It doesn’t matter that you didn’t mean to start a forest fire when you flicked that cigarette out the car window. Disposing of Lighted Substances is classified as a General Intent Crime in Florida, meaning that it doesn’t matter even if there was no fire—the point is that you could have started one. “Throwing, dropping or disposing of lighted matches, cigarettes, cigars, ashes, flaming or glowing substances, or any material that may or does cause a wildfire” is a First-Degree Misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail, a year of probation, and a $1,000 fine.
Being charged with any crime is serious business. It can be risky to appear in court without a lawyer because there can be devastating consequences. A criminal defense attorney can make pretrial motions to have certain evidence suppressed (if the police violated procedure) and make motions to dismiss the case altogether if the prosecution has a weak case. If the case goes to court, an experienced criminal defense lawyer will fight hard to protect your rights.
If you’ve been charged with a crime, you’ll want the best criminal defense attorney you can get. Consider the skilled and aggressive Orlando Criminal Defense Attorneys at Rivas Law. Call 407-349-4211 so we can work through your legal problems and you can get on with your life.