Miami Criminal Defense Attorney

Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. is an award-winning Miami criminal law firm that promises a former state prosecutor to handle every client’s case. Our Miami criminal defense lawyers have handled thousands of cases and work tirelessly to get you the very best possible results. Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. has been awarded Avvo’s prestigious Client’s Choice Award three years in a row and managing partners Julian Stroleny, Esq. and Christopher Pagan, Esq. have individually earned “Superb” ratings from the attorney rating authority Avvo.

We understand potential clients may need a criminal defense attorney who is available after hours so we offer free consultations 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The personalized service doesn’t end at the consultation, our attorneys pride themselves on a client experience-oriented approach to legal services.

Our Miami criminal defense lawyers represent clients in both state and federal court on all criminal charges, including:

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We understand after an arrest, potential criminal defense clients have many questions about the consequences they are facing. While there is no substitute to a free consultation with a criminal defense attorney, clients should be aware that in Florida, crimes are ranked according to severity. Felonies in Florida are punishable by death or imprisonment in state prison and classified as capital or life felonies; or felonies of the first, second, or third degree. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes, punishable by up to one year in county jail. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.08, 775.081.)

First Degree Misdemeanors

First degree misdemeanors are the most serious misdemeanors in Florida, punishable by jail terms of up to one year and fines of up to $1,000. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.082, 775.083.) Theft of property valued at $100 or more, but less than $300, is an example of a misdemeanor of the first degree.

Second Degree Misdemeanors

Misdemeanors of the second degree are the least serious misdemeanors in Florida, and a conviction can result in a jail term of up to 60 days and a fine of up to $500. If lawmakers fail to classify a misdemeanor, then it is punishable as a misdemeanor of the second degree. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.081, 775.082, 775.083.)

Capital or Life Felonies

Capital and life felonies are the most serious crimes in Florida. Capital felonies are punishable by the death penalty. First degree murder is an example of a capital felony. Life felonies are punishable by life imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.082, 775.083.)

First Degree Felonies

First degree felonies in Florida are usually punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.082, 775.083.) Aggravated battery (intentionally causing great bodily harm) to a law enforcement officer while the officer is engaging in official duties is an example of a felony of the first degree.

Second Degree Felonies

A conviction for a felony of the second degree can result in a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of not more than $10,000. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.082, 775.083.) Selling marijuana to a minor is a second degree felony.

Third Degree Felonies

Felonies of the third degree are the least serious types of felonies in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. If lawmakers fail to designate the punishment for or degree of a felony, then the crime is punishable as a third degree felony. (Fla. Stat. §§ 775.081, 775.082, 775.083.) In Florida, theft of an automobile, and carrying a handgun without a permit are punishable as a felony of the third degree.

Prior Felony Convictions

People in Florida who have previously been convicted of two or more felonies and are convicted of yet another felony may be sentenced to a lengthy term under one of Florida’s recidivist sentencing schemes. (Fla. Stat. § 775.084.)

If you have already resolved your case and you wish to have your criminal record sealed or expunged, our criminal defense attorneys can help you reach your goals. At Pagan & Stroleny we frequently seal or expunge client’s cases, helping to avoid the social stigma of an arrest on their record. Our staff is prepared to assist clients through the sealing or expungement process with ease. If you hire a criminal defense attorney from our office to represent you in an open case, there is the option to pay a discounted price for later sealing or expunging your case.

Our criminal defense attorneys are active participating members of important local, state, and federal criminal justice associations including the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Federal Bar Association, United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and the Florida Bar.

Miami criminal defense lawyers Julian Stroleny, Esq. and Christopher Pagan, Esq. have a reputation as dedicated and successful defense attorneys that get results. When you need a criminal trial lawyer with an emphasis on compassion and ethics, Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. is here to serve you.

Contact a Miami Criminal Defense Attorney 24/7 at Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. 305-615-1285

Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. has two Miami criminal defense law offices conveniently located in downtown Miami and Little Havana. The Firm handles criminal cases in Dade County (Miami), Broward County (Ft Lauderdale), Monroe County (Key West) and throughout Florida. The criminal defense lawyers of Pagan & Stroleny, P.L. are admitted to practice in Florida, the District of Columbia, the Southern District Federal Court, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.


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