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Fort Lauderdale Criminal Defense Attorney

Criminal charges can affect all aspects of your life, from relationships to work and everything in between. As a former police officer, Attorney Gary F. Celetti, Jr. is passionate that justice is served no matter what and works to ensure that his client’s rights are protected.

What Are Criminal Offenses?

Almost all criminal offenses are classified as either a felony or a misdemeanor. Misdemeanors and felonies have levels of severity, such as first-degree or second-degree, depending on the alleged crime. Florida law has created five categories of felonies, including life felony and capital felony, plus a special category for certain drug offenses. All criminal offenses, both misdemeanors and felonies, can result in jail and fines.

Misdemeanor Offenses

Misdemeanors in Florida include shoplifting, vandalism, driving with a suspended license, disorderly conduct, and battery.

First-degree offenses are punishable by up to one year in jail, 12 months’ probation, and a $1,000 fine.

Second-degree offenses are punishable by up to 60 days in jail, six months’ probation, and a $500 fine.

Prison sentences are served in a county or city jail.

First-degree offenses generally have a two-year statute of limitation, while it is one year for second-degree. Statute of limitation limits how long after an alleged crime that charges can be filed.

Felony Offenses

Felony offenses are more serious than misdemeanors and can carry severe punishment. Felonies include homicide, kidnapping, assault, grand theft, and carjacking.

Depending on the felony and the degree of the felony, punishment ranges from fines between $5,000 and $500,000 and prison sentences between one year to life. A death sentence is also possible in Florida. All felony convictions may also require paying restitution to the victims.

Prison sentences are served in a state penitentiary or a federal prison.

Statute of limitations can be as short as three years for some felonies, but other charges have no statute of limitation.

When to Hire a Defense Lawyer

Hiring a criminal defense attorney is an important first step when you have been charged with a crime. Our attorney will be with you from arraignment through trial and beyond.

GFC Law will vigorously defend you from arraignment through trial and beyond.

Our skilled team of professionals will:

  • Educate you about the charges and the legal/judicial process
  • Evaluate the evidence
  • Recommend a defense strategy
  • Negotiate potential plea bargains
  • Defend you against the charges at trial

Representation that Puts You First

At GFC Law, we intentionally carry a smaller caseload so we can provide you with individualized representation, tailoring the defense strategy to the specifics of your case.

Each case is unique. We tailor your defense strategy to your circumstances.

Contact us online or by phone at (954) 945-7221.

why hire us?

The Team Your Case Deserves
  • Straightforward & Direct Legal Counsel
  • Personalized Support and Attention to Detail
  • Always Looking Out for Our Clients' Best Interest
  • More Than 20 Years of Experience in the Courtroom
  • Competitive Pricing
  • Over 2 Decades Serving in Law Enforcement

Meet your advocate

Experienced in the Courtroom & Ready to Defend Your Case
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    Gary F. Celetti

    Founding Attorney

    Gary is the founding member of GFC Law, PLLC and he primarily focuses on Marital and Family Law, and Domestic Violence Law. Gary is a fierce advocate for his clients, and he takes great pride in specializing in the needs of First Responders and Public Service Professionals across the State of Florida. As a former first responder, Gary has witnessed firsthand the stress, emotion, and health complications that affect families when confronted with a divorce.
  • Zachary M. Celetti, Non- Attorney Photo
    Zachary M. Celetti, Non- Attorney

    Office Manager

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    Yenniela Mena, Non-Attorney

    Case Manager



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    Gary is so genuine and his passion for helping people is like no other. I HIGHLY recommend his firm.

    “Gary and his staff are AMAZING people. Words can't express how comfortable they all make you feel during the whole legal process. Your phone call is ALWAYS answered during business hours. If Gary is ...”

    - Former Client
    Genuinely tries his best for you

    “He got me the result that I was looking for with my time-sharing matter and did a great job.”

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    “Attorney Celetti very professional, knowledgeable, his integrity in keeping his word is superior and work ethic second to none.”

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    “Attorney Gary F Celetti was very professional and efficient, he assisted me throughout my legal process during a difficult time in my life and I was very pleased with the outcome.”

    - Christina A.
    Im proud to call Gary CelettiĀ  "my lawyer"!!

    “Gary has been a real partner, highly responsive, caring, smart and experienced. Gary made me feel like my case always had his undivided focus and attention.”

    - Darrell W.

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