has been quite active in toughening the criminal laws of this state. The penalties for certain felonies
have been greatly enhanced. Many charges that were once misdemeanors
have been elevated to felonies. Some misdemeanors become felonies upon second or subsequent convictions (i.e. petty theft, battery, DUI, driving while license suspended, etc.). Many people who have relocated to Florida from other parts of the country are shocked to learn the charge they have been arrested for, which would be a misdemeanor in other states, is a felony in Florida.