In Florida any crime which is punishable by more then one ( 1 ) year in prison is considered a Felony offense. A person who faces a Felony charge should always seek the counsel of a criminal defense attorney. Being convicted of a felony charge can have a significant negative effect on a Defendant's life. Even if a person is not sentenced to prison a Felony conviction can carry with it many collateral consequences, such as the loss of the right to vote or to possess a firearm. Additionally, a Felony conviction can make it difficult for a person to find any gainful employment.
In Florida any crime which is punishable by less then one ( 1 ) year in the county jail is considered a Misdemeanor offense. Even though Misdemeanor charges are far less serious then a Felony even Misdemeanor charges can carry significant collateral consequences for the Defendant. A conviction on some Misdemeanor offenses can also lead to the suspension of a person's driver's license, even if the Judge does not order it or the crime charged has nothing to with driving.