Class B and Level Two Felonies

Less serious than Class A/Level One felonies, Class B/Level Two crimes nonetheless carry significant prison sentences and fines.

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All states and the federal criminal code distinguish between felony crimes (serious offenses) and misdemeanors (less serious). Some states use a classification system to further rank felonies (from severe to less so). For those states that use a letter classification system, they may include classes A (the most serious), B, C, and so on. Thus, a class B felony is a subset classification, and as the second in the list of felonies, it is always a very serious crime.

Other states may use the term "level" instead of "class."

Because each state has its own penal code and its own view of how much punishment a particular crime deserves, an offense that is a class B or level 2 felony in one state may be considered a class A/level 1 or class C/level 3 in another state.

For more information on felony classification systems, see Felony Classes: Charges and Penalties.

Penalties for felonies can range from one year to life in prison, depending on the crime charged, enhancements and any mitigating circumstances. Several states also levy fines for class B felonies.

Class B Felony Sentencing Enhancements

The penalty for a class B or level 2 felony may depend on whether the accused has any prior convictions, and whether there are any special circumstances surrounding the incident that led to the charge. Situations that commonly trigger enhancements, which can increase penalties, include:

  • use of a deadly weapon
  • sex crimes involving children or any crime involving a vulnerable or elderly victim
  • gang crimes, and
  • hate crimes.

In a given state, for example, the penalty for a class B felony may be up to 60 years in prison; however, repeat offenders can face increased terms of up to two years if they have a prior felony conviction. Thus, having a class B felony on your record will increase the consequences in the event of future convictions. Many states now have "three strikes" laws, which further amplify the effects of multiple felony convictions.

States That Have Class B or Level 2 Felonies

The following states classify their felony crimes using an A, B, C or 1, 2, 3  (and so on) system: Alabama, Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin.

Consult the chart below to read more about each state’s classification system, including examples of Class B felonies and penalties.

State

Classification System

Detail on State Law

Alabama A, B, or C Alabama Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Alaska A, B, or C Alaska Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Arizona 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 Arizona Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Arkansas Y, A, B, C, or D Arkansas Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
California by crime California Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Colorado 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or unclassified  Colorado Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Connecticut A, B, C, or D; or unclassified  (by crime); different sentencing laws apply for crimes committed  before July 1, 1981 Connecticut Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Delaware A, B, C, D, E, F, or G Delaware Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
D.C. by crime District of Columbia Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Florida capital or life felonies; or felonies of the first, second, or third degree Florida Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Georgia by crime Georgia Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Hawaii A, B, or C; murder classed separately Hawaii Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Idaho by crime Idaho Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Illinois X, 1, 2, 3, or 4; murder classed separately Illinois Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Indiana A, B, C, or D Indiana Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Iowa A, B, C, or D Iowa Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Kansas grid system Kansas Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Kentucky A, B, C, or D Kentucky Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Louisiana by crime Louisiana Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Maine A, B, or C Maine Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Maryland by crime Maryland Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Massachusetts by crime Massachusetts Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Michigan A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or H Michigan Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Minnesota by crime Minnesota Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Mississippi by crime Mississippi Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Missouri A, B, C, or D Missouri Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Montana by crime Montana Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Nebraska Class I, IA, IB, IC, ID, II, III, IIIA, or IV Nebraska Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Nevada A, B, C, D, or E Nevada Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
New Hampshire A or B New Hampshire Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
New Jersey indictable offenses: first, second, third or fourth degree New Jersey Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
New Mexico capital offenses, first, second, third, or fourth degree New Mexico Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
New York A-I, A-II, B, C, D, or E New York Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
North Carolina A, B1, B2, C, D, E, F, G, H, or I North Carolina Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
North Dakota AA, A, B, or C North Dakota Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Ohio First, second, third, fourth, or fifth degree Ohio Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Oklahoma by crime Oklahoma Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Oregon unclassified (by crime), A, B, or C Oregon Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Pennsylvania First, second, third degree or unclassified (by crime) Pennsylvania Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Rhode Island by crime Rhode Island Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
South Carolina A, B, C, D, E, or F South Carolina Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
South Dakota Classes A, B,or  C; and 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6 South Dakota Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Tennessee A, B, C, D, or E Tennessee Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Texas capital felonies; first, second or third degree felonies; or state jail felonies Texas Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Utah capital felonies; first, second or third degree felonies Utah Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Vermont by crime Vermont Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Virginia 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, or by crime Virginia Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Washington A, B, or C Washington Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
West Virginia by crime West Virginia Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Wisconsin A, B, C, D, E, F, G, or I Wisconsin Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences
Wyoming by crime Wyoming Felony Crimes by Class and Sentences

Collateral Consequences of a Class B Felony Conviction

A class B felony conviction may have more consequences beyond the initial sentence and fine. Because class B felonies are typically serious crimes, your ability to seal the record of conviction, sometimes also called expungement, is usually absent. (For more information on sealing a record, including state by state information, see Expungement or Sealing of Adult Criminal Records.)

Your ability to obtain employment may also be affected, because a felony conviction will show up on any pre-employment background check. Additionally, your right to vote and serve on a jury may be affected.

Help from a Lawyer

Because class B felony charges likely carry severe penalties affecting you freedom and future, seeking the assistance of a criminal defense attorney is advised. A lawyer will understand how best to manage a class B felony case and can offer advice on defenses as well as the potential for penalty reduction. 

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