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If you have been arrested for a felony, you should immediately seek the assistance of competent counsel. A felony conviction will affect the rest of your life. Your ability to find and secure a job will be significantly impaired. You will be stripped of your rights to vote and bear arms, among others.
There are many factors that will influence the amount of jail time you will be facing. Things such as Minimum Mandatory sentences might apply to your case, making it impossible to serve less time for a particular crime than the minimum mandatory sentence imposed by the Florida Legislature, unless the Assistant State Attorney agrees to waive this imposition. There are forms referred to as “guidelines” that, based on your record and the egregiousness of the offense for which you are currently charged, will compute a minimum amount of time that you would be required to serve, unless, once again, this is waived by the Assistance State Attorney or the Court. A criminal defense attorney will help you navigate this complex process.
Felonies also carry with them the possibility of classifying you as a Habitual Felony Offender or a Habitual Violent Felony Offender. If the State Attorney’s Office files a Notice with the court that they intend to prosecute you as either of these, your maximum exposure in the Florida State Prison will double.
The length of your record might also subject you to prosecution in Repeat Offender Court (also known as "R.O.C. court"). A person may be eligible for R.O.C. court if he/she has previously been convicted of two or more felony offenses, one of which is within five (5) years of the new arrest. It is important to note that other circumstances exist that may or may not qualify someone as being R.O.C. eligible. These above referenced conditions are found in Florida Statute 775.084 and 775.08401.
If you have been arrested for a felony, you need a criminal defense attorney. The Law Offices of Kelli J. Bynum, P.A. urges you to speak with an attorney immediately to discuss your defense and preserve your rights. Call us at 904.354.4499 today for a free consultation.