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Criminal Charges for Felonies

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What Is a Felony?

Felony charges represent the most serious types of crimes, and each state has different punishments for these offenses. Felonies are different from lesser crimes, which are called misdemeanors.

Typical felonies:

This list is not exclusive. Many criminal offenses can also be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony.

You could face serious consequences if charged with a felony:

  • It could be on your record for life
  • Imprisonment (state imprisonment)
  • Probation or parole
  • Significant fines
  • Loss of the right to possess deadly weapons
  • Loss of occupational licensing
  • Loss of right to vote

The likelihood of any of the above consequences depends on:

  • The severity of the harm done
  • Mitigating/aggravating circumstances of your case
  • Attitude of community and court toward this type of crime
  • Prior convictions
  • Currently on probation or parole
  • Whether or not a weapon is used

Civil Liability for Felony Charges

You can also be held civilly liable to the victim in a private lawsuit. You may be required to pay money for the victim's:

  • Physical injuries
  • Discomfort (pain and suffering)
  • Direct out-of-pocket medical expenses
  • Lost time from work
  • Emotional injuries

Seeking Help from a Criminal Defense Attorney

If you are accused of a felony, you should speak to criminal defense attorney to learn more about your rights, your defenses and the complicated legal system.

If you are a victim of a felony, you should call the police. If there is sufficient evidence, the police will then forward your case to the District Attorney's office to prosecute the person who committed the felony against you.

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Last Modified: 03-04-2018 10:33 PM PST

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