Felony Charges Criminal Defense Attorney

Felonies are the most serious and complex crimes in Florida; they carry a more severe punishment than misdemeanors. It comes with serious penalties which include hefty fines, a year or more in prison, and even the death penalty for select felonies.

Being accused of a felony crime can seem indisputably bleak, not to mention the anxiety and stress it is continuously giving to you and to your loved ones. Retaining a felony defense lawyer who has the knowledge and experience to challenge the prosecutor is a must. Contact McGinn Law if you or someone you know has been arrested, charged, or is under suspicion for any type of felony charge in Hillsborough or surrounding counties.

What is a Felony?

Felony is described as the most severe type of crimes. It covers a wide array of criminal acts including but not limited to the following:

Types of Felony Offenses

  • Burglary

Burglary is an unlawful entry of a business or home for the intent of committing a criminal offense. Depending on the specific charges, you can face a strike on your criminal record and serious penalties of up to six years or more in jail.

  • Theft

It is a crime of unlawfully taking the property of another person. When convicted with theft charge, you can use specific defenses, such as equal ownership, mere presence, valueless property, and good faith belief.

  • Kidnapping

It is a taking away a person against their will through the threat of harm. Punishment may include life in prison – with or without the chance of parole, and $10,000 in fines.

  • Homicide

This type of felony offense is defined as the killing of one person by another person. The penalties depend upon whether the death was due to an irresponsible act, a dangerous act, or a deliberate act.

  • Indecent Exposure

One typical example of indecent exposure is exposing the private parts of a person in public.

  • Aggravated Assault

The crime of aggravated assault is defined as an unlawful and intentional threat against another human being using a deadly weapon. We can consider a weapon deadly if it is utilized or threatened to use in a way potentially cause severe bodily harm or death.

  • Aggravated Battery

Defined as an intentional battery with the utilization of a deadly weapon. It is punishable by up to 15 years of probation, 15 years in prison, and a fine of $10,000. Self-defense, consent, and inadequate purpose are among the defenses that can be used in cases of aggravated battery.

  • Battery of Law Enforcement Officer

Defined as the striking or touching of a law enforcement officer who is involved in the lawful and legal performance of hid duty. Penalties may include up to 5 years of probation, 5 years of imprisonment, and a fine of $5,000.

  • Sexual Crimes

Sex crimes are the most socially stigmatizing form of crimes. Such commonly charged sexual crimes are lewd or lascivious molestation, sexual battery, rape, lewd or lascivious conduct, lewd and lascivious battery, lewd or lascivious exhibition, and unlawful sex with minors.

  • Resisting Officer with Violence

Committed when someone willfully and knowingly opposes, obstructs, or resists a law enforcement officer by means of participating in violent movements or threatening violence.

Felony Penalties

Various felony penalties are available, though the charge that will be filed upon you will significantly depend on the level of a felony you are charged with.

Third Degree Felony: Punishable by up to 5 years of probation, 5 years in prison, and a $5,000 fine.

Second Degree Felony: Punishable by up to 15 years of probation, 15 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine.

First Degree Felony: Punishable by up to 30 years of probation, 30 years in prison, and a $10,000 fine.

Life Felony: Punishable by a $15,000 fine and a life in prison without the probability of probation or parole for the remainder of your life.

Capital Felony: Punishable by death or life in prison without the probability of parole.

There are also serious consequences that may follow a felony conviction, including:

  • Loss of professional licensee
  • Loss of ability to serve on a jury
  • Loss of voting rights
  • Loss of firearm rights
  • Unable to rent or lease an apartment, etc.
  • Barred from service in the military or armed forces
  • Ineligible for state or federal aid
  • Periods of supervised release

Hire a Felony Criminal Defense Lawyer to Give You Peace of Mind

If you have been questioned, investigated, charged, or arrested with any felony crime, you need to employ a felony defense attorney as early as possible. Michael McGinn will explain your legal rights, gather and examine evidence and interview potential witnesses in an effort to defend you at trial, accompany you to every court appearance, provide you with your legal options, and negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor (with your permission).