FAQ | Criminal Defense Attorney Miami


            1.      I was charged with a crime in Florida. Do I need to hire a Miami criminal defense attorney?

Whether facing misdemeanor or felony charges, you should hire an experienced criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. An experienced attorney can effectively review the evidence and can argue on your behalf. Antonio Jimenez is a skilled criminal defense attorney who works aggressively to build a strong defense and protect your rights. As a former Miami prosecutor he knows how the office works and how to attack to evidence.

            2.      What is the difference between a misdemeanor and a felony in Florida?

In Florida, misdemeanors are less serious crimes handled by the County Court unless there is an accompanying felony charge. While misdemeanors are punishable by up to one year in jail, felonies are serious crimes that carry penalties of multiple years in prison, life in prison, or in severe cases—the death penalty. The Circuit Court handles felony cases.

           3.      How long does it take to get my criminal record sealed or expunged in Florida?

Attorney Antonio Jimenez can have your criminal case sealed or expunged in about six (6) months. The longest delay is in getting a certificate of eligibility from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement in Tallahassee, which takes about four (4) months.  Once received, the petition can be filed in court and soon after that your criminal record will be expunged or sealed.

            4.      I violated my probation in Miami; I’m I going to jail?

An experienced attorney can assist you in avoiding jail time or in reducing your exposure for probation violations. You are always facing jail when you violate probation in Miami but there are ways that Probation Violation Attorney in Miami Antonio G. Jimenez can assist you in either getting you back on probation with some new conditions but no jail time or minimal jail time but probation is over and once you leave jail, usually after a short period of time, you no longer have to worry about probation.  The key is to get a probation violation attorney involved in your violation as soon as you know that you have violated your probation in Miami.

            5.  What are your legal fees and do you accept credit cards and payment plans?

Miami attorney Antonio G. Jimenez charges a flat fee for all legal representation.  There is no hourly billing so you know your legal costs of front and are not surprised by a large bill halfway through the representation. For expunging or sealing your criminal record, the firm charges a flat fee of $624.00 including costs. For all other matters, the legal fee is dependent on the complexity of the case. After consulting with you over the phone, Mr. Jimenez will quote you a price for his services. For consultations in person there is a fee of $150.00 for a 30 minute consultation, which will be credited to your invoice if the firm is retained. All phone consultations are always free and have no time limit (within reason). Credit cards are accepted for all legal matters. Payment plans are available for all matters but the payment terms are dependent on how much you are able to pay upfront. Mr. Jimenez has reduced his fees from time to time for families facing severe financial hardship but can come up with a reasonable amount of money but nothing else. Contact Mr. Jimenez to discuss your particular situation today and he will work with you to ensure that hiring a criminal lawyer in Miami does not add to your stress.