First and Only Arrest? I Can Help You Keep Your Record Clean
Throughout the years I have personally represented numerous clients who were first time offenders. This experience has given me the ability to understand the direct and indirect consequences of an arrest and to seek out the most favorable resolution for you.
If you have never been arrested or charged with a crime I know that it can be a very stressful and frightening situation for you and your family. However, there is hope, the fact that you are a first time offender can work to your advantage and may allow you to resolve your criminal case favorably, including having the charges reduced or dropped.
Let me use my experience to guide you through this process with the least amount of damage to you and your reputation. It is critical that you resolve your case in a way that will allow you to seal or expunge your Florida criminal record in the future. I can help you achieve the best possible outcome in your criminal case and then help you seal or expunge your record. Though every case is different, many first time offender cases result in outright dismissal, reduction in charges, or acceptance into a pre-trial intervention/pre-trial diversion program.
As a first time offender you may be interested in learning about these possible options:
- Dismissal of Charges: If you otherwise qualify, you may expunge your criminal record.
- Pretrial Intervention/Pretrial Diversion Program: If you otherwise qualify, and successfully complete, it will result in the dismissal of charges and you will be able to expunge your criminal record.
- Drug Court: If you otherwise qualify, and successfully complete, it may result in the dismissal of charges, and you will able to expunge your criminal record.
- Plea Bargaining: Depending on how your case is resolved you may be allowed to seal your criminal record.
- Defending Professionals: As a first time offender you may have options for a favorable outcome that will allow you to seal or expunge your criminal record.
Early Action on Your Case is Important
Speaking to the Prosecutor After Your Arrest, but Before Charges are Filed
Depending on the circumstances of your particular case it may be possible to speak with the prosecutor before formal charges have been filed. It may be possible to present evidence to the prosecutor supporting a decision not to proceed with the case, or to reduce the charges. If this happens, it will increase your chances of having your criminal record sealed or expunged.
What Happens if Formal Charges are Still Filed?
If for whatever reason the Prosecutor decides to file formal charges it may still be possible to obtain a dismissal, or to negotiate a favorable deal that could allow you to either expunge your arrest history or allow you to seal your criminal record.
This is my First Offense, What are my Options?
Pre-trial Intervention/Pre-trial Diversion Program
The pre-trial programs are run by the state attorney’s office and are an excellent option for first time offenders. Throughout my career I have been very successful in getting my first time offender clients into this type of program. Though the programs vary from county to county, they are only available to first time offenders. For the most part, the programs are only an option in misdemeanor and non-violent third degree felony cases.
If I am able to obtain this option for you and you accept entrance into the program you will then enroll and must comply with the conditions of the program. Depending on the type of case it is you may be required to complete community service hours, drug testing, anger management, or other classes and payment of restitution. Successful completion of the program will result in the DISMISSAL OF THE CHARGES against you. In most cases, this will mean that you will be eligible to then have your Florida criminal record sealed or expunged.
Your clean record can be used to negotiate a favorable resolution, including getting the Judge to WITHHOLD ADJUDICATION at your sentencing. Under Florida law a withholding of adjudication simply means that you will not receive a formal conviction of guilt on your criminal record.
I cannot stress how important this is and that is why I recommend speaking to a qualified criminal defense attorney before you make a decision regarding the resolution of your criminal case.
A WITHHOLD OF ADJUDICATION IS VERY IMPORTANT AND IS NECESSARY TO BE ABLE TO SEAL YOUR FLORIDA CRIMINAL RECORD.
A withhold of adjudication is critical for the two following reasons:
FIRST: If your case is a felony you will NOT become a ‘convicted felon,’ which means that you will NOT lose many of your civil liberties, including the right to own a gun.
SECOND: It will allow you to seal your Florida criminal record (if you otherwise qualify).
