A felony is a criminal offense that is punishable under Florida laws (or that would be punishable if committed in Florida) by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary.
Felony charges include, but are not limited to:
- Aggravated Battery
- Aggravated Child Abuse
- Forgery and Uttering
- Grand Theft
- Sexual Battery
Felonies are classified for purposes of sentencing into the following categories:
- Capital Felony
- Felony of the First Degree
- Felony of the Second Degree
- Felony of the Third Degree
- Life Felony
Misdemeanors are violations of the law that are less serious than felony offenses. They are punishable by a fine, probation, and/or imprisonment in the county jail for not more than one year. Misdemeanor offenses include:
Battery (Domestic Violence)
Possession of Marijuana and Marijuana Paraphernalia
Prostitution Related charges
Resisting Arrest Without Violence
Ordinance violation cases are punishable by a fine or a civil penalty.
- What is a felony charge?
- What happens after an arrest on a felony offense?
- How will I know when and where I go to court?
- How do I have a public defender appointed to my case?
- How do I get a new attorney assigned to my case if I have a conflict with my present attorney?
- What if I move?
- How do I change my court date after notification?
- What happens if I fail to appear for my court date?
- How do I find information about my case or other felony cases?
- If I want copies of paperwork from a court file, is there a charge?