Defend Against Misdemeanor Charges in Panama City, FL

Experienced Legal Defense for Florida Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanor crimes are less serious than felony crimes, but still carry potential criminal penalties. If you have been charged, it is important to contact an attorney who will fight for your rights and best interests. At Lisa Anderson Law, our Panama City misdemeanor attorney is ready to help defend you.

Contact our Panama City misdemeanor defense team today at (850) 641-8281 and schedule your free consultation.

What Are the Penalties for a Misdemeanor in Florida?

Common penalties for a misdemeanor include:

  • Jail time
  • Probation
  • Community service
  • Fines

The specific penalties for a misdemeanor conviction will depend on the specific crime, the circumstances of the case, and the criminal history of the defendant. For example, a misdemeanor battery charge can be charged as a first-degree misdemeanor or a second-degree misdemeanor. The possible penalties will depend on the circumstances of the case, including whether the defendant has any prior criminal convictions.


The statute of limitations is the time period within which a criminal charge must be filed. The statute of limitations for a misdemeanor in Florida is four years. This means that the state must file a misdemeanor charge within four years of the alleged crime.

Types of Misdemeanor Charges in Florida

The state of Florida classifies misdemeanors into three categories:

  • Simple Misdemeanors - These are the least serious misdemeanors in Florida. Simple misdemeanors convictions carry penalties of up to $500 in fines and up to 6 months in jail.
  • Ordinary Misdemeanors - These are more serious misdemeanors that carry penalties of up to $1000 in fines and up to 1 year in jail.
  • Aggravated Misdemeanors - These are the most serious misdemeanors that carry penalties of up to $5000 in fines and up to 5 years in jail.

In addition to jail time and fines, the state of Florida can also require that the defendant do community service hours and attend a substance abuse program.

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