The Different Degrees of Felony Charges and Their Penalties

Penalties for a felony conviction depend on the type of felony with which you are convicted. Felony charges include crimes constituting charges of third-degree to life and capital felonies. Maximum sentences range from five years to life imprisonment, and capital felonies may even bring the death penalty.

Penalties for Differing Levels of Felonies

Per Florida Statutes §775.082 and §775.083, the following are the maximum prison sentences and fines if convicted of a felony in Florida:

  • Third-degree: Up to five years imprisonment and $5,000 fine.
  • Second-degree: Up to 15 years imprisonment and $10,000 fine.
  • First-degree: Up to 30 years imprisonment (or for some crimes, up to life imprisonment) and $10,000 fine.
  • Life Felony: Up to life imprisonment (or for some crimes, minimum 25 years imprisonment followed by life parole) and $15,000 fine.
  • Capital Felony: Death penalty or life imprisonment without possibility of parole.

Legal Help if Charged with a Felony in Miami

Your specific charges and, if convicted, sentence will depend on a wide array of factors including the circumstances of the crime and possibly the age of the victim. If you are facing felony charges, a defense lawyer at Falk & Ross can represent you. Call 877-663-5110 for a consultation.