Felony charges are some of the most serious charges an individual can face in the Florida criminal system. If you are accused of a felony, don’t hesitate to get legal help. With the right legal team at your side, be confident that you’re presenting the best defense to protect your future and your rights under the law.

Third Degree Felonies

Florida separates felony crimes by degrees. For example, a third degree felony is the least serious type of felony charge. Yet, the penalties are still stiff. If convicted of a third degree felony, an individual may be sentenced up to five years in a state prison and ordered to pay a fine up to $5,000.

Second Degree Felonies

Second degree felonies are more serious than third degree felonies, but less serious than first degree. This type is punishable by up to 15 years in a state prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

First Degree Felonies and Capital Felonies

This type of felony is the second most serious charge under Florida law and the penalties are exceptionally harsh. For example, an individual convicted of a first degree felony can face up to 30 years in prison and be ordered to pay a fine of up to $10,000. The only time harsher punishments are imposed are when a felony is considered “capital” and is punishable by the death sentence.

Examples of Felonies

Felonies in Florida include, but are not limited to:

  • Murder
  • Aggravated battery
  • Automobile theft
  • Possession of a firearm without a permit
  • Sale of marijuana or other drugs to a minor

How Degree is Determined

Some crimes are automatically considered first, second, or third degree felonies. What degree a felony is charged as depends on many factors, including the seriousness of the crime and whether or not the defendant has a prior criminal record. For example, murder is generally charged as a first degree felony except in special circumstances where the crime would be considered a capital felony.

When to Contact a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you were charged with a felony in Florida, or you are under investigation, it’s important to have a criminal defense attorney on your side advocating for your rights. Therefore, contact Martin T. Knopes, P.A. today to learn more about how to fight serious felony charges and what your legal options are. Call now for a consultation to discuss your case in detail at (850) 683-0700.