In Missouri, felonies are serious crimes that are typically punishable by more than one year in prison. Missouri law categorizes felonies into five classes: Class A felonies through Class E felonies. Class A felonies are the most serious felony crimes in Missouri.
For information on misdemeanors, see Missouri Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences.
The following are possible basic sentences for felonies in Missouri. The state statutes also provide special sentences for some individual crimes.
The authorized sentence for a Class A felony is a minimum of ten years in prison and a maximum of 30 years or life in prison.
For a Class B felony, the court can impose a minimum of five years in prison and maximum of 15 years.
A Class C felony is punishable by three to ten years in prison. The court also can impose a fine up to $10,000 or twice the amount of financial gain to the offender.
A Class D felony is punishable by up to seven years in prison, or one year in jail. The court also can impose a fine up to $10,000 or twice the amount of financial gain to the offender.
A Class D felony is punishable by up to four years in prison, or one year in jail. The court also can impose a fine up to $10,000 or twice the amount of financial gain to the offender.
Missouri law requires that a criminal prosecution begin within a certain amount of time after a crime is committed or believed to have been committed. The criminal statute of limitations limits the length of time the state can wait before filing charges against a person. The length of time varies for different crimes and some crimes, such as murder, have no time limit. For more information on the criminal statute of limitations, see Criminal Statute of Limitations in Missouri.
A felony conviction becomes part of your permanent criminal record. If you are convicted later of another felony, the court can consider your prior conviction and impose a harsher sentence in the new case. Being a convicted felon can hurt you when you are looking for a job and applying to rent a house or apartment. Convicted felons lose the right to vote, to carry firearms, and to obtain certain professional licenses.
An experienced attorney can determine whether you have any grounds for dismissal of the charges against you, explore plea options, or represent you at trial. Only someone familiar with the local criminal court system and cases like yours will know how good your chances are for a favorable outcome in court or at the negotiating table. A knowledgeable attorney will take all of this into consideration, assist you in making decisions about your case, and protect your rights.