Second Degree Felonies

Written by:Julian Stroleny PortraitJulian Stroleny

If you have been charged with any crime, then it is highly recommended that you secure the services of a criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. felony criminal defense lawyer can help you better understand the full extent of the charges and advise you on the best way to handle your case or plead your case. At Stroleny Law, P.A., we will guide you through the whole process and help you feel more confident at every step of the way.

In the case of a second degree felony, a Miami criminal lawyer may be able to help you have your charges dismissed or have the charge changed to a third degree felony. We can help you challenge your accusers in a way that gives you the best chance of success and we can help you to speak confidently and calmly while under questioning.

Understanding Second Degree Felonies

A second degree felony in Miami is a slightly less severe charge when compared to a first degree felony or a capital/life felony. It is however, worse than a third degree felony or any misdemeanor.

A second degree felony, while not as severe as some other charges, can nevertheless carry significant penalties. The accused may be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison or 15 years of probation. They may also receive a fine up to $10,000. These are life-changing penalties, making it all the more important to speak with a criminal defense lawyer.

Common causes for these charges include:

  • Aggravated battery
  • DUI manslaughter
  • Selling cocaine
  • Robbery by sudden snatching
  • Leaving the scene of an accident involving death
  • Dealing in stolen property
  • Burglary of a dwelling

Miami Criminal Lawyer Role and Ensuring the Best Outcome

You should speak with a criminal attorney in Miami. We can advise you on the best way to attack the case and build your defense. However, we can also guide you on how to speak in court and how to present yourself – the role of a criminal defense lawyer is much larger than many realize.

Some tips to ensure your hearing goes well include:

Talk Slowly.

One of the first and most important things to remember when speaking in public is to speak slowly and carefully rather than rushing to say what you have on your mind. The problem here is that most of us speak faster when we’re nervous and this means we’re more likely to end up sounding unclear and difficult to understand while at the same time appearing more nervous – and less trustworthy. Speak slowly, and you’ll sound clearer, calmer, and more intelligent.

Be Flexible – And Revise


Speaking in front of a court is of course somewhat different than giving a presentation at work. When you do the latter, you will be speaking from a script, and this means you’ll be able to address your audience at your own pace. When you speak in court, however, this is part speech and part interview – you must be ready to answer questions and to be flexible with your responses. Don’t get too set on one ‘script’ and make sure that you have prepared for a range of different questions so that you are less likely to get caught off guard. This is something you should practice with your criminal lawyer – they will know which questions are likely to come up and they should thus be able to help prepare you for the majority of them.