A felony charge is one of the most severe that a person can be convicted of. The range of punishment can exceed one year of confinement if found guilty. It’s a very serious charge that must not be taken lightly. What also must be considered if that if ordered to serve jail time, you’ll be serving it in the Alabama Department of Corrections or a Federal Penitentiary instead of a Mobile county jail, or another local jail. Being convicted of a felony is something that can remain on your record for the rest of your life, making future employment exceedingly difficult, and on top of it you can be stripped of some of your Constitutional rights such as your right to own a gun, and even your right to vote. Being faced with a felony charge is not the end of the world, and with the assistance of a qualified criminal defense attorney the charges can be lessened.
If you’re in Mobile County, Alabama, and have been charged with a federal offense, no matter if in State or Federal Court, before you take any steps forward it’s crucial you contact Dearman Law Firm to evaluate whether your rights are being respected by law enforcement, and to evaluate all options available to you. Attorney Chase Dearman has assisted hundreds in your position being faced with a felony offense, and unless you act quickly you can face revocation of your rights very quickly throughout the process. To attempt to stay out of jail, or even minimize your sentence time, it’s crucial to contact a criminal defense attorney right after your charge to minimize your consequences.
There’s three different types of felonies depending on what you’ve been charged with, and each carries different yet still severe penalties.
Class A Felonies
These can include:
- Murder / Capital Murder
- Kidnapping in the First Degree
- Rape in the First Degree
- Domestic Violence in the First Degree
- Burglary in the First Degree
- Arson in the First Degree
The most serious felony convictions fall into Class A Felonies. In the State of Alabama, these convictions will carry a sentence of no less than ten years, and no more than life / 90 years in jail. If a deadly weapon is involved, the minimum sentence immediately jumps up to twenty years in jail. This typically means a firearm was included in the crime. Capital murder carries a separate charge and the accused can immediately receive a life sentence. Fines for all Class A felonies will not exceed $60,000.
Class B Felonies
These can include:
- Manslaughter in the First Degree
- Assault in the First Degree
- Kidnapping in the Second Degree
- Rape in the Second Degree
- Sexual Crimes
- Burglary in the Second Degree
- Arson in the Second Degree
- Theft of Property in the First Degree
- Theft of Services in the First Degree
- Receiving Stolen Merchandise in the First Degree
A Class B felony is slightly less severe than a Class A felony, but will still carry life altering consequences if not acted upon quickly. The minimum sentenced jail time is two years, with a maximum of twenty years. Similar to a Class A felony, if a firearm is involved in the actual crime, the minimum sentence immediately escalates to a minimum of ten years imprisonment. The fines will not exceed $10,000 for a Class A felony.
Class C Felony
These can include:
- Criminally Negligent Homicide
- Custody Interference
- Criminal Tampering in the First Degree
- Receiving Stolen Merchandise in the Second Degree
A Class C felony carries the lightest consequences of all felonies, but they are still very severe. There’s a minimum jail sentence of one year and a day, to a maximum of ten years. Just like a Class A and Class B felony, if the use of a firearm is involved in the crime the minimum sentence immediately escalates to ten years in jail. Fines for conviction of a Class C felony will not exceed $5,000.
If you’re facing a felony offense charge, you need to reach out to a criminal defense law firm immediately to figure out what options are available to you. Dearman Law Firm has assisted thousands in your exact situation and can help protect your Constitutional rights.