What is a Felony?
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A felony is the most serious crime, punishable by death or by more than one year in prison. Depending on the nature of the alleged crime, a felony may be governed by federal law and tried in the federal court, or governed by a state law and tried in a state court. The types of felony crimes can be divided into crimes, which, by act or intent, are violent or non-violent in nature.
Felony crimes, which are usually non-violent in nature, are white-collar crimes, such as tax evasion, embezzlement, identity theft and bribery, drug offenses, such as drug possession or conspiracy to distribute drugs, and other offenses, such as fraud, forgery, burglary, or larceny. Violent felony crimes are murder, rape, manslaughter, sexual assault, armed robbery, and other acts that inflict bodily injury.
What are the Penalties?
Felony crimes in the State of Florida carry a maximum penalty depending on the severity of the act. In addition, if you are convicted of a felony, this conviction will be placed on your record and you could be required to forfeit some of your civil rights.
Depending on the degree of the felony you are charged with, the possible penalties are as follows:
Third Degree Felony
A third degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison.
Second Degree Felony
A second-degree felony is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison.
First Degree Felony
A first-degree felony is punishable by up to thirty years in prison.
A life felony is punishable by life in prison.
A capital felony is punishable by death or life in prison.
In addition, all Felonies have the possibility of fines and surcharges that can amount to significant amounts of money.
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