Sarasota Criminal Defense Attorney – Felony
Under Florida law, a felony offense is any crime which is punishable by more than one year in state prison. Felony offenses are distinguishable from misdemeanor offenses in that misdemeanor offenses are punishable by less than one year in jail.
Common examples of felony offenses include:
- Possession of Controlled Substances
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated battery
Felony offenses can carry mandatory prison sentences up to life in prison, depending on the crime charged. Even if a prison sentence is not imposed, a felony conviction can carry significant penalties, including county jail, house arrest, electronic monitoring, travel restrictions, loss of voting privileges, and the loss of the right to possess firearms. In addition, a felony conviction will affect your ability to get a job, rent an apartment. and even educational opportunities.