What Penalties Am I Facing?

Criminal Defense Lawyer in West Palm Beach

If you have been charged with a crime in West Palm Beach, you may be wondering what penalties you will face if you are convicted or if you plead guilty. When you schedule a free consultation with me at The Law Offices of Phillip T. Ridolfo, Jr., I will discuss your case with you in detail, and advise you about the penalties that could be imposed if you are convicted. Each crime carries its own set of consequences, including costs, fines, possible jail time, probation, classes, restitution, community service and other punishments.

In the 25 years I have been practicing criminal defense law, I have helped hundreds of clients avoid penalties such as jail time, court costs, fines, lengthy probation terms, and community service hours. Judges have a wide range of discretion in many cases where mandatory minimum sentences can be restructured or suspended to give individuals a chance at rehabilitation. At times, drug charges can be transferred to a drug court where successful completion of the terms of sentencing can result in a "withhold of adjudication," or a dismissal of the charges.

The penalties that are the consequence of a criminal conviction have a lot to do with your past criminal history. Those individuals with no criminal record or one minor conviction in their history are treated with more leniency than others with lengthy criminal records. The state keeps a scorecard of sorts, where a certain number of "points" are assigned to the infractions on your record. The point system and how you score out will determine in many cases what mandatory minimum penalties you will be facing.

Free Initial Criminal Defense Consultation in West Palm Beach

Contact my offices today and schedule a free initial consultation with me. I will personally discuss your case with you and review details such as how your record could impact your case, and the various options for your defense case. I can explain the potential penalties you can expect to have imposed if you are convicted. I am dedicated to helping you avoid any penalties and to fighting to help you to avoid conviction altogether. But if there is no way to get the charge against you dismissed, I can ascertain with considerable accuracy what penalties will could be imposed, the various defense strategies that could help you achieve an acquittal or what kind of a deal the prosecution may offer. Contact me today.

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