Felonies are serious crimes that usually are punishable by more than one year in prison. Nevada law organizes felonies into classes, from Class I to Class IV, but each class also has subcategories. Class I felonies are the most serious felonies in Nevada and Class IV felonies are the least serious.
For information about misdemeanors, see Nebraska Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences.
The sentences for each category of felony in Nebraska are listed below. Some felonies have specific sentencing requirements in addition to the basic sentence, and sentences can be increased for the second or subsequent offense of some crimes.
Nebraska 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 Nebraska.
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.