In Florida, whether it is your first arrest or one of several, Haas Law can defend you in state court proceedings. Defendant’s with no criminal history can be eligible for Pretrial Diversion programs and sealing/expunging the records. However, if you are accused of a qualifying offense or any other serious felony, depending on your prior criminal record, you could face enhanced sentences, including:
- Florida’s Prison Releasee Reoffender law (PRR), for certain crimes committed within three years after release from prison;
- Being labeled a habitual felony offender for committing three or more felonies; or
- A habitual violent felony offender, which occurs with a prior conviction for a violent crime.
These laws provide for enhanced sentences, which can mean years in jail beyond what commonly applied state sentencing statutes suggest.
Commonly prosecuted state offenses include: