Areas of Practice
Michelle Merson has been a premier provider of criminal defense legal services in the state of Florida for 27 years. During this time she has noticed that misdemeanor cases are routinely not given the priority they deserve. Michelle’s mission is to provide these often forgotten clients with a high level of personal service and attention. All questions welcome!
Michelle is currently serving as a board member of the Florida Association of Women Lawyers.
What crimes are classified as Misdemeanors* in the state of Florida?
- Driving Under the Influence
- Possession of Marijuana (under 20 grams)
- Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
- Possession of Alcohol by a Minor
- Probation Violations
- Resisting Arrest
- Worthless Checks
- Domestic Battery
- Criminal Mischief
- Driving Under a Suspended License
- Disorderly Intoxication
- Petty Theft
- Civil Rights Restoration
- Gun Rights Restoration
- Post Conviction Relief
- Civil Restraining Orders
*Some of these crimes can be charged as a felony, depending on the circumstances, injuries, and damages.
What is a Misdemeanor?
Misdemeanors are crimes that are punishable by up to one year in jail. Although a misdemeanor offense carries a lighter penalty than a felony, which is a crime punishable by more than one year in jail, that penalty can have long-lasting negative consequences. One year in the county jail means a year away from your family, a year of lost income, and a jail sentence on your permanent record, which can be devastating to your future career and financial opportunities.
Upon arrest or receiving a Notice to Appear, it is imperative that you immediately hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to represent you. A skilled attorney can oftentimes make the difference between having your case filed as a misdemeanor rather than a felony – and can guide you to a less severe outcome.
Why should I hire the Misdemeanor Clinic, P.A.?
Too often, misdemeanor clients get lost in the shuffle at a busy criminal law firm that typically puts felony clients first due to the severity of the consequences and higher fees. With over fifteen years of experience in all areas of criminal defense, Michelle Merson, Esq. has chosen to focus her practice solely on misdemeanors because she believes that misdemeanors should be defended with the same vigor and skill as a felony.
“The consequences of a conviction, whether a felony or a misdemeanor, will follow you for the rest of your life,” Michelle says. “If you have been charged with a misdemeanor, you are entitled to have your matter handled with expertise, high priority, and special attention.”
Getting arrested or receiving a Notice to Appear can be terrifying for those charged and their loved ones, especially if it is their first offense. Handling what comes next requires an attorney who is experienced, compassionate, and able to provide you with personalized attention. Michelle will take the time to explain the criminal justice system and the required steps to bring the matter to a positive resolution.
“Often, those charged with a misdemeanor are first-time offenders and need more time with an attorney who can explain everything involved,” Michelle says. “I am happy to spend this time with my clients; they truly become like family to me.”
Over the years, clients have found Michelle to be a caring, compassionate, and knowledgeable legal guide who is extremely responsive to any questions and concerns. She is committed to being available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and strives for same-day call back.