What is the difference between a felony, a misdemeanor, and a violation in Florida?
Felonies are more serious crimes that are punishable by over a year in jail or punishable by prison. There’s third-degree felonies, which are the most minor, up to life felonies which are punishable by life in prison. Misdemeanors are less serious crimes which are only punishable by up to one year in jail. In some instances, people are prosecuted for violations of municipal ordinances, city ordinances, which can also constitute a misdemeanor crime.