A felony is a crime which may result in imprisonment in excess of one year. In Florida, felonies are classified as Third Degree (maximum of five years in prison), Second Degree (maximum of fifteen years in prison) and First Degree (maximum of thirty years in prison). Felonies may also be defined as Life Felonies or Capital Felonies. Certain crimes may be classified as either misdemeanors or felonies, depending on whether the person accused has been convicted of similar charges in the past. If a person is convicted of a felony, certain civil rights are lost in addition to any imprisonment, probation or fines that may be imposed. The sentencing guidelines may dictate the sentence upon a conviction for a felony. If you have been accused of a felony, contact the office to schedule a consultation.
In addition to making an arrest, the law enforcement agency may seek to obtain personal property (most often currency) by way of a civil forfeiture. Under the law, the arresting agency must show a connection between the property and the felony that someone was arrested for. Our office represents individuals against whom a law enforcement agency has filed a lawsuit in circuit court seeking a forfeiture.