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Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanors are criminal offenses punishable by up to one year in the county jail. Although they are less severe than felony offenses, the consequences of a misdemeanor conviction can be burdensome and long-lasting. Some common misdemeanor charges include:


  • Driving Under the Influence (DUI)

  • Driving While License Suspended

  • Trespass

  • Petit Theft

  • Possession Cannabis / Paraphernalia

  • Violation of Restraining Order

  • Simple Battery

  • Failure to Obey / Resisting an Officer

  • Criminal Mischief

  • Solicitation / Prostitution


The list above is non-exhaustive, and there are many more misdemeanor offenses out there. Our lawyers have experience representing thousands of clients charged with all types of misdemeanors for over a decade.

In General

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Some misdemanor offenses (such as domestic violence related batteries or DUI) require law enforcement to arrest the offender. On other misdemeanors, however, an officer has the option to issue a "Notice to Appear".


Whether you are put in handcuffs and booked or given a notice to appear, either scenario constitutes an "arrest" for purposes of starting your criminal case.

After your arrest, the officers will forward their reports (probable cause affidavit) to the State Attorney's Office, and the prosecutors will determine what charges, if any, will be filed against you.


Misdemeanor offenses are under the jurisdiction of the County Court, and if you are charged with only misdemeanor offenses, then your case will be assigned to a County Court Judge. Depending on where you were arrested, your case could wind up at any one of four different courthouses here in Broward County.

If the paperwork you receive during your arrest does not indicate the Court location, you will receive a notice in the mail in approximately 30 days. Your attorney will be able to determine the location of your Court hearings, and will be able to appear on your behalf.

Where Will My Case Be Heard?

For more information, please contact us today. Our attorneys are available 24 hours a day to assist you with your criminal charges. Please feel free to either fill out the form above, or contact us directly.

Brian F. Greenwald, P.A.

600 SW 4th Avenue

Fort Lauderdale, FL  33315

(954) 763-3844 - office

(954) 514-9300 - fax


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