A felony is a crime that is punishable by imprisonment for more than a year. If convicted, some felonies carry life in prison or even the death penalty. Felony charges are generally considered to be more serious than misdemeanor charges.
Becoming a convicted felon can affect your life for years after the prison time ends and the time spent on probation or parole is over. Having a felony conviction on your record can make it very difficult to get a job. A felony conviction also affects your right to vote and your right to carry a gun. At The Lynch Law Group, we understand every criminal charge is serious and can change your life.
- Armed Robbery
- Felony Murder
- Aggravated Assault
- Aggravated Battery
- Family Violence Battery (domestic violence)
- Theft by Shoplifting
- Theft by Taking
- Theft by Receiving
- Theft by Deception
- Crimes Involving Children
- Child Molestation
- Cruelty to Children
- Possession of Cocaine
- Possession of Heroin
- Possession of Marijuana
- Possession of Methamphetamine
- Possession with Intent to Sell
- Possession with Intent to Distribute
- Drug Trafficking
- Fourth Conviction for DUI in Ten Years
- DUI with Serious Injury
- and Others
- Obstruction of Justice
- Obstruction of a Law Enforcement Officer
If you are facing criminal charges for any of the crimes that are listed above, it is time to start developing your defense strategy. There is a lot at risk when you have been charged with a crime. Your reputation, finances, and freedom are on the line. You will need a dedicated lawyer at The Lynch Law Group, P.C. who will be on your side and who will fight and advocate for you.
What is a Felony?
When you have been charged with a felony it is very serious. A misdemeanor is a less serious crime than a felony. Felonies happen to be the most serious crimes you can commit, which makes it even more important to have an adequate defense when it comes to your case if you have been charged with a felony.
A felony could mean you will face long jail or prison sentences, fines, or permanent loss of freedoms. The federal government defines a felony as a crime with a punishment of more than one year, however, states can be less strict about the definition of a felony. Federal law breaks down classifications for felonies using sentencing guidelines by the amount of time spent in prison.
- Class A felony is life imprisonment or the death penalty
- Class B felony is 25 or more years
- Class C felony is less than 25 years, but more than 10 years
- Class D felony is less than 10 years, but more than five years
- Class E is less than five years, but more than one year
Generally, the more serious the crime that was committed and charged with means the longer the sentence could be. Other factors can also weigh in sentencing like a person’s prior criminal history. If a person has a past or prior criminal history then they will most likely have a longer sentence because of being a repeat offender. For a person who has is a first-time felony, the judge could sentence a person to either jail time or probation instead of prison. However, if the crime was serious and caused physical harm like murder or aggravated assault then that person will most likely face a lengthy prison sentence.
What is Felony Probation?
A judge might sentence a person to felony probation instead of giving the person a prison sentence. Felony probation would most likely require the convicted person to complete the probation to avoid a prison sentence. Some of these conditions of probation include:
- Obeying all laws
- Reporting to a probation officer
- Drug testing
- Stay-away orders from places or victims
- Drug or alcohol treatment
- Community service
Having the option to go through a probation process instead of completing a prison sentence is a more favorable option, however, it does depend on your situation and the seriousness of your crime you have been charged with. If you have an attorney who can provide you with the felony defense that is appropriate to your case and you haven’t committed a crime that caused serious physical harm to someone else.
Being arrested and charged with a crime is one of the most terrible experiences you can go through. We know not every one of our clients wants to go to trial, but we prepare every case as if it is going to trial because it is our belief this is how the best outcome for you is obtained.
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