Criminal Defense Attorneys Serving Ocala & Gainesville

Ocala Elderly Criminal Defense Attorneys

Protecting the Rights of the Older Population

If you're an older individual charged with a crime, you may face unique challenges when dealing with the criminal justice system. In the U.S., the number of older people is growing and is expected to comprise nearly a quarter of the population by 2040, and many elderly have health conditions or specific needs. Because of that, some law enforcement officials, judges, or others working for the courts might not be equipped to accommodate older adults or understand how to handle their situations.

At Dunham & Ingram LLC, we have extensive experience helping elderly individuals navigate the complexities of the criminal justice system. When you require hard-hitting defense for your legal matter, we will be by your side every step of the way, ensuring your needs are met and providing sound advice throughout. Our attorneys have intricate knowledge of the law, and we will explore every legal option to build an effective defense in your case and work toward a favorable outcome on your behalf.

To schedule a consultation with our team, call us at (352) 353-8117 today.

Defending Against a Variety of Charges

Although crimes are more often committed by younger individuals and it's rare for an older adult to be arrested and convicted of an offense, it does happen. Just recently, in Florida, a 60-year-old man and 70-year-old woman were charged with lewd and lascivious behavior for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct outside a movie theater. As with any other person accused of committing an offense, elderly adults can be booked, held in jail while awaiting trial, and potentially face harsh penalties if convicted.

In all criminal cases, the prosecution will work hard to gather and present evidence that proves beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused is guilty of the alleged offense. Unfortunately, when taking on a case involving elders, the prosecutor might not give special considerations to their needs.

Our Ocala elderly criminal defense lawyers will ensure you have an advocate on your side, fighting to protect your rights and freedoms. When you hire us to defend your case, we will take the time to learn about the situation that led to your charges and your specific circumstances to provide the personalized representation you need.

We provide dedicated and effective legal counsel for various legal matters, including:

Potential Penalties for a Conviction

In Florida, offenses are classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, with the latter considered more serious than the former. Regardless of the level of charge you're facing, if you're convicted, you could be spending time behind bars. As mentioned earlier, the criminal justice system might not be equipped to provide the type of health care or services an older adult needs while incarcerated. Therefore, if you're found guilty of an offense, on top of losing your freedoms, you could be held in a facility that does not understand your unique circumstances.

The potential incarceration penalties a person could face for a conviction include:

  • Up to 1 year in jail for a first-degree misdemeanor
  • Up to 60 days in jail for a second-degree misdemeanor
  • Up to 30 years in prison for a first-degree felony
  • Up to 15 years in prison for a second-degree felony
  • Up to 5 years in prison for a third-degree felony

For Compassionate Yet Aggressive Legal Defense, Contact Our Firm

At Dunham & Ingram LLC, we are committed to providing superior legal representation to the older population of Ocala and the surrounding areas. We understand the stresses and fears of facing a criminal accusation. That's why we listen to your questions, patiently explain the process, and thoroughly go over your legal options.

Get started on your case by calling us at (352) 353-8117 or contacting us online.

Benefits of Choosing Dunham & Ingram LLC:

  • Experienced

    We have experience handling all types of misdemeanor and felony cases.

  • Committed

    We are committed to tirelessly protecting your rights and interests.

  • Aggressive

    We have extensive courtroom experience and know how to fight for you in trial.

  • Helpful

    We will answer any questions and make sure you understand your rights and options.