State Crimes Explained

State laws take precedence over county or municipal laws much in the same way that federal laws trump state laws. A Miami criminal defense lawyer can help you argue either a misdemeanor or a felony if you are charged with a state crime. There are different degrees or classes of these types of crimes. Each state’s definition is different. 

Misdemeanors are considered less severe crimes than felonies and receive lesser punishments. A misdemeanor could be anything from disturbing the peace, to petty theft, to drunk driving (as long as there are no injuries involved). 

Some examples of felonies are violent crimes, drunk driving with serious injury to others, and embezzlement. If you have a competent Miami criminal defense lawyer on your side, then the punishment for a misdemeanor can be as low as a few simple fines and some community service. Felonies command stricter sentences like high fines, imprisonment and probation. 

Read more about the differences between state vs. federal crimes. 

A state crime is prosecuted by the State Attorney on behalf of the people of that state, so it is in your best interest to hire someone with experience in your particular charge area. Be sure to ask your potential Miami criminal defense attorney if they are familiar not only with Florida laws regarding to your charges, but how many cases they have successfully tried that are similar to yours. 

Contacting a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney 

If you are facing criminal charges in South Florida, your legal team is your best defense. Contact the Miami criminal defense attorneys at Falk & Ross to discuss your case – 877-663-5110.