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Policy Note: Crime and Enforcement

Florida has three classes of crimes split into different degrees of severity: felonies, misdemeanors and common law crimes.

Felonies, punishable by more than a year in prison, are split into 4 degrees:

  • First degree felonies punishable by up to five years or $5,000 in fines
  • Second degree felonies punishable by up to 15 years and $10,000 in fines.
  • Life felonies punishable by 40 years to life
  • Capital felonies punishable by either life imprisonment or death. Capital punishments include only murder, sexual battery and capital drug trafficking.

Misdemeanors are split into first degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to 60 days in jail and $500 in fines, and second degree misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year and $1,000 in fines.

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