A felony is punishable by more than one year in a state correctional facility.
Many felonies are violent crimes or serious offenses that are therefore
harshly penalized. Aggravated assault, battery on a law enforcement officer,
residential burglary, child abuse, possession of a controlled substance
(other than marijuana), grand theft, murder, manslaughter, kidnapping
and rape are all examples of felonies.
Felonies are charged in different degrees depending on the offense.
The degrees and corresponding penalties for felony offenses, as outlined
in Florida Code Title XLVI Section 775.082, are included below:
Capital Felony – Punishable by life in prison without parole or death penalty.
Life Felony – Punishable by life in prison and fine up to $15,000.
First Degree Felony – Punishable by up to 30 years in prison and $10,000 fine.
Second Degree Felony – Punishable by up to 15 years in prison and $10,000 fine.
Third Degree Felony – Punishable by up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine.