WHAT ARE FELONY CHARGES?

Felony Charges

Felony charges in Florida are defined as criminal charges which are punishable by more than a year of incarceration.  Unlike a misdemeanor charge which carries a potential county jail sentence, a person convicted of a felony can be sentenced to incarceration in the Florida Department of Corrections.

The State of  Florida has several classes of felony charges, which include the following:

Third Degree Felony        Punishable by Maximum of 5 years in State prison

Second Degree Felony     Punishable by Maximum of 15 years in State prison

First Degree Felony          Punishable by Maximum of 30 years in State prison

Capital or Life Felony      Punishable by Maximum of Life Sentence in State prison