Felonies are deemed as the most serious class of offense that can occur in the United States. If a felony is committed in the state of Florida, a person can spend a large amount of time in prison. What separates a felony and a misdemeanor is the seriousness of the crime. Felonies include, but are not limited to, the following:
Felonies are generally separated into two categories: violent and nonviolent. The reason why is that they are generally looked at differently by the court, especially when they are considering someone’s past crimes.
Violent felonies usually involve the use or threat of force against another person. Nonviolent felonies do not involve violence but still risk harming an individual or the public in some manner, such as tax evasion.
In Florida, there are five felony categories: capital, life, 1st degree felony, 2nd degree, and 3rd degree. Each of these is coupled with their own possibilities for punishment. For example, a capital felony can be punishable by death or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a felony offense, please contact the Law Office of John R. Vitola today. Florida typically has experienced prosecutors handle felonies. John began his legal career as prosecutor for Florida so he has a fundamental understanding of both sides of the courtroom. He has the criminal defense experience you want for your felony case.