Felonies are the most serious crimes. They carry severe consequences, including prison time and long-term probation. If convicted, you might not be able to vote or own a firearm. The social and professional problems alone could be lifechanging.

It can impact the rest of your life if you can get charges reduced or dropped. Having a felony on your record can make it difficult to get or keep a job. However, you might be able to get felony charges reduced to a misdemeanor or dropped.

Many criminal cases never reach trial. This is what you should know about getting your charges reduced.

Mitigating factors matter

Depending on the facts of your case, you might be able to get charges reduced. Factors that could reduce your charges could include:

  • Extreme duress
  • Self-defense
  • First-time offender
  • You were too young to understand the severity of the crime
  • Victim initiated the crime, was aggressor, provoker or a willing participant

Reduce your charges

The steps you can take depends on where your case is in the process. There are options to get charged cases reduced, including:

  • Ask for a plea bargain
  • Petition to reduce charges

Florida courts might work with you

Punishing felons is expensive for Florida, so prosecutors are often willing to negotiate and potentially reduce charges. Prosecutors have some discretion for reducing felony charges.