What is a Felony?

In Florida, a "felony" is a criminal offense punishable by death, or imprisonment where the punishment for the criminal act exposes the individual to a sentence of imprisonment in excess of one year.

Categories of Felonies.

In Florida, there are five levels of felonies, as follows:

(a) Capital Felony - A capital felony is a criminal act punishable by death pursuant to Section 929.141, or alternatively, a defendant convicted of such a crime may be punished by life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.

(b) Life Felony - The criminal act in a life felony circumstance subjects the defendant to prison time up to life imprisonment.

(c) First Degree Felony - The term of imprisonment for a criminal act constituting a first degree felony shall be a prison term not exceeding 30 years, but in certain specified circumstances, the term of imprisonment may be for a period of time up to life imprisonment.

(d) Second Degree Felony - A defendant who has been convicted of a felony of the second degree may be punished by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 15 years.

(e) Third Degree Felony - A third degree felony is punishable by imprisonment not in excess of five years.

Free Consultation.

Should you have a felony issue to be addressed, a good criminal defense attorney is imperative. Peeler Law Firm is available for immediate consultation. Stan Peeler, in 30 years of practicing law, has extensive skill and experience in handling felonies in state and federal court proceedings, and will personally address your case with you at your convenience. Please contact us at 850-432-7705. Flat fee and hourly rates are available for consideration.