Melbourne Felony Attorney
Criminal Defense Lawyer Serving Melbourne
If you have been charged with a felony, our Melbourne criminal defense attorney knows that you are probably experiencing a whirlwind of emotions and anxieties. You do not have to climb up the mountain that is the justice system on your own. At Steven G. Casanova, P.A., we have an extensive background and unique insight into the law that can help give you a significant advantage when taking a stand against the prosecution.
Contact our firm for the representation you deserve today!
Costs of Being a Convicted Felon
Because felony crimes are often thought of as the most serious crimes, they are the most severely punished. Additionally, because the state of Florida imposes a mandatory minimum sentencing requirement, certain crimes carry major penalties. This reality can be incredibly frightening, especially for a person who didn't understand that what they were doing was illegal, made a momentary mistake, or has been wrongfully accused of committing a crime.
Felony penalties in Florida can be categorized by the following:
- Capital crime - punishable by death or life imprisonment without parole
- First-degree felony - punishable by up to $10,000 in fines or no more than 30 years imprisonment, or both
- Second-degree felony - punishable by up to $10,000 in fines or no more than 15 years imprisonment, or both
- Third-degree felony - punishable by up to $5,000 in fines or no more than 5 years imprisonment, or both
The costs associated with being a convicted felon can extend far beyond the legal ramifications. Convicted felons will have their voting rights revoked, cannot own a gun, and cannot sit on a jury. Despite dutifully serving a sentence, a convicted felon can also experience difficulties reentering into civilian life.
Unfortunately, it is common to hear that convicted felons can experience difficulties with the following:
- Getting a job
- Keeping a job
- Pursuing educational opportunities
It is also common that they can be denied government loans, grants, scholarships, or other financial aid.
Even the innocent need legal protection. Call now.
Prosecutors will be searching for any shred of evidence that can be used against you. This is why it is so important to assert your right to remain silent and retain legal counsel after an arrest. Anything you say can be used against you in court and may lead to accidental self-incrimination. At Steven G. Casanova, P.A., we work to ensure that the prosecution plays by the rules and does not take your words or actions and twist them into evidence against you.
If you or someone you love has been arrested or charged with a felony crime, call our firm right away. We would be happy to sit down with you during a confidential case consultation. Se habla español.
If you are ever unfortunate enough to get a DUI, I hope you are fortunate enough to get Mr. Casanova to represent you. Steve has a wealth of experience with DUI cases and was able to get a last minute agreement to eliminate one of the penalties in exchange for a charitable donation. He is also very personable and makes himself available whenever you want information or advice.- Former Client
I've been using Steve for nearly 15 years. At this stage in the game I would consider him more of a friend. Couldn't ask for a more kind, understanding, and caring individual, and all this while still being very knowledgeable and effective and his job. While specializing in criminal defense (ranging from misdemeanors and low level felonies, all the way up to major felony federal cases), Steve has throughout the years assisted me with other legal realms, such as civil and family law. Very fair pricing for the level of service. Would recommend him to anyone in need of a lawyer!- Matt
Mr. Casanova has been giving me solid counsel for 2 1/2 years. Each time I've spoken to him his feedback has always made a positive impact on my life. It's clear to me that one of his missions in life is to help those who need his advice. Most of us have a passion that provides us with satisfaction. It's clear to me that he doesn't practice law for the prestige of doing so but for the satisfaction he gets by hearing how much he's made a positive impact in peoples lives.- Ruben
Mr. Casanova and the staff in his office handle everything for your case and do so in a friendly professional manner. The work Mr. Casanova did for my case was outstanding with results far better than I could have hoped for. If I ever find myself in trouble again, there will be no research needed, I will IMMEDIATELY call Mr. Casanova's office. I suggest if you find yourself needing legal representation, you do the same.- Mike L.
If your looking for a top notch lawyer, look no further Steven Casanova is your man. He is on your side all the way. His knowledge and experience in law is unsurpassed. Thank you Steve for all your help- Former Client
Mr. Casanova was very helpful. I could tell he wasn't money hungry. Most common folks are not fortunate to have a huge savings. The information he gave me was very accurate after researching. He easily could have taken advantage of a mother who has never experienced anything with the law if wanted to. When I asked about cost he simply said if your not satisfied with a public defender call me back. I felt he was sincere and honest in his answers. I think my gut is on point and will contact his office if I'm in need.- Sophia
I am a native Central Floridian and I value the laws of our state. I found myself in a jam at the beach and I needed the best. I read the reviews and I made a choice to hire the best local attorney with the right knowledge and associations. I knew I had made the right choice when I saw Mr. Casanova’s curriculum vitae. During the entire process I felt blessed to have his representation and all contact was to-the-point and professional. Steve and his girls Karen and Katie resolved my case with ease. Now my freedom is in sight. Good job to the entire team their for top notch defense!- Katherine
I had never been in trouble with the law before. I was referred to Casanova Law by a friend of mine who was previous client of Mr. Casanova's. I originally spoke over the phone with the paralegal, and she took the time to explain the entire process. She was very knowledgeable and put my mind to ease. Throughout my case I called the office multiple times and the staff was always kind and able to help me and answer my questions. I only had to go to court once, which was nice because of work. Mr. Casanova was professional, yet casual, not typical attorney stereotype. Very pleased with the outcome.- Former Client