Focused Criminal Defense Attorney in Pinellas County

Many serious crimes carry mandatory minimum sentence. If you are charged with one of these crimes and convicted, the judge has to give you a sentence within the legally mandated sentencing guidelines. The only way a judge can give you a lesser charge is with a downward departure. If you are facing criminal charges that carry a mandatory minimum sentence, you need a criminal defense lawyer who has the experience and focus to help you avoid prison.

I am R. Lane Lastinger, St. Petersburg mandatory minimum sentencing attorney and founder of the The Law Office of R. Lane Lastinger, P.A. I have been defending my clients from criminal charges for more than 17 years, and I am well-versed in mandatory minimum sentencing law. I focus only on criminal law matters and only in Pinellas County, Florida.

Minimum Mandatory Sentences

The legislature gives a range of suggested sentences for most crimes, but for the more violent or serious types of crimes, there are minimum sentences that are mandatory. Some of these crime categories include:

  • Weapons charges: For weapons charges, the mandatory minimum sentencing is called “10-20-life.” Using a gun during a crime carries a mandatory sentence of 10 years; firing the gun during a crime brings 20 years; and shooting someone brings a sentence of 25 years to life in prison.
  • Prison releasee reoffender charges: Usually, prison releasee reoffender charges involve violent crimes committed within three years of being released from prison.
  • Drug trafficking charges: Florida law has serious minimum mandatory sentences for drug trafficking convictions ranging from three years to life.
  • Aggravated fleeing and eluding: This charge comes when a suspect flees from law enforcement and can carry a minimum of 3 years in prison.
  • Certain violent crimes against the elderly: Aggravated battery on an elderly person or other violent crimes carry strict minimum sentences.

If you are facing mandatory minimum sentencing charges, I can work with the court, the prosecutor and any victims to get you a downward departure to help you avoid a prison sentence.

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Your choice of attorney makes a big difference in your criminal defense case, especially if you are potentially facing a mandatory minimum sentence. Contact me for a free initial consultation.