The Law in Plain English ➪ Jupiter ➪ West Palm Beach ➪ Boca Raton ➪
Felony Defense Attorney Josh LeRoy discusses:

Defending Felony Charges in Palm Beach County

Florida classifies crimes as either felonies or misdemeanors. Misdemeanors have lessor potential punishments than felonies. A misdemeanor conviction carries a maximum punishment of up to a year in the county jail and a fine up to $1000.00. A felony conviction is much more serious. Felonies are punishable by death, up to life in the Florida Department of Corrections (DOC), i.e. PRISON, and fines up to $15,000.00. In fact, unlike misdemeanors, a conviction for many felony charges has a mandatory PRISON sentences attached and can increased mandatory fines.

While there are only two types of misdemeanors, first degree and second degree, there are five types of Felonies. Capital felonies are punishable by death, life felonies are punishable by a term of incarceration in DOC up to life, first degree felonies are punishable by up to thirty years in DOC, second degree felonies are punishable by up to fifteen years in DOC, and third degree felonies are punishable by up to five years in DOC. In addition, a variety of sentencing enhancements permit for lengthier prison sentences than those prescribed above.

A sentence for either a misdemeanor or felony is directly affected by a person’s prior record, specifically prior misdemeanor and/or felony convictions. Florida’s sentencing code is exceptionally harsh. It is designed to PUNISH, not REHABILITATE. Florida has a variety of sentencing enhancements for repeat offenders, specifically felony offenders. Those felony sentencing enhancements include prison release reoffender (PRR), habitual felony offender (HFO), habit

West Palm Beach Felony Charges
West Palm Beach Felony Charges

ual violent felony offender (HVFO), violent career criminal (VCC), and ten, twenty, life. State attorneys are increasingly threatened to use these sentencing enhancements to inflate prison sentences.

Besides the initial punishment, the collateral consequences of a felony conviction are very serious. A felony conviction results in the loss of valuable civil rights, including but not limited to, the right to own a gun, vote, and hold public office. In fact, the State of Florida possesses the highest percent of Americans who can no longer vote as a result of a felony conviction. Almost 10.5% of Florida’s population falls into that category. While, some states are making it easier to restore rights after a felony sentence is served, Florida’s toughened its laws making it more difficult. In addition, felony convictions result in the revocation of various professional licenses. A felony conviction will make it difficult for you to do many normal things in life including working in your chosen profession.

I have defended clients charged with nearly every type of felony charge. The following is a list of the most common felony charges in Florida.

Palm Beach County Felony Charges

Payment Plans available.

If arrested and charged with a felony, you need an experienced felony attorney. I have handled literally thousands of felony cases in my career. I routinely manage to have felony charges dismissed, downfiled to misdemeanors, or avoid convictions completely through plea bargaining. Moreover, I am skilled at negotiating deferral agreements and contracts between my clients and the State – which earns the client dismissal of all charges.

Obtaining an experienced felony defense attorney lawyer is a must. If you or a loved one have been arrested for any felony offense, do not delay. Hiring the right felony defense lawyer in West Palm Beach is an essential step to ensuring that your rights are properly protected.

If you, or someone you know, has been charged with a felony in West Palm Beach or Southern Florida use the form below to drop me a note. Let me know a bit about yourself, what’s happened, and a good time to contact you.

-Joshua LeRoy, Esq.

    Contact West Palm Beach Criminal Attorney Josh LeRoy









    This Criminal Defense Firm is managed by a West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth and Delray Beach Criminal Defense Attorney experienced in defending felony cases.

    West Palm Beach Felony Defense Attorney Joshua LeRoy, Esq. is dedicated to providing his clients with personalized, honest, and aggressive representation in any and all areas of criminal law in West Palm Beach, Boca Raton, Boynton Beach, Lake Worth, Delray Beach & the surrounding areas of Palm Beach County in the State of Florida.