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Types of Felonies that You Can be Charged With in Florida

In Florida, there are several degrees of severity within the “felony” category. The least serious felony is a third-degree felony, which can result in up to 5 years in prison. More serious is the second-degree felony, which carries a punishment of up to 15 years in prison. First-degree felonies can result in up to 30 years in prison, though theres is a subset of first-degree felonies called “PBL” (punishable by life) that can earn a person up to lifetime imprisonment. Life felonies are more serious, as they always result in life in prison. Finally, capital felonies can result in one of two options: life in prison or the death penalty.

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“Well, felonies in Florida come in a number of flavors and degrees, if you will. A third degree felony, the least serious, but you can get up to five years in jail for it. Second degree felony is more serious. You can get up to fifteen years in prison for that. A first degree felony, you can get up to thirty years in prison. A first degree felony, called PBL, or Punishable By Life, it’s still called a first degree felony, but you can get up to life in prison for it. You’ve got life felonies, which call for life in prison, and then you’ve got capital felonies, which can call for either the death penalty or life in prison.”