TAMPA FELONY CRIMINAL DEFENSE
Felonies in Florida
Felony crimes are the most complicated and serious offenses in Florida. Typically, the government trains and hones its most experienced and accomplished prosecutors to handle such cases. Felony crimes, unlike misdemeanors, are handled by circuit court judges and are punishable by the possibility of more than a year in jail. Felonies are divided as follows:
- Capital Felony: A Capital Felony is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
- Life Felony: A life felony is punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole, or probation for the remainder of your life, and a $15,000 fine.
- First Degree Felony: First degree felonies are punishable by up to 30 years in the Department of Corrections and in some instances by Life in Prison.
- Second Degree Felony: Second degree felonies are punishable by up to 15 years in the Department of Corrections.
- Third Degree Felony: Third degree felonies are punishable by up to 5 years in prison.
Examples of Felonies
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
- Dealing in Stolen Property
- Child Abuse
- Drug Possession
- Felony Battery
- Grand Theft
- Resisting a Law Enforcement Officer with Violence
- Sex Crimes
Florida’s Punishment Code
Felony offenses are sentenced pursuant to Florida’s criminal punishment code (CPC), commonly referred to as a score sheet. Under the CPC, a felony is assigned a numerical value based on a ranking system set by the Florida legislature. If you score less than 44 points, the judge is not required to sentence you to prison, but may still do so.
In addition to the possibility of imprisonment, a felony conviction carries a number of additional consequences:
- Unable to rent an apartment
- Ineligible for federal or state financial aid
- Inability to find and/or hold employment
- Loss of Civil Rights
- Ineligible to obtain State License
- Ineligible to hold public office