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First Time Offenders by type of Charge
- Petit Theft/Shoplifting, Grand Theft, Fraud
- Misdemeanors and Felonies
- Drug Crimes
- Prostitution and Solicitation
- Driving with a Suspended License
- Racing and Reckless Driving
- Record Sealing and Expungement
- Juvenile Cases
- Domestic Violence
- Tourist Arrests
- Battery and Disorderly Conduct
- Alcohol Related Crimes
First Time DUI
A DUI arrest in Florida can be a very frustrating and stressful event. The potential consequences may have a significant and long lasting effect on your life. My experience defending first time DUI cases in Florida has given me the ability to effectively handle and fight your case. My goal in every case is to get my client the best possible outcome, including the possibility of avoiding a DUI conviction.
DUI cases are common throughout Florida, and often experienced by individuals from all walks of life. Often, first time offenders will simply plea out as soon as possible thinking it is the best thing to do and that there is no hope. Speaking with a qualified DUI attorney will give you a fighting chance. There are often defenses or facts to a particular case that will give you a better chance at a favorable resolution.
DO NOT PLEA GUILTY ~ CALL ME FOR A FREE CONSULTATION
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First Time Petit Theft, Grand Theft, Fraud, and Shoplifting
Been accused of stealing? If this is a first offense, you may have many options. If you are convicted of any of these offenses it could haunt you and your reputation for a long time. The reason for such caution in these types of cases is that they are considered “crimes of dishonesty.” If such crimes show up on a background check they may exclude you from certain types of work, such as working in a bank, or in a position dealing with the handling of money and many other jobs. A crime of dishonesty can even be used against you if you become a witness in a court proceeding.
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First Time Misdemeanors and Third Degree Felonies
If you have been arrested and charged with either a misdemeanor or felony for the first time contact Orlando and Kissimmee criminal defense attorney Will Corzo. As a first time offender you are in a good position to secure a favorable resolution in your case, but you must be clearly aware of the maximum possible penalties for Florida crimes.
The maximum penalties for Florida crimes are as follows:
- Life Felony – life imprisonment or 40 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000.00
- 1st or 2nd Degree Felony – punishable by 30 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $10,000.00
- 3rd Degree Felony – punishable by 5 years imprisonment and a fine of up to $5,000.00
- 1st Degree Misdemeanor – punishable by 1 year imprisonment and a fine of up to $1,000.00
- 2nd Degree Misdemeanor – punishable by 60 days imprisonment and a fine of up to $500.00
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First Time Drug Offender
Drug crimes such as possession of marijuana and possession of cocaine can result in severe consequences for an offender. In Florida, the lowest degree of drug possession is punishable by up to a year in jail and can range up to several years in prison. However, if you are a first time offender you may have other options, such as a drug court program. Depending on the severity of the drug offense, such a program may be a pre-trial diversion or pre-trial intervention type of program. Other options may be drug offender probation, which usually includes drug treatment and intervention.
As a first time offender you must be aware of the possible long lasting and far reaching consequences of a drug conviction, including the following:
- MANDATORY two year driver’s license suspension;
- You will NOT be allowed to seal your Florida criminal record;
- You may be prohibited from schools and recreational activities;
- Your reputation, and your employment, academic and social life may be negatively affected.
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First Time Prostitution and Solicitation
If your first time arrest stems from a Prostitution or Solicitation charge you are facing up to 60 days in the county jail and a $500.00 fine. Also, if the case is not dropped and you are ever charged again with the same crime the prosecutor can use that against you to enhance the penalties.
In my experience these cases often involve the use of undercover police in sting operations. A quick and strong defensive stance must be taken to seek out deficiencies in the evidence, such as lack of video and audio recordings, or violations of constitutional rights. If such conditions are present it may result in the prosecutor dropping or reducing the charge.
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Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License
A first time arrest in Florida for driving with a license that has been cancelled, suspended or revoked carries a maximum punishment of up to 60 days in the county jail and a $500 fine. Care must be taken in the handling of this type of case as it deals with your driving privileges.
As a first time offender you may have several options available in resolving the case favorably. Many attorneys overlook the fact that there may be defenses to these types of charges. In my experience, pre-trial defensive tactics such as a motion to suppress may be available and may result in the charge being dropped.
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Racing on Highways and Reckless Driving
Reckless driving is a common criminal traffic offense in Florida and a first offense is punishable by up to 90 days in the county jail and up to a $500 fine. These crimes increase in severity if damage is caused to persons or property.
