Felony Charges in Florida
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A felony offense is the most serious and complex type of criminal offense a person can be charged in Florida and the rest of the United States. In addition to lengthy prison sentences and expensive fines, a felony conviction can result in a permanent criminal record which makes it extremely tough to get a job, find housing, apply for college, or take advantage of life’s opportunities in general.
Common types of felony crimes include:
- Aggravated assault and battery
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence
- Drug possession (except cannabis)
- Grand theft
- Resisting arrest with violence
- Sex crimes
If you have been arrested for a felony offense in Miami, having an experienced and skilled criminal defense attorney on your side can make a difference between freedom and a long time spent behind bars. I am Jonathan Blecher and I have over 30 years of experience protecting the rights, reputations, and future of my clients. I can investigate your case, collect and analyze evidence, find weaknesses in the prosecution’s case, and help you either get your entire case dismissed or your charges/penalties reduced.
FLORIDA FELONY PENALTIES
A felony conviction can be punishable by at least one year in prison or by death in Florida. Furthermore, a felony could be either handled in state or federal court, depending on the severity of the alleged offense.
The following are five degrees of felony crimes in the state:
- Third-degree felony – Punishable by a maximum five-year prison term and a fine not exceeding $5,000
- Second-degree felony – Punishable by a maximum 15-year prison sentence and a fine no more than $10,000
- First-degree felony – Punishable by imprisonment of up to 30 years and a maximum $10,000 fine
- Life felony – Punishable by life imprisonment and a fine not exceeding $15,000
- Capital felony – Punishable by the death penalty
Additionally, prosecutors must complete scoresheets to determine the mandatory minimum sentences for felony offenders. If a person who has been charged with a felony score of at least 44 points, he/she will serve a prison sentence.
Other long-term consequences of a felony conviction include, but not limited to, the following:
- Employment, housing, and loan restrictions
- Loss of voting rights
- Loss of state or federal benefits
- Unable to possess a firearm
- Travel restrictions
- Inability to expunge or seal a criminal record
- Registration as a sex offender (if convicted of a sex crime)
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With the punishments this severe, you need to hire legal representation to get the best outcome possible. As a state prosecutor for many years, I can provide you with a unique insight into how the prosecution will handle your case, giving you an advantage in the courtroom. I have successfully defended thousands of clients throughout Florida by providing them with aggressive and personalized legal solutions to get their life back on the right path.
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