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Misdemeanor Vs. Felony

Tampa Criminal Defense LawyerIn most states, including Florida, there are two broad categories of criminal offenses. These categories include misdemeanors and felonies. There are several differences between the illegal activities that fall into these two categories.

In the following post, we will examine some of the primary differences between misdemeanors and felonies.

Severity of Penalties and Punishments 

Broadly speaking, misdemeanor crimes are considered to be less serious than felonies. Misdemeanor offenses carry less severe maximum penalties and punishments than felony convictions do.

Under Florida law, misdemeanors carry a maximum jail sentence of one year.

Examples of Misdemeanors

In Florida, the following crimes are categorized as misdemeanors:

  • Petty theft
  • Domestic violence
  • Vandalism
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Driving while under the influence (DUI)
  • Possession of cannabis (less than 20 grams)

Misdemeanors are further categorized into first-degree and second-degree crimes. First-degree misdemeanors carry more severe penalties than second-degree misdemeanors. 

Examples of Felonies

Under Florida state law, the following offenses are classified as felonies:

  • Homicide
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Aggravated Battery
  • Kidnapping
  • Aggravated Stalking
  • Grand theft

Felonies are categorized into first, second, and third degrees. There are also “life” felonies, which are punishable by a sentence of life in prison. 

Finally, “capitol” felonies have the potential to carry a life imprisonment sentence or result in the person’s death at the hands of the state. 

When you need a lawyer for a misdemeanor or a felony charge, reach out to Shrader Law. As a top firm in our area, we can help.

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