Criminal Defense


Criminal charges involving violence are among the most harshly penalized offenses in the State of Florida. Particularly, if you are charged with possession or use of a firearm during the commission of a forcible felony, you will be facing Florida’s harsh 10-20-Life law. What’s more, if this is not your first offense, you may be facing an additional long minimum mandatory prison sentence (as a Prison Releasee Reoffender or Habitual Offender); you may even be transferred into the infamous Repeat Offender Court or “ROC” Court. Whether you have been charged with a minor violent crime or the most serious, it is crucial that you contact a criminal defense attorney with the knowledge and experience necessary to best defend you.


Drug crimes are some of the most frequently prosecuted charges in Florida. The harsh penalties you are facing will have an extremely negative affect on your future if you don’t do anything to fight back. Unlawful possession, sale, distribution or trafficking of substances is not taken lightly and the consequences that follow a conviction can be extremely harsh and unforgiving. No matter what type of drugs or the amount of drugs you were allegedly involved with, and whether you were in possession of the drug for recreational purposes or drug trafficking, the penalties can be severe and life altering.


While all criminal charges are serious and life altering, sex crimes are considered to be the most damaging of them all. Being convicted of a sex offense will affect your marriage, career, reputation and your future. The social stigma following a sex offense can be embarrassing and devastating for a prolonged time. If convicted, this type of crime will be held over your head for the rest of your life.


In Florida, being accused of theft or fraud can put you at risk for facing some serious criminal charges. Even a theft as minor as being accused of shoplifting a case of beer can result in a misdemeanor charge and a jail sentence of up to 60 days — and the greater the value of the stolen item, the more severe the punishment will be if you are convicted. This makes it imperative for the accused to seek legal representation immediately to get the help they need to prevent their charge from becoming a conviction that can never be undone.


Underage crimes are a very serious matter. When criminal accusations are made against your child or a loved one, it’s completely natural to begin worrying about how a momentary lapse in judgment could affect their future including their dreams and aspirations. Maybe your child, or a loved one, merely did “something stupid” and now he or she is under arrest. Or maybe a misunderstanding occurred, but because of the juvenile’s age and immaturity, law enforcement was able to take advantage of their vulnerability. The Law Offices of Jessica Mishali, P.A. can help bring you the peace of mind and solution that you need.


Juvenile dependency is when the state takes custody of your child or children after investigations indicate that the child or children are being mistreated, abused, neglected or abandoned by their parents. The Child Protective Services will request their counsel to file a petition with the court, requesting that child become a dependent of the court. In such cases, the parents or caretakers of the child should seek competent legal counsel and representation. It is important to hire an attorney early in the process as these cases can lead to children being placed in foster care and/or your parental rights being terminated.