Criminal Defense For Athletes In Tallahassee And Across Florida
Whether you’re a professional athlete or you play at the college level, being charged with a crime can have severe impacts on your career and your future. If you’re convicted, you could face various criminal penalties, such as probation, jail or prison time, and/or fines. However, the punishments for being found guilty, or even just being charged with an offense, do not stop there. Depending on your situation, stipulations in your contract or code of conduct may indicate that a criminal charge or conviction could result in your being suspended or expelled from the sport you love playing.
When you’re facing criminal accusations, it’s best to have a skilled lawyer on your side every step of the way. At Jansen & Davis, P.A., our Tallahassee athlete criminal defense attorneys have over 70 years of combined experience. Additionally, our firm was named by The Tallahassee Democrat as the Athlete’s Go-To Attorney. We understand not only the laws that govern your rights and freedoms but also the effects a criminal charge or conviction can have on your life. That is why we will be committed to providing high-quality legal representation for your case.
We are ready to fight aggressively for you. Speak with our team by calling us at 850-641-8739 today.
Case Types We Handle
In Florida, crimes are charged as either misdemeanors or felonies, with each further categorized into degrees. Although felonies are considered the more serious offenses, an accusation of either should not be taken lightly. The criminal penalties are harsh. A second-degree misdemeanor (considered the least serious type of offense) is punishable by up to 60 days in jail. Moreover, certain felonies can lead to a lifetime in prison.
With the State aggressively pursuing criminal cases and looking to land a conviction, you need an experienced attorney on your side who can level the playing field and will seek a favorable outcome on your behalf. Our team at Jansen & Davis, P.A., has handled over 25,000 cases. We know what it takes to effectively challenge the prosecutor’s arguments and cast doubt on the evidence they have against you. Our lawyers will fight hard to protect your rights and your athletic career.
We provide top-notch representation for a variety of charges, including:
- Domestic violence offenses
- Drug crimes
- Federal crimes
- Sex crimes
- Theft crimes
- Violent crimes
- Weapons offenses
- White collar crimes
If you are a student-athlete accused of an offense, you may be scheduled for a student hearing. Our team can provide legal counsel for that process as well, and can help you through all school administrative and Title IX matters.
Consequences Of Criminal Accusations For Athletes
As mentioned earlier, a criminal accusation and conviction can have profound effects on your life as an athlete. Many colleges and universities have codes of conduct that athletes must adhere to, and a charge could be considered a violation. Even if the investigation of your case is still in progress, you might be suspended from playing until the matter is resolved. If you are convicted, you could be cut from your team. You could also lose financial aid or be expelled from your school.
Likewise, professional athletes face a myriad of punishments outside of the criminal justice system. You might be forced to sit out of games, and you could lose endorsements. If you are playing a sport in the U.S. on a visa, a criminal conviction could have severe consequences on your future.
Get The Legal Help You Need
If you’re ready to have aggressive defense on your side to fight your criminal charges, reach out to Jansen & Davis, P.A., as soon as possible. We have the skills and legal acumen needed to handle complex and high-profile cases. Our Tallahassee athlete criminal defense attorneys will stand up for you and challenge the prosecutor’s case against you.