Crimes that are classified as felonies are serious charges that have serious penalties. In fact, the penalties associated with the crimes are exactly what make the felonies in the State of Florida. The crimes that are considered felonies includemurder, manslaughter, assault, battery, sex crimes, and many more. Even the minimum sentence for a felony is five years in a state prison facility.
There are five categories of felonies in Florida. The most serious of which are called “capital” felonies and these carry a life sentence in prison and even the death penalty. “Life” felonies are serious crimes also but they carry a lesser sentence of fines up to $15,000 and from 40 years to life in prison. If you have been charged with either of these categories of felonies and have yet to retain counsel, do so immediately.
Other felonies are those of “degrees” – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. First degree felonies include trafficking in narcoticsand these can result in up to 30 years in prison or fines up to $10,000. Second degree felonies can mean up to 15 years or $10,000. Third degree felonies are typically things such as drug possession, burglary, and others and may result in five years and fines up to $5,000. Again, if you have any of these charges pending against you, be sure to get the best lawyers for your case.
As former Assistant Public Defenders, our partners have knowledge and experience in felony charges in the State of Florida. We are dedicated to giving our clients a strong criminal defense and have represented clients across Florida from Fort Lauderdale to Orlando and more. To speak with one of our attorneys about your case, please call or visit our offices or use one of the short contact forms that appear on our website.