Avoid prison time in Florida with “Downward Departures” – Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney, John Contini explains

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Too many uninformed, frightened and vulnerable people today assume that they — or their children and other loved ones, will need to serve some jail time when charged with relatively minor offense, just because of some historical conviction in the past. It’s true that Florida has the infamous “sentencing guidelines” or a “sentencing code” under Florida Statute 921.0024 that computes a person’s “score” based on how many “priors” (earlier convictions) they have had in their life — and that certain “points” are then added up to reach an aggregate or total  “number of months” in prison corresponding to THAT total number of “points” in the accused individual’s “score,” *but this is where a very good and very informed criminal defense lawyer comes in … and you don’t have to be a Ft Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer like me — you can be a criminal defense lawyer anywhere in Florida; and yet ideally a South Florida trial lawyer or Broward County criminal defense attorney or even a federal criminal defense lawyer, since they, too, work with the “U.S. Federal Sentencing Guidelines,” AND the best news is:

There ARE, in fact, many well-recognized advantages under these same exact sentencing guidelines, specifically some excellent, recognized “downward departures” that are listed under a separate subsection of the Florida Statutes, specifically F.S. 921.0026. (And to give you just one (1) example, check out this recognized “downward departure” which can often apply: *if the crime were “an isolated incident committed in an unsophisticated manner for which the defendant has shown remorse.”)

Here is how it can work:

I will share many others, almost a dozen of these well recognized “downward departures” with you, any one of which allows the sentencing judge to plummet “downward” from the otherwise applicable “guideline range” of “x” # of prison months, for example, ALL the way to probation (!) *if the Judge wants, for ANY defendant, regardless of prior record.

Call me @ 954-766-8810 and I will tell you more. Stay positive, and don’t give up! I am willing to help.


About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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