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A felony is a crime of a graver or more serious nature than those designated as misdemeanors. The State criminal code defines a felony as “any criminal offense that is punishable under the laws of this state, or that would be punishable if committed in this state, by death or imprisonment in a state penitentiary. ‘State penitentiary’ shall include state correctional facilities. A person shall be imprisoned in the state penitentiary for each sentence which, except an extended term, exceeds 1 year.” In Florida, felonies have various degrees, with varying sentences and fines for each class.

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Classification of Felony

Capital Felony

Life Felony

Felony of the First Degree

Felony of the Second Degree

Felony of the Third Degree  

Maximum Sentence


40 years to life

30 years

15 years

5 years

Maximum Fine






The law firm of Jorge Luis Colón, P.A. represents clients charged with felonies. If you have been charged with a felony, you need to obtain legal representation.