Criminal Defense

Criminal Defense

You will need a criminal defense attorney who will fight for you aggressively if you are facing charges in Florida. Naples and Fort Myers law enforcement agencies are very well funded. You need someone with experience and skill to defend you. We have experience defending our clients against some of the most challenging charges they can face.

Fort Myers Property Crimes

Under Florida statutes, you could be facing trespassing charges, burglary charges, theft charges, or charges of arson. Any of these crimes carry serious penalties and it is important you work with an attorney immediately upon being charged. Any crime scene evidence must be reviewed by an attorney to determine what the prosecutor has for proof. We can also determine if there has been any break in the chain of evidence, as well as determine if any eyewitness has mistakenly identified you as the person responsible.

Bonita Springs Attorney for Weapons Charges

Under Florida statutes, a gun owner who wishes to carry a concealed weapon must have a concealed carry permit. Violations of the concealed carry laws can be a felony.

You need an attorney who knows the Florida Stand Your Ground laws and can explain how they may affect your case.

The State Attorney’s Office takes weapons charges very seriously. Depending on your circumstance there may be mandatory minimum sentences applicable to your case. You need an attorney who has experience with weapons charges to fight on your behalf.

A person who has certain criminal convictions including any felony crime, domestic violence charges, or who has been discharged from the U.S. Military dishonorably may not own or be in possession of a firearm. Should you be arrested and found with a weapon, you could face state or federal weapons charges which could result in jail time, steep fines, and long probationary periods.

Cape Coral Violent Crimes Attorney

A conviction for a violent crime including battery, assault, robbery, and murder will result in devastating consequences for your personal, and professional life. Anyone who is convicted of these charges will have a long lasting criminal record, could forfeit their rights to vote, and lose their rights to own a firearm.

You should never take these charges lightly. Assault charges do not require anyone to be injured. In the instance of assault, the victim need only feel threatened. Battery charges are more serious because the prosecutor is claiming the defendant deliberately laid hands upon the victim for the purposes of causing harm. Robbery charges mean you are being accused of causing fear or laying hands upon a person for the sole purpose of acquiring money or property from the rightful owner. People charged with murder could potentially be facing the death penalty in Florida.

Many of these charges may be prosecuted as a felony and may result in long-term jail sentences. Immediately upon being informed you are facing these charges, it is imperative to contact an attorney with experience defending against violent crimes in Florida.

Fighting Fraud Charges in Florida

Fraud is a serious charge and a conviction can result in serious jail time, steep fines, and a loss of business or credibility. Some of the more common types of fraud in Florida include:

Contracting Without a License – any person who has a business doing home repairs must be licensed by the state. A first-time offender faces misdemeanor charges in Florida. If convicted, the result could be up to a year in jail as well as a fine of up to $5,000. Anyone previously convicted could face a felony charge.

Credit Card Fraud – using another person’s credit card without their permission and charging more than $100 in merchandise or services will result in felony charges. Prosecutors must be able to prove the person charged with this crime had an intent to defraud.

Fraud & Pawnbrokers – any person who presents false identification to a pawnbroker can face charges of fraudulent use of an ID. In addition, there are other crimes specific to those who get rid of property through a pawnbroker. For example, if you knowingly pawn property that is not your own, you could be facing fraud charges.

Worker’s Compensation Fraud – if you file a claim at your workplace because you have suffered an injury on the job, chances are the insurer will investigate your claim and your actions immediately after the claim. Unfortunately, in some cases, the insurer could claim you filed a fraudulent claim because your injury was not as serious as you claimed, or you had a pre-existing condition. In these instances, it is best to have an attorney help you fight back.

Residents of Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, and Punta Gorda who are facing criminal charges should contact the Law Offices of Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A. immediately. Your freedom, your personal life, and your professional life are at risk if you do not work with a skilled criminal defense attorney.

Fishing & Boating Offenses

Accidents Involving Boating Under the Influence

Any person who is operating a boat on Florida waterways must do so responsibly. This includes not being under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Should you be convicted for boating under the influence (BUI) you will face the potential of loss of your right to operate, a misdemeanor crime, and steep fines. In the event you had a previous conviction for DUI, you could potentially face having your vessel impounded.

Any accident which results in bodily injury, the death of another person or serious property damage could mean you are facing a felony charge. Any BUI citation or boating accident which you were responsible for means you need an attorney immediately to assist you in your defense.

Florida Fishing Violations

Fishermen in Florida may be cited for damage to coral reefs, taking fish over the legal limit, or failure to obtain a fishing permit. You should contact an attorney to help you defend against these charges. Conviction on any fishing violation charges could mean the loss of your rights to fish, as well as steep fines.

Waterway laws are complicated and even if you are not a resident of Florida you should make sure you are operating within the laws of the state. If you need help fighting against boating or fishing citations in Naples, Marco Island, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, or Punta Gorda, contact the Law Offices of Cavanaugh & Cavanaugh, P.A.