If you or someone you care about has been arrested for a felony, you need aggressive defense on your side. The Tampa criminal defense lawyers at Taracks & Associates can provide the advocacy you need to tackle your felony charge and receive the most favorable case results. The consequences of felony convictions are severe, which is why it is vital you obtain a strong defense. Penalties for felony offenses.
In Florida, defendants convicted of capital felonies can be punished either by the death penalty or life imprisonment without the possibility of parole.
Defendants convicted of life felonies involving lewd or lascivious molestation against someone under the age of 12 (§s. 800.04(5)(b) Florida Statutes) must serve either a term of life imprisonment or a split sentence including one term that is at least 25 years. Other life felonies warrant life imprisonment.
First Degree Felony
In most cases, first degree felonies are punishable by maximum imprisonment of 30 years. Some first degree felonies, if provided by statute, can call for a life sentence.
Second Degree Felony
Convictions for second degree felonies are punishable by up to 15 years' imprisonment.
Third Degree Felony
Convictions for third degree felonies are punishable by up to 5 years' imprisonment.
In some cases, defendants can be labeled "prison release reoffenders" (PRR). If the state attorney successfully determines that the defendant is PRR, the maximum sentence must be imposed.
Convicted felons may be severely restricted even after serving a prison sentence. These restrictions result from collateral consequences of felony convictions, civil penalties that are connected to convictions and mandated by statute.
Statistically, convicted felons also have a more difficult time obtaining employment, applying for loans, etc. making it more difficult to acclimate back into society after serving a prison term.
There are serious consequences for felony charges, which is why you need a strong legal advocate on your side. When you contact a Tampa criminal defense attorney from Taracks & Associates, you will receive a free evaluation of your case. Our team of criminal lawyers is made up of former prosecutors who have more than 50 years of collective experience in the legal field. Our job is to help you get the most favorable result, whether that means a dismissal of your case, accepting a plea bargain or the lowest possible sentence.