony – Punishable by Death
- 1st Degree Misdemeanor – Punishable by up to 364 days in jail and a $1,000 fine
- 2nd Degree Misdemeanor – Punishable by up to 60 days in jail and a $500 fine
Hubbs Law handles a wide range of state criminal cases including:
- DUI (link to page)
- Traffic Crimes (link to page)
- Drug Crimes (link to page)
- Juvenile Crimes (link to page)
- Violent Crimes (link to page)
- Weapons and Firearms Crimes (link to page)
- Domestic Violence (link to page)
- Sex Crimes (link to page)
- Property Crimes (link to page)
- Fraud (link to page)
- Violations of Probations (link to page)
State Criminal Process
State crimes are investigated by the local city police department or the local sheriff’s office in the county where the crime allegedly occurred. Unlike federal investigations which can take years, most state criminal investigations take less than a day. An officer in many cases, under Florida Statute 901.15 (http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&URL=0900-0999/0901/Sections/0901.15.html) , has authority to arrest a defendant if there is probable cause the Defendant committed a crime.
Another way a Defendant can be charged with a crime in Florida is by the filing of an information. The State Attorney’s Office in your judicial circuit has the authority to make all filing decisions for state crimes. Unlike the federal system, which generally seeks an indictment from the grand jury, in the state system, prosecutors simply file a document called an “information” which alleges that the Defendant committed a crime. If an information is filed with the court, an arrest warrant is generally issued for the Defendant.
After being charged, you will have every right afforded to you under both the U.S. and Florida Constitutions. For more information on the process of a criminal case in Miami-Dade County, click here. (link to Miami-Dade Criminal Process page).
Florida Department of Law Enforcement - http://www.fdle.state.fl.us – FDLE is composed of five areas: Executive Direction and Business Support, Criminal Investigations and Forensic Science, Criminal Justice Information, Criminal Justice Professionalism and Florida Capitol Police. Access FDLE to see Florida Law Enforcement policies, statistics on crimes in the State of Florida, and to receive instructions on how to seal or expunge a criminal case.
Miami State Attorney’s Office http://www.miamisao.com– the Miami State Attorney’s Office is in charge of prosecuting all criminal offenses in Miami-Dade County. Visit their website for contact information, locations, and for information on recent policies at their office.
Miami-Dade County Sheriff’s Office https://www.miamidade.gov/police/ the Miami-Dade County Sheriff is in charge of investigating criminal offenses in Dade County, FL.
Miami Police Department - http://www.miami-police.org/index.asp - the Miami Police
Department is in charge of investigating all criminal offenses in the city of Miami.
Find an Attorney for Criminal Defense in Miami, FL
If you have been charged with a state crime in Miami, FL, or any other area in South Florida, you should contact Hubbs Law immediately. Crimes in the State of Florida carry serious criminal and immigration consequences. Don’t jeopardize your life by representing yourself or hiring an unqualified attorney.
Hubbs Law defends clients charged with all types of crimes in Miami and throughout Miami-Dade County, including Hialeah, Miami Gardens, Miami Beach, North and South Miami, Homestead, and Kendall, and anywhere else in the area.
At Hubbs Law, your first consultation is always free. Call today to schedule your consultation at 305-615-5945.