State & Federal Courts

West Palm Beach State Criminal Defense Lawyer and Federal Court Lawyer

Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

When you are facing a criminal accusation, regardless of whether you have been arrested and released from jail with a future court date, or whether you are merely under investigation by law enforcement, time is of the essence.  Obtaining immediate legal assistance when your future is at risk and your reputation hangs in the balance is key to ensuring your rights are protected and that justice remains an attainable end when the government targets you for prosecution.

Nellie King is an experienced Florida criminal defense lawyer who has dedicated her career to aggressively defending the Constitution and its related democratic principles in order to ensure that the rights and liberties of her clients remain intact throughout their experience with the criminal justice system.  The reach of law enforcement in terms of resources and influence is vast.  The best response when facing the prospect of investigation or incarceration is to arm yourself with a skilled criminal litigator who has the knowledge, experience, and reputation to fight for you when you need it the most.  A good defense lawyer can literally mean the difference between years of jail time or none at all.  Do not assume the charges against you are not serious, as criminal accusations have the potential to result in incarceration, sometimes for very lengthy periods of time given Florida’s sentencing laws, as well as the current status of the Federal Sentencing Guidelines.

In addition to the threat of prison time which accompanies criminal prosecutions, the collateral consequences of a criminal record should not be minimized, as the longlasting effects of a criminal charge can sometimes outweigh the threat of incarceration currently looming over your head.  Namely, if you possess a criminal record, your booking photo and case information is publicized on the Internet.  You can be denied employment, deported if you are not a U.S. Citizen, turned down for housing if you attempt to rent an apartment, have your driver’s license suspended or revoked, and you can be stripped of your rights to vote and possess a firearm.  In order to make sound decisions when you are being prosecuted for a criminal offense, it is critical to understand everything about your case that can impact your life now, as well as in the future.

Nellie King examines each case critically, analyzing every aspect of a client’s contact with law enforcement in order to curtail abuses of the Fourth Amendment, delving into the forensic issues attendant to each case, and investigating and presenting potential defenses related to the crimes charged.  Every case is important to the person carrying the burden of criminal prosecution.  Therefore, the Firm’s approach is to leave no stone unturned in the search for justice.

South Florida Criminal Attorney

The mission of the Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A. is to provide zealous representation of individuals when they need it the most – when they are facing the vast resources of the government through a criminal prosecution or investigation.  Contact Nellie L. King at 561-833-1084, available 24 hours a day, or fill out the form on the side of this page to schedule your free initial consultation.

 West Palm Beach Felony & Misdemeanor Lawyer

 Florida Felony & Misdemeanor Lawyer

 Florida Crime Classifications

There are two main classifications of state crimes in Florida – misdemeanor and felony offenses.  Felonies represent the more serious category of crimes.  If you are convicted of a felony in Florida, you could be facing time in the Florida state prison system.  Misdemeanor offenses are also serious, but your exposure does not include incarceration within one of Florida’s prisons.  If convicted on a misdemeanor charge, you can be sentenced to a range of possible penalties, including county jail time, probation, and sometimes pretrial diversion programs which can result in the charges against you being dropped.

Charges can also be dropped in other circumstances.  Nellie King places an emphasis on “front-ending” cases, a process whereby Attorney King aggressively advocates for the State to No-File, or decline prosecution, during the initial stages of your case and in the interests of justice.  Ms. King is often successful in preventing criminal charges from being filed against her clients during this critical, initial stage of the case.

If you are looking for an experienced West Palm Beach criminal defense lawyer who will passionately and aggressively advocate for the best possible outcome for you and your family, contact Nellie L. King, P.A. at 561-833-1084, available 24 hours a day, or fill out a form on the side of this page to schedule your free initial consultation.

Felony Charges in Florida

Classifications of Felony Offenses:

  • Capital Felony – The most serious classification of crime in Florida, capital offenses can result in the imposition of the death penalty, or, alternatively, a life sentence
  • Life Felony – Persons charged with a Life Felony can be imprisoned for life in Florida State Prison
  • First Degree Felony Offense – Punishable by a maximum sentence of 30 years in Florida State Prison
  • Second Degree Felony Offense – Punishable by a maximum sentence of 15 years in Florida State Prison
  • Third Degree Felony Offense – Punishable by a maximum sentence of 5 years in Florida State Prison

Other Considerations:

The nature of the charges and the potential penalty you are facing is dependent on a number of factors, including the nature of the evidence against you, whether or not others were seriously injured or killed, your previous criminal record, and your defense strategy.

Florida’s sentencing scheme is such that a number of charges in Florida carry minimum-mandatory prison sentences, even for nonviolent offenses.  Nellie King believes that citizens accused of a crime should not be lumped together for sentencing purposes because of arbitrary sentencing policies which do nothing to deter crime or ensure the safety of the community.  Rather, Attorney King advocates, both in court and in the community, for alternative sentencing and statutory options which serve to address the core problems attendant to crime in this country.  King believes in providing treatment instead of jail cells for the mentally ill and the substance addicted, in treating children like children instead of adults in criminal court, and in the requirement that law enforcement utilize best practices when it comes to investigating crime to ensure the innoccent are not wrongfully convicted.  Nellie King treats each client as an individual, each with a unique set of circumstances and life history.

