At your FREE initial consultation appointment, we will provide you with additional information about the offense(s) of which you are specifically accused. When you call to schedule your initial consultation, you will be asked to provide the offenses for which you are seeking legal assistance and relevant instructional information will be ready for you at your appointment. At KJ Law, we want you to be completely informed about the legal process and the laws related to your case.
FLORIDA’S CRIMINAL PENALTIES
Misdemeanor charges are under the jurisdiction of county courts and are broken down into two different degrees:
- A first degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 1 year in the county jail and a $1,000 fine.
- A second degree misdemeanor carries a maximum penalty of 60 days in the county jail and up to a $500 fine.
Felony charges are under the jurisdiction of circuit courts and are broken down into five different categories:
- Third degree felonies have a maximum punishment of 5 years in state prison and a $5,000 fine.
- Second degree felonies have a maximum punishment of 15 years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
- First degree felonies have a maximum punishment of 30 years in state prison and a $15,000 fine.
- Life felonies have a maximum punishment of life in state prison.
- Capital felonies have a maximum punishment of capital punishment (execution).
DUI – DRIVING UNDER THE INFLUENCE
There are many mandatory penalties that must be imposed for a DUI charge. This means the judge has no discretion. The judge HAS to impose these restrictions in each and every DUI case. The mandatory conditions that are imposed for each and every DUI sentence are:
- Driver’s License Suspension
- Car Impoundment
- DUI School and Alcohol Treatment
These conditions must be imposed whether it is a first DUI, or a fourth DUI, whether the crime is charged as a felony or misdemeanor and whether the judge thinks the condition is appropriate or not.
There is a second category of punishments that are mandatory in some DUI cases, but not all. These include:
- Community Service
- Ignition Interlock Devices