What are the different degrees of crimes in Florida?

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Criminal Law

-Second degree misdemeanors:
These are crimes punishable by up to 60 days in jail, 6 months of probation, (or a combination not to exceed 6 months) and a $500.00 fine.

- First degree misdemeanors:
These are crimes punishable by up to: 1 year in jail, 1 year of probation (or a combination not to exceed 1 year) and a $10,000.00 fine.

- Third degree felonies:
These are crimes punishable by up to: 5 years in prison, 5 years probation (or a combination not to exceed 5 years) and a $5,000.00 fine.

- Second degree felonies:
These are crimes punishable by up to: 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation (or a combination not to exceed 15 years) and a $10,000.00 fine.

- First degree felonies:
These are crimes punishable by up to 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation (or a combination not to exceed 30 years) and fines starting at $30,000.00.

- Potential life felonies:
These are crimes that may fall under another numbered felony listed above. The difference is that these crimes carry a maximum of life imprisonment.

- Capital felonies punishable by life:
Except for certain murder cases, the most serious crimes in Florida fall under this category. They carry a maximum of life imprisonment.

- Capital felonies punishable by death:
This is generally reserved for the most serious murder cases.

Other differences between felonies and misdemeanors exist. This includes, but is not limited to, the rules pertaining to depositions, the way a sentence is determined, and probationary issues.


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