If you have been charged with escape in Florida then you may have a defense. Invalid arrest is a defense that is oftentimes successful when fighting an escape case. Even if you don’t think you have a defense, you should always speak to an attorney to make sure you have a full understanding of how the law applies specifically to your case. If you want to know more about how to beat your escape case in Florida, contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.
Escape in Florida is defined under Florida Statute 944.40 A person commits the crime of escape when they are a prisoner who escapes or attempts to escape from a place of confinement, or when an arrested person who is being transported to or from a place of confinement escapes or attempts to escape from such lawful confinement during transportation.
Escape is a second-degree felony, meaning you can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison or up to 15 years on probation and you can receive up to $10,000 in fines (you can also be sentenced to a jail or prison sentence followed by probation but the total length of the sentence cannot exceed 15 years).
Criminal convictions carry severe consequences and can never be removed from your criminal record. If you are convicted of a felony you will lose your right to vote, your right to own firearms, and your ability to maintain certain business licenses. You can also lose your ability to receive financial aid, your ability to live in certain places and your ability to obtain a passport.
If you need an attorney who will advise you, fight for your rights, and do everything possible to protect your future, or if someone you know has been charged with escape in Florida, then contact Matthew Williams now for a free consultation.