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Drug Offences

Florida's tough drug laws and penalties can have far reaching consequences. There are numerous mandatory minimum penalties for different types of drug offenses. For example a conviction for a misdemeanor marijuana possession results in a driver's license suspension.

The illegal possession of pain pills, of just 4 grams, can land you in prison for a mandatory sentence of 3 years. Drug cases can involve complex defenses based on technical issues surrounding the search and seizure of the evidence.

Karen J Tufte has handled thousands of drug crime cases. As an experienced board certified criminal defense attorney Karen J Tufte can properly evaluate your case, explain the law and potential ramifications, investigate potential suppression issues and make you aware of your options and help you achieve the best resolution possible.

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Sexual Allegations

Crimes of sexual allegations seem to carry the most social stigma and public outrage. If you have been accused of a sexual allegation, you need to hire an experience criminal defense attorney to represent you.

Being falsely accused of any crime is difficult, but being falsely accused of a sex crime can be especially devastating. There is often media attention and it seems as though the public has presumed you guilty. An experienced criminal defense attorney can help you cope with this situation and zealously represent you.

Not only can a period of lengthy incarceration be a sentence in the event of a conviction for a sexual offense, but there are other lifelong consequences, such as having to register as a sexual offender or predator for the rest of your life, restrictions on where you may reside, restrictions on contact with your own children and the list goes on. You need an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights.

Karen J Tufte has personally represented dozens of persons accused of sexual crimes, ranging of Lewd and Lascivious Molestation to Capital Sexual Battery. As an experienced board certified criminal defense attorney Karen J Tufte can properly evaluate your case, explain the law and potential ramifications, make you aware of your options and help you achieve the best resolution possible.

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Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence typically consists of some sort of battery between related or dating persons. Florida statutes do not allow bond to be set on a Domestic Violence case until you see a judge at first appearance. This means that if you are arrested at 2 pm, you will sit in jail until you see a judge the following morning.

Having an attorney at your first appearance hearing can be beneficial. Your attorney can make arguments to the judge regarding your bond amount and conditions. If you have been released on bond for a Domestic Violence charge, there is probably an order prohibiting contact between you and the victim. We can assist in having that Order stricken or modified. Oftentimes a Domestic Violence charge occurs when two people are upset but still care for each other and want to be in contact with each other. A husband and wife might want to seek marriage counseling and a modification would allow that.

It is also important to keep in mind that an arrest/conviction for Domestic Violence may be used against you in another proceeding, such as a divorce or child custody situation. Domestic Violence allegations should not be taken lightly. As an experienced board certified criminal defense attorney Karen J Tufte can properly evaluate your case, explain the law and potential ramifications, make you aware of your options and help you achieve the best resolution possible.

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Battery

Battery is defined as the actual, intentional touching of another person against that person's will. Battery is a misdemeanor of the 1st degree, punishable by up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine. However, a person who has a prior conviction for Battery or Aggravated Battery and is again charged with Battery, faces a 3rd degree felony, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and/or a $5,000 fine.

Aggravated Battery is defined as intentionally or knowingly causing great bodily harm, disfigurement, or uses a deadly weapon during the commission of a batter. It also applies to a battery, no matter how slight, committed against a pregnant woman. Aggravated Battery is a felony of the 2nd degree, punishable by up to 15 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine.

As an experienced board certified criminal defense attorney, Karen J Tufte can properly evaluate your case, explain the law and potential ramifications, make you aware of your options and help you achieve the best resolution possible.

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Burglary

Most people think a Burglary occurs when someone breaks into your home & steals from you. That is a type of Burglary. Burglary is actually defined as illegally entering or remaining in a dwelling, structure or conveyance with the intent to commit any crime. Theft is just one example, others include battery or rape.

Depending on the type of Burglary, it can be classified as a 3rd degree felony, 2nd degree felony, 1st degree felony or life felony with the maximum punishment ranging from 5 years in prison to life in prison.

As an experienced board certified criminal defense attorney Karen J Tufte can properly evaluate your case, explain the law and potential ramifications, make you aware of your options and help you achieve the best resolution possible.

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Robbery

Robbery is the taking of money or property from another person with the intent to deprive the owner of that property by the use of force, violence, or instilling fear.

There are varying degrees of Robbery, depending on whether or not a weapon was used. Robbery may be classified as a 3rd degree felony, or may be punishable by up to life in prison, depending on the surrounding facts and circumstances.

As an experienced board certified criminal defense attorney Karen J Tufte can properly evaluate your case, explain the law and potential ramifications, make you aware of your options and help you achieve the best resolution possible.

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Theft/Fraud

Theft is defined as the knowing and intentional use or endeavor to use the property of another, whether permanently or temporarily....

There are varying degrees of Theft and Theft can be a misdemeanor, referred to as petit theft, or a felony referred to as Grand Theft. Depending on the value of the item(s) stolen and your prior criminal history, the maximum punishment can range from 60 days county jail to 30 years in prison.

Dealing in Stolen Property. Even is you didnít steal an item, but you knew or should have known it was stolen, and sold or trafficked that item, you could face a charge of Dealing in Stolen Property. Dealing in Stolen Property is a 2nd degree felony with a punishment of up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

As an experienced board certified criminal defense attorney Karen J Tufte can properly evaluate your case, explain the law and potential ramifications, make you aware of your options and help you achieve the best resolution possible.

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DUI
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Juvenile Offenses

Juvenile offenders are those accused of a crime who are under the age of 18. The nature of the criminal allegation and the juvenileís prior criminal record, if any, will factor into whether the Office of the State Attorney will seek to have the juvenile transferred to adult court, or remain in the juvenile system.

Having an experience criminal defense attorney involved in the very beginning, may make the difference between staying in juvenile court, as opposed to being transferred to the adult system.

As an experienced board certified criminal defense attorney Karen J Tufte can properly evaluate your case, explain the law and potential ramifications, make you aware of your options and help you achieve the best resolution possible.

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Probation Violations
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