Crimes have been committed for as long as Florida has been a state. The judicial discretion in sentencing had wide boundaries and sentences for similar crimes varied substantially, but since October 1, 1983, have been structured and balanced for fairness. Individuals convicted of a crime deserve to know what their sentence may be, without leaving it up to the judge to sentence without parameters.
|Offense||Prison time (years)|
|Felony of the Third Degree||5|
|Felony of the Second Degree||15|
|Felony of the First Degree||30|
|Life Felony||Life in Prison|
The “Crime Control Act of 1995” heralded substantial amendments to previous sentencing guidelines.
The Department of corrections has responsibilities, which include:
Felonies and misdemeanors is how Florida law divides crimes. Felonies in Florida are punishable by death or incarceration in state prison. Felonies are classified as life, first, second, or third degree. Misdemeanors are less serious and punishable by up to one year in county jail.
Life felonies, such as murder, are the most serious crimes in Florida. Life felonies are punishable by the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Felonies of the first degree, such as aggravated battery are usually punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
A felony of the second degree, such as selling marijuana, can result in a prison term of up to 15 years and a fine of not more than $10,000.
Felonies of the third degree, such as auto theft, are the least serious types of felonies in Florida, punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
People in Florida who have previously been convicted of two or more felonies and are convicted of yet another felony may be sentenced to a lengthy prison term under the Three Strikes Law.
If you have been charged or believe you will be, contact Ronald Chapman. Ronald Chapman is knowledgeable about Florida’s sentencing for misdemeanors and felonies. Ronald Chapman is an experienced defense attorney who knows the ins and outs of the Florida criminal court system and is dedicated to his clients. Ronald Chapman can help you with your case.
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