A felony is a crime punishable by more than one year in prison. Federal and state laws classify felonies using numbers or letters. The classification determines sentencing guidelines, or how much time a person receives in prison.
What Is a Class C Felony?
Class C felony crimes vary from state-to-state. Generally, the felonious crime includes:
- Sexual assault
- Vehicular homicide
- Second degree murder
- Drunk driving (in some states)
- Negligent homicide
- Criminal tampering
- Child custody interference
- Receiving stolen property
In states using number, or level, felony classification, a Class C is a level 3 felony.
What Is the Punishment for a Class C Felony Conviction?
Punishment varies by state and federal laws and the nature of the crime committed. In some jurisdictions, an individual convicted of a Class C felony may receive a sentence of 10 to 40 years. The maximum fines vary by state and federal law. The maximum fine can be $10,000 or up to $100,000.
Crimes in Class C are less severe than crimes in Class B. However, they are more severe than a Class D felony. For example, a Class D felony conviction usually has a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison. The most severe crimes are in Class A.
What Are the Consequences of a Class C Felony?
A felony conviction has serious consequences like losing the right to vote and:
- Having a permanent criminal record
- No longer having the right to own a deadly weapon
- Loss of occupational license
Can I Face Civil Liability for a Class C Felony Conviction?
Yes. A criminal conviction for a Class C may make an individual liable in civil court. The victim of the felonious action may sue the defendent for money based on any:
- Physical injuries suffered during the crime
- Pain and suffering
- Medical expenses
- Property damage
- Emotional trauma
- Lost wages
Should I Talk to an Attorney?
If you are accused of a Class C felony, you have a lot of defenses available to you. Schedule an appointment with a criminal attorney as soon as possible to learn more about your possible defenses.