Criminal Law Facts
You Should Know

Gun Charges

10-20-Life-There are mandatory minimum sentences for persons convicted of any gun charges.

Sex Crimes

  • If adjudicated guilty of a “Jimmy Ryce” crime, you will be declared a sexual offender and listed for the public.
  • A person cannot be sentenced to death on a sex crime.

Drug Charges

  • If you are adjudicated guilty of ANY drug charge in the State of Florida, you WILL have your license suspended by the DMV for 2 years.
  • If it is negotiated that adjudication is withheld, than your license will not be suspended.
  • You may be eligible for Drug Court or alternative sentence.
  • You are not eligible for a downward departure if charged with a Narcotics Trafficking.

DWLS (Driving While License Suspended)

If you have three Driving While License Suspended tickets within the past five years, you will be declared a habitual offender, and your license will be revoked for five years. Also, the next one will be filed as a third degree felony.

DUI (Driving Under the Influence)

  • You have ten days to challenge your license suspension with the DMV.
  • The State needs probable cause to conduct a DUI investigation, not just probable cause for the stop.