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Felony Crimes

Felony crimes represent the most serious offenses in the criminal justice system. Felonies are characterized by the severe sentences that can be handed down if a conviction is secured. Because felony offenses are perceived to be a greater threat to society than lesser infractions, the potential penalties reflect the serious nature of these crimes.

Classifications of Felony Crimes

Both felony and misdemeanor crimes are divided into categories based on the perceived seriousness of a particular offense. Felony crimes are usually divided into five categories. Each category corresponds to a different range of punishments, according to the seriousness of the crime. The categories are:

Although felony crimes are usually offenses that cause serious harm to others or pose a significant threat to others, it is sometimes up to the prosecution, judge or jury to choose how to classify a particular crime. This is especially true in the case of repeated offenses.

This means that experienced legal counsel is indispensable to anyone facing felony charges. An attorney can negotiate with the prosecution and the judge in an attempt to reduce felony charges to a less severe penalty category. Also, an attorney can search for evidence to dispute the assertions of the prosecution.

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