When a child is unexpectedly arrested for an alleged crime in Lake Mary, Longwood, Winter Springs, Altamonte Springs, Oviedo, Casselberry, Sanford or the surrounding areas in Seminole County it can be scary. Your son or daughter has their entire life in front of them and you do not want them to be dragged down by a criminal record. An experienced Seminole County juvenile defense attorney can help mitigate the damage of an arrest. Your child has valuable rights and potential defenses. Seminole County also has diversion programs available to avoid a criminal record. A skilled juvenile attorney has multiple options to attempt to avoid a criminal record. If all else fails negotiation can be used to make sure that the charge can be expunged or sealed in Seminole County. The prosecutor makes the charging decision but when mitigation is presented it is not uncommon for a prosecutor to amend a charge to avoid destroying a child’s future.
Attorney Kevin J. Pitts and Kelly Johnson both have experience prosecuting and defending juvenile cases. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts started his career as a juvenile prosecutor in Daytona Beach. He moved on to handling DUI, domestic violence and other misdemeanor cases before going into private practice. Kelly Johnson is a former Seminole County prosecutor that spent time in the juvenile division before handling DUI, domestic violence and misdemeanor cases. After working for the State Attorney’s Office she went out into private practice. Our attorneys have offices in Sanford, Mount Dora and Daytona Beach. Call 407-883-6853 to talk to an experienced juvenile and criminal defense attorney.
If you have an injunction hearing in Lake County you need to have a Lake County injunction attorney. If you lose an injunction hearing the ramifications can be permanent. Many injunction petitions are actually a power play by a wife/girlfriend or husband/boyfriend to get an upper hand in a break up or divorce. If the wrong person hangs an injunction on you it will become a nightmare. Occasionally an ex will not be satisfied by getting and injunction on your record and revoking your right to have firearms including hunting rifles. Thats when the nightmare begins. A simple call to the police and a sworn affidavit can result in your arrest for violation an injunction. Do not try to handle an injunction hearing on your own. The initial consultation is always free. Call (352) 735-4342 to set up a free consultation. Offices in Mount Dora, Sanford and Daytona Beach.
In Florida Cocaine is considered a Schedule 2 controlled substance. Under Section 893.13(6)(a), Florida Statutes, a person found to be in “actual” or “constructive possession” of cocaine commits a third degree felony, punishable by up to five (5) years in prison or five years of probation, and up to a $5,000 fine. A conviction for cocaine possession will furthermore lead to a one-year Florida driver’s license suspension.
Daytona Beach Cocaine Trafficking Minimum Mandatory Penalties.
- 28 grams to 200 grams = 3 year minimum mandatory sentence.
- 200 grams to 400 grams = 7 year minimum mandatory sentence.
- 400 grams to 150 kilograms = 15 year minimum mandatory sentence.
- 150+ kilograms = life sentence.
If you are accused of Daytona Beach Cocaine possession or Daytona Beach Cocaine trafficking you have defenses. Common defenses include illegal stop, illegal search, knowledge, control and joint possession defenses. Call Daytona Beach Cocaine attorney Kevin J. Pitts at 386-451-5112 to set up a free consultation.
Florida has decided that it is necessary to protect minors by enacting laws against minors in possession of alcohol. This is a common charge during Spring Break in Daytona Beach. To reduce underage drinking Florida decided they would attempt to give anybody under the age of 21 that is caught by law enforcement with alcohol a criminal record. We do not make light of the fact that minors and alcohol can be dangerous but we do not understand how it helps a young adult to try to tag them with a criminal record. In some cases a MIP charge can also result in a driver’s license suspension.
If you are caught with alcohol in Daytona Beach and are under 21 we can help. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts is a former Daytona Beach prosecutor and defense attorney. Mr. Pitts has prosecuted and defended MIP cases in Daytona Beach and the surrounding areas. The State Attorney’s Office in Daytona generally does a good job of working with defense attorneys to avoid a criminal record for the kids and young adults who get caught with alcohol.
Many people are thrilled to find out they can just pay a fine or ticket in Daytona Beach but this is a common trick used by local law enforcement is to disguise the misdemeanor as a payable infraction. The problem is that when you pay that fine you have a criminal record. You are not adjudicated guilty but anybody can look you up on the Clerk’s website and see that you accepted responsibility for a misdemeanor alcohol offense. You can get your record sealed but it takes about 6-12 months and after 10 years you can get it expunged.
It will save you money and hassle in the long run if you hire a Daytona Beach MIP attorney to properly resolve your case. We will fight to keep you from having to plea to a misdemeanor. Many cases can be dismissed after completing some community service and paying the cost of prosecution and investigation. Sometimes a formal diversion is required but the charges can still be dropped. Not all cases will be dismissed but unless the accused already has a criminal record the State will almost always work out some type of agreement to avoid a criminal record. Do not pay a minor in possession of alcohol ticket in Daytona Beach without talking to Daytona Beach MIP Attorney Kevin J. Pitts.
The penalties for violating Florida’s MIP law are:
- First MIP Offense—You will be charged with a second-degree misdemeanor and ordered to pay a fine of $500 and sentenced up to 60 days in jail.
- Second MIP Offense—You will be charged with a first-degree misdemeanor and ordered to pay a fine of $1,000 and sentenced up to one year in jail.
In addition, the court shall direct the Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles to withhold the issuance of, revoke or suspend your driver’s license or driving privileges as follows:
- First MIP Conviction—Not less than six months and not more than one year.
- Subsequent MIP Conviction—Up to a period of two years.
562.111 Possession of alcoholic beverages by persons under age 21 prohibited.—
(1) It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 years, except a person employed under the provisions of s. 562.13 acting in the scope of her or his employment, to have in her or his possession alcoholic beverages, except that nothing contained in this subsection shall preclude the employment of any person 18 years of age or older in the sale, preparation, or service of alcoholic beverages in licensed premises in any establishment licensed by the Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco or the Division of Hotels and Restaurants. Notwithstanding the provisions of s. 562.45, any person under the age of 21 who is convicted of a violation of this subsection is guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s. 775.083; however, any person under the age of 21 who has been convicted of a violation of this subsection and who is thereafter convicted of a further violation of this subsection is, upon conviction of the further offense, guilty of a misdemeanor of the first degree, punishable as provided in s. 775.082 or s.775.083.
If you are accused of Domestic Violence in Deland or the surrounding areas you need a Volusia County Domestic Violence Attorney. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts is a former Volusia County domestic violence prosecutor with experience prosecuting and defending cases in Volusia County. As former prosecutor Mr. Pitts not only understand how to defend Deland domestic battery cases but also understand how they will be prosecuted by The State Attorney’s Office. This is critical in obtaining the best possible result in your DV case. Call 386-451-5112 to set up a free consultation with attorney Kevin J. Pitts in our Daytona Beach or Sanford office.
If you are accused of a DUI in Daytona Beach or the surrounding areas you need a Daytona Beach DUI Attorney. Attorney Kevin J. Pitts is a former Daytona Beach DUI prosecutor with experience prosecuting and defending cases in Volusia County. As former prosecutor Mr. Pitts not only understand how to defend Daytona Beach DUI cases but also understand how they will be prosecuted. This is critical in obtaining the best possible result in your Daytona Beach DUI case. Call 386-451-5112 to set up a free consultation with attorney Kevin J. Pitts.