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Charged with a felony in Florida? Felony charges are serious! You need serious legal counsel to help you win your case. Felony defense lawyer Thomas Grajek helps people arrested on felony charges throughout Florida in Pasco, Polk, and Hillsborough County. If you’re facing serious charges like this, Grajek is the defense attorney you want on your side when it’s your day in Court.
Felony cases are heard in circuit courts, and a felony conviction is punishable by more than a year in prison. The severity of punishment for a felony conviction makes this a frightening and stressful experience.
Consequences of a Felony Crime in Florida
If convicted of felony charges, you could end up incarcerated in jail or a convicted felon for life. As a convicted felon, you stand to lose valuable civil rights such as the right to carry a firearm, weapon, or your right to vote. However, with the passing of Amendment 4 in 2018, voting rights have been restored to some of those convicted of a felony upon completion of their sentence.
I have extensive experience defending clients against felony charges, and can help guide you through the process and stand up for your rights so you get the best results.
Do not let a Felony charge cause problems with your job, reputation, professional license, or future employment opportunities. Call me for help. I’m an experienced Tampa felony lawyer serving Hillsborough and Pasco County residents. You also need to know what you score out to on Florida Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheet, pursuant to the Florida Felony Offense Severity Ranking Chart.
I represent clients facing any and all felony charges. I have 15+ years of experience, and consultations are free.
Felony Charges My Law Firm Defends
Florida Sentencing Guidelines for Felony Charges
Felony charges can be complicated and confusing. The most common question people ask is “Am I going to prison? How much time am I facing?” The answer to those questions depends on your charge, the facts of your case, your prior record, and how many points you score under the Florida Sentencing Guidelines. Each felony charge in Florida is ranked from Level 1 through Level 10. The more serious the charge, the higher the level, and more points you are assessed.
You also receive points for Victim Injury, Sexual Contact, your prior record, and a number of other factors. If you score more than 44 points once the Scoresheet is completed, you will be scoring prison time under the Florida Sentencing Guidelines. This does not necessarily mean that you will be sentenced to prison time. Call and set your free office appointment in my Lakeland, Lutz or Tampa, Florida office so we can review your Florida Criminal Punishment Scoresheet (Page 1, Page 2, Page 3) explain the legal issues in your case, your potential defenses, strategy, and your legal options under the criminal justice system. A conviction for felonious charges carries heavy consequences.
I urge you to hire a felony attorney like me with experience and a proven track record of success defending clients in criminal court.
Punishment, Fines & Penalties for a Felony Conviction in Florida
Life Felony. A life felony is the most severe type of felony under Florida law. If you are convicted of a life felony, the minimum incarceration sentence is 30 years and the maximum possible sentences include life in prison or the death penalty. The fines for a life felony conviction are up to $15,000.
Examples of a life felony, also called a PBL in 921.0022 of Florida’s Felony Punishment Code, include
- organized crime
- capital murder
- burglary with assault
- armed burglary
- burglary armed with explosives
- accomplice to murder while committing another felony
- false imprisonment
- making, selling, using, or having a weapon of mass destruction
- sexual battery of a child under 12
- robbery with a firearm
- carjacking with a firearm
- identity fraud by a parent, custodian, or legal guardian of a minor
- home invasion robbery with a firearm or deadly weapon
- unintentional and intentional homicide
Contact our firm to schedule a consultation with defense attorney for life felony charges.
1st Degree Felony. A first degree felony is the second most serious type of felony charges in Florida, second only to a life felony. A 1st degree felony is punishable by a fine of up to $10,ooo and a prison sentence of up to 30 years.
