Orlando Felony Defense Lawyer

Panella Law Firm Accepts Cases Throughout Florida

Facing criminal charges for a felony offense is a serious matter that will have a profound impact on your future. Florida’s legal penalties are harsh, and you need aggressive legal representation to ensure that the rights and freedoms you are entitled to under the law are protected throughout the process.

Panella Law Firm zealously defends your rights under Florida law and works to secure the best possible outcome in your case regardless of the charges you face.

Why Work With Panella Law Firm

The criminal justice system is often a complicated and intimidating process, especially when your future is on the line after being charged with a felony crime.

That’s why it’s so important to find an experienced and qualified Orlando felony defense lawyer who can advocate for your rights and ensure you are tried fairly according to Florida statutes.

Our team has decades of combined experience navigating criminal defense cases and will work to secure the best possible outcome in your case while protecting your best interests every step of the way.

At Panella Law Firm, we offer comprehensive legal counsel, support, and advice for individuals who are facing felony charges.

How We Can Help

When you work with Attorneys Mike Panella and Huda Saleh, you can trust that your criminal case is in capable hands. We start by carefully reviewing the facts of your case and researching applicable laws to determine which defense strategies are most likely to be successful.

We’ll look for weaknesses in the prosecution’s arguments that may be used to create reasonable doubt in a jury’s mind, or we’ll negotiate with prosecutors on your behalf to reduce the severity of the penalties you face if convicted.

Client Testimonials

“[Panella Law Firm] is the definition of hard work and dedication. [They] will do everything [they] can, night in and day out to make sure that you get the best possible outcome in troubling times. More than happy with the level of professionalism delivered while dealing with the court system. 10/10 recommended to anyone.” – Tyler W.

“Saved me from jail and being charged as a felon [when] I got detained at my job for a crime I did not commit in an incident that occurred over 1.5 years ago. I was facing felony charges. When I reached out to [Panella Law Firm], I was expecting the worst outcome. But he got all charges dismissed! I had no hope when I was sitting in jail for something I didn’t do. Thanks to [them] I’m starting this year the best way possible!” – Joe

Types Of Felony Offenses In Florida

The type of felony you’re charged with and the circumstances surrounding the incident determine the punishment you face:

Violent Crimes

Many violent crimes are automatically felonies, like murder and kidnapping. Other crimes, like larceny or driving under the influence (DUI), are “wobbler” crimes, which means they can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies depending on the circumstances of the case. If you find yourself facing DUI charges, it’s crucial to consult with a DUI defense lawyer to understand your rights and options.

Drug Crimes

Felony drug crimes include but aren’t limited to drug trafficking, sale of an illicit substance to a minor, the illegal manufacture of a controlled substance, and drug possession. If you are facing charges related to drug possession, it’s crucial to seek the assistance of a skilled drug possession lawyer to protect your rights and build a strong defense

White Collar Crimes

White collar crimes may have a better reputation than violent offenses, but they are punished just as severely. These include crimes like fraud, racketeering, money laundering, embezzlement, tax evasion, and identity theft.

Property Crimes

Felony-level property crimes include some types of arson, burglary, grand theft auto, and theft of high-value goods.

While many of these offenses are charged at the misdemeanor level, aggravating factors like the following can result in being charged with a felony:

  • Involvement of minors
  • Possession of a deadly weapon during the crime
  • Injury to others.

Sex Crimes

Sexually violent crimes like rape, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking are also considered felonies and are punished severely not only by the state, but also by other correctional facility inmates.

If you or your loved one is charged with a felony not listed above, please contact Panella Law today at 407-602-6559 to discuss your case.

Criminal Penalties If You’re Convicted

No matter what offense you’ve been charged with, it’s crucial that you understand the potential penalties that may be imposed if you admit guilt and take a plea deal or are found guilty by a jury of your peers at trial.

Your sentence will generally be based on factors like the severity of the crime, whether people were harmed during the incident (and how many), your criminal background, and the personal opinion of the judge presiding over your case.

In some cases, judges may impose a combination of different types of sentences, such as:


You may be ordered to serve time in a federal or state prison for a period of time based on the severity of the offense and how much danger you pose to the general public.


This form of punishment involves being placed under supervision by law enforcement officials while following specific rules set by a judge or court system. For example, you may be required to attend regular counseling sessions and submit to random drug tests instead of having to go to jail. Individuals who violate their probation terms risk further punitive measures, including increased jail time or fines.


