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),
- Grand Theft,
- 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.
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.
A capital felony is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.