In 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.
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.
In Florida, the following crimes are categorized as misdemeanors:
Misdemeanors are further categorized into first-degree and second-degree crimes. First-degree misdemeanors carry more severe penalties than second-degree misdemeanors.
Under Florida state law, the following offenses are classified as felonies:
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.
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