Felony Criminal Defense Lawyer
Felony Criminal Defense Attorney, Markeishia L. Smith: Serving Winter Haven, Lakeland, Bartow, Haines City, Polk County, and Central Florida.
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Felony Conviction Penalties:
Outside of a Life Felony or Capital Felony, there are three degrees of felonies in the State of Florida:
- 3rd Degree Felony: Punishable by up to 5 years in prison, a fine, and potential period of probation.
- 2nd Degree Felony: Punishable by up to 15 years in prison, a fine, and potential period of probation.
- 1st Degree Felony: Punishable by up to 25 years in prison (or more), a fine, and potential period of probation.
As mentioned with misdemeanors, while a first offense may be a misdemeanor crime, such as a DUI offense, subsequent DUI Offenses within a specific period of time will be a Felony Crime.
A felony conviction will also result in the forfeiture of certain civil rights such as the right to own or possess a firearm, the right to vote, your right to hold public office, your ability to serve on a jury, your right to travel abroad, your ability to apply for public social benefits, your ability to hold specified certifications or work in specific areas of employment.
A felony conviction may also present significant obstacles in finding housing or applying for a job.
Having said all of this, being charges with a crime does not mean that a conviction is automatic. Every person charged with a crime has a right to defend themselves against the allegations. Every person charged with a crime is presumed innocent until proven guilty. And in order to achieve a conviction, the prosecution must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the accused did in fact commit the crime they are being accused of.
An experienced criminal defense attorney will ensure your rights are protected, investigate if your civil rights were violated, aggressively represent you, and ensure the prosecution is held to their burden of proof.
If you have questions regarding your Felony Criminal Defense legal needs, make sure your legal rights are protected.