When you are charged with a felony crime and are found guilty, your life is guaranteed to change forever. You face a prison sentence of one year or more. In the worst-case scenario, you may face the death penalty. It all depends on what crime you committed.
There are three different types of crimes in Florida: infractions, misdemeanors, and felonies. Felonies are the most serious crimes. They are considered crimes against life. A person who commits one of these crimes is called a felon.
Felony Punishments in Florida
Felony offenses are commonly punishable by jail time of at least one year or more. Some who were proven guilty of felony were sentenced to imprisonment for life or the death penalty.
There are four degrees of felonies in Florida. They are third degree, second degree, first degree, and capital felonies. All of these carry different punishments. Committing a third-degree felony, such as the theft of a car, can see up to five years of jail time.
A capital felony, such as first-degree murder, may earn someone the death penalty, or life in prison. If you are on trial, a felony lawyer can help you out.
Examples of Felony
- Grand Theft
Consequences of a Felony Conviction in Florida
In addition to convicted felons facing long prison sentences (or the death penalty), paying fines and/or restitution, they must deal with the following consequences:
- The loss of their civil rights
- Ineligibility to hold public office
- Ineligibility to obtain state licenses
- Ineligibility to receive state or federal aid
- Lack of employment opportunities
People convicted of sexual offenses have their names listed in state databases where anyone can search and access information about them. In addition, they can find the crime that was committed.
Florida is one of the most restrictive states when it comes to residency and work limitations. When someone commits a sex crime against a child under 16 years of age, they are prohibited from living within 1,000 feet of a school, park, or another place frequented by children. Miami-Dade County imposes further restrictions. Sex offenders are not allowed to work in places where they may find children, such as daycares, businesses, and others.
Felony Criminal Record in Florida
If you have committed a felony, then that stays on your record forever. Some crimes are eligible for expungement. This means that it can be struck from your record. However, take note that the following felony offenses are not eligible for expungement.
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Aggravated Stalking
- Child Abuse
- Child Molestation
- Child Pornography
- Child Sexual Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Trafficking
- Elder Abuse
- Illegal Pornography
- Sexual Battery
Hire a Boca Raton Criminal Defense Lawyer
Felony can result in jail time, job loss, fines, and stress. If you are being investigated, have been arrested or have been charged with a felony offense in Boca Raton, contact the Berman Law Group as soon as possible.
Our competent Boca Raton criminal defense lawyers can explain your rights, discuss your legal options, and explain the pros and cons of the alternatives. We will also accompany you to all court appearances and represent you in court.
If it is the path you wish to follow, we will attempt to negotiate a plea bargain with prosecutors, allowing you to plead guilty to lesser charges.
The Berman Law Group has significant experience with defending clients. Prosecutors and the police are allowed lie to you. Our attorneys have the resources and expertise necessary to build your case and defend your rights.
We have won many cases for our clients. When the police are onto you, you cannot wait. The sooner you call us the easier it will be for you. We are always upfront and honest with you. The Berman Law Group wants you to know your options.
Call us today at 1-800-375-5555 and our felony lawyers will do everything in our power to help you and your family get through this challenging time.