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WHAT IS A FELONY CRIME IN FLORIDA?

Posted in Blog on November 20th, 2013

What is a Felony Crime in Florida

A felony is a crime that is punishable by the possibility of more than one year in prison.  Felony criminal charges are handled in circuit criminal court.

Some examples of felonies are:

  • Aggravated Assault,
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer or “BATLEO”
  • Burglary and all of the various variations of Burglary,
  • Drug Possession (All drug possession except for possession of Marijuana less than 20 grams),
  • Robbery
  • Grand Theft,
  • Homicide,
  • Drug Trafficking,
  • Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon

There are many other felony crimes in the State of Florida.  This list is just a few of the potential felony criminal offenses.

What does the degree of a felony mean?

There are five major categories that almost all felonies fall within.  They are,

Third Degree Felony

A third degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, five years probation, and a $5,000 fine.

Second Degree Felony

A second-degree felony is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison, fifteen years probation, and a $10,000 fine.

First Degree Felony

A first-degree felony is punishable by up to thirty years in prison, thirty years probation, and a $10,000 fine.

There is a subset of the 1st Degree felony know as a 1st Degree Felony Punishable by Life if Prison or commonly referred to a “PBL”.  A 1st PBL is punishable by up to life in prison.

Life Felony

A life felony is punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole, or probation for the remainder of your life, and a $15,000 fine.

Capital Felony

A capital felony is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.