A felony conviction may have a serious impact upon your life. From the loss of your civil rights, which include your right to vote, your ability to sit on a jury, and your right to own, use, or possess a firearm, your right to own a passport, and so on. A felony drug charge that results in conviction may also result in an immediate two-year suspension of your privilege to drive.
Convicted felons are often prohibited from employment in occupations involving the handling of money or valuables. A felony conviction can also be a significant stumbling block if you later decide to pursue a professional discipline field of employment, such as medicine, nursing, teaching, real estate, financial services, or practicing law. If you are already licensed in a particular discipline profession, a felony conviction could result in a review of your character and fitness, jeopardizing your ability to continue to work in that field.
In the state of Florida, there are five degrees of felony crimes:
- Felony of the Third Degree: punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 5 years;
- Felony of the Second Degree: punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 15 years;
- Felony of the First Degree: punishable by a term of imprisonment not exceeding 30 years or, when specifically provided by Florida statute, by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment;
- Life Felony: committed on or after July 1, 1995, by a term of imprisonment for life or by imprisonment for a term of years not exceeding life imprisonment.
- Capital Felony: shall be punished by death if the proceeding held to determine sentence according to the procedure set forth in s. 921.141 results in findings by the court that such person shall be punished by death, otherwise such person shall be punished by life imprisonment and shall be ineligible for parole.
If you have been accused, arrested or charged with a Felony Crime, contact Orlando Felony Defense Lawyer, Charity Tonelli by calling 407.775.1480. Charity Tonelli will listen to your story, make sure you are fully aware of your legal rights, and inform you of your legal options and potential defense strategies.
If hired to represent you in the defense of Felony crime charges, Attorney Charity Tonelli will aggressively fight for your rights and freedoms, utilizing every legal resource available under the law.
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