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Being arrested and convicted of a felony crime in the State of Florida can have a ripple effect throughout your entire life. A felony conviction can prevent you from obtaining the job of your dreams, buying a house, maintaining relationships, and even traveling outside of the country. In some extreme and more serious cases, it may even require that you register as a sex offender for the remainder of your life. Unfortunately, these long-reaching consequences are in addition to hefty fines and lengthy prison sentences.


In Florida, crimes are broken down into three main categories—felonies, misdemeanors, and infractions. Due to the severity of the crime and the inherent threat to the life and well-being of the victims or their property, felony crimes are subjected to harsher penalties than misdemeanors. If the victim was injured during the crime, or if the accused used a firearm or has prior convictions, those penalties are increased and prison time virtually guaranteed without a solid defense.

While there are many different types of felony crimes in Miami-Dade County, the most common offenses include:

  • Aggravated Battery
  • Aggravated Stalking
  • Arson
  • Assault with a Deadly Weapon
  • Burglary
  • Carjacking
  • Child Abuse
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drug Crimes
  • Escape
  • Fraud
  • Grand Theft
  • Homicide
  • Kidnapping
  • Manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Sexual Battery
  • Weapons/Firearm Offenses
  • And More


Felony crimes in the State of Florida carry a maximum penalty of up to life in prison and up to $100,000 in fines. In addition, if you are convicted of a felony in Miami, this conviction will be placed on your record and you could be required to forfeit some of your civil rights, including:

  • Deportation (if you are not a citizen)
  • Loss of voting rights
  • Loss of ability to purchase or possess firearms
  • Ineligibility to serve on a jury or run for public office
  • Exclusion from certain professional licenses
  • And more

While certain misdemeanors can be easily overcome, felony convictions can adversely affect your entire life and your future.


Felony crimes are grouped in degrees and their penalties vary based on those degrees. While third degree felonies are the least severe felony crimes, capital felonies are the most severe and carry with them life in prison or the death penalty.

  • Third Degree Felony—punishable by a maximum of five years in prison, 5 years of probation, and $5000 fine.
  • Second Degree Felony—punishable by a maximum of 15 years in prison, 15 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine
  • First Degree Felony—punishable by a maximum of 30 years in prison, 30 years of probation, and a $10,000 fine
  • Life Felony—life sentence without parole or probation and a $15,000 fine
  • Capital Felony—death or life in prison without parole


Any violent felony crime is handled with extreme seriousness by the Miami courts, and as such, you need an aggressive and zealous Miami criminal defense attorney in your corner. Often, the accused is denied bail or pretrial release, and this alone can have a serious and detrimental effect on the entire family. Experienced Miami criminal defense attorney, Chad Piotrowski, understands the complexities surrounding felony cases and will work diligently to ensure that your case is handled quickly and efficiently, so you do not have to spend unnecessary time in jail.

At the Law Offices of Chad Piotrowski, our Miami criminal defense attorney knows how to successfully defend all types of felony crimes. By arguing for downward departures and alternative sentences, Chad Piotrowski can lobby to have your felony charges reduced or dropped all together. As a former Miami-Dade prosecutor, Chad Piotrowski has a distinct advantage as a criminal defense attorney. His firsthand knowledge of the prosecution’s negotiating tactics enables him to build a proactive and formidable defense designed to obtain the best deals for his clients—regardless of the accusations against them.

If you or someone you love is charged with a felony crime in Miami-Dade County, Broward County, Palm Beach County, or anywhere in the State of Florida, Miami criminal defense lawyer, Chad Piotrowski, can help. Call today to arrange a free confidential review of your Miami felony case.

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