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Written by attorney John P Rutkowski | Jun 15, 2018

What is the difference between a misdemeanor charge and felony charge

The difference between a misdemeanor and felony charge is the amount of time that you're subject to if convicted. A misdemeanor in the state of Florida is punishable by up to 12 months in county jail. A felony is punishable by up to life in state prison.

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Mr. Rutkowski has been practicing law for the past twenty-three years. Prior to practicing law Mr. Rutkowski served twelve years as a deputy sheriff, retiring to attend law school. Starting his law-enforcement career as a patrol deputy which included two years on the DUI squad; Mr. Rutkowski moved up the ranks becoming a corporal in the field training program which give him the responsibility for training new recruits. After law school Mr. Rutkowski became an Assist State Attorney where he prosecuted misdemeanor and felony crimes before dedicating his law practice solely to criminal defense. Along with his work in law enforcement and as an attorney, Mr. Rutkowski spent fifteen years in the army reserve staring as an enlistee, eventually attending and completing officer candidate school and being commissioned as an infantry officer.

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