Class D and Level Four Felonies

Here you'll find an explanation of a Class D Felony classification, crimes that are considered Class D, and sentencing and penalty information.

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What is a Class D Felony?

All states and the federal criminal code separate crimes into felonies (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 (others use level 1, 2, 3 and so on). Thus, a class D or level 4 felony is a subset classification, and as the fourth in the ranked list of felonies, it is a serious crime, though not as serious as those in the two categories above it.

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 D/level 4 felony in one state may be considered a class C/level 3 or class E/level 5 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 D felonies. 

State

Classification System

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

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