What is the difference between a felony and a misdemeanor in Florida? A felony and a misdemeanor in Florida are two classifications of crime and they are divided up on what the sentencing could be. Typically, a misdemeanor is a lesser offense than a felony and is punishable up to one year in jail. A felony on the other hand is a crime that is punishable over one year. While a typical misdemeanor offense can be petty theft or simple battery, something such as domestic violence with bodily injury is a felony. A felony or a misdemeanor should never be taken lightly and having an experienced criminal defense like Matthew Konecky at your side can potentially help reduce your charges in the state of Florida.
Common Misdemeanor Offenses in Florida
Some common misdemeanor offenses in the state of Florida include but are not limited to:
- Petit (petty) theft
- Domestic violence (without bodily injury)
- Disorderly conduct
- Giving alcohol to a minor
- Driving with a suspended license
- Driving under the influence (DUI)
- Possession of 20 grams or less of marijuana
Common Felony Offenses in Florida
Some common felony offenses in the state of Florida include but are not limited to:
- Aggravated battery or aggravated assault
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence (with bodily injury)
- Burglary crime
- Possession of a controlled substance crime (excluding marijuana)
- Sex crimes
- Drug trafficking
The more serious the offense, the higher risk for the potential of minimum mandatory sentencing depending on the crime.
Types of Felonies in Florida
A first-degree felony in Florida can result in up to thirty years in prison with a $10,000 fine.
A second-degree felony in Florida can result in up to fifteen years in prison with a $10,000 fine.
A third-degree felony in Florida can result in up to five years in prison with a $5,000 fine.
A capital felony in Florida is the most serious felony. A capital felony can result in the death penalty according to Florida Statute 775.082. Typically, a capital felony is reserved for murder in the first-degree.
A life felony in Florida can result in life in prison with a $15,000 fine.
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