In Florida, felony charges are divided into degrees. Under 775.082 of the Florida Statutes, the maximum sentence is usually determined by the degree of felony charged, for example, a third-degree felony carries a maximum probation or prison sentence of 5 years, 15 years for a second-degree felony, 30 years for a first-degree felony, life for a life felony, and life or the capital death penalty for capital crimes.  Fines also vary depending on the degree of the felony.

Common Examples of Felony Charges:

  • Aggravated Assault and Aggravated Battery: These charges can be considered crimes of violence and can have far-reaching consequences for the accused.  They typically involve an alleged victim whose version of the encounter must be challenged by an experienced and skilled lawyer.
  • Sexual Battery or Rape: A difficult charge to defend and requires a lawyer with a firm understanding of the rules of evidence in Florida.
  • Drug Charges: These penalties for drug charges can vary depending on several factors including the weight of the drugs, the packaging, the location they were seized from, and the nature of other items seized in the search.  It is essential that a lawyer have a firm understanding of the law of “possession” and the complexities of search and seizure law.
  • Murder/Manslaughter/Homicide: These are the most serious of all crimes and carry the highest sentences.  Whenever a human life is taken, emotions run high and there is always the potential for a rush to judgment. As a defense lawyer, Bob Sombathy has had success presenting legal defenses to the jury such as, Stand Your Ground, Self-Defense, Defense of Others, Legal Insanity, and Lack of Criminal Intent.

Bob Sombathy has Over 31 Years of Experience in Criminal Law

As a criminal defense lawyer, Bob Sombathy has represented thousands of clients charged with felonies. As a former Chief Homicide Prosecutor, Bob Sombathy was trusted with the most important and high-profile cases in all of Criminal Court. Pre-trial motions and skilled negotiation are often useful strategies in obtaining a positive result for a client, but a lawyer must also have a proven track record in the courtroom so the client gets the best possible representation.  Bob Sombathy has tried over 150 felony jury trials and is among the 1% of Florida lawyers who have earned Board Certification as a Criminal Trial Law Specialist as designated by The Florida Bar. 

If you, or someone you know, has been accused of committing a felony charge, call Bob Sombathy at 850-769-5532.