Every state in the U.S. classifies crimes into one of two categories: misdemeanors and felonies. Within these categories, there are subcategories based on the severity of the crime.
Types of Misdemeanor Offenses
A misdemeanor offense is generally classified as a ‘crime of mischief’ or an incident where there is a lack of violence.
Examples of misdemeanor crimes include:
- petit theft;
- disorderly conduct;
- loitering; and
- resisting an officer without violence.
While a misdemeanor is less severe than a felony, it’s still considered a crime. If you are arrested and convicted of a misdemeanor, it will go on your criminal record.
Penalties for Misdemeanors
In Florida, a misdemeanor offense will generally get you some type of fine or community service. However, you could also face probation or jail time.
Penalties for misdemeanors in Florida include:
- First-degree misdemeanor: up to 1 year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine; or
- Second-degree misdemeanor: up to 60 days in jail and/or a $500 fine.
The maximum jail sentence for a misdemeanor is 1 year. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor it could make it hard for you to buy a home, find a job, or enroll in higher education.
If you committed the crime with a weapon or violence, your misdemeanor can be bumped to a felony. A felony charge is much more serious than a misdemeanor, as are the punishments.
Penalties for felonies in Florida include:
- Capital felony: death penalty or life in prison;
- First-degree felony: up to 30 years in prison and a $10,000 fine;
- Second-degree felony: up to 15 years in prison and a $10,000 fine; or
- Third-degree felony: up to 5 years in prison and a $5,000 fine
Contact Tinny, Meyer & Piccarreto, P.A.
If you were arrested and are now facing a misdemeanor charge, our criminal defense attorneys can help. Our goal is to attempt to have your charges dropped or your record expunged of the misdemeanor crime.
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