Felony Penalties, Florida Statute 775.082

Florida Felony Penalties and Offenses

Under Florida law all crimes are divided into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious crimes, punishable by state prison, county jail, house arrest or felony probation. Felonies are classified as third-degree, second-degree, first-degree, life felonies or capital felonies. Felonies are further classified by level, from level one to level ten. Click here for a complete list of all felonies classified by degree and level.

Third-Degree Felonies

Third-degree felony penalties are the most common type of felonies in Florida, punishable by up to five-years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Other sanctions can include house arrest, community service, educational classes, individual or group counseling, a no alcohol provision, a no-contact order and random drug testing. If lawmakers fail to designate the punishment for or degree of a felony, then the crime is punishable as a third degree felony. Examples of third-degree felonies are:

Second-Degree Felonies

Second-degree felony penalties are punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation and a $10,000 fine. Examples of second-degree felonies are:

First-Degree Felonies

First-degree felony penalties in Florida are generally punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Examples of first degree felonies are:

  • Aggravated battery on an officer
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Burglary with an assault or battery
  • Drug trafficking
  • Robbery with a weapon
  • Trafficking in cannabis
  • Trafficking in stolen goods

Capital or Life Felonies

Capital and life felonies are the most serious crimes in Florida. Capital felonies are punishable by the death penalty. Life felonies are punishable by life imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000. Examples of capital or life felonies are:

  • Murder
  • Sexual battery

Prior Felony Convictions

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 term under one of Florida’s recidivist sentencing schemes per Florida Statute 775.084.

Statute of Limitation

For all Florida felony offenses the State must begin criminal prosecution within a set period of time. This time frame is called the statute of limitation. Criminal prosecutions commenced after the statute of limitation can are subject to dismissal. The statute of limitation begins to run when the crime is committed.  Felonies in Florida generally have a statutes of limitation from three years to and indefinite period of time for more serious offenses.

Florida Felony Penalties and Offenses

Under Florida law all crimes are divided into two categories: felonies and misdemeanors. Felonies are more serious crimes, punishable by state prison, county jail, house arrest or felony probation. Felonies are classified as third-degree, second-degree, first-degree, life felonies or capital felonies. Felonies are further classified by level, from level one to level ten. Click here for a complete list of all felonies classified by degree and level.

Third-Degree Felonies

Third-degree felony penalties are the most common type of felonies in Florida, punishable by up to five-years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. Other sanctions can include house arrest, community service, educational classes, individual or group counseling, a no alcohol provision, a no-contact order and random drug testing. If lawmakers fail to designate the punishment for or degree of a felony, then the crime is punishable as a third degree felony. Examples of third-degree felonies are:

Second-Degree Felonies

Second-degree felony penalties are punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation and a $10,000 fine. Examples of second-degree felonies are:

First-Degree Felonies

First-degree felony penalties in Florida are generally punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. Examples of first degree felonies are:

  • Aggravated battery on an officer
  • Aggravated child abuse
  • Burglary with an assault or battery
  • Drug trafficking
  • Robbery with a weapon
  • Trafficking in cannabis
  • Trafficking in stolen goods

Capital or Life Felonies

Capital and life felonies are the most serious crimes in Florida. Capital felonies are punishable by the death penalty. Life felonies are punishable by life imprisonment and a fine of up to $15,000. Examples of capital or life felonies are:

  • Murder
  • Sexual battery

Prior Felony Convictions

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 term under one of Florida’s recidivist sentencing schemes per Florida Statute 775.084.

Statute of Limitation

For all Florida felony offenses the State must begin criminal prosecution within a set period of time. This time frame is called the statute of limitation. Criminal prosecutions commenced after the statute of limitation can are subject to dismissal. The statute of limitation begins to run when the crime is committed.  Felonies in Florida generally have a statutes of limitation from three years to and indefinite period of time for more serious offenses.

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