A felony offense is an offense that carries with it a possible range of punishment exceeding one year and one day. If convicted of a felony, no matter what classification it is, and ordered to serve time, you would have to serve that time in the Alabama Department of Corrections or the Federal Penitentiary, not a local jail. Additionally, you will be saddled with a felony conviction on your record for the rest of your life. The ramifications of this could be dire as, among other consequences, you will lose your right to vote, you’ll lose your right to own a gun, and your employment prospects will take a serious hit going forward.
There are certain legal rights that you will lose if not enacted quickly. Even if you are only looking to stay out of jail or minimize your possible time of incarceration, enlisting an experienced and reputable attorney immediately can be greatly beneficial to achieving a favorable outcome. In addition to being able to exert certain time limited constitutionally protected rights, prosecutors will usually offer better plea bargains early on in the process before they’ve put too many hours into your case.
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CLASS A FELONIES
This is the category of the most serious felony convictions received in the state of Alabama. These convictions carry a sentence of no less than 10 years to life in prison. The minimum sentence for the conviction is elevated to twenty years in jail if a firearm was used. If a person has been previously convicted of a felony, then the habitual felony offender acts would apply, which could elevate the potential sentence if convicted. If accused of one of these offenses, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately.
Examples of Class A Felonies:
• Murder and/or capital murder
• Kidnapping – 1st degree
• Rape – 1st degree
• Domestic Violence – 1st degree
• Burglary – 1st degree
• Arson – 1st degree
CLASS B FELONIES
This conviction is a little lighter than Class A felonies and therefore the sentences received drop. Upon conviction, the defendant receives a minimum of two years and no more than twenty years in prison. In the event that a fire firearm or any other deadly weapon is used in perpetrating the crime, the sentence is a minimum of ten years. The fine associated with Class B felony convictions are no more than $10,000.
Examples Class B Felonies:
• Manslaughter – 1st degree
• Assault – 1st degree
• Kidnapping – 2nd degree
• Rape – 2nd degree
• Sexual crimes
• Burglary 2nd
• Robbery 2nd
• Arson 2nd
• Theft of property 1st
• Theft of services 1st
• Receiving stolen property 1st
CLASS C FELONIES
This class of felonies carries a sentence of no less than a minimum of one year and one day to a maximum of ten years in prison. Fines related to these convictions range up to $5000.
Examples of Class C Felonies:
• Criminally negligent homicide
• Custody Interference
• Criminal Tampering 1st
• Receiving stolen property 2nd
CLASS D FELONIES
This class of felony was recently added to the Code of Alabama and has a range of punishment of up to five years in prison, with no prior felony offenses. Although this classification of crime does not carry the same stiff consequences of the others, it should still be taken very seriously.
Examples of Class D Felonies:
• Unlawful Possession of a Controlled Substance
• Possession of Marijuana 1st
• Theft of Property 3rd
• Receiving Stolen Property 3rd
• Possession of a Forged Instrument 3rd
• Forgery 3rd
• Possession or Fraudulent Use of a Credit or Debit Card
For all of these offenses, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney immediately for assistance. Contact us today at (251) 928-5588 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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