Felonies and Misdemeanors differ in both the severity of the crime and of the penalties. Misdemeanors tend to be less severe crimes, so the punishments for these crimes tend to be lesser. The fines are relatively small, and you can only be held in jail for up to a year.

Felonies are the more significant and potentially harmful crimes. These crimes have higher fines, and maximum prison times range from five years to life. If one is convicted of a felony, one can lose constitutional rights, such as voting, serving on a jury, and gun ownership. There is also a requirement to register as a felon every year with the local sheriff’s office.

Misdemeanors in Florida

First Degree Misdemeanors

These crimes are punishable by up to one year in jail, one year of probation, and a $1,000 fine. They include:

Second Degree Misdemeanors

These crimes are punishable by up to sixty days in jail, six months of probation, and a $500 fine. They include:

  • Petit theft-Under $100
  • Disorderly conduct
  • Trespassing 

Felonies in Florida

Life Felony

These crimes are punishable by a required life sentence. There is also a maximum of a $15,000 fine and possible restitution to the victim. They include:

  • Lewd or lascivious molestation of a victim under 12 years of age
  • Sexual battery of a victim under 12 years of age 

Punishable by Life Felony

These crimes are punishable by a maximum of life in prison. However, a life sentence is not required but is still a possibility. They include:

  • Carjacking with a firearm
  • Robbery with a firearm

First Degree Felony 

These crimes are punishable by a maximum of 30 years in prison. They also have a maximum $15,000 fine and restitution to the victim. They include: 

  • Burglary with assault
  • Carjacking
  • DUI Manslaughter 

Second Degree Felony

These crimes are punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison. They also have a maximum $10,000 fine and restitution to the victim. They include:

  • Aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer
  • Knowing sale of prescription drugs to an unauthorized person
  • Vehicular homicide

Third Degree Felony 

These crimes are punishable by a maximum of 5 years in prison. They also have a $5,000 fine and restitution to the victim. They include:

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