What Is the Difference Between a Misdemeanor and a Felony?

Florida Sentencing Laws

In the state of Florida, crimes are generally categorized as misdemeanors or felonies. Do you know the difference and what each would mean upon conviction? Kinsell & Whitaker can provide the answers that you need when you are facing charges of a crime, no matter how large or small.

Florida Misdemeanor Penalties

Less-serious crimes are generally categorized as misdemeanors. These offenses can include the following crimes:

Misdemeanors can be charged in the first or second degree, with first-degree misdemeanors being the worst and. Misdemeanors in the second degree will incur a fine of $500, up to 60 days in jail, or both. First-degree misdemeanors will result in a fine of $1,000, up to 1 year in jail, or both.

Penalties for Felonies in Florida

More serious crimes are charged as felonies. Examples of felony offenses include:

Felonies can be charged in the first, second, or third degree, with first-degree felonies being the worst. There are also life felonies (incurring life in prison) and capital felonies (incurring the death sentence or life in prison).

Conviction of a first-degree felony will result in a fine of $15,000, up to 30 years in prison, or both. Second-degree felonies will involve a fine of $10,000, up to 15 years in prison, or both. If convicted of a third-degree felony, a person will face a fine of $5,000, up to 5 years in prison, or both.

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