Misdemeanor Charges in Florida

Classifications of Misdemeanor Offenses:

  • First Degree Misdemeanor –  The most serious classification of misdemeanor offense in Florida, First Degree Misdemeanors are punishable by a maximum sentence of one year in the county jail
  • Second Degree Misdemeanor – Punishable by a maximum sentence of 60 days in the county jail

Common Felony and Misdemeanor Offenses

While every case is different, you may be looking at a felony conviction if you are arrested for:

  • Homicide – Murder in the First Degree, Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter, Attempted Murder
  • Drug Crimes  – Drug Trafficking, Drug Possession, Sale, Purchase, Manufacturing, Delivery, or Possession with Intent to Sell a Controlled Substance, Obtaining a Controlled Substance by Fraud
  • Firearms and Weapons Offenses – Discharging a Firearm in Public, Carrying a Concealed Firearm, Unlawful Sale of Firearms, Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Throwing, Making, Placing, Projecting, or Discharging a Destructive Device
  • Sex Crimes – Sexual Battery (including varying degrees determined by the age of the victim, i.e. less than 12 years of age), Lewd and Lascivious Molestation, Failure to Register as a Sexual Offender or Predator, Possession, Sale, or Distribution of Child Pornography, Jimmy Ryce Civil Commitment Proceedings
  • Theft & Robbery – Grand Theft, Dealing in Stolen Property, False Verification of Ownership to a Pawnbroker, Robbery by Sudden Snatching, Carjacking, Home Invasion Robbery
  • Burglary – Burglary of a Structure or Conveyance, Possession of Burglary Tools
  • Battery – Aggravated Battery, Battery on a Person 65 Years of Age or Older, Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer or Firefighter, Felony Battery
  • Stalking
  • Kidnapping, False Imprisonment
  • Arson
  • DUI Causing Serious Bodily Injury
  • Child Neglect
  • Organized Scheme to Defraud
  • RICO Activity
  • Perjury
  • Gambling
  • Aggravated Fleeing and Eluding
  • Animal Cruelty

You could be looking at a misdemeanor conviction if you are arrested for:

  • Driving Under the Influence or Boating Under the Influence
  • Reckless Driving
  • Battery – Domestic Battery, Assault
  • Violation of Restraining Orders
  • Possession of Marijuana Less Than 20 Grams
  • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
  • Petit Theft, Shoplifting
  • Prostitution, Solicitation of Prostitution
  • Resisting Arrest
  • Trespassing
  • Disorderly Conduct, Disorderly Intoxication

Felony and misdemeanor offenses in Florida can also result in your exposure to additional penalties, such as probation, fines, restitution to the victim, and community service.

South Florida Criminal Defense Lawyer

Speaking to an experienced South Florida misdemeanor or felony attorney can help you understand your options. The Law Offices of Nellie L. King, P.A., will assess your case and determine the best criminal defense strategy based on your unique circumstances.  Contact Nellie L. King, P.A. at 561-833-1084, available 24 hours a day, or fill out a form on the side of this page to schedule your free initial consultation.

Federal Criminal Defense

Federal crimes are serious offenses, often involving complex, multi-count indictments which carry corresponding lengthy terms of imprisonment as mandated by the Federal Sentencing Guidlelines. Nellie King defends those charged with federal crimes, including the following types of offenses:

White collar crimes – Many white collar crimes will impact a business at a national level such as money laundering and racketeering

Drug Trafficking, Drug Importation – when drugs are unlawfully brought into, or out of, a different state/country, then federal jurisdiction mayt attach.

Internet Crimes – this can include distribution of child pornography, cyberstalking and Internet fraud.

International Crimes

Fraud – this can include bank fraud (such as counterfeiting checks), insurance fraud, healthcare fraud, mortgage fraud and IRS violations.

Sex Crimes – some sex crimes will be tried via the federal court system because of the severity of the allegations and the number of victims alleged in the indictment.

When you are accused of a serious federal offense, you need to contact a federal criminal defense attorney immediately. Reducing your exposure to a lengthy federal prison sentence is key.  Contact Nellie L. King, P.A. at 561-833-1084, available 24 hours a day, or fill out a form on the side of this page to schedule your free initial consultation

The role of a criminal defense attorney is to obtain the best possible result for her clients. Nellie King believes that knowing who her client is before she walks into the courtroom is key to representing the client’s position to the judge or jury. Whether you are faced with state, federal or juvenile charges, Nellie L. King can help secure the best outcome possible for your particular situation. Contact Nellie L. King, P.A. at 561-833-1084, available 24 hours a day, or fill out a form on the side of this page.