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Felony Vs. Misdemeanor Know the Differences and the Charges You Could Face.

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 Law Firm 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.

Contact a Gainesville Criminal Defense Lawyer

Call Kinsell Law Firm today at (352) 356-8967 to request a complimentary consultation if you have been arrested. We can answer any criminal defense questions that you have and can provide the relentless defense that you need.

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