The county courts in Florida have jurisdiction to address misdemeanor cases unless the misdemeanor occurred in circumstances where one or more felonies are also charged.
A misdemeanor is a criminal act committed in Florida and is punishable by jail time for a period of one year or less. A first-degree misdemeanor may be punished by way of jail time not exceeding one year in length. A second-degree misdemeanor may result in jail time not exceeding 60 days in the county jail.
A county court may require jail time as well as impose an accompanying period of probation. Depending on the misdemeanor, probation may be as long as one year in length.
A defendant who commits a misdemeanor is not exposed to state prison time unless the misdemeanor occurs in circumstances where a felony is also charged. Florida sentencing guidelines do not apply to misdemeanors.
Where there is a repetitive misdemeanor committed by a defendant, Florida law allows for the misdemeanor to be reclassified as a felony in certain circumstances, including aggravating factors.
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