Examples of a first degree felony include selling, distributing, or manufacturing cocaine within 1000 feet of a university, college, or public housing facility; car accident causing death; causing serious bodily harm or death; speeding while evading arrest of pursuant law enforcement; financial fraud and extortion when the amount stolen is > $50,000; aggravated battery on a police officer; aggravated battery on a sexually violent predators facility staff; aggravated battery of a person over 65; aggravated battery of a code inspector, government official or employee; human trafficking with coercion for labor and services; certain weapons violations specified under article 790.07 (1) or (2); discharging a machine gun; first or second conviction of living on the earnings of a prostitute; child molestation; lewd molestation; first degree grand theft; stealing property worth over $100,000; theft from a person over 65 years of age; organizing a burglary or theft and then trafficking stolen property; carjacking; communications fraud of something valued at over $50,000; falsifying property values to insurers or buyers that causes significant inability to repay debt; recruiting a child under 13 to join a gang; manufacturing, selling, or distributing cocaine; trafficking cannabis; trafficking cocaine; trafficking hydrocodone; trafficking oxycodone; trafficking methaqualone; trafficking meth amphetamines; trafficking flunitrazepam; trafficking gamma-hydroxybutyric acid aka GHB (date rape drug); aggravated fleeing after causing serious bodily injury; trafficking prescription drugs; forging prescriptions for drugs; attempted murder; vehicular homicide; human trafficking of a child; human trafficking using coercion for sex and soliciting prostitution; burglary of more than $50,000 in property; malicious damage to a dwelling or structure by explosives or fire knowing a person is inside; and much more.
2nd Degree Felony. A second degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence of up to 15 years and a fine of up to $10,000. Examples of a second degree felony include tampering with a consumer product with misleading information; computer fraud to obtain property; counterfeiting personal identification cards or state driver’s licenses; buying cocaine; stealing fuel or gasoline; bomb threats; possession of a sawed off shotgun or machine gun; felony in possession of a firearm; first offense of living off the earning of a prostitute; insurance fraud; ID fraud; trafficking counterfeit credit cards; possessing or promoting pornographic photographs, video, or other media material that includes sexual conduct of a child; child pornography; lewd exhibition while using a computer; selling cannabis; resisting arrest with violence; aggravated assault on law enforcement; and much more.
What happens when a employee of a government agency commits a felony? What are the penalties?
Pursuant to Florida Statute 112.3173, any public officer or employee (such as a clerk of the court, tax collector, school board, or police officer) who commits a felony, with the intent to defraud the public agency for which the public officer or employee acts, and then realizes or obtains, a profit or advantage for himself (or for some other person) through the use his power, rights, privileges, duties, or position of the public office he is employed by. A breach of public trust
Contact a Felony Defense Attorney in Florida Today
I take all my client’s cases seriously no matter the charge. Let me put my experience as a felony defense lawyer to work for you in court. I will aggressive litigate your case, file all the appropriate motions you are entitled to under the United States and Florida Constitution, whether it is a Motion to Suppress or a Motion to Dismiss. If necessary, I am ready to litigate your case, stand up for you at trial, and defend you zealously in court.
Each case is different and unique based upon the individual facts of your case. Call now or fill out an online contact form to set up your free consultation with an attorney for felony charges. I can answer any questions you may have regarding your criminal case. I represent clients in both Polk County & Hillsborough County criminal courts.
PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS…CALL AND SET YOUR FREE CONSULTATION WITH AN EXPERIENCED DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR FELONY CHARGES IMMEDIATELY!
Below are recent jury trial results. No attorney wins all of their trials. Many of my trials are difficult cases many other lawyers would not try. Even though my client may have been found guilty, I will have learned a wealth of information to use at my next trial. It also provides incentive to work even harder so I do not lose the next case.
When researching attorneys to represent you, does the attorney list their jury trials? Are their jury trials recent or from 10 years ago when they were employed as a prosecutor? Are they honest enough to list their losses or just the victories?
DUI JURY TRIAL – NOT GUILTY VERDICT!
My client was arrested by the Lake Hamilton Police Department. After being pulled over, he performed the Field Sobriety Tests including the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus (HGN opr pen) test, the Walk and Turn, One Leg Stand, and Finger-to-Nose Tests. It was my opinion that he passed these “tests” and did not show impairment. My client refused the breath test because he did not feel he should have been arrested in the first place. At trial, I brought in an expert on Field Sobriety Tests so that we could explain to the jury why the officer conducted and scored the exercises incorrectly. The jury agreed and my client was found NOT GUILTY of DUI.
Polk County 2014-CT-002726-WH, Not Guilty Verdict March 10, 2015 – Judge Griffin
DUI JURY TRIAL 0.19 BLOW RESULTS IN NOT GUILTY VERDICT!!!
