Felonies vs. Misdemeanors in Florida
Florida law divides criminal offenses into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors.
The more severe of the two categories, felony convictions in Florida are punishable by incarceration in state prison, and in some cases, life in prison or the death penalty. Depending on the nature of the crime, a felony offense will fall into one of five classifications, each with the following maximum punishments:
- Capital felony—death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole
- Life felony—life imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000
- Felony of the first degree—up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- Felony of the second degree—up to 15 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000
- Felony of the third degree—up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000
A felony can wreak havoc on your future, but it doesn’t have to. Reach out to a skilled criminal defense attorney to start pursuing a favorable result to your criminal charge.
Because misdemeanor charges are less serious than felonies, they are only punishable up to one year in county jail. Misdemeanors are separated into two degrees:
- Misdemeanors of the first degree—up to one year in jail and a fine of up to $1,000
- Misdemeanors of the second degree—up to 60 days in jail and a fine of up to $500
Whether you’ve been charged with a misdemeanor or a felony, our attorney at Archer Law can explain your potential defenses and help you fight for justice.
Talk to Your Attorney First
It may be tempting to speak to the police after an arrest, but this can be a grave mistake. The statements you make, even if they seem helpful to your cause, can actually compromise your rights and give you an even steeper hill to climb. With us at your side, however, you can be assured we will give you a strong and true voice in the legal system and will guide you along the right path every step of the way.
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You don’t have to face this legal crisis alone. To discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer in Clermont, Florida, contact us today to set up a free consultation. At Archer Law, we are proud to defend the rights of clients throughout the area, including those in Orlando, Leesburg, and Ocala.