What types of charges are felonies in Hillsborough County, Florida?
Any criminal charge punishable by over 1 year in jail or prison is a felony charge. Felonies are the most complicated, time consuming, and threatening charges in Florida. The most experienced judges in the Hillsborough County Circuit Court division hear felony cases. Also, Felony cases are handled by the most experienced of prosecuting attorneys. It is important to begin fighting a felony case immediately after your arrest.
What do the degrees mean?
A Third Degree Felony is punishable by up to 5 years in prison, 5 years of probation, and a $5,000 fine. Sometimes, certain crimes that are usually misdemeanors can be enhanced to become felonies based on the facts of the offense or the defendant’s prior record.
Common Third Degree Felonies in Hillsborough County include Grand Theft, Possession of Cocaine, Possession of Controlled Substance, Aggravated Battery, or Domestic Violence by Strangulation, Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell, Burglary of a Conveyance (carhopping).
A Second Degree Felony is punishable by up to 15 years in Prison, 15 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine. Sometimes, charges that would usually be 3rd Degree felonies can be enhanced or aggravated due to the facts of the case to this more serious level.
Common Second Degree Felony Charges include Sale or Delivery of Cocaine or Controlled Substance, Lewd and Lascivious Battery, Robbery, Burglary of a Dwelling, DUI Manslaughter.
A First Degree Felony is punishable by up to 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation, and fines over $10,000.
Common First Degree Felonies are Kidnapping, Aggravated Sexual Battery, Trafficking in Cocaine, 2nd Degree Murder, Robbery with a Deadly Weapon.
A Punishable by Life Felony (PBL) means exactly what it sounds like: the possible sentence is life in prison.
What are the consequences of Felonies?
Will I lose my job? Will I lose my children? The collateral consequences of felonies are severe. You can lose your right to vote, lose your right to own a gun, you can get fired and lose your professional license, lose your right to student loans and grants, you can be kicked out of school, and you can even get deported if you’re not a US Citizen or have DCF investigate and take your children away from you.
Can I stay out of prison and keep this off my record?
Short answer: in the majority of cases we handle, most likely, yes. In most felony cases that we’re hired on, the most humiliating and sobering moment has already happened for our clients: the dreaded mugshot on the internet and the night in jail before they’re bonded out.
Depending on a variety of different factors, we can get your felony charges dropped outright through aggressive cutting edge legal technical defenses, or through a pretrial diversion program. Another popular option in certain cases is asking the judge to Withhold Adjudication, meaning that a formal conviction is withheld and you’re not a convicted felon- and therefore none of those collateral consequences would apply to you.
We encourage you to view our Case Results Page to review some of the great work we’ve done to save our clients’ reputations.
Call us now at 813-800-1111 to schedule a personal consultation to discuss how we can help you through this difficult time.
Felony Cases are heard in the court house annex located in Downtown Tampa.
Hillsborough Court House Downtown Tampa
[Take the main entrance on Twiggs St and cross the street to the Criminal Annex using the catwalk on the second floor once you enter)
800 E. Twiggs St.
Tampa, FL 33602
Hillsborough County Circuit Court Criminal Justice Divisions:
Litigation Court Circuit Divisions A,B,C,D, E,F,G, I
Mental Health Court Division M
Violation of Probation Court Division K
Veteran’s Court Division V
Drug Court Division Y
Drug Court Division W
Some of the Most Common Felony Cases We Handle:
Possession of Cannabis with Intent to Sell
Possession of Cocaine
Possession of Cocaine with Intent to Sell or Deliver
Sale or Delivery of Cocaine
Possession of Methamphetamines
Possession of MDMA
Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Sell
Sale or Delivery of Controlled Substance
Possession of Cannabis Concentrates
Introduction of Contraband Into A Detention Facility
Possession of Xanax
Possession of Oxycodone and Oxycontin
Aggravated Battery on a Pregnant Person
Domestic Violence by Strangulation
Felony Domestic Violence
Aggravated Assault With a A Deadly Weapon
Battery on a Law Enforcement Officer
Resisting Arrest With Violence
Written Threats to Kill
Failure to Return Rented Merchandise
Defrauding an Innkeeper
Obtaining Property by Worthless Check
Burglary of an Unoccupied Conveyance
Burglary of a Structure
Burglary of a Dwelling
Robbery with a Deadly Weapon
Traveling to Meet a Minor
Unlawful Sexual Activity With a Minor
Lewd and Lascivious Exhibition
Lewd and Lascivious Conduct
Lewd and Lascivious Molestation
Carrying a Concealed Firearm
Improper Exhibition of a Firearm
Possession of a Firearm By a Convicted Felon
Fleeing to Elude
Leaving the Scene of An Accident with Death or Serious Bodily Injury
Call us for help now at 813-800-1111 to discuss your case.