The law penalizes a wide variety of behavior with jail terms, fines, community service and more. Major crime cases include sexual assault, robbery, arson, assault, identity theft and burglary. They are often categorized as felonies, which are the most serious type of offense.
There are five degrees of felony offenses in Florida:
Capital felony — This type of felony is punishable by either life in prison or the death penalty. Examples of capital felony include first-degree murder.
Life felony — This crime is punished by 40 years to life in prison. It can include a range of serious crimes, including murder and rape.
Felony in the first degree — A first-degree felony can result in a jail term of up to 30 years. It includes crimes like drug trafficking and burglary.
Felony in the second degree — These crimes are punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Second-degree felonies include crimes such as aggravated battery and robbery.
Felony in the third degree — The least serious of the felony charges, third-degree felonies are still punishable by up to five years in prison. Examples of third-degree felonies include aggravated assault and possession of a controlled substance.
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From jury selection to the closing argument, we have the experience and determination to help you move on from a sticky circumstance.
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