Palm Coast Criminal Law
Criminal Defense Lawyers
You have rights if you are facing criminal charges in Florida, but your rights work only if you use them. You need a strong legal advocate to protect your rights and stand up for your interests if you have been charged with a crime.
The criminal defense attorneys at Chiumento Selis Dwyer, PL, have been fighting for the rights of people in Palm Coast, Ormond Beach and all of Flagler County and Volusia County for more than 40 years. We are Your Law Firm for Life, especially when life becomes difficult due to looming criminal charges.
Don’t give up without a fight if you have been charged with a felony or a misdemeanor in Flagler County or Volusia County, Florida. Get help from experienced criminal defense attorneys who are prepared to fight for your freedom.
About Florida Misdemeanors & Felonies
Crimes in Florida are generally divided into two main categories – misdemeanors and felonies – which are further divided into subcategories. Misdemeanors are generally less-serious crimes that are punishable with fines and/or time in county jail. Felonies involve more-serious crimes that are punishable with fines, time in state prison or even the death penalty.
First-degree misdemeanors may carry a jail sentence of up to a year, while second-degree misdemeanors may carry a 60-day jail sentence. People who are convicted of committing a misdemeanor may, in some cases, serve probation instead of jail time, or they may be sentenced to at-home detention or participation in a community residential treatment program. In addition, those convicted of a misdemeanor in Florida may also have to pay fines.
Felonies are also divided by degree, including:
- Capital felony – These crimes carry the harshest sentence: death.
- Life felony – People convicted of committing a life felony may be sentenced from 40 years to life in prison.
- First-degree felony – The potential prison sentence for these crimes reaches 30 years.
- Second-degree felony – These felonies may result in a prison sentence of up to 15 years.
- Third-degree felony – This type of crime carries a potential sentence of up to 5 years in prison.
It is clear that a lot is on the line if you have been charged with any type of crime in Florida. The severity of the potential consequences of a conviction makes it crucial that you get help from a qualified criminal defense attorney who can help you fight for your rights.
Charges We Can Help You With
The experienced criminal defense lawyers at Chiumento Selis Dwyer, PL, can help you if you are facing virtually any type of criminal charges in Palm Coast, Ormond Beach or elsewhere in Florida. Examples of these criminal charges include:
- Drug trafficking
- Sexual battery
- Child abuse
- Drug possession
- Elder abuse
- Insurance fraud
- Hit-and-run accident
- Lewd conduct
- Bond jumping
These are but a few examples of the many types of criminal charges that our lawyers assist clients with. Even if you do not see a specific criminal charge listed here, do not hesitate to contact us. We may be able to help.
How Our Firm Can Help If You’ve Been Charged with a Crime
At Chiumento Selis Dwyer, PL, our criminal defense lawyers are committed to standing up for the rights of people who are facing criminal charges in Flagler County, Volusia County or elsewhere in Florida. The Constitution says you are innocent until proven guilty. Our attorneys work diligently to hold prosecutors to this constitutional requirement.
Don’t give up hope if you have been charged with a crime. Potential problems with the state’s case against you could result in a not-guilty verdict, dismissal of charges or the judge could throw the case out.
- Examples of legal problems with your criminal charges include:
- Evidence of your innocence.
- Police errors during your arrest.
- Failure to receive your Miranda rights during the arrest.
- Illegal search and seizure.
- Witnesses who are not available to testify or give conflicting or otherwise unreliable testimony.
- Flawed evidence, including evidence that is tampered with, improperly preserved or lost.
Even if a not-guilty verdict or dismissal is not possible in your situation, there may still be a number of options for reducing the negative consequences of a conviction. This may include, for example, reduced charges and lesser penalties (a plea bargain), including seeking alternative sentencing such as fines, community service or probation, for example.
Securing optimal results after a criminal charge requires help from a qualified Florida criminal defense attorney like those at Chiumento Selis Dwyer, PL. Contact us as soon as possible so we can start fighting for your best interests.
- Florida Statutes – 775.081 Classifications of felonies and misdemeanors.
- Florida Criminal Punishment Code – Offense Severity Ranking Chart