Criminal Defense

When you are facing criminal charges, having the right attorney on your side can make all of the difference in the outcome of your case. Here at The Law Firm of Elton J. Gissendanner, III, we understand just how overwhelming these charges can be, and we can help you make sure that you have the greatest chance of avoiding conviction and/or reducing the severity of your sentence.

Understanding Criminal Law in Florida

You will be charged with a crime in Florida if law enforcement officials believe that you have violated an established state law. Florida crimes are divided into two basic categories: misdemeanors and felonies.


Of the two types of crimes, misdemeanors are the least serious. Misdemeanors in Florida are broken down into two categories: Misdemeanor in the First Degree and Misdemeanor in the Second Degree. A Misdemeanor in the Second Degree carries a penalty of up to 60 days in prison and a fine of up to $500, while a Misdemeanor in the First Degree carries a more severe penalty of up to one year in prison and a maximum fine of $1,000.


A felony is the most serious crime you can commit in Florida. Felonies in this state are classified into five different categories: Felony in the Third Degree, Felony in the Second Degree and Felony in the First Degree, Life Felony and Capital Felony. Capital Felony is the most serious of these charges, while Felony in the Third Degree is the least serious. Charges vary based on the severity of the crime and range from fines and prison time to the death penalty.

Hiring an Attorney

Whether you have been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony in the state of Florida, you need an attorney you can trust. Attorney Buddy Gissendanner of The Law Firm of Elton J. Gissendanner, III has many years of experience as a Hardee County and Highlands County Criminal Defense Lawyer. He understands criminal law thoroughly, and he can help you achieve the best possible outcome in court.

If you have been charged with a crime in Florida, don't wait any longer. Contact The Law Firm of Elton J. Gissendanner, III today to learn more about our services, discuss your case or schedule a consultation with a qualified Hardee County Criminal Defense Lawyer. We look forward to hearing from you!