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Sealing or Expunging Your Florida Criminal Record
As a first time offender you may have the opportunity to put this unfortunate situation behind you for good. Once you have been arrested for a crime you have a Florida criminal record. This is true even if charges are never filed against you, or if charges are filed, but later dismissed. A criminal background check will still show the details of your arrest, which can be accessed by the general public, including current and potential employers.
As a first time offender it is critical to resolve your case in a way that will later allow you to seal or expunge your Florida criminal record. Once your case is resolved and you remain eligible to seal or expunge your Florida criminal record I can prepare and file all the necessary documents to ensure your privacy. Throughout the years I have performed this service for many clients and have learned to do so in a cost effective and efficient manner. For the most part, sealing or expunging your Florida criminal record involves the following:
- NO OFFICE VISIT REQUIRED
- FLAT FEE
- SIX TO NINE MONTHS FOR COMPLETION
- PEACE OF MIND AND PRIVACY
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First Time Juvenile Offender
An arrest for a young first time offender can be a stressful and frightening experience for all involved. As a first time offender there is often hope that the case can be resolved with minimal impact on the child’s future.
Depending on the type of crime charged many options may be available, including a juvenile diversion program, which if successfully completed will result in the dismissal of the charges.
As a volunteer for the Osceola County Teen Court Program I have intimate knowledge of the program features and the impact it has on its participants.
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First Time Domestic Violence Arrest
If you have been arrested for Battery Domestic Violence and you are a first time offender you can benefit greatly from having early representation on your case.
In my experience domestic violence cases can be defended effectively and often result in favorable outcomes for my clients.
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First Time Tourist and Visitor Offenders
Thousands visit Florida, and in particular Central Florida areas such as Orlando and Kissimmee to enjoy such places as Disney, Epcot, Wet and Wild, Universal Studios and other areas attractions. Many also visit the area for temporary employment and academic endeavors.
Being arrested and charged with a crime is stressful enough without having to deal with the situation in an unfamiliar setting. Hiring a local criminal defense attorney may greatly improve your chances of a favorable resolution and will make you feel comfortable in the handling of this delicate situation. As a first time tourist offender I invite you to call or email me with any questions you may have.
If you have been arrested for Battery and you are a first time offender you can benefit greatly from having early representation on your case. In my experience battery cases can be defended effectively and often result in favorable outcomes for my clients.
Many times the alleged victim in the case is unwilling to testify in court or does not want to be involved. I can use this to your advantage and may be able to convince the Prosecutor to drop the charges.
Alcohol Related Crimes
Many first time offenders are young men and women who have been charged with crimes such as possession of alcohol by a person under the age of 21, disorderly intoxication, and of course DUI.
If you are a first time offender charged with any of these crimes you may have several options available to you. In my experience these types of cases can often be resolved in a favorable manner.
HOW CAN I HELP YOU
I am now, and have always been committed to representing those arrested and charged with a Florida crime. I provide knowledgeable and aggressive representation for those throughout Central Florida, including Kissimmee, Orlando, and Osceola, Orange, and Seminole Counties.
As a true defense attorney I have never prosecuted those whom I defend. My goal has always been to provide quality Criminal Defense representation for reasonable legal fees.
Sealing and Expungement Services Throughout Florida
Please call me at 407-401-9117 or toll-free at 877-992-5529
Corzo & Kohrs, P.A.
A Florida law firm
1802 N. Alafaya Trail, Suite 147
Orlando, FL 32826
1101 Miranda Lane, Suite 131
Kissimmee, FL 34741
My office handles cases throughout Florida, in the following counties: Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Brevard, Broward, Calhoun, Charlotte, Citrus, Clay, Collier, Columbia, DeSoto, Dixie, Duval, Escambia, Flagler, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Glades, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hendry, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Indian River, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Lake, Lee, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Manatee, Marion, Martin, Miami-Dade, Monroe, Nassau, Okaloosa, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, Palm Beach, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, Saint Johns, Saint Lucie, Santa Rosa, Sarasota, Seminole, Sumter, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Volusia, Wakulla, Walton, and Washington.