One of the practice areas focused on at McCarty Gonzalez & Pavlidis, P.A. is criminal law. Crimes are generally categorized as misdemeanors or felonies based on its nature. Felonies involve serious misconduct, but most state criminal laws separate felonies into different classes with varying levels of punishment. Misdemeanors usually entail no more than a year in prison, and lesser offenses such as traffic violations are also a part of criminal law.
A Criminal Traffic or DUI arrest can have lasting consequences on your criminal record, your ability to drive, and your insurance premiums. While these charges are typically misdemeanor cases, there are occasions when a traffic offense can be charged as a felony. Certain circumstances (ex: Bodily Injury, Repeat Offenses, Leaving the Scene of an accident) can increase the level of the crime, and potential consequences.
A child under the age of 18 years old is considered a juvenile in the State of Florida. Juvenile cases are tried in juvenile court, and the determination of guilt is determined by a Judge. There are no juries in Juvenile Court. A Juvenile arrest and conviction is extremely serious and can affect your future in many ways. Contrary to common misconception, a Juvenile Record does not “go away” when you turn 18 years old. Additionally, potential employers are usually able to view juvenile arrests in a background screening. Therefore, the decision to litigate a juvenile case is crucial to your future.
At McCarty Gonzalez & Pavlidis, P.A., one of our practice areas is personal injury. We have years of courtroom experience and are dedicated to ensuring that you receive quality representation and obtain fair compensation for injuries caused by the negligence or recklessness of others.