Felony Offenses

Criminal offenses are typically classified as either a misdemeanor or a felony. A felony is a more serious crime that results in a stricter penalty if convicted. Felony cases include an indictment or preliminary trial and, in some cases, the accused may be imprisoned while they await their trial. If convicted of a felony crime, the guilty party will serve out their sentence in either a federal prison or state penitentiary. If you have been accused of a federal crime, you require the services of a federal criminal defense attorney in Tampa.

How are Felonies Classified in Florida?

There are a wide range of felony crimes in Florida, and the punishment can range anywhere from as little as one year to life in prison. Felonies can be classified as third degree, second degree, first degree, capital, or life punishments:

Third Degree Felony: When a defendant is found guilty of a third degree felony, they can receive up to five years in prison and can receive a fine up to $5,000.

Second Degree Felony: If a defendant is convicted of a second degree felony, they may receive up to 15 years in federal prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

First Degree Felony: When a defendant is convicted of a first degree felony, this offense is punishable up to 30 years in prison and a maximum fine of $10,000.

Capital and Life Felonies: The most serious type of felony sentencing is for capital and life offenses. These crimes can be punishable by life imprisonment or the death penalty.

Examples of Federal Crimes

Here are some common examples of felony crimes:

  • Homicide
  • Assault or Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Robbery (not including petty theft)
  • Carjackings
  • Arson
  • Sexual Assault and Other Sex Crimes
  • Stalking (credible threat)
  • Grand Theft
  • Child Abuse
  • Aggravated Animal Cruelty
  • Resisting Arrest With Violence or Assaulting Law Enforcement
  • Drug Trafficking Crimes
  • Possession of a Controlled Substance
  • Incest
  • Tax Evasion
  • Fraud
  • Money Laundering
  • Treason
  • Carrying a Concealed Firearm without a License

Consult an Experienced Attorney

Under Florida law, if you have been convicted of multiple felonies in the past, you could receive a longer prison sentence if you are convicted of another felony. When you are accused of a felony crime, there is more at stake than just a lengthy federal prison sentence if you are convicted. From employment opportunities to furthering your education to qualifying for government benefits or owning a firearm, many basic rights can be compromised by a felony conviction.  

If you have been accused of a felony crime, consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney that can help you determine the best course of action to take next.

For a free consultation with a federal defense lawyer in Tampa, please contact The Rickman Law Firm today.

Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for general educational information only. This information does not constitute legal advice, is not intended to constitute legal advice, nor should it be relied upon as legal advice for your specific factual pattern or situation.

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