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Florida Felony Lawyer

If you’re arrested for felony charges in Florida, it’s understandable that you have a lot of questions about what your sentence could be.  Undoubtedly, being convicted of a felony in Florida could have serious repercussions, and lead to a lifetime of difficulty and hardship.  Knowing your rights and responsibilities upon being arrested for a felony is key, hence why we’ve created this page to answer some of the questions you may have.  For further information, contact Felony Attorney Stephen G. Cobb now at (850) 423-0035 to learn more about your legal options.

Overview of The Florida Felony Process

If you’ve been charged with a felony in Florida, you will go through a series of hearings to determine if probable cause exists for your arrest, setting bail, entering a plea and determining evidence against you. You may have the option of entering into a plea deal for a lesser charge, as charged or choose to go forward with your trial.

If you opt for a trial, you will have a jury of peers decide your fate. If you are found guilty of a felony after a trial, you will probably be taken into custody and the judge will schedule a sentencing hearing for a later date. Misdemeanor sentences are generally assigned immediately after the verdict.

Florida Felony Sentencing Guidelines

Florida’s felony sentencing guidelines are explained in detail in Section 921.0022 of the Florida Criminal Statutes.  Essentially, felony offenses are broken out into 10 levels of severity, with Level 1 being the least severe, and Level 10 being the most severe. Within these levels, different crimes are assigned different degrees, for example, someone can have a Level 1 offense that is a 3rd degree felony such as forgery.

Using the levels and degrees, along with other factors such as prior offenses and other enhancements, Florida has developed a Criminal Punishment Code Scoresheet that tells us whether someone will go to prison and if so, how much time they will spend there. Using the Scoresheet, points are added up depending on the facts of the case. Initial points for each level are:

  • Level 1 Felonies – 4 pts
  • Level 2 Felonies – 10 pts
  • Level 3 Felonies – 16 pts
  • Level 4 Felonies – 22 pts
  • Level 5 Felonies – 28 pts
  • Level 6 Felonies – 36 pts
  • Level 7 Felonies – 56 pts
  • Level 8 Felonies – 74 pts
  • Level 9 Felonies – 92 pts
  • Level 10 Felonies – 116 pts

What is the punishment for a felony in Florida based on the point system?

If someone scores under 22 points, then the maximum sentence is a county jail sentence unless the State Attorney can establish a legal reason for an upward departure sentence. This is rare, but has happened.

If you or someone you love scores above 22 points but below 44 points, then the judge may impose a prison sentence, but it is not required. Above 44 points, a prison sentence in the Florida Department of Corrections prison system is required unless a Rule 3.992(b) departure ground applies.

Felony sentences in Florida vary widely depending upon whether charges are added, dropped, increased or reduced. Prior criminal record is also factored into criminal sentencing.

Contact Seasoned Okaloosa – Walton Felony Attorney Stephen G. Cobb Today

As a Certified Criminal Trial Law Specialist, Okaloosa Felony Attorney Stephen G. Cobb has extensive experience representing clients facing felony convictions in Okaloosa, Florida and surrounding areas.  Contact our firm for a free consultation, where Mr. Cobb will answer all of your questions and develop a strategy to protect your future.  Call Stephen G. Cobb at (850) 423-0035 today to protect your legal rights and interests.

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“"This is actually one of the best law firms I've had the pleasure of dealing with. They stick with you throughout the entire process, walking you through every step and they know the law! They were able to help me get out of a situation that had occurred because of a technicality and was very knowledgeable in the process. I would recommend them to anyone."”

James S.

“"Such a great service to go through when dealing with any legal matter! Mr. Cobb is very knowledgable and will take the time to understand and communicate with you in a timely manner."”

Dreeana A.

“"Everything was great and smooth working with Mr. Cobb. He was fast and efficient and answered any questions I had."”

Joshua T.

“"I would recommend Attorney Cobb to others. I would describe him as an honest and straightforward lawyer. All my concerns were addressed."”

Crystal H.

“"He was excellent, he did everything without me having to do much especially not living close. I hired him and told him everything and he did it all and it was a great experience. The legal assistant that works there was also amazing."”

Joseph S.

“"It was as clean of a process as it could have been for me. He handled everything for me because I live out of state and made it so simple and easy. He was great and thorough and I hardly had to do anything."”

William S.

“"If you can hire Stephen as your attorney then definitely do that. He talked openly and gave me assurance and even his legal assistant that works there is amazing. I never had any problems or trouble with them."”

Lonnie M.

“"I have used other lawyers in the past. I was facing years but left court with probation and a suspended sentence. Thank you and god bless you."”

Jason

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