Classifications Of Felonies & Misdemeanors


Felony Charges

A felony is a criminal offense punishable by more than one year in prison.

In Florida, felony offenses are classified into the following five categories:

Felony of the third degree, felony of the second degree, felony of the first degree, life felony, and capital felony.

Third Degree Felony

A felony of the third degree is punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine not exceeding $5,000.

Second Degree Felony

A felony of the second degree is punishable by up to fifteen years in prison and a fine not exceeding $10,000.

First Degree Felony

A felony of the first degree is punishable by up to thirty years in prison and a fine not exceeding $10,000.

Life Felony

A life felony is punishable by life in prison without the possibility of parole and a fine not exceeding $15,000.

Capital Felony

A capital felony is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.

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Misdemeanor Charges

A misdemeanor is a criminal offense punishable by up to a year in the county jail.

In Florida, misdemeanor offenses are classified into the following two categories: Misdemeanor of the first degree or misdemeanor of the second degree.

First Degree Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor of the first degree is punishable by up to one year in and a fine not exceeding $1,000.

Second Degree Misdemeanor

A misdemeanor of the second degree is punishable up to 60 days in jail and a fine not exceeding $500.