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Misdemeanors and Felonies

Misdemeanors and Felonies


There are two basic categories of criminal charges: misdemeanors and felonies.

They are categorized by the severity of the crime committed. Generally, the type of crime you are charged with will be assigned at the time a citation is issued, or the time of the arrest. In both cases, you should work with a criminal defense attorney to ensure you have a strong defense.

Minor crimes are called misdemeanors, and felonies are for the more serious offenses. Non-criminal traffic crimes are called “infractions,” and are usually punishable just by a fine, such as a speeding ticket.

Generally, a misdemeanor generally has a punishment that is no more than one year in jail. A felony is a crime that is punishable with more than one year in jail, and possibly other sanctions. In either case, they are both crimes and should not be taken lightly.

Because you are entitled to have legal representation, Farkas & Crowley’s experienced criminal defense team can represent you and possibly reduce your charges in a Florida courtroom.

Misdemeanor Offenses

The list of misdemeanors in Florida can include:

• Disorderly conduct
• Domestic violence without serious injury
• Giving or selling alcohol to a person under the age of 21
• Indecent exposure
Marijuana possession, <20 grams
Minor battery
Misdemeanor driving offenses, such as driving without a license or on a suspended license
Shoplifting/petty theft
• Vandalism

Some misdemeanors can be sentenced as harshly as felonies, depending on the severity. But even misdemeanors can have a strong negative impact on your life if you are given a jail sentence that includes a life-long criminal record.

Anytime you have to take a background check, you’ll have to disclose it, and the person requesting the check will know. That’s why our criminal defense team is ready to defend you and fight to preserve your rights and your freedom.

Degrees Of Misdemeanor Charges

Second-degree misdemeanors are the least serious and include things like trespassing, disorderly conduct, etc. These can incur fines of up to $500, 60 days in jail, or both.

First-degree misdemeanors are the more serious charges, such as DUI, domestic violence, vandalism, etc. These can incur fines of up to $1,000 and one year in jail or both.

A misdemeanor DUI also includes additional sanctions, such as a one-year license suspension, required installation of an interlock device, and a requirement to attend rehab.

Felony Offenses

These are the more serious offenses, such as:

• Arson
Drug possession
Drug trafficking
Federal crimes, including federal drug charges
Sex crimes, including sexual assault
Weapons charges
White collar crimes, i.e., RICO

You must address accusations of a felony directly since a person can be incarcerated without delay. Contact Farkas & Crowley immediately to discuss your case and begin building your defense.

Degrees Of Felony Charges

Just like misdemeanor charges, felonies come in degrees:

Third-degree felonies incur a maximum sentence of 5 years in prison and fines of up to $5,000

Second-degree felonies incur a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and fines of up to $10,000

First-degree felonies are the most serious, with a maximum jail sentence of 30 years in prison and fines up to $15,000. Some first-degree felonies may include capital punishment, i.e., life in prison or being sentenced to death.

Criminal defense attorneys in West Palm Beach FL

If you or a loved one has been charged with either a misdemeanor or a felony, you need help now. You have the right to legal representation before during and after your court case. The criminal defense team at Farkas & Crowley has been helping people charged with all types of offenses defend themselves in court, get reduced charges, or have the charges dropped completely.

You should never ignore even the most minor misdemeanor. Because it is still a criminal charge, a misdemeanor conviction means that you will have a criminal record, just like a felony conviction. No matter how minor, our criminal defense attorneys are ready to help you through the legal process and protect your legal rights. Contact our criminal defense attorneys today, either online or call us at 561-444-9529 immediately to discuss your case.


Looking for a criminal law firm? Farkas & Crowley, P.A. are the attorneys for you. They are extremely knowledgeable of the law and go the extra mile for their clients. Their expertise and impeccable work ethic are hard to beat. Available 24/7. Highly recommended.

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