A felony in Mississippi is a serious crime that is punishable by a term of one year or more in prison or by death. Mississippi law does not classify felony crimes into different classes. The Mississippi criminal statutes provide the possible penalties for each individual felony.
For information on misdemeanors, see Mississippi Misdemeanor Crimes by Class and Sentences.
Felonies in Mississippi range from murder—the most serious felony crime in the state—to sexual battery, kidnapping, aggravated assault, robbery, and grand larceny. Some specific examples of felonies and the possible penalties are as follows:
Mississippi 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, such as murder, have no time limit. For more information on the criminal statute of limitations in, see Criminal Statutes of Limitations in Mississippi.
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 can 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.