Felony Penalties in St. Petersburg
Any type of criminal charge is a serious matter, but if you have been arrested for a felony offense, you cannot afford take any chances with the outcome of the case. While a misdemeanor is punishable by up to a year in county jail, a felony carries far more serious penalties, and even after completing the terms of your sentence, you would continue to live with a criminal record. You may encounter difficulty in applying for credit or housing, as well as the fact that many employers refuse to hire a convicted felon.
State law divides all felony offenses into three separate categories, each with its own level of sentencing:
- Felony of the Third Degree - Up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine
- Felony of the Second Degree - Up to fifteen years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Felony of the First Degree - Up to thirty years in prison and a $10,000 fine
- Life Felony - Life sentence in prison and a $15,000 fine
Our state still carries the death penalty, which you can receive if you are convicted of first degree murder, felony murder, capital drug trafficking or capital sexual battery
Have you been arrested for a felony offense in St. Petersburg?
Certain offenses are felonies under any circumstances, such as rape or murder, while others start out as misdemeanors but are increased under aggravating circumstances, such as an assault & battery which results in serious bodily harm or when the perpetrator uses a deadly weapon. If you have been charged with any degree of felony, do not hesitate to contact a St. Petersburg criminal defense lawyer from Taracks & Associates. We understand what a stressful situation this may be for you and your family, and we know how much is at stake for your future.