Posted on behalf of Phillips Law Group on Aug 08, 2017 in Criminal Law
In criminal law, a felony is considered to be the most serious type of violent and non-violent criminal offense. If a person is convicted of a felony, he or she will likely suffer significant legal consequences and reduced rights as a U.S. citizen.
If you or someone you love has been charged with committing a felony offense, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney in Phoenix immediately to discuss your legal options. At the Phillips Law Group, our attorneys will fight for your rights during the criminal trial process and will work to obtain the best outcome possible for you.
The U.S. legal system divides criminal offenses into two categories based on the severity and nature of the crime: misdemeanors and felonies.
A misdemeanor is generally considered to be a minor criminal offense that is treated much less serious than a felony. This can include non-violent crimes like minor drug possession.
A court will usually punish a defendant convicted of a misdemeanor by sentencing him or her to less than one year in a county jail or having the convicted defendant pay a moderate fine and serve probation.
A felony, however, is an offense that is often defined as one that is punishable by a prison sentence greater than one year in a state of federal penitentiary.
Because the punishment for felony convictions holds significant penalties, a person charged with one of these crimes is usually given a courtroom trial that is strictly observed by a judge to protect the defendant’s rights.
A felony crime is an offense that involves inflicting violent physical harm upon a victim or an offense that severely deviates from the moral standards held by most members of a society.
Arizona categorizes felonies into six classes based on the severity of the crime:
Class one felony crimes include the most violent offenses, such as first and second degree murder.
A class two felony in Arizona includes:
A class three felony includes:
Class four felony crimes include:
Class five felony crimes include:
Class Six felony crimes include:
Each of these offenses holds extreme consequences in Arizona and can severely impact the life of someone who is convicted of a felony offense.
Under ARS 13-702, the penalties for first-time felony offenders is based on which class the offense is categorized under, with class one felonies holding the most severe consequences.
Based on Arizona’s felony classification system, the state penalizes defendants convicted of felonies to the following sentences:
Along with possibly serving significant time in prison, an Arizona court can also impose a fine on a person as part of his or her sentence of up to $150,000 per any felony charge.
If you or someone you love is facing a felony charge, it is imperative that you consult with an experienced criminal defense attorney to review your legal rights.
Our qualified attorneys are ready to provide you with a free, no obligation consultation to review the crimes you have been accused of committing and explain the possible penalties you may be facing under Arizona law.
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