Tampa Felony Attorney
The highest category of punishment available for a crime is a felony charge. Depending on what the alleged crime was, and the outcome of your jury trial or plea bargain, you could end up spending years or even the rest of your life in jail. The maximum penalty for a felony charge (a capital felony) is the death sentence. While lesser offenses, such as robbery, are punishable with a second degree felony and up to a maximum of 15 years in prison, murder is a capital felony and is punishable by life in prison without parole or the death sentence. Contact our experienced Tampa felony attorneys today for more information, advice or assistance.
The Types of Felony Offenses and the Punishments they Carry
According to statute 775.082, a third degree felony, which is the least serious type of felony, carries a maximum punishment of five years in prison and a fine of $5,000. From there, the penalties increase at a rapid rate. A second degree felony is punishable with a maximum fine of $10,000 and a 15 year stint in prison. A first degree felony, on the other hand, has twice the maximum prison sentence of a second degree felony, and is punishable with a maximum fine of $10,000 and 30 years in prison. A life felony is 40 years to life and a maximum fine of $15,000, while a capital felony, which is awarded to the most serious types of offenses, is life in prison without parole or the death sentence.
Tampa Criminal Defense Attorney for Felony Charges
Even if you have only been convicted of a third degree felony, the least severe of felonies, your rights to vote, own a firearm, or hold specific types of office are stripped and will not likely be given back. A person convicted of a felony in Florida has the right to attempt to restore their voting privileges, but they may be rarely able to actually succeed in this process. Furthermore, a convicted felon stands to be passed over on the majority of job opportunities, solely because the felon has to let their possible future employer know of their criminal history, and the employer will have an entire list of applicants who do not have that felony box checked on the application. If you have been charged with a crime that may lead to a felony charge, whether this is your first alleged crime or not, your entire future is at stake. According to the Florida Department of Corrections, all inmates who were sentenced before 1995 will serve a bare minimum of 85% of their sentence, with no exceptions. For example, an inmate sentenced to three years in Florida’s Department of Corrections will, on average, spend a minimum of 2.6 years in prison. An inmate sentenced to 10 years for burglary will serve a minimum sentence of 8.5 years.
Our Tampa criminal defense team will fight to have all charges dropped and to prove your innocence. Or, if it is proven that that option is not viable, our Tampa Felony Offense Defense Attorneys will ensure that your sentence is the lowest that is can possibly be. Contact Roman & Roman today at 877-767-1032 for immediate help.