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Felonies in Pensacola, FL

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A felony conviction in Florida often results in spending at least one year in prison. However, prison sentences can span several years—and even for a lifetime. Additionally, convicted felons face long-term consequences once their punishment is fulfilled. Felons can lose the right to work in certain industries, obtain certain professional licenses, serve on juries, and vote.

If you or a loved one has been charged with a felony offense, the Morris Firm will do our best to get the best possible outcome. Our Pensacola felony defense lawyer has over a decade of experience handling thousands of criminal cases, including some of the most complex and high-profile cases. We can investigate your arrest, gather and assess evidence, and find any weaknesses in the prosecution’s case against you or determine if the police had violated your constitutional rights.

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Felony Degrees in Florida

In Florida, there are five degrees of felonies: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, life, & capital felony. In Florida felonies are punishable by more than 1 year in prison and hefty fines. Being convicted of a felony charge will result in the loss of certain civil rights and could lead to the death penalty.

The five degrees of felonies in Florida from the most to least serious, are:

  • Capital felony: Punishable by death or life in prison. Examples include premeditated murder, capital sexual battery, and capital drug trafficking.
  • Life felony: Punishable by a term of imprisonment for life or by a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment. The maximum fine is $15,000. Life felonies include certain sex offenses where the victim is younger than 12, first-degree murder, and certain offenses involving the use of a weapon or firearm that are enhanced because of the 10-20-life statute.
  • First-degree felony: Punishable by a maximum of 30 years in state prison, a fine of $10,000, or both. Some examples of first-degree felonies aggravated child abuse, certain sexual battery offenses, robbery with a weapon, home-invasion robbery, an array of grand-theft charges, aggravated child abuse, racketeering, possession of a controlled substance with intent sell, manufacture or deliver within a 1000’ of a specified area, and burglary with assault or battery.
  • Second-degree felony: Punishable by a maximum of 15 years in state prison, a $10,000 fine, or both. Examples of second-degree felonies include possession of a controlled substance with intent sell, manufacture or deliver, lewd and lascivious battery, where the victim is older than 12 but younger than 16 years old, dealing in stolen property, DUI manslaughter, and an array of grand-theft charges where the value of the stolen property exceeds $20,000.
  • Third-degree felony: Punishable by a maximum of five years in state prison, a $5,000 fine, or both. Some examples include aggravated assault, child abuse without great bodily harm, possession of a controlled substance, and grand theft.

​​​​​​Depending on your criminal history and the crime being prosecuted, there are also certain sentencing enhancements that can apply.

Some example of these enhancements include:

  • Habitual felony offender (HFO)
  • Violent career criminal (VCC)
  • Habitual violent felony offenders (HVFO)
  • Prison releasee reoffender (PRO)

If the government has filed notice seeking one of these sentencing enhancements or if you are concerned that you may qualify for one of these enhancements, let our Pensacola felony defense attorney can help you.

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