A felony is a crime that carries the possibility of a prison sentence ranging from one year up to and including life in prison or the death penalty. Examples of felony offenses include:
- Identity fraud
Penalties for Felonies
Sentences for felonies can range anywhere from one year to life in prison and, in some states and in the federal system, a sentence can include the death penalty. Often, the more serious the crime, the longer the sentence can be. Other mitigating factors, such as prior criminal history, education, background can affect the length and the type of sentence given.
Generally speaking, a person convicted of a felony will be required to serve out their sentence in state or federal prison. A judge, however, can order a felon to serve a shorter sentence in jail, usually as part of probation. The court can also order an order a lesser sentence to include probation only or community service or even time served (no matter how short the time period spent behind bars).
Felony Offenses Require Serious Defenses
A felony offense is no small matter. Being charged with a felony can mean a lengthy sentence in prison. There is no reason why an individual charged with a felony should not exercise their right to defend themselves against felony charges. If charged with a felony offense, under certain circumstances, felony arrests and felony convictions can be expunged and should be expunged with a Carmel expungement attorney.