Criminal Penalties in the State of Florida

Orlando Attorney

Misdemeanor And Felony Charges In Florida

The Umansky Law Firm in Orlando defends people throughout Central Florida who have been arrested for or charged with a crime. If convicted of a crime, you could face various penalties and personal problems. Your defense is our top priority. We want to keep you out of jail and help you avoid all of the potential criminal consequences you could face.

In the state of Florida, crimes are classified as either a misdemeanor or felony offenses. The maximum incarceration and fine for a crime are based on the crime’s severity along with the frequency of the crime committed by that person.

Recent Case Result

Aggravated Assault With a Firearm

The Umansky Law Firm represented a client in Osceola County accused of Aggravated Assault with a Firearm. The minimum mandatory sentence for this alleged offense is 20 years in prison. The allegation was that our client shot a firearm towards the alleged victim – therefore Florida’s “10/20/Life” sentencing provisions applied. We contacted the alleged victim, who stated she did not want to prosecute. We prepared an affidavit from the alleged victim to the prosecutor stating her desire to have the charges dropped. On the day of trial, we were successful in getting the charges dropped against our client after the prosecutor dismissed the charges!

Misdemeanor Charges in Florida

  • Second-degree misdemeanor can be punishable by maximum incarceration of 60 days in jail and a maximum fine of $500
  • First-degree misdemeanor can be punishable by maximum incarceration of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine

Though misdemeanor offenses are less serious than felonies, punishment can still reach a maximum of one year in jail and a fine totaling $1,000. Committing a misdemeanor still results in an arrest and the requirement of mug shots, fingerprints and posting of a bond. Misdemeanors are also capable of having a permanent place on criminal records. Misdemeanors are put into two classes: first degree misdemeanors and second-degree misdemeanors. Both of these classes are handled by a county court judge. You can search for many criminal lawyers in Orlando, Florida, that handle different kinds of misdemeanors.

Felony Charges in Florida

  • Third-degree felony can be punishable by maximum incarceration of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $5,000
  • Second-degree felony can be  punishable by maximum incarceration of 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
  • First-degree felony punishable by a maximum incarceration of 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine
  • Life felony can be punishable by life in prison
  • Capital felony can be  punishable by death

Felonies are more serious than misdemeanors, punishable first by the possibility of over a year in prison. Where some misdemeanors will deal with theft, DUI, trespassing, and solicitation of prostitution, felonies constitute of aggravated assault/and battery, burglary, child abuse, grand theft, homicide, and many other serious crimes. Because of the serious nature of these crimes, felony cases can only be handled by circuit court judges. Each felony also includes up to the same amount of time on probation as the maximum incarceration. Life and capital felonies do not have a possibility of parole. These are more difficult to defend and require more experience and time from attorneys that handle felonies.

The Umansky Law Firm is here to make a difference in your life and help you avoid the consequences of a conviction.

Consequences of Having a Criminal Record

The aforementioned penalties are the legal repercussions you can expect to be subjected to. However, many people fail to realize the slew of societal obstacles and personal problems you may face as a result of having a criminal record. This includes:

  • Loss of job or difficulty finding employment
  • Academic fallout including being suspended, expelled or losing  scholarships
  • Professional license revocation
  • Driver’s license suspension or revocation
  • Damage to your reputation, relationships, and public image
  • Loss of civil rights

To improve your chances of not having to be subjected to any of the previously mentioned penalties, acquire the services of an experienced criminal defense lawyer.

Contact Us Now For A Free Consultation

The Orlando criminal defense lawyers at The Umansky Law Firm can help position you for a favorable court ruling. As former Florida prosecutors, we have extensive knowledge of both sides of the criminal justice system. We cannot guarantee your outcome, but we can guarantee that we will dedicate ourselves to seeking the best possible result for your specific criminal matter. To arrange your free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at 407-228-3838 or contact us online.

Recent Criminal
Case Results

Burglary of Dwelling; Petit Theft

Withhold with 6 months probation and impulse control; adjudication withheld

Grand Theft ($300-$5000)

Nolle Prosequi-Case Dropped

CT-Driving Under the Influence Car (M1)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

CT- Driving under the influence car

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

Grand Theft Third Degree

Adjudicated Guilty; One day jail/one day time serve; Restitution fees; Court Cost

Petit Theft < 300

We negotiated an agreement that entailed the State dropping the charge after our client completed a Pre-Trial Diversion Program. The Charge was dropped via a Nolle Prosequi.

Unlawful Speeding

Withhold of Adjudication; No points on license; Paid fine and clerk cost; 8 hour aggressive driver class; 90 days to satisfy fine and class

Shoot/Throw Missile Into Dwell/Struct/Veh; Child Abuse; Criminal Mischief; Battery (Domestic Violence)

No Information Notice - Charges Dropped

Attach Tag/Lic Plate To Unassigned Vehicle (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped

DUI with Minor In Car or BAL of .20 or Higher

Pled No Contest, 1 Year Probation, 10 day Car Impound, Community Service

Motion to Modify Probation

Motion Granted in 48 hours

Petit Theft

Adjudication Withheld, 4 Months probation, Costs/Fines, Impulse Control Class

Petit Theft of $100 or MORE (M1)

Nolle Prosequi

Refuse To Submit To DUI Test (M1)

Case Dropped

Battery on Law Enforcement Officer (F3); Disorderly Conduct (M2)

Nolle Prosequi - Case Dropped


Charges Dropped

Scheme to Defraud(F3); Grand Theft(F3)

Motion to Terminate Probation Granted

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Not Guilty

Leave Scene Of A Crash W/Property Damage (M2)

Case Dropped

Motion to Modify and Impose a Withhold of Adjudication


Attempted Burglary of a Conveyance

Charges dropped

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Charges dropped

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Violation of Probation

Case Dismissed

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