Practice Areas Overview

Criminal Penalties and Sentencing

Criminal Penalties: Classification of felonies and misdemeanors - and applicable penalties

Misdemeanor - Second Degree:

  • 1. Up to 60 days in jail
  • 2. Up to 6 months of probation
  • 3. Up to a $500 fine

Misdemeanor - First Degree:

  • 1. Up to 1 year in jail
  • 2. Up to 1 year of probation
  • 3. Up to a 1,000 fine

Felony - Third Degree:

  • 1. Up to 5 years in prison
  • 2. Up to 5 years of probation
  • 3. Up to a $5,000 fine

Felony - Second Degree:

  • 1. Up to 15 years in prison
  • 2. Up to 15 years of probation
  • 3. Up to a $10,000 fine

Felony - First Degree:

  • 1. Up to 30 years in prison
  • 2. Up to 30 years of probation
  • 3. Up to a $10,000 fine

Felony punishable life:

  • 1. Up to life imprisonment
  • 2. Up to probation for life
  • 3. Up to a $15,000 fine

Capital Felony:

Punishable by death or life in prison

If you are adjudicated guilty of a possession of a controlled substance the State of Florida automatically suspends your drivers license for one year.

The penalties upon conviction of a first-time DUI offense include:

  • Drivers License Suspension for 6 months - 1 year
  • Mandatory Court Cost
  • A fine of $500 - $1000
  • Probation
  • DUI School
  • Vehicle Impoundment