Felonies in Florida
In the State of Florida, a felony is a crime punishable by more than one year in jail. Felonies range from 3rd Degree-punishable by up to five years in prison, to capital-punishable by the death penalty.
A felony conviction can be more damaging than the period of possible incarceration. If convicted, some of your constitutional rights may be forfeited. For instance, a felon in possession of a firearm is not only illegal but is punishable by up to 15 years in prison. Some government benefits may also be terminated. And employment opportunities can be affected.
Florida has also taken a very serious approach to repeat felony offenders. By enacting ‘Habitual Offender’ and ‘Prison Release Re-offender’ legislation, prior felony convictions can be used to enhance the maximum possible penalty and to establish a minimum mandatory sentence on a subsequent felony.
Due to the possible devastating consequences, if you or a loved one is charged with a felony call 904-353-0436 now and speak to an experienced Jacksonville defense attorney.