Under Florida law, a felony is anything that’s punishable by more than a year in prison. A misdemeanor is anything that is punishable with a maximum of one year in jail. The differences between jail and prison are basically that the jail is run by the county, and it’s more for more short-term inmates. The prison is run by the state, and it’s for your longer-term types of incarceration.

Now, a violation could be one of two things: It could be a civil infraction, which is like a seatbelt, or a speeding fine, or what-have-you. In that case, basically, the maximum punishment would be some sort of fine, monetary amount. A violation of probation, now, that would ultimately result in, if it’s proven, the person being subjected to whatever the original sentence could have been, so a misdemeanor, up to a year in jail, or a felony, more than a year, and up to, potentially, life in prison, depending upon the severity of the crime.




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