Monetary fines also be issued as part of a sentence to further deter criminal defendants from reoffending or to pay restitution to victims and/or their families. In some cases, Family lawyers can provide guidance on these matters

Community Service

This type of sentence requires individuals convicted of felonies to complete volunteer work at approved agencies to give back to their community instead of or in addition to traditional sentences like those listed above.

Collateral Consequences

It’s also important to consider the collateral consequences of being convicted of a felony crime in Florida. Beyond the direct punishment issued by a judge, people who have a permanent criminal record can experience the following collateral consequences:

  • Loss of employment opportunities
  • Denial of government benefits
  • Voter disenfranchisement
  • Driver’s license suspension
  • Eviction or changes to their immigration status.

Make sure you’re looking at all the facts before you agree to accept any plea bargain offered by prosecutors at the start of your case.

Our Orlando felony defense attorneys will exhaust every possible avenue to clear your name or lessen the charges filed against you. When your future is on the line, call 407-602-6559 for help.

Potential Defenses For Felony Charges

There are several potential defenses your Orlando felony lawyer can use depending on the facts of your case:

Alibi Defense

An alibi defense proves that you couldn’t have been at the scene of the crime because you were somewhere else instead, like work or a store or restaurant. An alibi must be supported by solid proof, like video surveillance footage, reliable witness testimony, or a receipt from the establishment that shows the date and time of the incident.

Self Defense

Self-defense is a common legal defense based on the premise that an individual was acting in response to imminent danger and did so only to protect themselves or another person from harm. For this claim to hold up in court, however, there must be strong evidence that the defendant had no other choice but to use force as a means of protection.

Mistaken Identity

You may be able to utilize a mistaken identity defense if the witnesses who allegedly saw you are unreliable or if photo evidence of you at the scene is grainy and difficult to make out. Your lawyer may be able to suggest to the jury that it’s not possible to say beyond all doubt that the witnesses or cameras saw you and not someone else.

False Accusations

If you believe you were falsely accused of a crime by someone, your attorney may be able to help you illustrate to the court that the primary witness in your case isn’t being truthful or that they have a motive to allege you committed a crime you did not.

Faqs To Ask An Orlando Felony Defense Lawyer

Here are just a few of the most frequently asked questions answered by our attorneys:

What Does an Orlando Felony Lawyer Do Differently from a Criminal Defense Attorney?

A felony lawyer will often take a more aggressive approach when defending their clients against more serious charges than what a criminal defense attorney would use in misdemeanor cases.

When Should I Hire an Orlando Felony Attorney?

Secure qualified legal representation as soon as possible after being arrested for any crime. An Orlando felony attorney can provide valuable advice and guidance on how to proceed during this difficult time to ensure the best possible outcome for your case.

Don’t wait – delaying retaining counsel or attempting to represent yourself could have serious consequences.

What Should I Expect During My First Consultation with an Orlando Felony Defense Lawyer?

During your initial consultation with an Orlando felony lawyer, you will be asked several questions about your case and have the opportunity to ask the attorney questions as well. They may discuss your chances of receiving a favorable verdict and how they will handle your case if hired.Ask about cost, how their approach compares with other lawyers in the area, and if they have any special certifications or experience that might be helpful for your case.

If you have additional questions, please contact Panella Law Firm today to discuss your case. Call us at 407-602-6559.

Get Qualified Legal Representation For Your Criminal Investigation Now

If you or a loved one is facing felony charges, you will want to get a skilled and experienced felony lawyer on your side that will provide the best possible defense

Contact Panella Law Firm today for a consultation to discuss the allegations against you and start forming a strong legal defense. Call now by dialing 407-602-6559.

Attorney Mike Panella

For Mike Panella, the concept of zealous advocacy developed at an early age – fueled by what he perceived to be an unjust resolution in a personal family legal matter. Mr. Panella would later attribute his passion to defend the rights of those who stand accused to those inequities in the legal system he observed, and considered unjust. Before opening Panella Law Firm, Mr. Panella served as an Assistant Public Defender for Florida’s 18th Judicial Circuit Public Defender’s Office and worked hundreds of cases in both Brevard and Seminole Counties. Mr. Panella was undefeated at trial. [ Attorney Bio ]

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