Orlando Criminal Defense Attorneys Educating Clients on Statutory Penalties
A statutory penalty is imposed for a statutory violation. It can take the form of a fine, prison sentence, or a combination of the two. Potential penalties for a misdemeanor or felony offense are based on the severity of the criminal charges or frequency of convictions for the specific crime.
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At The Umansky Law Firm, we are candid about educating clients on the penalties they face if convicted of a crime. We are also compassionate when minimizing the consequences following an arrest. Florida criminal penalties include:
Misdemeanor offenses — Crimes punishable by less than one year in jail are considered misdemeanors. County court judges handle these cases. They often fall under the following categories:
- A second-degree misdemeanor is a crime punishable by no more than 60 days in jail, six months of probation and a fine of $500.
- A first-degree misdemeanor is punishable by no more than one year in jail, one year of probation and a fine of $1,000.
Felony Offenses — Circuit court judges handle these offenses punishable by a possible one-year prison sentence, pursuant to Florida's criminal punishment code (CPC). Felonies score points based on the severity of the crime. The higher the felony level, the more points will appear on the "score sheet." More than 44 points subjects the convicted to minimum terms of imprisonment, while less than 44 is up to the judge's discretion. Felony levels include:
- A third-degree felony is punishable by up to five years in prison, five years probation, and a fine of $5,000.
- A second-degree felony results in up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine.
- A first-degree felony can result in a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation, and a fine of $10,000.
- A life felony results is a sentence for life without the possibility of parole or a lifetime of probation, as well as a $15,000 fine.
- Capital felony is life in prison without parole or death.
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