If you commit a felony offense in the state of Florida you could spend a considerable amount of time in prison, life in prison, or you could receive the death penalty. Florida’s felonies are classified as capital, life, first-degree, second-degree and third-degree felonies. Under Florida Statute, Sections 775.082 and 775.083, a capital felony is the most serious crime in the state of Florida, and is punishable by the death penalty. An example of a capital felony is first-degree murder. A conviction for a life felony can result in life in prison and a fine as large as $15,000.
Under the same Florida statutes, a first-degree felony in the state of Florida could result in up to 30 years in Florida state prison, and a fine as large as $10,000. A second-degree felony can result in up to 15 years in Florida state prison, and fines as large as $10,000. A third-degree felony can result in up to 5 years in Florida state prison, and a fine as large as $5,000. If there is no punishment or degree for a felony designated, the crime will be punished as a third-degree felony. Under Florida’s Three Strikes law, if you have two or more felony convictions on your record, and you are convicted of an additional felony, you could be sentenced to a lengthy prison term.
Additional Consequences of a Felony Conviction
If you have been convicted for a felony offense, you can face consequences other than prison time and a large fine. With a felony offense on your criminal record, you could find it difficult to obtain employment, obtain a professional license, rent a home or obtain a college loan from the government. You will also be prohibited from owning a firearm and from voting. Felony cases in the state of Florida are serious and complex, requiring the services of a highly experienced criminal defense attorney from The Law Place.
Felony Offenses in Florida
Examples of felony offenses in the state of Florida include the following:
- Aggravated assault or aggravated battery
- Abuse of a child
- Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer or Firefighter
- Possession of a controlled substance, other than marijuana
- Grand theft
- Resisting an officer with violence
- Sex crimes, including rape
- Drug trafficking
- Carrying a concealed weapon
Felony offenses in the state of Florida are assigned a numerical value which is based on the ranking system implemented by the Florida State Legislature. The higher the ranking, the higher the number of points. A score of more than 44 points will result in a minimum prison term, while a score of less than 44 points means that the judge is not required to send you to prison, but he or she still may do so.
Getting the Help You Need from a Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been charged with a felony crime, you are potentially facing very serious penalties, including significant time in prison. It is important that you immediately contact an experienced criminal defense attorney from The Law Place as soon as you have been charged with a felony offense, or even if you think you might be charged. The sooner your attorney is on your case, the better chance you have of a positive outcome. The Law Place attorneys will work hard to determine the best way to defend your charges. They will do their best to have your charges reduced to a lesser charge, or even dismissed entirely. Don’t wait—Contact a criminal defense attorney from The Law Place today by calling 941-444-4444.