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Criminal Charges And Their Impact

aggravated-assault-battery_180x120-150x119A criminal conviction can have a very serious impact on your life, affecting your professional status, personal relationships, financial situation, and any future opportunities. A conviction can be especially serious if you are a professional, who must possess a licensed to legally practice your profession, within your state. Even a criminal charge without a conviction can have a negative impact on your career, possibly resulting in suspension or even revocation of your professional license.

Criminal charges and wrongs are typically classified as infractions, misdemeanors or felonies depending on the severity of the wrong.  The more serious the charges, the more serious the punishment usually is as well.  Crimes against moral turpitude are also very viewed as sanction able against your professional license.


Infractions are violations of law or ordinances that are typically minor, including traffic infractions and violations of city and county ordinances.  An infraction is less serious than a misdemeanor and may not technically be considered a crime, depending on the circumstances.  A person who commits an infraction will usually get a ticket or citation – not jail time or other heftier punishments.  Many times, an experienced lawyer can help negotiate a reduction of misdemeanor charges to the level of an infraction for first-time offenders in an effort to avoid a criminal record or have the case dismissed all together. Attorney Andrew D. Stine has developed a Road Map to Success to have many lower levels crimes dismissed.


Misdemeanors are more serious than infractions, but less serious than felonies.  Misdemeanors typically result in a heavier fine than what someone would pay if they committed an infraction; or if sentenced to jail, for a term that is less than a year.  If a jail sentence is imposed, it is served at a local, city or county jail rather than a state or federal prison (penitentiary).  In Palm Beach County most inmates are first housed at the Gunclub Jail and then sent to the Belle Glade Facility. A person convicted of a misdemeanor does not lose the right to vote, serve on juries, practice in a licensed profession or serve in the military.


Felonies are the most serious types of crimes, and each state has different punishments for these offenses.  A standard definition of a felony is any crime punishable by more than one year in prison.  Unlike misdemeanors, defendants convicted of felonies serve their sentences in a state or federal prison rather than a local, city or county jail.  In Florida, a third degree felony is punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a 5,000.00 fine. Florida law also allows for second and first degree felonies; with enhanced sentencing above the typical 15 years for a second degree felony and more for a first degree felony.

When facing criminal charges, it is important to remember that you remain innocent until proven guilty beyond reasonable doubt. It is not rare that people are arrested because of a misunderstanding or because the police have faulty evidence that they believe is conclusive. Whatever the circumstances may be, you are entitled to certain legal rights, including a fair trial under the law. An experienced lawyer can help to clarify the charges you face and will work diligently to prepare your defense.

Staunch Criminal Defense Advocate in Palm Beach County

As an attorney who got his start in a public defender’s office, experienced Palm Beach County defense attorney Andrew D. Stine has been a strong advocate for the rights and defense of the accused from the very beginning. While working in the public defender’s office, he fought passionately to defend the rights of men, women, and minors who otherwise had no means of protection or advocacy. This experience taught him the value of individual rights in America and how important it is that they be protected.

When combined with the respect for individual freedoms and passion for the Constitution that Andrew D. Stine gained as a medic while serving for well over a decade in the United States Army, his criminal defense skills and experience make him a formidable opponent – in and out of the court room. He also has an inherent expediency and militant attention to detail from his army days that he proactively uses when constructing defense strategies. With Stine at your side, you can rest assured your case is being fought by someone with your best interests in mind.

An arrest for a misdemeanor offense like petit theft in Delray Beach or a felony offense like aggravated battery in Boca Raton is not the end-all, be-all of your Palm Beach County criminal case. What matters most is how your case is resolved. When considering the criminal defense services of Andrew Stine, it is best to contact him as soon as possible after your arrest so that early intervention can begin immediately. Whether you’ve been charged with a simple case of DUI in Riviera Beach or a domestic assault offense in Wellington, early intervention may be the difference between facing these charges and not having any charges filed at all.

Free consultation 24/7: Call West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer Andrew D. Stine, P.A. at (561) 832-1170.

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