PROSTITUTION – MOTION TO SUPPRESS GRANTED
JURY TRIAL – NOT GUILTY – POSSESSION OF CHILD
PORNOGRAPHY (100 COUNTS)
My client was charged with 100 counts of Possession of Child Pornography. I filed a Motion to Suppress arguing that the search and seizure of the alleged child pornography was illegal. I argued that there was no search warrant and the informant’s hearsay statements to the police were unreliable and did not give police probable cause to search for evidence. The court denied the motion. Therefore, we went to trial and the jury found my client NOT GUILTY! on all counts. Please understand, I am not defending the crime of Child Pornography, but the citizen accused of the crime. How terrible would it be if an innocent person was wrongly accused and convicted of such a heinous crime?
Bartow, Polk County, Florida Criminal CF-07-003861-XX case tried October 2008
JURY TRIAL – NOT GUILTY – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI) – 3RD DUI WITHIN 10 YEARS
My client was charged with Driving Under the Influence. My client was charged with his 3rd DUI in 10 years which carries a 10 year driver’s license suspension. My client was pulled over for allegedly failing to maintain a single lane, weaving, driving over a curb, and driving in the wrong lane of travel. The Motion to Suppress the stop of the vehicle was denied by the criminal court. The driver refused to perform field sobriety exercises, which is a right under the law. The alleged drunk driver also refused to submit to a breath test to determine the breath alcohol level. Therefore, we went to trial and the jury found my client NOT GUILTY!
Lakeland, Polk County, Florida Criminal CF-10-000699-XX case tried February 2011
CAPITAL SEXUAL BATTERY – SEX CRIME
Tried week of March 1, 2010
Count 1 – Sexual Battery on Person less than 12 Years of Age (Capital Sexual Battery) GUILTY
Count 2 – Sexual Battery on Person less than 12 Years of Age (Capital Sexual Battery)
Lakeland, Polk County, Florida Criminal CF-10-000699-XX case tried February 2011
Count 3 – Sexual Battery on Person less than 12 Years of Age (Capital Sexual Battery)
Count 4 – Lewd Molestation – GUILTY
Count 5 – Lewd Molestation –
Count 6 – Lewd or Lascivious Exhibition –
My Client was charged with various sex crimes including 3 counts of Capital Sexual Battery. My client allegedly confessed during a controlled phone call tape recorded by the police. My client also allegedly confessed during his interrogation by the police which was captured on videotape. Both of these pieces of evidence were played for the jury during the trial. Even though the jury heard both of these alleged confessions, the jury still found my client Not Guilty of 4 of the counts. I argued that the statement to the police was a False Confession and should be disregarded by the jury.
Bartow, Polk County, Florida Criminal Case CF-09-001818-XX
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI) – NOT GUILTY
Tried week of February 1, 2010
DUI – NOT GUILTY
My client was charged with Driving Under the Influence. The deputy alleged that my client almost ran him over when the deputy flagged him down at the scene of an
accident. The deputy chased him down, had him provide field sobriety exercises, and then arrested him for DUI. My client refused the breath test. There was no video
evidence in the case. My client was found NOT GUILTY after the jury deliberated less than 5 minutes.
Polk County Case TT-09-004228-BA
DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE (DUI) – NOT GUILTY
Tried week of November 30, 2009
DUI – NOT GUILTY
CARELESS DRIVING WITH PROPERTY DAMAGE – NOT GUILTY
My client was charged with Driving Under the Influence after rear-ending a police car at a stop light. My client made numerous statements after the accident that “You’re going to arrest me for DUI because I have been drinking.” The officer alleged that my client did poorly on the field sobriety exercises, and then arrested her for DUI. My client refused the breath test. There was video evidence in the case. My client was found NOT GUILTY of the DUI after the jury deliberated less than 20 minutes. The court then dismissed the civil infraction for rear-ending the police car.
Polk County Case TT-09-001650-LD and CI-09-012431-LD
The above is just a sample of the many criminal cases I have handled for my clients. These results are not necessarily representative of results obtained in all cases. I can not guarantee or promise any specific result. The facts and circumstances of your case may differ from the facts and circumstances described in the above representative cases.
“PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS…CALL AND SET YOUR FREE CONSULTATION WITH AN EXPERIENCED DEFENSE ATTORNEY FOR FELONY CHARGES IMMEDIATELY!”