Trial-Tested Felony Defense Attorneys in and Around Gainesville
Felonies are typically the most serious crimes in any system of criminal law. A standard definition of a felony is any crime punishable by more than one year in prison or by death. This means that any crime that has a sentence of only a fine or confinement in the local jail is not a felony. Often, the offense itself is not labeled as a felony, but the punishment tells the public that the offense is a felony. On the other hand, state codes may label a crime a "gross" or "aggravated" misdemeanor but provide for a sentence of more than one year in the state penitentiary system, thereby ensuring that the so-called misdemeanor is treated as felony in many respects. If a crime is a felony, additional criminal procedures apply.
Felonies in Florida
Felonies, in Florida are third, second and first degree. Third degree – punishable by up to five years in the Department of Corrections and/or a fine of $5000; second - 15 years and/or $10,000; first – 30 years and/or $15,000. Certain charges, such as gun charges and drug charges (including trafficking in drugs) have their mandatory minimum sentences.