Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is considered a felony in Florida?
- What is a misdemeanor?
- What is aggravated assault?
- What is sexual battery?
- What constitutes a federal offense?
- What is a white collar crime?
- What is racketeering?
A felony is a serious crime. Felonies can be broken down into third-, second- and first-degree felonies, which carry maximum penalties of five-years in the Department of Corrections, fifteen-years in the Department of Corrections and thirty-years to Life in the Department of Corrections respectively.
A misdemeanor is a less serious crime such as a DUI, Marijuana Possession, or a Battery. Most of these charges carry a maximum penalty of one year in the Palm Beach County Jail.
Aggravated assault occurs when one individual threatens to physically attack another individual with an aggravating circumstance. This crime may be committed with a dangerous weapon, such as a gun, a knife or a blunt object.
Sexual battery is an unwanted form of contact with a private part of one’s body. The victim may or may not be clothed for this to occur. This is typically done for purposes of sexual arousal on the part of the offender.
A federal offense is any type of action that the United States Government defines as criminal. Federal offenses are extremely serious. The Federal system is completely different than the State Courts. The Rules, Prosecuting Authority and Judges/Magistrates do not in any way shape or form mirror the Rules, Prosecuting Authority and Judges in the State system.
White collar crimes involve dishonest business schemes, usually committed for some kind of financial gain. Examples include fraud, embezzlement and insider trading. The harm caused by these crimes is usually spread out among a large number of victims. In some cases, victims are lured by promises of risk-free investments involving large amounts of money.
Racketeering is considered either a federal or state offense and occurs when individuals conspire to commit crimes on an ongoing basis as part of an organized crime operation. The Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) is a law, passed in 1970, that allows the federal government to give increased sentences for organized crime. This RICO statute has been adopted by the State of Florida and is often used to prosecute Defendants in State court.