A felony is a criminal offense. While every state has a different definition of a felony crime, generally, felonies involve crimes which include sentences of imprisonment of one year or more. In addition, most states divide felony crimes into categories or classes, usually by letters, which represent the degree of the crime. For example, Class A, Class B, Class C, etcetera, are utilized in most jurisdictions to denote the severity of the felony. A Class A felony carries the longest jail sentence, while the Class C would carry a shorter jail sentence.
Classes of Felonies
While every state has different classes of felonies and different consequences for felonies, the following chart provides a general overview of the different classes of felonies, a sample of imprisonment terms and fines and a sample of the crimes included in each felony class.
|Class Level||Imprisonment term||Fines||Type of Crime|
Class A Felony
* Voluntary Manslaughter
Class B Felony
* Reckless Homicide
* Drug Trafficking
* Armed Robbery
Class C Felony
Class D Felony
**Note that any of these crimes can also be considered in any other felony class depending upon the circumstances of the case
Information on legal consequences, fines, laws, and penalties of all types of Criminal Felony Charges
Consequences of Felonies
The consequences of felony crimes are severe. While the imprisonment terms can be up to sixty years for each felony conviction, and the fine can be up to $20,000.00, there are other penalties. Initially, the conviction will remain as one’s felony record. Thus, in many jurisdictions, a felony conviction will prevent a person from obtaining certain types of employment, such as a teacher or physician. In addition, the conviction will prevent one from obtaining government aid, such as student loans. Moreover, a felony convict will have restrictions on international travel. Also, one will most likely be unable to be able to own a gun.
Felony Offense Classification, Sentencing, and Penalties by State Law
How a Lawyer Can Assist in Fighting Felony Charges
If one has been charged with a felony, it is crucial to retain an experienced criminal attorney. An attorney can assist in minimizing the impact of the felony charges and possibly reach a plea bargain to reduce the sentence and possibly expunge criminal records. Moreover, an attorney will be able to guide one through the criminal process while ensuring that one’s rights are protected.